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Daily Local News – September 9, 2014

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The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that Indiana has received a waiver from certain aspects of the federal No Child Left Behind law; The owners of a new high-end apartment building along the B-Line Trail could get a three-quarter-million dollar tax break; Rideshare company Uber announced a launch in 20 college towns nationwide today, including Bloomington.

FEATURE
On August 23rd, Jeffrey Isaac, the James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, posted on his Facebook page a long letter expressing disappointment and outrage at IU’s unceremonious declaration they would be shuttering the Proton Therapy Center where he has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer. Isaac learned of the closing when he was handed a form letter by staff as he entered the facility. He speaks with WFHB correspondent Doug Storm about his experience, in today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 27, 2014

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is exploring a new way of distributing specialty crops in response to increased consumer demand; Hoosier Energy, located here in Bloomington, has entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 74,000 megawatt-hours annually of wind-power from Rail Splitter Wind Farm in central Illinois; Indiana Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on September 3rd for proposed reconstruction of State Road 46 through Spencer; On Monday Senator Joe Donnelly sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take quick action to stop American companies from relocating business in other countries for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes; Though City council voted in favor of hiring sharpshooters to kill deer at Griffy Lake Nature preserve beginning this fall, local community group Bloomington Advocates for Non Violent Innovative Deer Stewardship are still working to inform the public about alternative tactics; Even Bloomington’s utilities department has been forced to help make way for Interstate 69.

FEATURE
Monroe County Sheriff James Kennedy joined host Doug Storm on WFHB’s Interchange last night to talk about the “militarization” of police across the country, as well as here in Monroe County – a portion of their conversation here, in today’s community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
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 Doug Storm
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 26, 2014

The Majority of the Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees meeting on August 20th involved Financial Officer Gary Lettelleir speaking about next year’s library budget;The Monroe County Planning Department wants more money for staff; The Bloomington campus of Indiana University will continue and make permanent a bike lending program for students, faculty and staff; Indiana University has unveiled a broad plan to address the issue of sexual violence on campus.

FEATURE
Last Night were joined by William Vance, president of the Monroe County branch of the NAACP, and former Bloomington Police Department officers Jim Mitchell and Reverend Donald Griffin Sr. The group critiqued the effectiveness of the NAACP’s recommendations for citizens who are interacting with law enforcement, and their relevance to recent police action shootings in Missouri. A portion of their conversation here, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, 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 Alycin Bektesh, courtesy of Bring it On!
Our engineer today is Carissa Barrett
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 25, 2014

The administration at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University has announced that this year’s incoming first year cohort is the largest and most diverse in its history; Another round of lawsuits is shaping up to determine the future of marriage equality in Indiana; The IU Health Proton Therapy Cancer Center will close its doors at the end of this year; The latest report from the Indiana department of workforce development shows that Indiana added nearly ten thousand private sector jobs in July, but the unemployment rate held steady at 5-point-9 percent compared to June, due to an increase in people entering the labor force; Monroe County is going primetime; County officials are hoping in the future, Sample Gates will be just one of several iconic locations in the area.

FEATURE
As protests continued in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend, Bloomington saw its own rally against police violence. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford was on the scene Saturday afternoon. He brings us this report.

ACTIVATE!
Long time volunteers Carl Darnell and Erikka Vaughn talk about the rewards of mentoring students and building a learning community at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, here in Bloomington on the corner of 7th and Rogers. Also, more volunteer opportunities to work as a tutor or mentor with Monroe County students from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 21, 2014

On August 16, researchers at Indiana University presented a study on the perception of mutual love in straight and LGBT relationships; Last week, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly sent a letter requesting military aid be sent to Kiev. Senator Donnelly joined Arizona Senator John McCain in asking President Barack Obama to send supplies to aid the Ukrainian government; One of the best baseball players to come from Monroe County is reportedly buried in an unmarked grave in Rose Hill Cemetary; The repeal of Indiana’s energy efficiency program will cost residents money, according to a new report; Indiana State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tomorrow at an undisclosed location in Monroe County; Budget hearings are underway as various governmental agencies present their spending strategy before the city council this month.

