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Voices in the Street – Thanksgiving

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This week on the Voices in the Street:  Turning the corner from ghosts and goblins to turkeys that gobble.  ‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today.  Voices on the Street will be on a week-long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions and what they’re thankful for this year.

EcoReport – November 21, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Marcia Veldman, the coordinator for the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market, tells us about how the market got started in 1975 and gives us insight into the rules of selling.

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.

This week’s news stories were written by Sherry Mitchell-Bruker, Lauren Glapa, Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Stephanie Stewart.
This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart.
This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered.
Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Legislative Preview: ACA

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Last week WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana district 40 state senator mark stoops about the outlook of the 2014 legislative session – including how the Indiana legislature might examine the Affordable Care Act – here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – November 20, 2013

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Kevin Culbertson, who had been selected for the role of WFHB General Manager has informed the board that he is no longer interested in the position; Updates for Indiana’s tornado damaged regions from Representative Matt Ubelhor; Work on the Griffy Lake Dam is almost finished and the lake has already begun to refill, according to an engineer in the city’s Utilities Department; The average Hoosier Thanksgiving has gotten cheaper this year according to a survey of grocery costs from the Indiana Farm Bureau.

FEATURE
Legislative Preview: ACA
Last week WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana district 40 state senator mark stoops about the outlook of the 2014 legislative session – including how the Indiana legislature might examine the Affordable Care Act – here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Super-typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines, and once again, thieves are trying to steal disaster-relief donations.Learn  how to make sure help actually goes to the people who need
on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Casey Kuhn,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Dan Withered produced our feature
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Howard Zinn: Correcting History

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In honor of Howard Zinn scholars and activists from across the country  took part in a read-in of Zinn’s work on campuses across the nation On Tuesday, Nov. 5,  The read-in was organized by members of the IU-Bloomington Progressive Faculty and Staff Caucus. Speakers include Prof. Alex Lichtenstein, Purnima Bose, Sarah Knott, Stepanka Korytova, Isabel Piedmont-Smith. This event was recorded on location in the School of Fine Arts building on the IU-Bloomington campus by Alycin Bektesh for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Bloomington Beware! – Philippines Disaster Relief Scams

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Super-typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines, and once again, thieves are trying to steal disaster-relief donations. Here’s how to make sure help actually goes to the people who need it so badly.

Interchange – Pat Kellar: The Making of Hoagy Carmichael

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This week on Interchange, Host Trish Kerle’ speaks with Pat Kellar, producer of a documentary film about the life and music of native Bloomingtonian, Hoagy Carmichael, considered one of the 20th centuries greatest composers of American popular standards.

Kellar talks about the film, Carmichael’s formative years in Bloomington and Indiana University, his early musical influences, his transition from piano player to singer/songwriter, shift from hot jazz to popular music, and his friendships and collaborations with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Frank Loesser, among others.  Carmichael’s move to NYC in 1929 and, ultimately, to Hollywood to pursue songwriting for the movies, cemented him as not only a musical legend because of hit songs such as Stardust, Skylark, Heart and Soul and the Academy Award winning In the Cool, Cool Cool of the Evening, but because at the peak of his career in the 1940s Hoagy Carmichael had also made his mark as a movie actor, radio star, and published author.

Songs excerpted in the program in the order they are played:

“Georgia on My Mind” – Ray Charles
“Maple Leaf Rag” – Scott Joplin
“Riverboat Shuffle” – Bix Beiderbecke
“Washboard Blues” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Star Dust” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Star Dust” – Isham Jones and His Orchestra
“Rockin’ Chair” – Mildred Bailey
“Lazybones” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Snowball” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Snowball” – Louis Armstrong
“Rockin’ Chair” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Skylark” – Earl Hines featuring Billy Ekstine
“How Little We Know” – Anita Boyer and the Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra
“In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind” – Kate Smith

Organization Day

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WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh checked in with local state representative Matt Pierce at the close of Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse today to look ahead to the looming battle over Indiana HJR6 for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Weekend storm swept through the Midwest, see how it affected Bloomington

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The wind and rain storm that swept through Indiana, as well as its neighbors to the west and northeast, set records according to the National Weather Service. John Kwiatkowski, Science and Operations Officer in the Indianapolis provided information on the amount of rain that fell during the period, the sustained wind gusts, and tornado activity in south central Indiana.

“People might be surprised that Sunday, the storms were tearing along,” Kwiatkowski said, “A lot depends on where you are, but a lot of rain didn’t fall down in Bloomington area.”

Mr. Kwiatkowski said that the National Weather Service doesn’t record wind speeds as systematically as it does precipitation. However, he did say that 30-40 mph winds occurred in Monroe County, and that the highest recorded in Bloomington was about 40 mph. He also said there may have been winds up to 70 mph in Bloomington, but none were recorded.

There were no confirmed reports to tornado touchdowns in Monroe County. However, the strongest ones reported in Indiana on Sunday were fairly close by, to the southwest and southeast of us, in Daviess and Washington counties, both of which measured at two on the wind force scale. And, Bedford, to our immediate south, registered a EF-one strength tornado.

“We had 26 tornadoes Sunday, and that’s counting the entire state,” Kwiatkowski said, “That’s the second highest daily totaled that’s ever been recorded.
Ian Connor, of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, told us today that the department is still doing damage assessments for southern Indiana. The department is requesting that individuals go online to the department website at in.gov/dhs and click on the link in the middle of the page titled ‘report damage from severe weather.’

Bloomington Hospital to fire 50 people by end of year

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Bloomington Hospital has announced that it will eliminate 50 positions by the end of the year.

A statement, signed by Mark Moore, President & CEO of IU Health Bloomington – the name given to Bloomington Hospital after IU’s takeover – justifies the job cuts in order reduce expenses in order to, quote, prepare for sweeping changes in healthcare.

This announcement comes in the wake of the parent company’s statement in September that it would be cutting 800 jobs across all of its affiliated hospitals. Indiana’s other large hospital group, Saint Vincent’s, announced last June that it had laid off 865 employees.

Accompanying IU health’s September statement on the planned job cuts was a claim that its income for the first six months of 2013 was up 20 percent.

However, IU Health claimed the massive jobs cuts were a necessary response to declining reimbursements and admissions.

These kind of job losses in Indiana hospitals has been predicted in consequence of national events, especially the cuts in Medicare payments to health care providers included in the across-the-board federal spending reductions under Congressional sequestration as well as the planned cuts in Medicare reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act, as it comes into operation.

However, even greater declines in public use of healthcare providers in Indiana was predicted after Indiana Governor Mike Pence chose to not participate in the largely federally financed expansion of  Medicaid under the ACA, which would have provided health care coverage for several hundred thousand more  Hoosiers.

 

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