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Daily Local News – October 2, 2013

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In the midst of a government shutdown, former Mayor of Seymour, Indiana Bill Bailey has declared his bid for Congress; Purdue University researchers are working on ways to detect explosives and neutralize their impact, as part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security center led by Northeastern and Rhode Island universities; Citizens Climate Lobby will hold a workshop this month, to work to enact policies that reduce the greenhouse gases causing climate change. Marcia Veldman, co-organizer of the Bloomington chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, says the workshop is meant to provide training for people interested in climate change issues; Indiana University researchers are reminding women that even though former smokers are more likely to gain weight after quitting, the health benefits of quitting are greater than any negative side-effects.

FEATURE
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.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Impostor. Imposter who? Just because there’s a man in a uniform standing in front of you, doesn’t always mean they are who they say they are. Be aware.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn, Yin Yuan,
and Yvonne Cheng.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish.
Nash Hott produced our feature.
Our engineer is Jim Lang.
Editor is Drew Daudelin.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

My Health Matters – Paleo Diet: Jeanne Sept

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IU Professor of Anthropology, Jeanne Sept, discusses what the Paleo Diet is and the history behind it.

Ins and Outs of Money – Financial Horror Stories

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Ashley and Sarah share some scary stories of financial woe, and offer ways to fight debt demons and money monsters on The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that help you keep your finances flourishing.

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.

Interchange – Vic Smith, Phil Harris, and Gary Crow: The State of Education in Indiana

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This week on Interchange, host Doug Storm discusses the state of education in Indiana with Vic Smith, Board President of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education; Phil Harris, co-author of The Myths of Standardized Testing with Bruce Smith and Joan Harris, and Executive Director of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; and Gary Crow, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Our topics will include the coercive economics of educational products corporations like Pearson Education, the funding of charter schools by foundations like the Lilly Endowment which have tremendous reach by placing employees in government to influence public policy, and the role the school used to play, ought to play, but no longer does, in developing a democratic citizen.

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Strike Mic – October 1, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the IU Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year, and became crucial in the action that led to the IU Student Strike this spring.

The demonstration to the IU Board of Trustees represented dissent for IU employment practices, tuition increases, and the current lack of minority representation on campus.

The group still meets weekly, and today WFHB launches our first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions.

This is The Strike Mic, on WFHB.

Tune in to the Daily Local News every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your friends and neighbors working to strengthen the voice of Indiana University students and staff.

 

 

Local GE Appliance Plant Working With Union To Eliminate 160 Production Jobs

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Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are currently working out how the elimination of 160 production jobs will be handled.

On September 9, management announced that approximately 35 percent of the job shedding will be through early retirement provisions and the rest, around 100, will be laid off.

Since then, workers at the plant held rallies demanding there be no layoffs, and instead that GE cut its workforce only through early retirement and natural attrition.

WFHB requested interviews with GE, and instead received written statements reiterating what was already said.

We were able to speak to Carven Thomas, president of Bloomington Local 2249 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the production workers at the local GE facility.

He talked about his local’s suggestion to management on the Special Early Retirement Option, and other means to avoid layoffs.

“We have a lot of folks in our building that are eligible to retire,” Thomas says, “If the company allowed a voluntary early retirement option for our 60-year-olds, only 30 workers would have to be laid off.”

The early retirement option would apply to any worker 55 years or older with 25 years of service at GE.

The union suggestion is designed not only to lessen the financial penalty of layoffs, but to allow older workers to retire early and keep younger workers on the job and the payroll.

Thomas told us that management said the cost of their suggestion was prohibitive.

“They’re saying it would cost $340,000 for each person to retire,” Thomas says.

Nevertheless, the union-management meetings have produced some increase in the number of employees who will be shed through early retirement packages.

“There won’t be as many as we would like, and we’re still in the process of negotiating more early retirements,” Thomas says.

GE management has been meeting with the union every day, and Thomas says he hopes they will continue until the union gets a good enough offer for a decision to be made.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2013

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The Hoosier National Forest, with land throughout our listening area, has begun preparations for shutting down operations until a budget is passed; Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are in protracted over how the elimination of one hundred and sixty production jobs will be handled; WFHB launches the first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions on: The Strike Mic.

FEATURE
Young on Stalemate
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.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah share some scary stories of financial woe, and offer ways to fight debt demons and money monsters onThe Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that help you keep your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Harrison Wagner
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy,
and today’s feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and Untied of Monroe County
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Hoosier National Forest closes due to lapse in funding

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WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Judi Perez, Public Affairs Officer for the Hoosier National Forest about the local impact of the federal government shutdown.

Bring It On! – September 30, 2013

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome William Vance and Lou Robinson of the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP

PART ONE
The Monroe County Branch of the NAACP will host its 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 19 be at Terry’s Banquet Center and Catering in Bloomington, IN. This year’s theme is “We Shall Not be Moved” which focuses on current events to roll back the progress from the 1960s civil rights movement and on our efforts to challenge these events. This year our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Valeri Haughton, Circuit Court Judge, Division VIII.

Here to provide an overview of the banquet and to discuss local initiatives of the NAACP are the president of the Monroe County Branch, William Vance, and Lou Robinson, treasurer of the Monroe County Branch.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Bev Smith
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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