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Controversial Rideshare Program Uber launches in Bloomington

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Despite not conforming to the regulations of Bloomington’s Taxi Ordinance, popular rideshare Uber announced it’s expansion to Bloomington this morning.
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

5:09pm UPDATE
In response to an interview request regarding the cease and desist notice from the City of Bloomington, WFHB News received the following e mail
“Uber has been providing residents of Indiana with safe, affordable and reliable transportation options for over a year. We’ve already received overwhelming demand and support from residents and visitors of Bloomington eager for access to expanded transportation choices. We look forward to continuing to work with officials in Bloomington to find a permanent home for ridesharing in the city.”

Eco Report – August 28, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Bob Madden, manager of the Lake Lemon Conservancy, tells us how the lake has become a successful conservation story.

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 Kelly Miller and Linda Stewart.
This week’s news stories were written by Alycin Bektesh, Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Susan Northleaf, and Dan Withered. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Withered. 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.

Out of Africa: The Prequels to Humanity

On Friday May 2nd Dr. David Lordkipanidze gave a presentation on some recent discoveries in the field pre-human history and bio-anthropology. The speaker takes us to Dminisi in the Republic of Georgia to the earliest hominid settlement outside of Africa. This site has been a treasure trove for anthro-biologists not just because it shows the behavior of its pre-human denizens, but because it sheds light on the co-evolution of the human species and the technology they developed. The primary speaker is Dr. Lordkipanidze the Director of the Georgian National Museum in the Republic of Georgia. This lecture is sponsored by The Stone Age Institute’s Program in Human Evolution and recorded on location at Whittenberger Auditorium for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Monroe County Sheriff James Kennedy on Police Militarization

Monroe County Sheriff James Kennedy joined host Doug Storm on WFHB’s Interchange last night to talk about the “militarization” of police across the country, as well as here in Monroe County – a portion of their conversation here, in today’s community report.

Daily Local News – August 27, 2014

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is exploring a new way of distributing specialty crops in response to increased consumer demand; Hoosier Energy, located here in Bloomington, has entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 74,000 megawatt-hours annually of wind-power from Rail Splitter Wind Farm in central Illinois; Indiana Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on September 3rd for proposed reconstruction of State Road 46 through Spencer; On Monday Senator Joe Donnelly sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take quick action to stop American companies from relocating business in other countries for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes; Though City council voted in favor of hiring sharpshooters to kill deer at Griffy Lake Nature preserve beginning this fall, local community group Bloomington Advocates for Non Violent Innovative Deer Stewardship are still working to inform the public about alternative tactics; Even Bloomington’s utilities department has been forced to help make way for Interstate 69.

FEATURE
Monroe County Sheriff James Kennedy joined host Doug Storm on WFHB’s Interchange last night to talk about the “militarization” of police across the country, as well as here in Monroe County – a portion of their conversation here, in today’s community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring it On Guests Discuss NAACP Suggestions for Encounters with the Police

Last Night were joined by William Vance, president of the Monroe County branch of the NAACP, and former Bloomington Police Department officers Jim Mitchell and Reverend Donald Griffin Sr. The group critiqued the effectiveness of the NAACP’s recommendations for citizens who are interacting with law enforcement, and their relevance to recent police action shootings in Missouri. A portion of their conversation here, for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – August 26, 2014

The Majority of the Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees meeting on August 20th involved Financial Officer Gary Lettelleir speaking about next year’s library budget;The Monroe County Planning Department wants more money for staff; The Bloomington campus of Indiana University will continue and make permanent a bike lending program for students, faculty and staff; Indiana University has unveiled a broad plan to address the issue of sexual violence on campus.

FEATURE
Last Night were joined by William Vance, president of the Monroe County branch of the NAACP, and former Bloomington Police Department officers Jim Mitchell and Reverend Donald Griffin Sr. The group critiqued the effectiveness of the NAACP’s recommendations for citizens who are interacting with law enforcement, and their relevance to recent police action shootings in Missouri. A portion of their conversation here, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, courtesy of Bring it On!
Our engineer today is Carissa Barrett
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Interchange – Measured by Mistakes: The Reality and Representation of Policing

Tonight’s program seeks to shine a light first on what’s been called the “militarization” of police across the country due to something like a federal “give away” program where state and local forces are made the beneficiaries of excess military production (the “1033 Program”). We’ll also try to detach that reality from the “on the ground” aspects of being a police officer in a community. And finally, I’ll ask our guests to answer one question: Which should we want, officers of the law or officers of the peace?

Our guests are Monroe County Sheriff James Kennedy who has held that elected office since 2007, and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Greg Jeffers whose research focuses on police-citizen interactions and resident’s perceptions of the police.

Of Related Interest:
Interchange – Policing Race in America: Ferguson, Missouri

Bring it On Guests Discuss NAACP Suggestions for Encounters with the Police

Bring It On! – August 18, 2014

Credits:
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson with assistance from Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 25, 2014

The administration at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University has announced that this year’s incoming first year cohort is the largest and most diverse in its history; Another round of lawsuits is shaping up to determine the future of marriage equality in Indiana; The IU Health Proton Therapy Cancer Center will close its doors at the end of this year; The latest report from the Indiana department of workforce development shows that Indiana added nearly ten thousand private sector jobs in July, but the unemployment rate held steady at 5-point-9 percent compared to June, due to an increase in people entering the labor force; Monroe County is going primetime; County officials are hoping in the future, Sample Gates will be just one of several iconic locations in the area.

FEATURE
As protests continued in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend, Bloomington saw its own rally against police violence. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford was on the scene Saturday afternoon. He brings us this report.

ACTIVATE!
Long time volunteers Carl Darnell and Erikka Vaughn talk about the rewards of mentoring students and building a learning community at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, here in Bloomington on the corner of 7th and Rogers. Also, more volunteer opportunities to work as a tutor or mentor with Monroe County students from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Ferguson Protests Extend to Bloomington

As protests continued in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend, Bloomington saw its own rally against police violence. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford was on the scene Saturday afternoon. He brings us this report.

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