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Daily Local News – February 24, 2015

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An electronics repair company has announced it plans to cut 320 jobs at its location in Bloomington; Today is the deadline for bills to get a second reading in the Indiana State legislature; In other news from the legislature, a Senate Joint Resolution with the potential to harm Indiana lakes and rivers was defeated by the Indiana State Senate today; An IU professor of law and medicine says Indiana’s agreement with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid will be counterproductive in its purported goal of helping the poor; Plans for a 107-room hotel proposed for the intersection of 17th and Walnut Streets received narrow approval last week from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

FEATURE
Many in Bloomington have expressed concern and anger over the announcement that the IU Health Bloomington Hospital plans to move away from downtown. City leaders have responded, asking the hospital to stay in its current location. News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Joe Crawford and Sophia Saliby
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was written by Alycin Bektesh and produced by Joe Crawford
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – February 23, 2015

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An Indiana senate bill could place further restrictions on abortion in the state. Senate Bill 334 would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the decision is based on a fetus’s sex or disability; The Indiana Youth Institute has released the 2015 Kids Count data book, an assessment of childhood wellbeing across the state; The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Citizens Advisory Committee identified a need for updated bylaws during a meeting on February 19th.

FEATURE
A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel. We bring you a part of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Emily Beck along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – February 19, 2015

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There’s no need to pay the parking meters in downtown Bloomington the next few days; The proposed extension of I-69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis has been a hot topic for Hoosiers, and now INDOT is providing citizens with an opportunity to express their concerns in a public forum;The Monroe County Plan Commission delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to allow a new 40-acre subdivision west of Bloomington; The new teen services and digital creativity center at the Monroe County Public Library is set to open in a matter of days.

FEATURE
Professor Timothy Carter of Ball State University gave a presentation Monday night in the Bloomington City Council chambers. Carter discussed his study of deer behavior and biology in Monroe County. Only part of Carter’s research is complete. We bring you a portion of Carter’s talk now for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Your WFHB local public opinion segment

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

Daily Local News – February 18, 2015

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Six short films from local artists will be part of a competition at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre this Sunday; Trash and recycling collection in Bloomington is cancelled for tomorrow; Last week the Monroe County Council discussed the need for increased public transportation in the area; A lifetime combining a love of music and public service has won an IU professor the 2015 Black History Month Living Legend award; The Bloomington Board of Public Works approved infrastructure last week to measure contaminants in the Johnson Hardware Building; The Monroe County Storm Water Management Board allocated half of their yearly Stormwater Education budget during a meeting last week.

FEATURE
A law working its way through the state legislature this week could have serious effects on Indiana’s construction agency. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

BETTER BEWARE!
Almost half the population of America take herbal supplements – and now it turns out that some of the most popular brands don’t contain the herbs on the label! A major health headsup!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Taylor Telford
Today’s headlines were written by Carmen Gozalo, Taylor Telford and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineer today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – February 17, 2015

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The current cold snap has ended the warmer than average winter Indiana had been experiencing this year; The state is moving toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales but possibly with more restrictions that will apply to all liquor sales every day; and the construction of a long-debated recycling facility is moving forward, but not without further complications in the process.

FEATURE
A six-and-a-half-hour Bloomington Plan Commission meeting last week included discussion about a new parking garage proposed in downtown Bloomington. The 268-space garage would serve County employees.  The 9-story garage would be next to the Monroe County Jail. The County has proposed making the garage an emergency jail evacuation center and potentially a space for a work release program.  Members of the group, Decarcerate Monroe County, raised concerns about the facility to the Plan Commission. The Plan Commission did not vote on the parking garage proposal last week. The Commission is scheduled to consider the idea again in March.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacy talks about managing spending your income and how to be a wise spender.

CREDITS
Headlines were written by David Murphy 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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – February, 16, 2015

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The influx of proposed developments in Bloomington is raising concerns at the city’s Commission on Sustainability. Last week, Rebecca Swanson gave a report to the Commission and listed five projects that she called “eye openingly large.” She included the recent passage by the Bloomington Plan Commission of a 30-foot height variance for a hotel on Kirkwood Avenue.

FEATURE
Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Volunteers Susan Buchanan and Sarah Weisand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public LIbrary. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
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.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawfrd.
For WFHB, I’m Doug Storm.

