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50 Years of Medicare with Dr. Rob Stone

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July 30th marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1965. Prior to Medicare, about a third of Americans over the age of 65 lived without health insurance. The program was also a force for racial desegregation in medical facilities. The program required hospital floors, waiting rooms and other facilities to be integrated before they would be eligible for Medicare payments. On Thursday, Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan joined the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare. Local physician and activist Rob Stone gave a presentation at the event and we bring you some of his comments now for today’s WFHB community report. Dr. Stone begins by asking questions of the audience about the current state of the American health care system.

Daily Local News – August 4, 2015

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Despite the advice of public health officials, most high school students in Indiana are not being vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV; The EPA has proposed controversial new rules for coal-fired power plants which could have big implications for Indiana; Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington has announced it will be the home of a new location for the Indiana Small Business Development Center; LIFEDesigns is hosting a picnic this weekend to promote disability awareness and inclusion.

FEATURE
July 30th marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1965. Prior to Medicare, about a third of Americans over the age of 65 lived without health insurance. The program was also a force for racial desegregation in medical facilities. The program required hospital floors, waiting rooms and other facilities to be integrated before they would be eligible for Medicare payments. On Thursday, Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan joined the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare. Local physician and activist Rob Stone gave a presentation at the event and we bring you some of his comments now for today’s WFHB community report. Dr. Stone begins by asking questions of the audience about the current state of the American health care system.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart, though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do turn it on.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Joe Crawford
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
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 engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Lane Closures on 2nd Street for I-69 Development

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Crews were scheduled today to begin closing single lanes on 2nd Street in Bloomington between Liberty Drive and Oakdale Drive. Contractors working on Interstate 69 announced the closures would continue through Saturday.

Crews are verifying the locations of utilities along the future path of the Interstate. Additional lane closures are scheduled to begin on Wednesday night along State Road 37. The closures there will extend from Vernal Pike to Chambers Pike, according to the I-69 Development Partners.

Work will only take place at night, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and at least one lane will remain open in each direction.

Indiana Specialty Surgery Center Requests More Time to Respond to Overbilling Lawsuit

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A Bloomington surgery center joined ten other Indiana-based medical facilities today to ask a judge for more time to respond to an overbilling lawsuit. Indiana Specialty Surgery Center is one of eleven centers accused of overbilling an insurance company by a total of $6 million.

The Bloomington center itself is charged with overbilling $590,000. Cigna Health and Life Insurance filed the lawsuit July 6th. Cigna claims the surgery centers promised patients low rates for out-of-network services, but then charged Cigna much higher rates anyway.

In the filing today, the surgery facilities say they plan to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Today they asked for an extension on the filing deadline, saying they were each served the lawsuit at separate times but would like to respond as a group by a uniform deadline. Cigna joined the surgery centers in requesting the simpler timeline. If the judge grants the request, the centers would be required to file the motion to dismiss by September 14th.

Bring It On! – August 3rd, 2015

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William Hosea and Mattie White welcome Dr. Justin Hunter.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Mattie welcome Dr. Justin Hunter, principal of Fairview Elementary School. Dr. Hunter joins us to help shed some light upon what parents and/or guardians need to do to maximize their student’s success in this new academic year. He also identifies some of the challenges that schools must overcome each year to produce the best and brightest students in Monroe County.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Mattie White
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Brown County Hour – Episode #40: August 2015

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig, Jeff Foster, with guest host Cari Ray.

First aired Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour: 

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The Boxcar Annies
(Heather Elkins, Gabrielle Steenburger & Barry Elkins)

  • Musical guests: The Boxcar Annies (Heather Elkins, Gabrielle Steenburger and Barry Elkins)
  • Interviews with arborist Rick Patrick and author Ruth Anne Ingraham on Invasive Species
  • Jeff Tryon’s My Brown County: “Stolen Watermelons”
  • Singer/songwriter Cari Ray returns with another For a Song
  • BCH “poet lariat” Gunther Flumm returns with his latest poem, “The Great Brown County Garbage War”
  • Poet Carol Marks returns with “Train”
  • Essay by Dave Seastrom
  • Brown County Community Calendar for August 2015
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Local Peace Groups Support Iran Nuclear Deal and Remember Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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This coming Sunday, August 9th, is the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan. The attack followed the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier. At least 129,000 people were killed in the attacks.

Peace groups in Bloomington are planning to mark the anniversary on Sunday with a vigil and a rally in support of the Iran nuclear deal. That agreement between Iran and a group of world powers known as the P5 + 1 was announced last month.  It faces a vote in Congress on September 17th.

News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with David Keppel, one of the organizers of the rally, which is scheduled for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Books Unbound – Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s, Part Six: ‘Two Men’ Chapters 6-9

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Two Men, the second novel by Elizabeth Stoddard (1823–1902), was published in 1865, in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, but is set before the war. Reviews were either mixed, recognizing the originality of her talent but faulting her preoccupations and technique, or hostile to the point of irrationality: Stoddard’s worst critics—all male—found it difficult to accept her undermining of illusions about the home as a tranquil haven, and her harshly realistic depiction of family tensions.

In this episode, the two Parke family heirs of the younger generation have come home from college, and family dynamics are further complicated by their emerging adulthood.

Two Men is read by Shayne Laughter. Stoddard’s letters are read throughout the series by Sarah Torbeck.

Heather Perry hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. The episode was produced, written, and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck, and Jack Hanek.

Special music for Two Men comes from the album MacDowell: Second Modern Suite / Étude de Concert / Twelve Études (Naxos, 1999), performed by James Barbagallo (1952–1996). The American composer Edward MacDowell, born in 1860, wrote these works for piano in the 1880s, around the time Two Men was reissued.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Daily Local News – August 3, 2015

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A new study out of Purdue University projects that if fast-food restaurants paid employees $15 an hour, prices would increase just 4.3% to make up for the added expense; Crews were scheduled today to begin closing single lanes on 2nd Street in Bloomington between Liberty Drive and Oakdale Drive; A Bloomington surgery center joined ten other Indiana-based medical facilities today to ask a judge for more time to respond to an overbilling lawsuit; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board has approved a $93,000 contract for the rehabilitation of an equalization basin on Dillman Road; The vigil in support of the Iran nuclear deal and in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is planned for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington.

FEATURE
This coming Sunday, August 9th, is the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan. The attack followed the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier. At least 129,000 people were killed in the attacks. Peace groups in Bloomington are planning to mark the anniversary on Sunday with a vigil and a rally in support of the Iran nuclear deal. That agreement between Iran and a group of world powers known as the P5 + 1 was announced last month. It faces a vote in Congress on September 17th. News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with David Keppel, one of the organizers of the rally, which is scheduled for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
A volunteer tells how he gives back to Amethyst House, the organization that helped him get sober.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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

 

EcoReport IN Nature – Night Heron

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Today’s EcoReport IN Nature features the Night Heron.

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