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Better Beware! – Wedding Scams

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’tis the season for Makin’ Whoopee – and fraudsters are all over the wedding industry these days, now that the average nuptials cost over 25 grand. If you’re planning to get hitched, don’t get taken!

Bloomington Parks Department seeks public input

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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan. The forum will be held from six-thirty to eight-thirty p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. Parks Department Director Mick Renneisen says some key themes for the plan have already been developed that will guide the department’s actions from 2016 to 2020. Residents also want the department to continue to take care of the parks and facilities currently in place. The forum will allow Bloomington residents to comment on these themes.

Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands is leading the Master Plan team. The Eppley Institute has extensive experience guiding master planning projects for parks and recreation departments across the nation. Institute staff have already begun gathering information from the public. According to Renneisen on the week of May 18th a randomly selected sample of Bloomington households received postcards in the mail with invitations to go online and take surveys about Bloomington parks and programs. The results make up one part of a triangulated approach to creating the Master Plan. The other two are consultations with stakeholders and steering committees and holding public forums. While Thursday’s forum will be the third one held so far, it’s the first one held as a stand-alone. Renneisen hopes between 20 and 40 people will attend.

Anyone needing more information about Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan process or further information on how to contribute opinions and ideas can contact The Eppley Institute at 812-855-3095. A finalized Master Plan will be released in November.

Daily Local News – June 3, 2015

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The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is celebrating its 100th birthday this Friday; A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan; In other Parks news, the Department is undertaking further studies before deciding on a strategy for its proposed deer cull at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve; The Utilities Department at the City of Bloomington has purchased a Toyota Prius to promote community support for the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest.

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Indiana University Professor Christine Von Der Haar is back in the news after publishing a full account of her wrongful detainment in 2012. After settling her lawsuit against the federal government in April, Von Der Haar is ready for her story to be heard again. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges brings us that story. After the settlement, a federal court dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the lawsuit cannot be filed again.

Better Beware!
Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Aracelli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Kara Tullman and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Ivy Bridges
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Indiana is 8th most obese state in U.S.

A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US. That puts Indiana four spots higher than the previous year’s ranking. 31.4% of Hoosiers were reported as obese last year, up from 29.9% the year before. The study utilized phone surveys of 176,000 adults across the US. Respondents were asked about their height and weight, which were used to calculate Body Mass Index, or BMI. Americans with a BMI of 30 or higher are classified as obese. BMI is only determined by height and weight, and does not measure other factors like muscle or bone mass. Individuals with higher-than-average muscle mass, for example, could still be classified overweight or obese. Because of these limitations, the CDC’s website advises medical practitioners to use BMI for general screening, and not diagnosis.

High BMI is correlated to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related illnesses. Another caveat to these results is the nature of phone surveys. Respondents could skew the results by over- or under-reporting height or weight. This data follows a February report that put Indiana 48th in the nation for general well-being. Gallup’s researchers stated that high rates of obesity are linked to low levels of well-being. Overall, obesity is on the rise across the country, according to the study. The national obesity rate increased from 27.1% to 27.7% in the same time period. The state ranking highest was Mississippi, with 35% of its population reported as obese, Hawaii was the least obese at 19%.

Nick’s English Hut hosts meeting to discuss panhandling

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The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington. Susan Bright and her husband, Gregg Rago, are hosting a meeting tomorrow afternoon at their restaurant with city officials and other business owners. A message that Bright sent seeking support for the effort was titled, “Bum Commerce on Kirkwood.” That title, as well as other parts of the message, were criticized on social media today after the message was posted to Facebook.

Nick’s English Hut will host the meeting about panhandling tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the upstairs attic of the restaurant. This afternoon a volunteer at Boxcar Books said volunteers there are opposed to the wording used in Bright’s letter and that some local residents are planning a measure in reaction to tomorrow’s meeting. So far there is no set time or meeting place, but those interested in the counter action can contact Boxcar Books.

Standing Room Only – Women in Media: Challenges and Triumphs

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It’s the last day of class for students in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting.  The nearly all-female student body gathers to hear from a panel of inspirational figures in local media and communications.  Four women, all excelling in their field, share stores of challenge and triumph:  2015 College Photographer of the Year Caitlin O’Hara, freelance journalist and former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, Director of Communications and Special Projects at the IU Office of the Provost Jennife Piurek and veteran newspaper editor Andrea Murray.  The panelists share stories of challenge and triumph; dealing with inequity and injustice, professional goals and persistence, and advice for aspiring journalists.  “Women in Media: Challenges and Triumphs” – a WFHB exclusive moderated by course instructor Chad Carrothers and recorded on-location in Ernie Pyle Hall on April 30, 2015.

Annual Beanblossom Festival celebrates legacy of John Hartford

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The Bill Monroe Music Park in Beanblossom was host this past weekend to a festival celebrating the music of folk and bluegrass legend John Hartford. Hundreds of people attended the event, which featured three stages and dozens of bands. Hartford released twenty-six albums before passing away in two-thousand-one at the age of sixty-three. He is credited with helping found a strain of progressive bluegrass music known as newgrass. WFHB correspondent Hondo Thompson was on hand at the festival, where he spoke with its founder, John Hotze.

Ins and Outs of Money – Congrads!

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Earning your degree is a milestone in life, but it’s just the beginning of a whole new set of concerns, especially when it comes to money.

Daily Local News – June 2, 2015

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The IU Board of Trustees is holding a forum tomorrow afternoon to hear public comment on IU tuition rates; Today marks the start of the summer-long Bloomingfoods Tuesday Market; Bloomington forestry officials are working at Bryan Park to remove hazardous trees from the area; Ellettsville is moving ahead with building a new town hall; The Bill Monroe Music Park in Beanblossom was host this past weekend to a festival celebrating the music of folk and bluegrass legend John Hartford.

FEATURE
Late last month, the Indiana Department of Health issued a declaration allowing the state’s first ever long-term needle exchange program. The program in Scott County is intended to slow the spread of HIV there. Needle exchanges have been outlawed in Indiana for decades. Many in state government, including Governor Mike Pence, have long opposed the programs. That changed somewhat earlier this year, when Pence approved a month-long needle exchange in Scott County to deal with the unprecedented HIV outbreak there. Now that the state legislature has passed a law allowing the program to stay in place for at least a year, there is still debate in Indiana over the use of needle exchanges. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman has that story.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Needle Exchange Program draws criticism from Indiana Prosecutors

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Late last month, the Indiana Department of Health issued a declaration allowing the state’s first ever long-term needle exchange program. The program in Scott County is intended to slow the spread of HIV there. Needle exchanges have been outlawed in Indiana for decades. Many in state government, including Governor Mike Pence, have long opposed the programs. That changed somewhat earlier this year, when Pence approved a month-long needle exchange in Scott County to deal with the unprecedented HIV outbreak there. Now that the state legislature has passed a law allowing the program to stay in place for at least a year, there is still debate in Indiana over the use of needle exchanges. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman has that story.

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