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IU: No Written Contracts on University Courts Deal

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As Bloomington officials debate this week whether to designate the University Courts neighborhood as a historic district, plans are moving forward to demolish six of its houses. Indiana University plans to tear down the homes along East 8th Street, and then trade the land to a fraternity that would build a house there. The plan has angered neighbors and others who want to protect the houses. And in November, WFHB submitted a public record request to IU seeking contracts and other documents that would provide details about the deal. After months of negotiations, IU responded last week, but the response raises even more questions about how the deal would work. We bring you that story now, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Narrowing the Skills Gap: An Interview with Joe Donnelly

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Some are saying there is a skills gap in Indiana – that there are manufacturing jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly about his support for the Midwestern Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which he hopes will train Indiana workers with the skills needed to get those jobs, and his involvement with the Skills2Compete Coalition, a bipartisan group that aims to close the skills gap in Indiana. She then spoke with Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga about the economics behind the skills gap, all for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

IU’s Douglas Edmonds Receives Fellowship Award for Environmental Research

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Indiana University geologist and assistant professor Douglas Edmonds has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, and with it comes fifty thousand dollars to help him continue his research on river deltas. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Edmonds about his work and its impact for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Education and Indiana’s Juvenile Detention System

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The Commission on Improving the Status of Children, which was established last summer, held its most recent meeting February 19th. For today’s Daily Local News feature report, we hear the presentation to the commission from Michael Williams, of the Indiana Department of Education, about the education needs of children in the juvenile detention system.

Summer Shelter for Homeless Citizens in the Works

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Five weeks from tomorrow, Bloomington’s only low-barrier homeless shelter is scheduled to close for the season. The closure leaves a seven-month gap when individuals who don’t qualify for other shelters in town have no designated place to stay at night. But a group has been meeting in recent weeks to form a summer shelter that would fill that gap. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

The Engine That Pulls Boxcar Books

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Local bookshop Boxcar Books, like WFHB, is volunteer-powered and community-based. Because of this they hold benefits and fundraisers throughout the year to keep their shelves stocked. Sometimes they partner up with other projects, like the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. Last Tuesday correspondent Casey Kuhn went to Boxcar Books’ latest fundraiser at The Backdoor, to find out what keeps the local shop going for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Anti HJR-3 Senators Take to the Floor

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Before the final vote on House Joint Resolution 3 by the 118th general assembly, State senators took to the chamber floor to express their views on the proposed constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman. Today, we hear from Senators who believe the resolution is discriminatory, as well as those who say that though their heart breaks for the people it excludes, supporting the amendment is the correct decision under God. Here are the closing arguments on HJR-3 for today’s WFHB feature report.

10,000+ Hoosiers Petition Governor Pence for Medicaid Expansion

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More than ten thousand signatures in support of Medicaid expansion in Indiana were delivered to the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence today, timed to reach him before he heads to DC to negotiate Indiana’s treatment of Affordable Care Act funds from the federal government. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Rob Stone, the director of the local group Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan who was at the statehouse as part of today’s demonstration, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – February 19, 2014

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The Bloomington Peace Action Coalition will host a film screening and public discussion over the new film Dirty Wars tonight; Last Thursday an organization that promotes education around soil and water issues asked Monroe County for twenty-five thousand dollars a year; The Richland Bean Blossom School Board voted February 17th to extend a student field trip in hopes of saving money on airfare.

FEATURE
10,000+ Hoosiers Petition Governor Pence for Medicaid Expansion
More than ten thousand signatures in support of Medicaid expansion in Indiana were delivered to the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence today, timed to reach him before he heads to DC to negotiate Indiana’s treatment of Affordable Care Act funds from the federal government. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Rob Stone, the director of the local group Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan who was at the statehouse as part of today’s demonstration, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Phony charges, in relatively small amounts, can show up on your credit card or telephone bills. Here’s the info on two current schemes, and a warning to check out everything, every time.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Daion Morton,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe. Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature, with correspondent Alycin Bektesh.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our News Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Immigrant Rights Demonstrators Address Todd Young

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Today in Bloomington, activists rallied outside of Representative Todd Young’s Congressional office while Bill Regan read a letter to Young about workers and immigrants’ rights. Many activist groups were on location to show their support and sign the letter that was read by Regan. Activists Joe Varga, Monica Morales, Arturo Viruete, and Rudy Lopez were also at the rally. WFHB correspondent Lauren Glapa was on location and brings us today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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