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Daily Local News – April 24, 2014

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A fundraising event for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky held last weekend brought in more than one hundred and sixty thousand dollars for the organization, which is currently in a legal battle with the state of Indiana; The Indiana University Student Foundation and the Little 500 teammates of Lauren Gill came up with a way to honor her by making custom bandages for riders and fans to wear at the upcoming Men’s and Women’s races. Little 500 Race Director Jordan Bailey explains how the idea came about; Map the Meal Gap, an annual study by the national non-profit Feeding America, was released yesterday; This weekend in sports.

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Governor Mike Pence signed a new bill into law that will fund Pre-K voucher programs for low-income families in the state of Indiana. The bill, called House Enrolled Act-1004, will set aside a portion of Indiana’s annual budget to fund a pilot program that will go into effect for five Indiana counties to help lower-income families enroll their children in their choice of Pre-K education programs within the state. Now we bring you a few remarks from Governor Pence about the pilot program, for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES ON THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Our Planet.

CREDITS
Anchor: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Neal Earley, and Alycin Bektesh, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our feature producer and engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 23, 2014

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Assessor Judy Sharp told the County Council that tax cases involving her office often get held up in the appeals system for years; The Bloomington Board of Public Works heard a presentation April 22nd about a pedestrian safety project on IU’s campus; President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil have been announced as commencement speakers for Indiana University’s graduation ceremony in May.

FEATURE
Last February, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Washington meeting with Kathleen Sebelius, then-Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, to discuss his desire to administer any expansion of Medicaid to the state, as provided under the Affordable Care Act. While the majority of other states have decided to expand, Indiana has not, having received a federal waiver to maintain its more limited Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence has been under local pressure to expand Medicaid. On January 22nd, the Bloomington City Council passes resolution 14 DASH 1 Supporting the Full Expansion of Medicaid in Indiana Through the Affordable Care Act. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slabosky, chairperson of Cover Indiana, one of the groups leading this campaign, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Lindsey Wright, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Neal Earley,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Ackerbergs produced our feature, along with Correspondent David Murphy.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 22, 2014

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Richard Lugar, a professor of practice in the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and former United States Senator for Indiana, will give a talk tomorrow titled “Ukraine Matters – A Vital Opportunity for Constructive United States-European Action.” ; Experts are planning to do an underwater study of Lake Lemon about ten miles northeast of Bloomington; Two filmmaking events are coming to The Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington this October, and the registration deadline for both is next week; This week on The Strike Mic: About two hundred people showed up yesterday to support this year’s Slut Walk, an annual event aimed to fight against those who shame, and sometimes blame, victims of rape and sexual assault; First established in 1970, today marks the 44th annual Earth Day, and this weekend an organization called Earth Day Indiana will hold its 25th annual celebration of the planet.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Coming up next, People are often confused about the difference between grants and loans. Join Steve as he talks to Marc Tschida, Nonprofit Central Coordinator at Monroe County Public Library, to learn the difference, on WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Drew Daudelin,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library
Our engineer today is Rob Powell
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin, the Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 21, 2014

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The Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs, or SPEA, has announced it will purchase renewable energy certificates to
offset its use of electricity from fossil fuels; The Indiana University Women’s Student Association is hosting a “Slut Walk” this evening, beginning at 6 pm in Dunn Meadow; A wild food workshop featuring garlic mustard is coming to the Paynetown State Recreation Area on Monroe Lake next week; A bankruptcy court auction for Indiana Limestone Company, which filed for bankruptcy protection in February, was called after the Chicago investment firm
Wynnchurch Capital conveyed interest in buying the company.

FEATURE
Indiana received the highest grade in the country in a report on government transparency earlier this month. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group gave the state an A minus for its website that tracks government spending. The site is called the Indiana Transparency Portal. The high praise comes just a couple months after reports that state employees were manipulating the same site to hide failed economic development efforts. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a local representative of the Public Interest Research Group about the report and the recent controversy for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Delores and John Neuman talk about their experiences as long time volunteers with IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy, Alycin Bektesh, and Drew Daudelin.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 18, 2014

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Local property tax issues are cutting into the revenues at the Monroe County Public Library; A local nonprofit wants to build two hydroponic greenhouses in Bloomington on land formerly owned by RCA; The Soften our Hearts tour is coming to Bloomington on April 27 to present a show of compassion and support for those experiencing the plight in Syria; Recently a large collection of memorabilia and audiovisual materials from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame was donated to Indiana University by Mary Perry Smith; The Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Crider and Crider Inc. plans to begin work along the shoulders of State Road 37 this Monday, April 21st, according to a press release from the department.

