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Daily Local News – April 22, 2015

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Bloomington is facing rapidly escalating costs for disposal of sludge from its wastewater treatment facility; School voucher demand in Indiana is leveling off, according to a report from Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy published last month; Five new religious congregations have received state grants to reduce their energy consumption; The Monroe County Commissioners considered an application last week for a two hundred thousand dollar federal grant to help with local trail work; In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department is hosting an event to promote awareness about persons with autism in the workforce.

FEATURE
As Indiana residents celebrate Earth Day this year, the state government says air quality throughout the state is improving. But that official line is complicated by reports from some other organizations. News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
A lovely little scam going the rounds offers to pay suckers for putting advertising on their cars. But it ends up working the other way around!

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

Daily Local News – April 21, 2015

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The Indiana State Department of Health reports today the number of recorded cases of HIV in southeastern Indiana this year has risen to 135; A federal lawsuit charges IU Health and HealthNet Inc. with putting low-income pregnant women and their newborn babies at risk by committing fraud and taking taxpayer money; A bill that looks destined for approval in the Indiana legislature has loopholes that could lead to disastrous consequences, according to the Hoosier Environmental Council; The Monroe County Redevelopment Commission has voted to continue the westside Tax Increment Financing District or TIF; The Monroe County Library Board of Trustees approved an appropriation of five hundred and eighty thousand dollars for the Library Improvement Reserve Fund last week.

FEATURE
The fall of 2016 should see the new Engineering Department open at IU-Bloomington open for its first students. While the initiative still needs the approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, plans are well on their way for its start-up. The new program is to be housed in the School of Informatics and Computing. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke yesterday to Professor Robert Schnabel of the IU school of informatics., Schnabel is the dean of the school and chaired the IU faculty task force that made the original recommendation to IU President McRobbie to establish the engineering department. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen, Sophia Saliby, Joe Crawford and Joshua Byron
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
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 – April 20, 2015

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Monroe County has announced an impromptu closure of the County Courthouse tomorrow; Bloomington’s local co-op grocery is undergoing major challenges; On Friday, Governor Pence signed new legislation that allows for individuals to obtain and use overdose intervention drugs; Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, is set to visit Bloomington on Wednesday; At a work session last week, the Monroe County Community School Board heard a proposed plan for evaluating teachers; Indiana University is in the process of approving two new degrees in engineering.

FEATURE
This year the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. As part of its 100 Years Working for Peace Exhibit, the local branch of the League hosted a presentation by Judith Allen, a history professor at Indiana University. The event was held at the Monroe County History Center. Allen presented, “Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Jane Addams: Perils of Peace,” a presentation which compared these two iconic women and their views on war. We bring you portions of that event for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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

Daily Local News – April 16, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day; A bill which would likely oust Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education passed in the House this week; A state audit by the Indiana Department of Correction has given the Monroe County Community Corrections Program a perfect grade; Amateur and professional photographers throughout Indiana have the opportunity to see their work published in an upcoming coffee table book for the state’s bicentennial, entitled “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State”; Some Hoosiers trying to quit smoking may have trouble finding help, according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Tax time is nigh, a good time to question what we’re paying for.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Jack Hanek, Adele Poudrier and Taylor Telford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 15, 2015

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The state Senate today voted to repeal Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Law; Freedom Indiana announced a new campaign today, just less than two weeks after the group helped force state legislators to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA); The Bloomington Plan Commission has approved a redevelopment plan for the northeast corner of the College Mall; Indiana University has received a five hundred thousand dollar gift from philanthropists Cynthia Stewart Simon and William Simon Jr.

FEATURE
IU Health officials announced this morning they are changing the course of plans to relocate the Bloomington Hospital. The Hospital still plans to move out of its downtown location, a decision that has been unpopular with many Bloomington residents, but the new facility is now scheduled for construction at the IU Golf Course, located on the northeast side of town along the bypass. Before today, the plan had been to move the hospital west of city limits on North Park, where the hospital already owns land. Several officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health Bloomington President Mark Moore, praised the new plan this morning. We bring you some of those comments for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
There’s a growing epidemic of children having their identites stolen — and not knowing about it for many years. Most parents aren’t aware of this danger, but there are ways to protect your little ones.

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

Daily Local News – April 14, 2015

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The state senate today is debating a bill that would end Indiana’s common construction
wage, The local transportation planning authority continues to show its discontent with the
state’s handling of Interstate 69 construction, The Monroe County Solid Waste Management
District is moving ahead with setting up its new recycling facility, Planned Parenthood
locations in Bloomington and Columbus are offering free STD and HIV tests next week,
Throughout April, the Bloomington entertainment and Arts District will display photographs
by the Bloomington Photography Club in the City Hall Atrium.

FEATURE
The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on
Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event
to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the
breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they
think about the future.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Happy Financial Literacy Month!

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy 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 – April 13, 2015

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More than a hundred people have signed a petition to address what they say is a crisis at Bloomington’s food cooperative; The reported number of HIV cases in Southeastern Indiana has increased to 106; Former soldier Rory Fanning is coming to Indiana University tomorrow to give a talk titled, “Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America;” The Bloomington City Council has indicated it may make significant changes to how it manages parking downtown; Bloomington’s Environmental Commission is holding its Fourth Annual Eco-Heroes Competition.

FEATURE
Late last week a petition began circulating in social media demanding an audit, or peer review, at Bloomingfoods, the food cooperative with four permanent locations in Bloomington. As of our deadline there were 127 signatures on that petition.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Joe Crawford, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino and Joshua Byron.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
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.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 9, 2015

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The race for mayor of Bloomington took one candidate six hundred miles away from City Hall last night;Construction of section 5 of I-69 on the west side of Bloomington will begin this month;The Walnut Twig Beetle, known for carrying a fungus fatal to black walnut trees, has been detected for the first time in Indiana;

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week is our spring fund drive here at WFHB, your chance to support our award-winning news department!

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWeil, Scott Weddle
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
supported by Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, your locally-grown co-op grocery.
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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.

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