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Daily Local News – April 8, 2015

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Health officials have accepted 300 used needles and 27 people for HIV as part of the responsive to the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana; Taxes are putting an unfair burden on poor and middle class families in Indiana, according to a report from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy; Local state legislators had an opportunity to talk to a local audience about the highly controversial RIFRA bill as well as other bills that they have been working on.

Better Beware!
Tax scams are bigger and nastier than ever, and some of the most likely victims won’t get warned unless YOU tell them! Here’s a quick look at the worst dangers.

Credits
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Thomas Schneider
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our Engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matthew Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – April 7, 2015

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Today was the first day of early voting in Bloomington’s municipal elections, A public

ground breaking ceremony took place today at Indiana’s University’s Assembly Hall to

commemorate recent donations to the basketball stadium, A town hall meeting is scheduled

for this Saturday to discuss the problem of child abuse in Monroe County, Canadian

filmmaker Guy Maddin will visit Indiana University this weekend to give a lecture and

present a retrospective of his work, Monroe County United Ministries announced today it is

launching a new program to help local nonprofits get started, A report that aims to measure

civic health found some room for improvement in Indiana, As April arrives so does National

Minority Health Month.

Daily Local News – April 6, 2015

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A state-ordered needle exchange program opened in Scott County over the weekend in response to a public health emergency there; WIUX is hosting Culture Shock, its annual music festival, this Saturday, April 11; Today marks the 4th day of WFHB’s 2015 Spring Pledge Drive; Last week the City Council approved changes that will increase parking and eliminate green space at a building at the corner of 10th and College; A new Department of Defense report records that 434 service members took their lives in 2014.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Josh Byron, Joe Crawford and Emily Beck.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – April 2, 2015

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Republican leaders pledged today to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The Bloomington city council took a stand against the Religion Freedom Restoration Act last night; In the brief time since Indiana Senator Dan Coats announced his retirement, three Republican Party veterans have shown interest in taking his seat.

FEATURE
Next Saturday an organization called Healthy Monroe County will sponsor an event aimed at informing local residents about the current effect of PCBs in Bloomington. PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, are highly toxic chemicals that were banned in the U.S. in 1979. But before that, they were dumped in locations throughout the city. WFHB correspondent
Emily Beck looked into the current status of the cleanup efforts. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about Bloomington’s favorite springtime activities.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and David Murphy
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Emily Beck.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 1, 2015

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The family of a Northern Indiana woman has set up a crowd funding campaign to help appeal her 20-year prison sentence; The American public is growing more supportive of same-sex marriage; Property owners will again be asked to pay additional taxes to help support the Monroe County Community School Corporation; The local non-profit organization My Sister’s Closet is holding a gala to celebrate the success of the women who have sought the organizations help.

FEATURE
Roughly 200 people rallied yesterday at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington, just across the street from a local Republican fund raiser. The rally was originally scheduled to protest Governor Mike Pence, who was supposed to be the featured speaker at the event. Pence canceled his appearance amid increasing controversy over the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the protest continued despite Pence’s absence. Protesters called for the repeal of the Act, which effectively legalizes discrimination in Indiana.

BETTER BEWARE!
Some selfish people are claiming their pets are service dogs, to get them into places pets aren’t allowed. And some businesses are selling fake certificates to help this fraud!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek, Thomas Schneider
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Frankie Salzman and Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matthew Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Ins and Outs of Money – Tax Time!

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Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

Daily Local News – March 31, 2015

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More than 800 people have RSVP’d to attend a rally this afternoon in Karst Farm Park protesting Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The organization Healthy Monroe County is sponsoring an event to inform Hoosiers on the current effect of PCBs in our community; A group formed to support entrepreneurs in Bloomington is releasing a web portal it calls ‘the Switchboard.’; Newly elected Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain paid his first visit to the County Council during their work session last week.

FEATURE
Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby and Josh Byron
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – March 30, 2015

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Indiana has drawn nationwide criticism for a bill that effectively legalizes discrimination; Officials in the state of Indiana are still looking for ways to contain and prevent the spread of a recent HIV outbreak; Six time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald will be sharing her talents at the Indiana University Auditorium on April 7th at 8:00 p.m. as part of her 32-city concert tour; Any hope of making Indiana a leader in coal gasification technology seems to be going up in smoke; The Monroe County Public Library will hold a grand reopening the weekend of April 12th to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations in the Bloomington branch; The Bloomington Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence has officially cancelled a trip to Bloomington as he continues to deal with fallout from the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence had been scheduled to speak at a dinner tomorrow night sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party, but this afternoon the chairman of the Local Republicans, Steve Hogan, confirmed Pence called off those plans.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, David Murphy and Adele Poudrier.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – March 26, 2015

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Civil rights organizations and business groups throughout the state condemned Gov. Pence today after he officially approved the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; After much debate last night, Bloomington city council members passed an ordinance allowing food trucks to park 50 feet from existing restaurants; The Monroe County Community School Board has reversed its decision to send a letter of dissent to the Statehouse about public education in Indiana; Some environmental activists are worried a bill aimed at protecting Indiana’s drinking water from hazardous chemicals may be in trouble.

FEATURE
The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

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

Daily Local News – March 25, 2015

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Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act; A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures; The Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation has had to work to keep up with changes in statewide assessment testing this year; The Town of Ellettsville has joined the City of Bloomington and Monroe County as a partner in the Georgetown Energy Challenge; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is calling for submissions for shows that would begin as early as October.

FEATURE
The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.
Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

BETTER BEWARE!
Ransomware – one of the nastiest cyber-attacks ever – is now hitting videogames. Want to have to cough up $500 to continue playing World of Warcraft? Watch out!

CREDits
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Carmen Gozalo
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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