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Daily Local News – July 27, 2015

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Monroe County health officials are exploring whether to begin operating a needle exchange program. The Monroe County Commission approved two projects related to environmental sustainability last week. This weekend Bloomington is scheduled to host the National Softball Tournament. This Thursday is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Medicare and two local organizations are celebrating the milestone.

FEATURE
A Bloomington resident is designing a first of its kind community carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. Once it’s underway, the program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program.

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Sara Frommer talks about her 16 years as a volunteer for Volunteers Tutoring Adult Learners or VITAL at the Monroe County Public Library.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley and Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
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 – July 23, 2015

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Yesterday an activist group released a second video depicting a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing tissue donations, furthering claims from some that the organization is illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue; The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has launched a new state-wide program to promote farming and consumption of locally grown foods; A Florida-based company continued its campaign this week to build a cell tower near the Monroe County Airport; A property owner on South Harmony Road asked to get around Monroe County’s sewer regulations last week.

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Progress on Monroe County’s new recycling facility has been slowed down over the last couple of months. Last summer, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors and the County Council approved the establishment of a Materials Recycling Facility, or MRF (“murf”). That facility is intended to process and sell the County’s recyclables. A budget of a little over a quarter million dollars was set aside for the project. Later, the county added forty thousand dollars to the budget to cover higher than expected equipment costs. The building, bailers and other equipment have been purchased and the foundation has been laid. However, during recent meetings, the board voted several times against proceeding with some other phases of its development. Today, for our WFHB community report, Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to three local people who have been involved in the project’s development.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public oppinion segment.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Jordan Guskey
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 22, 2015

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Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation; The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten; The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood; Up next is a profile of a local personality – Argenta Perón, also known as “The People’s Diva” and the emcee for shows at The Back Door in downtown Bloomington.

FEATURE
President Obama recently proposed overtime rules that will change the pay threshold for employees to receive overtime pay. These rules have the potential to affect almost 5 million employees across the United States. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges spoke to Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga, to get his opinions on the rule and how it could affect employers and employees. A majority of Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives have signed a letter supporting the proposed overtime rules. But so far, officials representing south-central Indiana in Washington have not been supportive. Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly did not sign the letter supporting the new rule. Republican Representative Todd Young has not issued a statement and Senator Dan Coats, another Republican, issued a statement opposing the rule.

BETTER BEWARE!
Symantec has released their latest report on Internet threats, and there’s both good and bad news. Spam is decreasing, but other dangers are ramping up!

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Araceli Gomez
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 Ivy Bridges
Our engineer today was Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Ins and Outs of Money – Growing Your Money Through Investing

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When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

Eight Bloomington Residents Awarded Grants From Indiana Arts Commission

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – July 21, 2015

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Indiana is sitting on $2.1 billion in cash reserves as the 2015 budget year draws to a close; The legal balance between First Amendment rights and local government ordinances was on display last week at a Bloomington Board of Public Works meeting; The budget for the Monroe County Public Library is expected to grow slightly next year; Horror movies have provided thrills for decades now, but do video games provide the same rush of adrenaline for players?

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
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 engineers are Jen Brooks and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 20, 2015

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The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility is hosting a celebration this weekend recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee. Monroe County is moving ahead with its plan to market the Westside TIF District to potential tenants. IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has announced a fixed rate tuition for all students entering the school this year.

FEATURE
Elena Mnayarji (meh-NAR-jee) is a typical high school senior. She likes to hang out with her friends, spend time in her hobbies, and plan out her college dorm room. But an event earlier this year lead her to reevaluate the way she sees her life. Her sister, Indiana University student Lauren Mnayarji brings us the story, which comes courtesy of the IU Media School and American Student Radio.

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Volunteers Jim Griffin and Janet Schell talk about the importance of supporting teacher’s through their work at the Teacher’s Warehouse and about the great resource it provides to Bloomington’s educators and students. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Joe Crawford
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Mnayarji
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 – July 16, 2015

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The Monroe County Public Library is looking at the competitiveness of its staff salaries; The Monroe County Council approved a fifteen-thousand dollar grant to Martha’s House emergency shelter on Tuesday; The sixth annual beer, art, and music festival, GnawBrew, is set for next Saturday in Brown County; The Bloomington Bicycle Club’s 29th annual Ride Across Indiana, or RAIN Ride, gathered over 1,500 cyclists last weekend to cover 160 miles in only one day; Roller Mortis Films is bringing the Trailer Film Festival to  Bloomington this fall.

FEATURE
The group Indiana Moral Mondays is preparing for its second year of lobbying the Indiana legislature. The coalition formed last year and patterned itself after a series of protests in North Carolina. Indiana Moral Mondays steering committee member Erin Polley will be in Bloomington this coming Monday, July 20th, to meet with local supporters of the movement and discuss plans for the next year. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Polley this afternoon about what the group hopes to accomplish in the next legislative session. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges, Kara Tullman and Sierra Gardner.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 15, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington Board of Public Works approved selling the old Rogers Street fire station to the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation for one dollar; Conservative politicians are lining up to compete for the District 9 seat in U.S. Congress that represents much of south-central Indiana; A recent Supreme Court decision could have significant effects on the redistricting issue in Indiana; Google is contributing $150,000 to a study by two Indiana University researchers who want to understand the connection between early childhood experiences and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM; New Hope Family Shelter is celebrating the opening of its third shelter this Saturday.

FEATURE
A new group in Bloomington is organizing the collection and distribution of free clothing for transgender youth in the area. WFHB correspondent Kyle Boen has more on that story for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Better Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Joe Crawford, Ivy Bridges and Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Kyle Boen
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Indiana Man Pays For Mission Trips With Cans

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In Southwest Indiana, Jim Schroeder is preparing for his 8th trip to Haiti. Jim has formed a club with over 70 members across southern Indiana who raise funds for his unique missionary program. IU student reporter Olivia DeWeese brings us this story, which comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

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