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E-Cigarettes Under Scrutiny

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and 39 other attorneys general are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to place restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarettes.
In a bipartisan letter, the attorneys general urged the FDA to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act. E-cigarettes are battery operated products that heat liquid nicotine, derived from tobacco plants, into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. Noting the growing use of e-cigarettes, and the growing prevalence of advertising, the letter highlights the need to protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine through these new products. Additionally, some marketing claims that these products do not contain the same level of toxins and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. These claims imply that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, when in fact nicotine is highly addictive, the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been adequately studied, and the ingredients are not regulated and may still contain carcinogens. WFHB Correspondent Nash Hott looks into the topic further by speaking with Deputy Director for Consumer Protection at the attorney general’s office Terry Toliver, for today’s WFHB feature report.

IU Physicists Receive 4.5M Grant

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Indiana University announced last week that a team of IU physicists will receive a grant of over five-point-four million dollars from the National Science Foundation. The department will use the grant funding to continue research of the subtle properties of subatomic particles. To learn more about subatomic particle research, WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Mike Snow, a grant recipient, researcher, and professor at the IU Physics department, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Young on Stalemate

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A House Budget Bill with a provision of a one-year Affordable Care Act Delay was rejected by the Senate late last night, causing a stalemate on the eve of the budget due date that caused a spending freeze on all federal operations, beginning today. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana Congressman Todd Young about what the spending freeze means and what will resolve the congressional stalemate, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACA Employee Notification Deadline

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Another deadline for complying with the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow, and local employers are struggling to follow the law. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

The Anonymous People

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Local organizations that provide support for those with substance abuse addictions have come together to create the documentary film “The Anonymous People to Bloomington.” WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Kris Roehling  and Jill Matheny-Fuqua, both currently in recovery themselves, about the grassroots effort to bring the film to town, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive. Information about tickets is available at the following website: http://gathr.us/screening/5351.

IU Baseball’s Bart Kaufman Field

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We talk with Roger Roadheaver, Director of Baseball Operations at Indiana University, and IU baseball coach Tracy Smith, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Wimbush on DEMA

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Bev Smith and Eric Love of WFHB’s Bring it On! speak with the new Vice President for IU’s Office of Diversity Equity and Multicultural Affairs James C. Wimbush about his new position and the goals he has planned for DEMA, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana Sierra Club on Carbon Limits for Coal Plants

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Under rules announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency, new power plants will be limited in how much carbon they can emit into the atmosphere. The new rule is expected to most dramatically affect coal-fired plants, which will be forced to capture at least some of the carbon they release. Both supporters and detractors of the rules say they will make it more difficult to build new, financially viable coal plants. The Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club has often brought attention to the environmental hazards of coal power. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Jody Perras, from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, about the potential effects of the rules for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Two Months of Sexploration

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Sexploration at IU is a university-led event that gathers student and community organizations to promote a sex-positive attitude and provide an educational experience for students about sexual orientation and gender expression on a personal and cultural level. This is the sixth year the IU Health Center has organized Sexploration events. Previously, Sexploration at IU has lasted one week. This year’s events have been expanded to two months to make more programs available to students throughout the semester. WFHB News Reporter Nash Hott spoke with Patrick Nagal, the chair of Sexploration 2013 and a health educator at the IU Health Center for today’s WFHB News Feature.

Farm Bill Vote Goes to House: How it May Effect the Hungry

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The Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill earlier this summer, but the House of Representatives splits the bill into two sections before their vote. The house was predicted to vote on an amendment that would cut forty billion dollars to food assistance programs today. WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh looks in to how these cuts would effect Indiana’s hungry, for today’s daily local news feature exclusive.

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