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Local groups plan vigil to oppose attack on Syria


The vigil will begin at 5pm Wednesday on the Courthouse Square and will be in remembrance of those that died on September 11th, 2001, the civilian and military causalities of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and those who have died on both sides of the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

Hola Bloomington – September 6, 2013


Hostess Jenny Gibson and Valeria de Castro interview Cristy Padilla, an Ivy Tech student and a DREAMer. She talks about the bill SB207. The eco-report with Ramon Tristani, “Desde los pasillos..”, the local news and the events of the week.

Books Unbound – A Study in Scarlet, Part 2


In this episode:
“A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

About this Author:
Born on 22 May 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Arthur Conan Doyle went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University from 1876 to 1881, during which time he began writing short stories. His first published work was “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley,” which appeared in 1879. With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle created the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who would make him famous. He based the deductive reasoning that characterized Holmes on the techniques of Joseph Bell, one of his instructors in medical school. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930, far more famous as a writer than as a doctor.

About this book:
Originally titled “A Tangled Skein.” A Study in Scarlet first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual (1887), and was published as a book in July, 1888. Twenty-seven year-old Conan Doyle received £25 for full rights to the story, which he had written in three weeks in 1886. The work, the first of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels, introduced the consulting detective and the faithful Dr. Watson, who also chronicled their adventures in fifty-six short stories to make the Baker Street team the most famous pair in detective fiction. Although it attracted little notice at the time, it’s portrayal of Mormonism soon became controversial.

About this program:
Books burn; ideas endure. Books Unbound is a weekly showcase of literary works banned by those who fear the power of the pen. The program promotes literary reading and curiosity, challenging listeners to consider viewpoints that may be different from our own. Each week we bring you literature prohibited by governments, schools, and religious institutions. In the words of French philosopher Emile-Auguste Chartier, “nothing is as dangerous as an idea, when it’s the only one you’ve got.” Books Unbound is a production of community radio WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana.

HIP Changes


Indiana Governor Mike Pence has turned down incoming Affordable Care Act funds in exchange for extending the current Healthy Indiana Plan through December 2014. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the story, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

Volunteer Connection – September 6, 2013


A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

Daily Local News – September 6, 2013


The USDA released their latest report: Household Food Security in the United States in 2012; On September 4th the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals gave permission to build a house on a lot that is smaller than allowed by County ordinances; The documentary “Black Gold” will be showing at the IU cinema this weekend, hosted by Fair Trade Bloomington.

HIP Changes
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has turned down incoming Affordable Care Act funds in exchange for extending the current Healthy Indiana Plan through December 2014. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the story, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Volunteer Connection was produced by Ilze Ackerbergs,  in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Harrison Wagner is our broadcast engineer
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Blood Drive To Be Held At Farmer’s Market This Saturday


For the first time, the City of Bloomington partners with the American Red Cross for the blood drive at Famers’ Market this Saturday.

Nancy Woolery, Health Project Manager for the City of Bloomington said blood type positive O is still in highest demand but she encouraged citizens to donate any type of  blood.

“In the summer blood donations drop because a lot of people are on vacation so there’s been a shortage. Now that fall is coming up, it’s a good time to start motivating people to donate. We get such a large crowd at the Farmer’s Market and so thought we could get a good response.

Woolery reminded donors to eat before donating, and that there are certain requirements they should read through. Donators will also be screened by a nurse to see if they are eligible to donate.

“There’s a book you have to read beforehand which says which country, if you’ve visited, that  would make you ineligible to donate. You have to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds,” Woolery says.

The blood drive will take place in Council Chambers of City Hall from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. this Saturday.

No appointment is needed to donate during the September 7 blood drive.


New Parking Meters Impact Local Street Fesitvals


New parking meters mean new costs for downtown street festivals – WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh has the report in today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

bloomingOUT – September 5, 2013


NYC based pop/rock singer, songwriter and LGBTQ activist Samia chats about her political views and musical career.  Musical selections are “Only Wanna Dance,” “Lose Me” and “Burning Up.”  IUB graduate student and organizing committee chair for the week long series of sexual educational events called “Sexploration” Patrick Nagel is in studio with detailed information about the various activities scheduled throughout September and October.

Probation Department Works On Reducing Repeat Offendors


When a criminal offender leaves the Monroe County correctional system and completes her or his probation, the hope is that person won’t be brought before a judge again.

The county Probation Department is especially concerned with the offender’s future behavior: the lower the overall recidivism rate, the better the department is doing its job.

The only problem is the Probation Department right now has few ways of knowing how well it’s doing.

This afternoon, Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady told staff workers, county officials, and circuit court judges how the Probation Department is moving to become what is termed an “Evidence-based Organization.”

It’s a start in the long process of updating information systems so the department can tailor its programs to become more effective in preventing repeat offenses.

“Right now the probation department has three different databases, which we inherited. The main one we use is just ancient. We just got permission from the county council to have one database for the entire department. The system is called QUEST and we can actually measure recidivism. Right now we actually do most of our stats by hand and it’s way too labor-intensive to be able to study recidivism,” Brady says.

Brady says studying various programs to gauge their effectiveness costs more money than the department normally can afford.

The Probation Department did recently receive a federal grant for its drug court program that required it to study the program’s success.

According to Brady, that study revealed that graduates of Monroe County’s drug court program had a recidivism rate 67 percent lower than those who hadn’t participated in it.

The integrated database system should become operational in about two years, Brady says.

The only authoritative assessment of the department’s effectiveness is mandated by the Indiana Department of Corrections.

INDOC partially funds Monroe County’s combined correctional system and Probation Department and requires it to be audited to show how well it adheres to a set of national benchmarks.

Monroe County was audited in March of this year and earned an “A” grade, scoring 93 of 100. Passing this test marks a corrections department as an Evidence-based Organization. To Brady, this is just a start.

“We really feel like we’re getting started in becoming an evidence-based organization. What we’re doing now is really a journey of trying to become a better department and really have an effect on our citizens. It’s a chance to measure what we’re doing and it’s a really exciting time for us,” Brady says.

Some 5680 people were booked at the Monroe County Correctional Center in 2012 with a total of 248 inmates serving sentences there, according to the Sheriff’s annual report.


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