FEATURE
This weekend marks the third annual Grant Street Jazz Festival. Organizer David Miller joined WFHB Jazz Programmer Ray Zdonek to speak about the local jazz scene last night – their talk here, in today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s exclusive public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Harrison Wagner, Susan Northleaf and Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 19, 2014

This morning marked the official move-in time for freshman students of Indiana University; A federal judge has ruled Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; Mayor Mark Kruzan has appointed Jeff Underwood as the new City of Bloomington Controller starting September 2; A study released by researchers at IU School of Medicine has found that one of the most important factors influencing parents’ decisions to vaccinate their children is if they are told how their child will benefit; Test scores are up at the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation, but they’re still below the state average; The historic trend in state funding cuts to Indiana’s public universities seems likely to continue; The Monore County Clerk’s office has struggled to fill out poll workers positions during elections, but an effort to amend that problem is not receiving any traction.

FEATURE
WFHB News director Alycin Bektesh attended this mornings ribbon cutting ceremony for Bloomington transits new downtown facility and brings us this community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our annual warning about the local population explosion, and a tipoff to college students that the sharks are out there, smelling — not blood, but their (and their parents’) money!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Susan Northleaf, Sierra Gardner and Joe Crawford
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
WFHB is proud to partner with community access television services for the production of CATSweek
Managing Producer s Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 18, 2014

Bloomington Transit began operations out of the newly built downtown public transit center today, with several slight adjustments to route times; Monroe County should soon be processing its own recyclables; The Monroe County School Board is an elected body tasked with overseeing the local public school system; A national group is pressing Indiana to adopt a climate action plan.

FEATURE
The 2014 Kids County data book was released this month – evaluating the well being of children in each state. Today, WFHB news director Alycin Beketsh speaks with Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz about Indiana’s childhood poverty rate for today’s community report.

ACTIVATE!
Ronald Arruejo, a Be More Volunteer Award nominee for his work with the PACE (Panthers Achieving Credits and Enrichment) program at Bloomington High School South, talks about the rewards of working with high school students and seeing them figure out that with hard work they can learn anything and everything they need. Also, more volunteer opportunities to work with children and in education from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Our Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Audio production by Dan Withered

Daily Local News – August 14, 2014

Acclaimed actor and Indiana University Graduate Kevin Kline will be in Bloomington in September to receive an honorary doctoral degree; A group in Bloomington has organized collective Moment of Silence in recognition of the ongoing protests in Ferguson Missouri in downtown Bloomington this evening; The first woman to serve as chief justice of the Indiana supreme court will begin her appointment on Monday; Polycentric governance of the internet could lead to “cyber-peace” according to Indiana University Professor Scott J. Shackelford; Marketplace, a federal health insurance company, has begun sending notices to consumers requesting citizen verification forms; A Purdue student-run newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the university for access to video footage of an encounter between an officer and a reporter the day of the January murder; On
August 12th, a Monroe County judge asked for extra security at the Community Corrections Building; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board approved the 2015 budget for the city of Bloomington Utilities Department during their meeting August 11th; New bike lanes are in the works for downtown Bloomington as well as for the north end of the city; Bloomington has made it to the quarter finals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment”
We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent Bryce Westman
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 13, 2014

The IU Media School tweeted a drawing of the plans for Franklin Hall renovation following last week’s Board of Trustees meeting; According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, IU Health has had a 167% profit increase after price increases and laying off 900 employees last fall; Hoosiers Unite for Marriage has announced that at least 19 amicus briefs have been filed supporting marriage inequality in Indiana and Wisconsin; Colleges are concerned about students who drop out without completing a degree, but typically they don’t know what happens to these students after they leave campus; In Indiana, a 2.4 million dollar initiative is aimed at boosting college completion of 21st Century Scholars through one-on-one coaching; The Indiana University Marketing Office is working with IU schools on a marketing approach using more data and visuals; A traffic stop on State Road 46 in Nashville led to four arrests on drug-related charges; Bloomington has been selected to host the 2015 Travel Media Showcase, a convention of travel journalists and tourism industry representatives from North America; A homeowner near Lake Monroe got permission to build a new garage August 6th despite concerns his property violated zoning law; A private company that already manages portions of Ellettsville’s town government may soon expand its reach there; According to Clinical Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing Greg Carter, the syphilis rate in Indianapolis was higher by May 2014 than it had been for the entire previous year.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
“Secret shopper” companies can be legit — but can also be a nasty scam. Here’s the story of one local lady who has seen both kinds.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Joe Crawford is our managing producer,
Alycin Bektesh is the executive producer.

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