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Daily Local News August 12, 2014

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The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday; MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees during the Trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday; Indiana University has a new Women’s Basketball coach; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organization history; A national association of retail stores has named Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats a 2014 Hero of Main Street; Three Communities in Northwestern Indiana live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, as well as highly contaminated waters and elevated cancer and asthma rates; Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks; The Monroe County Commissioners can’t quiet down interstate sixty-nine; A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Board of trustees met on Friday and discussed some capital improvement projects for the campus of IU Bloomington. Today, correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University spokesman Mark Land about the changes, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Casey Kuhn
Our Engineer today is Carissa Barrett,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 11, 2014

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Indiana University Police are currently working on the Emergency Alert System and accidentally set off the warning sirens just before 3pm today; The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed the first human case of west nile virus this season; Riley Children’s Foundation has announced it will give eight thousand dollars to family-focused groups in Bloomington; Registration opened today for this Fall’s “Home Buyers Club”, a series of informational sessions put on by the City of Bloomignton Housing and Neighborhood Development division; An influx of natural and organic grocerys is expected in Bloomington, over the next few years; The Monroe County Commissioners held a public hearing July 25th reexamining the concept of a dual-stream Material Recovery Facility, or MURF.

FEATURE
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced an update today regarding the election division’s Voter List refresh project. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

ACTIVATE!
Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Dan Withered and Alycin Bektesh.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 6, 2014

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Loretta Rush has been selected as Indiana’s next Chief Justice; The city of Bloomington on Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs is asking for nominations for the Latino Leader Award and Agency/Organization Award; Local husband and wife photographers Peggy and John Woodcock are the featured artists this month in Bloomington’s City Hall Showers Atrium; SafeWise has ranked Ellettsville as one of Indiana’s safest cities; Bloomington’s Herald Times is offering community members a chance to vote for their favorite local musicians; The Commission of the status of Women will soon be introducing a resolution to the city council pushing for a minimum wage raise; Two Indiana University law professors stepped into a legal battle this week between the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers.

FEATURE
A group in Bloomington has begun to envision our local groceries stores without offerings of single use plastic bags. WFHB Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with group organizers, and looks at examples of similar initiatives in communities across the country for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our community feature was produced by Harrison Wagner
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 5, 2014

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Some companies may soon be exempt from Bloomington’s new regulations on chain businesses downtown; A study released today by a conservative think tank claims Governor Mike Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 will damage the state’s economy; A majority of students at Indiana’s public universities are women, but most of those who govern the schools are men; The annual Forbes list of College rankings was released last week, with Indiana University Bloomington nearly missing the top one hundred; Bloomington’s Interfaith Winter Shelter has started a crowdfunding campaign through Indie Go-Go; In order to publicize Elletsville’s new farmers market, the Ellestsville Town Council approved a waver to the town advertising code in their latest meeting; The Monroe County Public Library saw an increase of Library Card applications during the summer; Local public schools opened to new and returning students last Monday.

FEATURE
Classes start back up this month, but Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for today’s community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Helen Harrell
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Joe Crawford
Along with Drew Daudeline for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
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 Alycin Bektesh
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Our executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 4, 2014

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Work begins today on a new greenspace surrounding the Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center; A group of Indiana firefighters, police officers and emergency medical providers announced today that they have signed a legal brief in support of marriage equality in Indiana; Last Friday, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of one million dollars; Bloomington Police continue to investigate two armed robberies occurring on the B line last week; Little feedback has been received regarding a proposed change to Bloomington’s food cart ordinance  – WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has more.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Fair concluded this weekend, WFHB Correspondent Hondo Thompson was on location speaking to the vendors, attendees and organizers who come together for the annual celebration of summer in Monroe County, for today’s community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered with Correspondent Hondo Thompson
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker and the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

IU’s Indiana Prevention Resource Center to Enhance Alcohol and Drug Screening as Preventive Care – July 16th, 2014

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The Indiana University School of Public Health and the Indiana Prevention Resource Center is making it easier for patients to talk about their drug and alcohol use through a program called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral). Mallory DeSalle helps explain what SBIRT does and how it will help Hoosiers in finding appropriate treatment for their drug or alcohol use.

Story by Harrison Wagner

Daily Local News – July 3, 2014

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The Hoosier Hills Food Bank has launched a new project to deliver fresh produce to agencies in Monroe County;  Bloomington City Council members praised changes to the city’s engineering division July 2nd, although some questioned whether the move would end a long-standing dispute; Indiana Senator Dan Coats introduced a bill yesterday along with New York Senator kirsten Gillibrand with the hope of supporting academic research institutions; At a meeting July 1st, the Bloomington Board of Public Works gave the green light to plans for a new arts plaza outside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

FEATURE
This fall, Indiana University is changing the way it talks to students about sexual assault. Correspondent Drew Daudelin spoke with Leslie Fasone, Assistant Dean for Women’s and Gender Affairs, and Carol McCord, Associate Dean of Students, about the school’s new messaging, resources available for students on campus, and what it means to be on the top ten list of schools with the highest cumulative reports of sexual assault — for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Sarah Hetrick
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Our broadcast engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – July 2, 2014

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Indiana is diversifying and aging. According to the latest US Census Report, Indiana’s average age is 37 point 4, up from 37 in 2012; A member of the Bloomington Utilities Service Board pressed the Utilities Department to consider cutting staff at a meeting June 30th; Indiana University has authored a bill of rights for student athletes. The bill contains 10 benefits for athletes – including a four-year scholarship commitment regardless of injury, illness, or performance, academic support, health guarantees, life skills development, a collective voice, and cutting edge technology; The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington is trying to help cut down the number of plastic bags ending up in landfills; A law student interning at a pro-life law firm authored a miscarriage burial bill that was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last month.

FEATURE
One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD (“hud). This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
How can anyone remember all the usernames and passwords we need these days? Perhaps the answer has been with us all along!

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Harrison Wagner, Sierra Gardner, and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford 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 is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – July 1, 2014

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On Monday, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in Sebelius versus Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, that “closely held corporations”, do not have to include coverage for contraception under Affordable Care Act insurance plans, if the employer opposes contraception on personal religious grounds; The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of Indiana has issued a stay on same-sex marriages; Residents living near the Rogers and Binford elementary schools raised concerns June 26th about a revamping of the parking setup there.

FEATURE
Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Susan Northleaf
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 Quinn Barney
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 30, 2014

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Indiana industry dumps more chemicals into our waterways than any other state, however the state official in charge of water management isn’t aware of this pollution; The Monroe County Commission took on noisy I-69 contractors June 27th by passing a stricter noise ordinance; The city of Bloomington is finishing plans to build a short pedestrian trail on the south side of the city.

FEATURE
Governor Pence is hosting a conference to look at Indiana’s tax policies. What is billed as the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference is billed as a means to get ideas that will make Indiana more competitive. The list of attendees includes tax professionals – tax lawyers, accountants and academics, business and economics academics, representatives from business and business associations, and several former Republican economic and tax policy advisers. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Bob Ditmer, Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, which is organizing the event. He first raised the issue of the apparent lack of representation from labor, working people, the poor or other marginalized groups at the conference.

ACTIVATE
We hear about the hoosier hills food bank on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Ilze Ackerbergs, along with correspondent David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our board engineer and Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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