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Daily Local News – April 4, 2014

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation will host an open forum concerning youth and risk-taking behaviors this Tuesday, April 8th from 6 to 7 pm; The documentary Unfreedom: Latino Immigrants in a Midwestern Town will premiere at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Monday, April 7th at 8 pm; A Stop Work order has been issued to a Monroe County Sheriff’s outpost located at 4th and Rogers Street in Bloomington.

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

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn and Dani Aleksa.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh,
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 3, 2014

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An attorney accused the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals of overstepping its authority April 2nd; The American Indian Center of Indiana and the First Nations at Indiana University Bloomington is hosting the 2nd Annual Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance this Saturday, April 5th; This weekend in local sports.

FEATURE
The Working Poor Families Project, a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies, released a report finding that thirty-nine percent of the state’s low-Income working families are headed by working mothers. As of 2012 there were 235,831 low-income working families in the state, with over ninety-one thousand headed by working mothers. The study, which utilizes the latest data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, places Indiana 18th in the nation for the number of female-headed low-income working families. Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Jessica  Fraser, program manager, and Derek Thomas, senior policy analyst, both from the Indiana Institute for working families, an organization that provides work and education support for low-skill, low-income working adults to help them transition into self-sufficiency. After that she speaks with Tracey
Hodge, a low-income, working single mother in Bloomington, about the struggle of becoming financially self-sufficient, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
No shelter for the Homeless.
On Tuesday, hundreds of people participated in a rally, march and candlelight vigil at the Monroe County Courthouse Square in support of Bloomington’s
homeless population who have no safe, legal, low-barrier place to rest until the Interfaith Winter Shelter opens up in November. Voices in the Street has a three part segment to ask your friends and neighbors if they think Bloomington has a problem with the number of people experiencing homelessness, if arrests are warranted for sleeping overnight in public places, and with whom, ultimately, the problem of dealing with homelessness lies. In part one, we ask if Bloomington has a homelessness problem. In part two, we ask if people experiencing homelessness should be arrested for sleeping in public places. And in part three, we ask who should ultimately be responsible for providing for/or dealing with people experiencing homelessness.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Glapa.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 1, 2014

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Ellettsville is hiring a new administrator to manage its town government; With the goal of improving safety on local roads, the Monroe County Plan Commission cleaned up its sign ordinance on March 18th; One of Bloomington’s wastewater treatment plans is running out of room to store the city’s waste; The 12th Annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk will take place on Sunday, April 13th; A circuit court judge says Monroe County is running out of money to run its Youth Services Bureau and pay for juvenile probation officers; Bloomington Transit altered some new bus routes to accommodate concerns from the Monroe County Public Library; The Books and Beyond Project is co-sponsoring an IU Cinema film series with the Global-Village Living Learning Center, and its first film will air tonight at 7 pm; This week on The Strike Mic, a conference brings together faculty and students from across the country to talk about common struggles and their plans for the future.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Jamie Andree, Director of the Low Income Taypayer Clinic, is back to help clear up some confusing tax questions and help make sure your filing is as painless as possible.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Sierra Gardner,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATS week, in 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 and The United Way of Monroe County – Thank you to Ashley Hall for her years of work on the show.
Our engineer is Rob Powell
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 31, 2014

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The Bloomington Board of Public Works will take a closer look at expenditures in the wake of an embezzlement scandal in the city; The subzero temperatures this winter could take a toll on Bloomington’s park facilities; Monroe County’s trash collectors have no one to pay the bills for the
next two months; The Interfaith Winter Shelter will close for the season tomorrow night, scheduled to open again in November.

FEATURE
A new law in Indiana will undo a program that sought to save energy across the state. Governor Mike Pence chose not to veto the measure on Friday. Although he didn’t sign the bill either, Pence’s lack of action allowed the bill to pass automatically. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke
to Tim Maloney from the Hoosier Environmental Council about Pence’s maneuver and how it could affect the state. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Kara Hall, Bloomington-based Indiana Department of Natural Resources volunteer, on her experience’s in the Adopt-a-Shoreline Program and the Eagle Observation Project at Monroe Lake.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Dani Aleksa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
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 – March 28, 2014

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Federal regulators are hearing from Monroe County officials about the environmental perils of Interstate 69; The president of the Monroe County Public Library’s Board of Trustees expressed concern March 12th about changes to the bus routes in Bloomington; Bloomington Fire House Station Number 2 will host a groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new organic sustainable garden on Wednesday, April 2nd; Scottish Tartan Day is once again coming to Bloomington next month, hosted by the Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington; This weekend in local sports.