Daily Local News – February 12, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington City Council questioned the criteria for granting tax abatements;The Ellettsville town
government is one step closer to restricting on-going yard sales after a Plan Commission meeting last week;A group
at Indiana University is heading to Central America for spring break;Ivy Tech students and other volunteers will
help low-to-moderate income families file their 2015 tax returns for free.

FEATURE
Much of the debate at the Indiana Statehouse over the past several weeks has revolved around education. Just this
week Governor Mike Pence announced plans to shorten the length of the I-STEP test, which students will take in
March. That move was in response to an announcement that the length would otherwise have doubled this year.
Meanwhile, Indiana Republicans have pushed legislation to check the power of Glenda Ritz, the State Superintendent
of Education. Ritz is a Democrat who was elected in 2012. Debate also continues over how to fund traditional public schools as compared to charter schools and voucher programs. On Tuesday night, the Monroe County Community School Corporation hosted a conversation about how education could be affected by state legislation this year. We bring
you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report. The featured speakers are, first, State Representative Matt Pierce, then Fairview Elementary Principal Justin Hunter and then Cathy Fuentes-Rowher from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. MCCSC school board president Keith Klein asks the first question.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is Saturday!! Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one. Some people revel in the
love and affection that given to them, some people feel uncomfortable with or jealous of this kind of affection and
still some others would just rather not think about it and treat it as any other day. Voices in the street hit the
streets to ask your friends and neighbors about their Valentine’s Day plans, memories, and whether or not they
think the holiday is a sham.

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

Daily Local News – February 11, 2015

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Races have officially begun for political positions at the city of Bloomington; The Ellettsville Town Council heard another update regarding the development of the Heritage Trail during their meeting on Monday; IU students are preparing to represent the U.S. in the so called “Olympics for Theatre Design and Performance” this summer; A new report finds that the current national economic recovery is leaving Indiana households behind, ranking us 34th in the nation; A local activist gave a detailed history of what is now IU Health Bloomington hospital last week during a Bloomington City Council meeting.

FEATURE
This past weekend a group of state legislators took questions about bills that are currently under debate at the Indiana Statehouse. The event was sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and held at Bloomington City Hall. Many of the questions from the public centered on a bill that would affect solar power. That bill was sponsored by Eric Koch, a Republican state representative from Bedford. Koch was at the forum and responded to questions. We bring you a portion of that discussion now for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Anthem Health Insurance is nationwide – from Indiana. Hackers just stole info on over 80 million Anthem customers – if you got heisted, here’s what you need to do right now.

CREDITS
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Carmen Gozalo and Anson Shupe
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Our engineers today are Jim Lang, Matt Gwaltney and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Candidates For Bloomington Mayor and City Council

The following candidates have filed to run for mayor of Bloomington or one of the nine positions on the City Council. Their names will appear on the ballot during the primary election May 5.

 

Mayor

- John Hamilton (D)

- John Linnemeier (D)

- Darryl Neher (D)

- John Turnbull (R)

 

City Council

 

District 1

- Kevin Easton (D)

- Chris Sturbaum (D)

 

District  2

- Dorothy Granger (D)

 

District 3

- Allison Chopra (D)

- Marty Spechler (D)

- Mike Satterfield (D)

- Nelson Shaffer (R)

 

District 4

- Dave Rollo (D)

- Philippa Guthrie (D)

 

District 5

- Gabe Colman (D)

-  Kurt Babcock (D)

- Isabel Piedmont-Smith (D)

 

District 6

- Steve Volan (D)

- Ronald Patton Jr. (D)

 

At-Large

- Tim Mayer (D)

- Andy Ruff (D)

- Susan Sandberg (D)

Daily Local News – February 10, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence has signed an executive order to shorten the length of the 2015 ISTEP+ test; Local peace groups are sponsoring an event tomorrow covering the United States relationship with Iran; A new hotel seems headed to the heart of downtown Bloomington;

FEATURE
In the wake of the recent attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as continued fighting the group known as ISIS, there has been increased scrutiny of Islam in American media. Last night WFHB correspondent Sophia Saliby was on hand for a local conversation about Islam.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Stephanie Solomon, from Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, talks to Ryan Stacy about jumpstarting the garden season in February and growing your own food.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Sophia Saliby and Joe Crawford
Our feature was produced by Sophia Saliby and edited by Joe Crawford
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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