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Staff shortage puts Indiana Department of Child Services in regulatory bind

The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating federal regulations meant to protect abused and neglected children. The Department’s caseworkers are stretched too thin, working more cases than the law allows. But the Department has so far declined to ask the state for more money to hire additional staff to correct the problem. Correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the caseworker …

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Daily Local News – January 29, 2015

This afternoon Governor Mike Pence axed his plans for a state-run news service; The Monroe County Council heard a summary of 2014 county finances during their work session on Tuesday; A new Indiana bill would require high school students to pass an immigration test in order to graduate; Monroe County Public Library Director Sara Laughlin gave her final State of …

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EcoReport – January 29, 2015

In today’s Ecoreport feature, Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens’ Action Coalition discusses the many ways Indiana House Bill 1320 was designed to shut down solar power in the state. EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to …

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New Area Code Added to Southern Indiana Starting Next Saturday

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls made in the 812 area must be placed using the complete ten-digit telephone number—that is, the area code plus the seven-digit number. This is because a new “930” area code will be added to the region covering the southern third of the state to …

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Better Beware! – Sneaky Email Scam

They almost got me last week…and if you aren’t very careful, they’ll get you too. Here’s one of the sneakiest spams I’ve ever seen.

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H.I.P. 2.0 Accepted as Medicaid Substitute for Indiana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report. Residents can submit their H.I.P. 2.0 applications to the Indiana Family …

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Daily Local News – January 28, 2015

Indiana is one of only three states that operates under a “dead voter law” which eliminates the ballot of any voter who dies before election day; The Monroe County Solid Waste District is having trouble finding a company to build its new recycling facility; The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls …

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Interchange – Let the Sunshine In: The Politics Obstructing Solar Energy in Indiana

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Host Doug Storm is joined by two local solar energy activists and a climate scientists to discuss the state of renewable energy policy in Indiana. Last week Republican State Representative for District 65, Eric Allen Koch, filed a bill (HB1320) with the General Assembly that would change the relationship between our area’s electric utility company, Duke Energy, and its solar …

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Bill to Increase the Cost of Solar Energy

A bill sponsored by Indiana State Representitive Eric Koch, from Bedford, could increase the cost of solar energy. We bring you a report on that now for today’s WFHB community report.

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Daily Local News – January 27, 2015

The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved; A bill has moved forward in the Indiana State Senate to a provide coordinator to the Hoosier Women Veterans Program; The congressman who represents most of the WFHB listening area has introduced another bill to limit President Obama’s power. FEATURE A bill sponsored by Indiana State Representitive Eric Koch, from Bedford, could …

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