FEATURE
Petition: Land Swap Could Save B-Line Woods
Obamacare has been under much scrutiny lately, especially as the registration deadline approaches, and there aren’t as many young, healthy people signing up as was projected. Correspondent Casey Kuhn explored why this might be the case, and how to make signing up for individual healthcare as painless as possible, 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, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom and Ruben Solis,
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 engineer today is Drew Daudelin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 27, 2014

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A prominent expert on wind power generation will speak at the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington on Wednesday, April 2nd; The Community Aids Action Group of South Central Indiana is hosting the 10th annual Bloomington Aids Walk this Saturday; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is currently running the March Against Hunger food drive, along with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

FEATURE
There is no federal authority that oversees the registration of service animals, leading to abuse of the registration system that could have a negative impact on those with a legitimate need for service dogs in public. News Director Alycin Bektesh investigated a recent incident involving a Bloomington Transit rider, and what it demonstrates about complications in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
“Spring Fever: Celebrating the End of Winter”
This just in – shorts and sandals spotted on Kirkwood, a sure sign that spring is here. This week’s sunny weather gave us lots of chances to hit the streets to ask local residents about the changing of the season. Any favorite memories or springtime activities? Fill in the blank: you know it’s spring in Bloomington when…

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Jalisa Ransom, and Sierra Gardner. 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 – March 26, 2014

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There is a locally mounted push to have a bicycle-pedestrian bridge built across the new Interstate 69 on Bloomington’s west side, close to its intersection with West 3rd Street; Bloomington’s annual autism program, sponsored by the city’s Community and Family Resources Department, is back on Tuesday, April 1st; A screening of the film It’s a Girl will be held on Sunday, March 30th at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. The film is part of an international screening tour working to inform people about gendercide in countries like China and India; A group of sexual assault survivors and supporters have created a petition to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual assault in Indiana.

FEATURE
Labor Management Committee
This August will mark the 13th year of a unique, local consultative forum for workers and their bosses at a city utility service operation. In 2001 Bloomington established the Labor Management Committee to allow for ongoing consultation and to make recommendations for the operation of the City’s two wastewater-treatment facilities—the Dillman Road plant on the South side and the Blucher Poole plant on the North. John Langley, Deputy Director of the City of Bloomington Utilities, is also a management representative on the committee, and correspondent David Murphy spoke to Langley about it for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
The telephone is now the most popular way for scammers to find you. Here are the biggest scams, and how to hang up on ‘em.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Ruben Solis, and Chelsea Hardy.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Reina Wong.
Rob Powell produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 25, 2014

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A recent study performed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than sixty-six thousand people are victims of domestic violence in a given day in the U-S, seventeen hundred of them in the state of Indiana; Last week, more than forty-one hundred petitions to veto Senate Bill three-forty were delivered to Governor Mike Pence; Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant have lost another battle in the fight to keep Duke from passing on plant development costs to consumers; This week on The Strike Mic: The discounted tuition rates of summer courses at Indiana University has been discontinued…

FEATURE
Petition: Land Swap Could Save B-Line Woods
A controversial subdivision is just a step away from getting the green light this week. The Bloomington City Council plans to vote Wednesday on a Habitat for Humanity project to build 35 homes on the west side of town. But to make room for the development, Habitat has to clear most of the city’s only large wooded area downtown. Some residents want Habitat to consider an alternative. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Join Ashley as she interviews Jamie Andree, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, about the Earned Income Tax Credit and what to do if you’re audited.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Ruben Solid and David Murphy,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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 is Rob Powell
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 13, 2014

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On March 7th the Monroe County Commission approved thirty-five voting sites for the midterm elections this year; The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has come out in opposition to the City of Bloomington’s Conditional Use Ordinance, which will limit the ability of standardized restaurants to expand or locate in the Courthouse Square and University Village overlays downtown; Indiana University Bloomington’s Energy Challenge kicks off its Spring Energy Challenge on March 24th; This weekend in local sports.

FEATURE
Mark Stoops Addresses Legislative Roundtable
Indiana District 40 Senator Mark Stoops addressed the League of Women Voters’ recent legislative roundtable, and gave an update from the Indiana legislature so far this session. His remarks here, for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Indiana University and the Monroe County Community School Corporation are closing down for Spring Break next week so Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask the obvious question: What are your spring break plans and how much do you deserve this break?

CREDITS
Anchors: Jalisa Ransom, Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent Daion Morton
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
And the Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 12, 2014

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A measure requiring scrutiny of new chain restaurants downtown cleared another bureaucratic hurdle on Monday. The Bloomington Plan Commission recommended approving the new rule; The Hoosier National Forest has acquired two hundred and forty-five acres of new land, marking the end of a process that took about twelve years; The Bloomington Utilities Department is replacing a long-time contractor who facilitated negotiations between management and an employee union.

FEATURE
League of Women Voters Hosts Legislative Roundtable
In a recent local legislators roundtable hosted by the League of Women Voters, the issue of personal property tax was raised, and local representatives Matt Pirece, Matt Ubelhor, Erik Cook, and State Senator Mark Stoops weighed in on a bill making its way through the legislature this Spring. Their discussion here, for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Nineteenth-century technology can trump Twenty-first-century tech if you let a telephone caller convince you he’s working for Microsoft. It could cost you thousands!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Lindsey Wright,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Reina Wong. Alycin Bektesh 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.

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