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Hoosiers Can Celebrate LGBQT Culture Despite Indiana’s Ruling on Gay Marriage

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Despite Indiana’s stay on gay marriage, Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for this week’s Daily Local News feature.

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Highlights from the Monroe County 4H Fair

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The Monroe County Fair concluded this weekend, WFHB Correspondent Hondo Thompson was on location speaking to the vendors, attendees and organizers who come together for the annual celebration of summer in Monroe County, for today’s community report.

A New Study Sees Lower Homeless Population

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One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Here are the numbers:

2013: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

2014: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

 

Chimney Swifts and their Impact

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Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

The 2014 Summer Commune

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Two years ago friends and strangers from around the world gathered in a small town called Moscow, Idaho for, as its organizers called it, a Summer Commune. Described on their website as a diverse temporary intentional community somewhere in North America, this year the Commune has been reduced to a single month and it’s happening in Bloomington this July. Correspondent Drew Daudelin speaks with organizers Joshua Heller and Nicole Kelly about what they have planned, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Same Sex Couples Marry in Monroe County

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Indiana’s law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry was ruled unconstitutional today in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on location for several marriage ceremonies at the Monroe County Court House this afternoon, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Bloomington Public Works Targeted in Reorganization

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Tomorrow night the Bloomington City Council will hear a proposal from the mayor’s office to restructure the biggest department in city government. The proposed changes target the Public Works Department, which was rocked by an embezzlement scandal earlier this year. Under the plan the Department’s engineering division, which was allegedly the center of the embezzlement scheme, would get new supervision. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the mayor’s office about the plan for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

The Sounds of “Taste of Bloomington”

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The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana’s Recent Job Growth Loaded with Low Wage Jobs

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A report from the National Employment Law Project found that the increasing number of jobs in Indiana offer wages under the federal median annual salary line. As poverty-level paying jobs are on the rise in Indiana, state democrats are pushing to increase minimum wage. Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with District 60 representative Matt Pierce about minimum wage and the current state of the job market in Indiana for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – June 18, 2014

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Plans continue to move forward for Bloomington’s first PRIDE Summerfest planned for early September; Bloomington’s co-housing group is working on building an intentional community on the south side of town, and late last month received City Council approval to move ahead with their plans; The Monroe County Community School Corporation expects to receive more than a million dollars to help two elementary schools that have done poorly on standardized tests.

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Later this month the union that represents public school teachers across the country is holding a major summit in Denver. The National Education Association will make decisions about what goals to pursue in the coming year. Educators from Indiana will be there to share their experiences and opinions on subjects ranging from standardized testing to school safety. This morning Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the president of the Indiana State Education Association about the summit. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Fraudsters are always coming up with new ways to rip you off, and here are some of the weirdest and scariest scams that have popped up recently.

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

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