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Daily Local News – May 7, 2014

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A demonstration this evening on the courthouse square is part of a larger day of action called Days of Remembrance, a nationwide effort to bring attention to united states drone use; The Monroe County Commission accepted a $120,000 state grant May 2nd to help build a pedestrian trail just west of Bloomington; In the latest report in a series of Non Profit examinations authored by Indiana University professor in the school of public and environmental affairs Kirsten Grønbjerg, findings show that membership-based non profits are especially hard hit by economic recessions; The Ellettsville Plan Commission discussed ideas for expanding the Town during a meeting May 1st.

FEATURE
WFHB News Staff Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford were on hand throughout the primary elections held in Indiana yesterday, and brought regular interviews and updated results as the ballots were counted. The results of all the contested primary races here – in today’s wfhb feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
People in the service, and their families, and their friends — and now, a lot of ordinary civillians as well — are at serious risk from nasty, savvy, and highly targeted scams. If you’re military, beware — and whether you are or not, help spread the word.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with correspondent Andrew Huddleston
Our feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 5, 2014

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Indiana’s primary elections are tomorrow, May 6th, with polls opening at 6am and closing at 6pm; At a Bloomington City Council meeting last week, the owners of three large new buildings downtown asked council members to approve tax breaks for their businesses; Indiana University-Bloomington is being investigated for violations of federal sex discrimination rules; On May first, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly announced his support for a Senate bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline without requiring a permit from President Obama to move forward.

FEATURE
A new report from the American Lung Association says Indianapolis has the 20th most polluted air in the country. That’s based on levels of small particles in the air that affect cardiovascular health and could be linked to cancer. The report shows worsening air quality in Indianapolis and around the country. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us this WFHB feature exclusive on what the new data means for Indianapolis and Monroe County, where we know much less about pollution levels.

ACTIVATE!
Lucy Schaich, Assistant Director of the City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network along with New Hope Family Shelter Executive Director Elaine Gwin and New Hope volunteer Joanne on the Volunteer Network’s Fill the Gap community volunteer initiative and the specific needs of Fill the Gap partner agency New Hope Family Shelter.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
The Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 2, 2014

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Bloomington City Council members asked Wednesday whether proposed financial controls at the city could hurt employee morale; County Clerk Linda Robbins said May 1st the County still had eight poll worker positions to fill for the primary election; The Bloomington branch of Ivy Tech Community College has named Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor; Two Indiana University faculty members – Shannon Gayk and William Newman – have been selected as fellows for the National Humanities Center.

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Four months into the healthcare exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, Indiana Governor Mike Pence is still working out details with the federal government for Hoosiers to obtain healthcare. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was joined yesterday by CMS Communications Director Julie Bataille and Director of the HHS Office of Health Reform Michael Hash, in a conference call with updates to the Health Insurance Marketplace in Indiana. We bring you some of that call now for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Neal Earley,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 1, 2014

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More tornado outbreaks are likely to occur through the warm months of April to July; The Indiana University Health hospitals in South Central Indiana hosted a food drive in March, in honor of National Nutrition Month; The Bloomington Commission on Aging is celebrating creativity and our aging population this month with the Fourth Annual Creative Aging Festival; This Saturday is the 13th Annual Free Comic Book Day at Bloomington’s Vintage Phoenix and comic book shops around the world; This weekend in local sports: tomorrow the Indiana University Women’s and Men’s Swim teams compete in the Buccetos Open, which continues through Sunday.

FEATURE
Indiana University Student Madeline Dinges was one of five students awarded this year’s Provost Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Dinges and her mentor, Justin Ross, an associate professor of public finance and economics in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs worked together to produce a fiscal analysis that acted as a guiding document for Lake County Indiana. An upcoming article under review at the journal Public Budgeting and Finance also includes work from their collaboration. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh met with Dinges and Ross in SPEA to learn more about the fiscal state of Indiana counties, and the honor they received for their work, on today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
The Little 500 is utterly unique and also the largest collegiate cycling event in the world.  This year’s race saw the team from Kappa Alpha Theta win the women’s race by twelve-one-hundredths of a second, and the Black Key Bulls scored the victory in the men’s division.  Voices in the Street hit the streets, or track, rather, to speak with participants in the 64th annual Little 500 and ask them, about the nature of the event.  Is the Little 500 more about the race or the socializing that accompanies it?

CREDITS
Anchors: Jalisa Ransom, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom and Dani Aleksa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 30, 2014

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By a vote of ten-to-one, the Indiana State Board of Education put an end to the current academic standards today, focusing on a new method they say will help students be more college and career ready; Members of boards and commissions in Bloomington will have to reveal financial information more regularly as a result of a new city policy; The nation’s largest solar farm built on top of a federal Superfund site became operational in Indianapolis last month; The Trashion Refashion 2014 Runway Show entertained Bloomington residents on Sunday at the Buskirk Chumley Theater with two runway segments, a “Trashion-off,” and performances by the Aerial Silks, Hudsucker Posse, and Jefferson Street Marching Band.

