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Dr. John Wernert speaks at Healthcare Financial Managers Association conference

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The Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Doctor John Wernert, was the keynote speaker at a Healthcare Financial Managers Association conference in Bloomington last week. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh attend his talk and spoke with him further about Indiana’s proposal to the federal government to allow the Health Indiana Plan two-point-oh as a substitute for the affordable care act. Their conversation here, in today’s community report.

Daily Local News – October 9, 2014

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced that nearly 450,000 Hoosiers may be eligible for a refund from AT&T according to a settlement reached this week;The first American soldier in the military attack on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was a Hoosier: Marine Jordan Spears from Memphis, Indiana;On Tuesday Senator Donnelly sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers expressing concern about the proposed new definition waters of the United States and the interpretive rule;Bloomington’s premier of the film DamNation will be shown at 7p.m. Sunday, October 12th, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

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The Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Doctor John Wernert, was the keynote speaker at a Healthcare Financial Managers Association conference in Bloomington last week. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh attend his talk and spoke with him further about Indiana’s proposal to the federal government to allow the Health Indiana Plan two-point-oh as a substitute for the affordable care act. Their conversation here, in today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.
Where do you get your news and why: Media motives and the public trust.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle & Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe and Susan Northleaf
Voices in the Street is produced by Kelly Wherley, along with correspondent Taylor Telford
Our engineers are Jose and Jon
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer if Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Voices in the Street – Where do you get your news and why: Media motives and the public trust

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WFHB’s Fall Fund Drive is in full swing—big thanks to everyone who supports community radio! This week, Voices in the Street brings to a two-part segment focusing on the news, its motivation, and news sources you trust. So tell us, Bloomington: What do you think influences the news stories we hear, and what are some of your trusted sources?

In part two, we asked what news sources you trust.

EcoReport – October 9, 2014

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It’s time for our Fall Fund drive here at W-F-H-B, your opportunity to show support for independent news coverage of environmental and ecological issues affecting the local community.

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

Bloomington Beware! – Shellshock/Bash Bug

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If you thought the “Heartbleed” bug was bad, get ready for Shellshock, as the Bash Bug is much, much worse. 70 percent of all computers — including your phone, maybe your car, and even your thermostat — have been vulnerable for over twenty years.

Group of developers make case for new downtown Bloomington hotel; would be part of a series of developments

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Major changes are in the works for a stretch of Kirkwood Avenue downtown. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

The Indiana State Police Receives $567,000 In Federal Grants for Anti-Methamphetamine Program

The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program. The COPS Anti-Meth Program provides funds to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. The fight against methamphetamine use is one of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s priorities for fiscal year 2015 federal appropriations. Indiana is one of only ten states receiving a 2014 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program award and this grant will boost the state’s current efforts to fight Meth Use and the destruction that follows in its wake.

Daily Local News – October 8, 2014

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The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Developement Department, or HAND Department, is seeking input from residents on what are the most pressing housing needs; Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign; The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program.

FEATURE
Major changes are in the works for a stretch of Kirkwood Avenue downtown. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment

CREDITs
Anchors: Kelley Wherley, Alycin Bektesh
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Cathi Norton
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Wins A Grant Through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campain

Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign. Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” campaign was a collaborative effort with Feeding America and committed $3 million to provide 50 grants of $60,000 each to the winning food banks.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank’s “PBJ Campaign,” aimed at providing the equivalent of 250,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need, received votes online and at one point was only 15 votes ahead. Yet it received enough votes in the final minutes to tie for 44th place. Julio Alonso, Executive Director of HHFB, feels grateful to the community for making it happen. “It went right down to the wire, and with just a few less votes we would have been out of contention. But instead, we edged out communities as big as Atlanta, San Francisco, and Louisville.” The majority of the funds will provide the sandwiches to HHFB’s partner agencies and mobile food pantry program, and the balance will allow the Food Bank to expand it’s retail food collection route by making a part-time driver full-time.

HAND Seeks Input from Local Residents on Future Housing Needs

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, or The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, or HAND Department, is seeking input from residents on what are the most pressing housing needs. Every five years the City reapplies for funds from the federal government under the Community Development Block Grant Program, which is administered by HUD. The funds are to be used for affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and job creation programs. The grants are awarded to qualified cities and towns and allow for local decision-making for the specific programs that are supported.

In order to be eligible, the grantees are required to get input from a representative population of the community including persons of low and moderate income and non-English speakers. Last week the City of Bloomington mailed surveys to area residents and posted the survey online. The City is also hosting focus group meetings during the month of October. The next community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at 6 PM at the library. The topic of this focus group is homelessness.
The surveys must be returned by November 16th. More information and a link to the online survey is available at bloomington.in.gov/hand.

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