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Daily Local News – August 7, 2014

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Monroe County is expected to take a step tomorrow toward ending a legal battle over Interstate 69; Southwest INDOT has announced that paving is now underway for Section 4 of I-69 between Crane and Bloomington; A new study out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis found doctors treat patients differently depending on race; The Indiana University Board of Trustees meets tomorrow, August 8th in Franklin Hall.

FEATURE
A law passed by the Indiana legislature this year goes into effect this fall – requiring that medical personnel inform parents who have just experienced a miscarriage that they have a legal right to a burial. WFHB correspondent Sierra Gardner speaks with the author of the bill, and visits a local cemetery that offers free infant burial, for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner, Joe Crawford and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Seirra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley and Bryce Westman
Our engineer is Cleveland Dietz
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Voices in the Street – Mideast Violence Spirals Out of Control

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Recently, Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu said that the goal of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is to bring about “sustainable quiet” for the people of Israel by de-militarizing Gaza and Hamas. But Palestinian sympathizers argue that before any talk of demilitarization can commence, Israel must commit to the end of the Palestinian blockade and occupation. With spiraling violence marked by short-lived cease fires, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors what, if anything, can be done to curb violence and tensions in the Mideast.

EcoReport – Eyewitness Accounts: Logging at Yellowwood State Forest

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In today’s EcoReport feature, two area residents who live adjacent to Yellowwood State Forest share their firsthand experiences of the impacts of logging on Indiana’s public lands.

EcoReport – August 7, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, two area residents who live adjacent to Yellowwood State Forest share their firsthand experiences of the impacts of logging on Indiana’s public lands.

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 foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Anchors for this week: Linda Stewart and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Stephanie Stewart, Kelly Miller, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

IU Maurer School of Law professors weigh in on smartphone patent case

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Two Indiana University law professors stepped into a legal battle this week between the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings the full report.

Comission on the Status of Women to advocate for minimum wage raise

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Only one third of Bloomington’s statutory commission members are women, 39 percent of domestic battery arrests result in no charges being filed, and a working woman in Indiana earns 66 cents for every dollar a man earns.

These statistics all come from reports from the Commission on the Status of Women, which announced this week that applications are being accepted for a new member. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh catches up with City Deputy Clerk Sue Wanzer and Commission Chair Cathi Crabtree about current commission projects.

Daily Local News – August 6, 2014

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Loretta Rush has been selected as Indiana’s next Chief Justice; The city of Bloomington on Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs is asking for nominations for the Latino Leader Award and Agency/Organization Award; Local husband and wife photographers Peggy and John Woodcock are the featured artists this month in Bloomington’s City Hall Showers Atrium; SafeWise has ranked Ellettsville as one of Indiana’s safest cities; Bloomington’s Herald Times is offering community members a chance to vote for their favorite local musicians; The Commission of the status of Women will soon be introducing a resolution to the city council pushing for a minimum wage raise; Two Indiana University law professors stepped into a legal battle this week between the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers.

FEATURE
A group in Bloomington has begun to envision our local groceries stores without offerings of single use plastic bags. WFHB Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with group organizers, and looks at examples of similar initiatives in communities across the country for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our community feature was produced by Harrison Wagner
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Aims to Be the Next US City to Place Restrictions on Single-Use Plastic Bags

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The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington has put together a committee to try and reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in the city. Hundreds of cities and towns in the US have already enacted some sort of restrictions on the bag. Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with Center for Sustainable Living board member Jeanne Leimekuler on the Bloomington effort and Commissioner Dan Saltzman of the City Council of Portland on the effects in his city for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – August 5, 2014

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Some companies may soon be exempt from Bloomington’s new regulations on chain businesses downtown; A study released today by a conservative think tank claims Governor Mike Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 will damage the state’s economy; A majority of students at Indiana’s public universities are women, but most of those who govern the schools are men; The annual Forbes list of College rankings was released last week, with Indiana University Bloomington nearly missing the top one hundred; Bloomington’s Interfaith Winter Shelter has started a crowdfunding campaign through Indie Go-Go; In order to publicize Elletsville’s new farmers market, the Ellestsville Town Council approved a waver to the town advertising code in their latest meeting; The Monroe County Public Library saw an increase of Library Card applications during the summer; Local public schools opened to new and returning students last Monday.

FEATURE
Classes start back up this month, but Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for today’s community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Helen Harrell
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Joe Crawford
Along with Drew Daudeline for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer today is Alycin Bektesh
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Our executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Monroe County Schools Start This Week

Local public schools opened to new and returning students Monday. Bev Smith, a spokesperson for the Monroe County Community School Corporation says that August 4 was the earliest the schools had opened for many years. This increasingly early start coincides with an early finish to the school year in year, in mid-May.

No final numbers have been tabulated as to student enrollment for the this school year. The 2013-2014 year ended with over 10,000 students. For the last few years, the district has averaged between 10 and 11 thousand children.

Smith says that the district will be working on incorporating the new state mandated and generated common core curricular standards into the school lessons. The district is also working on what it calls cultural competency, which  entails increasing diversity among faculty and classroom content, so as to improve the academic performance of minorities. These programs could help schools such as Fairview Elementary which has been given a F grade by state for the last few years.

“Looking at Fairview and really fine-tuning what’s going on there, again we have a new principal there in place which brings a great deal of experience so we look forward to what his experience will yield and mean for Fairview and its quest to improve not only a grade that it receives from the state but really showing and showcasing what children learn and know,” Smith says.

At the other end of the performance spectrum are the schools at which the district hopes to introduce international baccaleureate programs.

 

 

 

 

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