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The group Grassroots Conservatives describes itself as a coalition of conservative Republicans, Tea Party Patriots, constitutionalists, independents, and libertarians who come together to pursue the American Dream. The group held a straw poll last night at the Monroe County Public Library, inviting members to select the Republican primary race candidates for Congress, County Council District 2, and County Council District 4 that best meet the Grassroots Conservatives’ principals of reducing federal government spending, low taxes and regulations, and a constitutionally limited government. Correspondent Casey Kuhn attended the polling last night and recorded candidate speeches, interviews with organization members, and the results for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Authors — especially academics who need to publish — are being hit by fake publicists who promise all kinds of publicity and book-sales. Then they take the money and run!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Ruben Solis, Linda Green, and Stephanie Stewart,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Anson Shupe,
Our feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 29, 2014

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The principal at Fairview Elementary reported April 22nd on what she said were positive developments at the school; Developers got the green light April 24th to build a 3-story, mostly residential building on the north side of Bloomington; The Ellettsville Town Council voted April 28th to accept $223,000 in federal funds for its Heritage Trail project; The city of Bloomington is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the city board and commissions; Actor Jonathan Banks will visit the IU cinema tomorrow at 3:00PM. Banks is scheduled to host an on-stage Q&A followed by a screening of clips from his 40-year acting career; This week on The Strike Mic: plans for May Day activism in Bloomington.

FEATURE
“No Justice, Just Us” is a slogan that connects film director and Indiana University graduate Denis Hennelly’s two most recent films, Bold Native and Goodbye World. Bold Native offers a fictionalized representation of the Animal Liberation Front showing activists planning a major disruptive event, while Goodbye World looks at the ways we try to hold on to normal in the midst of catastrophic collapse brought on a cyber-security breach. Both film stress the bonds of community and the justification of taking direct action. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive correspondent Doug Storm speaks with Denis Hennelly about what viewers can expect from these two films playing tonight at the IU Cinema.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Steve and Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy for Indiana University talk about making smart decisions after graduation on WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Stephanie Stewart, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library
Today’s engineer and our Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 28, 2014

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The student group Coal Free IU had a meeting with Duke Energy this morning, about a possible collaboration between Indiana University and Duke
Energy to fulfill both parties’ energy sustainability goals; Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins said votes should be counted by no later than 8 pm in the primary election May 6th. Robbins made the statement at a County Election Board meeting April 23rd; The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will extend its operating hours on Monday, May 5th and Tuesday, May 6th for the primary election; According to the March 2014 Indiana Employment Report, a report by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the unemployment rate in Indiana dropped from seven-point-nine percent in March 2013 to five-point-nine percent in March 2014.

FEATURE
In recent years, elections in Monroe County have been afflicted by a variety of technical difficulties. And some of those issues were due to simple human error – specifically errors by poll workers. Although the County Election Board stresses poll worker training, there is often not enough time to train workers who sign up at the last minute. Like in previous years, the Clerk’s Office is scrambling this week to find enough workers to staff all its voting sites for the May 6th primary. As of Friday afternoon, the County still needed forty-four workers. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Clerk Linda Robbins about the poll worker shortage and how it could affect the election process.

ACTIVATE!
Melanie Miller and Dot Owen of IU Health Hospice talk about the importance and rewards of hospice and the IU Health program through out the years.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Neal Earley,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek,
a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 25, 2014

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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan’s veto won’t stop a plan to shoot deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve; In other Bloomington Council news, the Mayor’s office proposed new financial controls at the meeting in response to an embezzlement scandal that came to light earlier this year; The Bloomington Police Department is trying a slightly different strategy in their security preparations surrounding Indiana University’s Little 500 festivities, beginning this evening; Collection sites will be set up across the state tomorrow for expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs in pill or liquid forms as a part of the Prescription Drug Take Back initiative.

FEATURE
Indiana Representative and former doctor Larry Bucshon (boo-shawn) came to Bloomington yesterday on his Hoosier Healthcare tour. He spoke on a panel with doctors, health care professionals, and a psychiatrist at Centerstone Mental Illness Center. They discussed the role of mental healthcare in Indiana, how to fix issues with mental illness treatment, and how the state fares regarding healthcare in general. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Representative Bucshon about the Hoosier Healthcare tour and what he’s hearing from concerned Indiana citizens, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Chelsea Hardy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 24, 2014

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A fundraising event for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky held last weekend brought in more than one hundred and sixty thousand dollars for the organization, which is currently in a legal battle with the state of Indiana; The Indiana University Student Foundation and the Little 500 teammates of Lauren Gill came up with a way to honor her by making custom bandages for riders and fans to wear at the upcoming Men’s and Women’s races. Little 500 Race Director Jordan Bailey explains how the idea came about; Map the Meal Gap, an annual study by the national non-profit Feeding America, was released yesterday; This weekend in sports.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence signed a new bill into law that will fund Pre-K voucher programs for low-income families in the state of Indiana. The bill, called House Enrolled Act-1004, will set aside a portion of Indiana’s annual budget to fund a pilot program that will go into effect for five Indiana counties to help lower-income families enroll their children in their choice of Pre-K education programs within the state. Now we bring you a few remarks from Governor Pence about the pilot program, for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES ON THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Our Planet.

CREDITS
Anchor: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Neal Earley, 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,
Our feature producer and engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 23, 2014

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Assessor Judy Sharp told the County Council that tax cases involving her office often get held up in the appeals system for years; The Bloomington Board of Public Works heard a presentation April 22nd about a pedestrian safety project on IU’s campus; President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil have been announced as commencement speakers for Indiana University’s graduation ceremony in May.

FEATURE
Last February, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Washington meeting with Kathleen Sebelius, then-Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, to discuss his desire to administer any expansion of Medicaid to the state, as provided under the Affordable Care Act. While the majority of other states have decided to expand, Indiana has not, having received a federal waiver to maintain its more limited Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence has been under local pressure to expand Medicaid. On January 22nd, the Bloomington City Council passes resolution 14 DASH 1 Supporting the Full Expansion of Medicaid in Indiana Through the Affordable Care Act. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slabosky, chairperson of Cover Indiana, one of the groups leading this campaign, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Lindsey Wright, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Neal Earley,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Ackerbergs produced our feature, along with Correspondent David Murphy.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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