FEATURE
The Environmental Protection Agency is working on a set of greenhouse gas emission regulations that would affect coal use nationwide. In Indiana, coal
accounts for over eighty percent of the energy used across the state. What these new standards mean for Indiana is still in question, but some statewide trade associations are expecting it to be bad for business. On the other hand, the standards could help wean Indiana off its excessive coal use. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke to Jodie Perras of the Sierra Club and Scott Bowers of the ISA, a group that represents electricity distributors, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Our editor and engineer is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 17, 2014

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The Bloomington City Council voted six-to-two last week in favor of sharpshooting deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, and on Monday Mayor Mark Kruzan vetoed the bill; The Indiana University Department of Biology has received its largest monetary gift ever, nearly four-point-two million dollars, on behalf of the late Emeritus Professor of Biology Carlos O. Miller; Large events in Ellettsville will soon come under increased scrutiny following a vote April 14th by the Town Council; The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, known as HAND, are accepting
applications for their 2014 Citizens Academy program; This weekend in local sports—tomorrow the Indiana University Men’s Baseball team plays Michigan State at 7:05 pm.

FEATURE
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh investigates what a security breach such as Heartbleed means for the average cyberspace user for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street:  “Springtime Observance:  Bloomington’s holiday traditions.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom and Drew Daudelin,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent Alycin Bektesh.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 16, 2014

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Indiana University announced last week that it is increasing the minimum wage it pays its employees from 7.25 an hour to 8.25 an hour, effective with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st; The Monroe County Stormwater Management Board split April 10th over how to fund a local conservation group; Local officials questioned a representative from the Indiana Department of Transportation on April 11th about a continuing erosion problem with I-69; Time is running out to find poll workers for the primary election on May 6th.

FEATURE
The closing of Bloomington’s low barrier winter shelter last spring means some of Bloomington’s residents are entering their second summer without a
place to sleep. The local Ubuntu working group was formed last summer in response to this need, and has been advocating for a community response to
homelessness in Bloomington. Within Ubuntu are members of Bloomington’s Catholic Worker community, who reached out to Bloomington residents with a new proposal this week. WFHB Correspondent spoke with Laura Lesuertmer (Les-URT-mer) and Ross Martini Eiler (EYE-ler) about what they have been doing to alleviate homelessness in town.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Now it’s LIKELY — not just possible — that your identity has been stolen. A data breach involving Experian (the credit-reporting firm), plus the really scary “Heartbleed” problem with overall internet security, have changed everything. Here’s why you need to change ALL your passwords.

CREDITS
Anchors: Lindsey Wright,
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Kelly Wherley
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Lauren Glapa produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 15, 2014

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The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the winning contractor to finance, build, and maintain section 5 of the new interstate running through Monroe County; The Monroe County Council showed support for raising a local income tax April 8th; Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change has received the 2014 Paul Simon Award for the Promotion of Language and International Studies; This week on The Strike Mic.

FEATURE
Members of the Bloomington chapters of Move to Amend and the Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom held a demonstration outside the Walnut Street Post Office this afternoon. In concurrence with federal and state income taxes being due today, the groups held signs that said “tax the rich” and distributed information about the inequities between personal income and corporate income tax structures. Move to Amend member Tomi Allison and local business owner Patrick Rubeck spoke with News Director Alycin Bektesh about the demonstration for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
There are lots of transitions happening on the Ins and Outs of Money! Join Ashley and Steve as they explore resources and tips for dealing with financial transitions in your life.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Drew Daudelin, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell, with correspondent Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer today is Rob Powell,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 14, 2014

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Greater Indianapolis has taken a major step to improve mass transit in the region, and could provide a model for doing the same in regions like Greater Bloomington; Last fall the City of Bloomington implemented the Civil Streets Initiative, which aims to make roads safer for everyone from motor-vehicle drivers and bike riders, to pedestrians walking and running; Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is being celebrated during April on the Indiana University Bloomington campus; Congressman Todd Young will be holding meetings with individuals and small groups of constituents on April 24th, on a first-come first-serve basis.

FEATURE
The Bloomington City Council voted six-to-two last week in favor of sharpshooting deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Council members accepted testimony from biologists and others who said the large deer population is threatening other species in the area. But it’s still not clear how many deer might be killed if the city goes through with its plans. That’s one of several decisions the state Department of Natural Resources will make as it considers whether to approve the city’s sharpshooting proposal. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the DNR, Josh Griffin, about the issue for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director for the Bloomington Playwrights Project, talks about BPP’s summer education program and volunteer opportunities.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Chelsea Hardy, and Olivia DeWeese,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 11, 2014

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The Indiana Manufacturers Association scorecard for the 2014 legislative session has been released; Yet another new hotel could be coming to downtown
Bloomington. Steve Hoffman, with the real estate group Pavilion Properties, made the announcement on Monday during a meeting of the Bloomington Plan Commission; The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department is sponsoring a health and wellness fair tomorrow, April 12th; This weekend in local sports.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ally Tsimekles (chim-uh-kliss) and Jalisa Ransom.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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