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Daily Local News – January 29, 2015

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This afternoon Governor Mike Pence axed his plans for a state-run news service; The Monroe County Council heard a summary of 2014 county finances during their work session on Tuesday; A new Indiana bill would require high school students to pass an immigration test in order to graduate; Monroe County Public Library Director Sara Laughlin gave her final State of the Library Address last week; The Ellettsville Town Council heard an update Monday on the progress of the long-delayed Heritage Trail development; Monday is the deadline for employers to provide W-2 forms to their employees and many local residents will notice a new twist on taxes this year.

FEATURE
The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating federal regulations meant to protect abused and neglected children. The Department’s caseworkers are stretched too thin, working more cases than the law allows. But the Department has so far declined to ask the state for more money to hire additional staff to correct the problem. Correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the caseworker shortage and what the Department is doing to respond to public concern for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
“Black History Month: African-American Heroes”
February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Taylor Telford.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – January 29, 2015

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In today’s Ecoreport feature, Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens’ Action Coalition discusses the many ways Indiana House Bill 1320 was designed to shut down solar power in the state.

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.

Today’s Anchors: Linda Lightner and Glenn Lightner
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Nancy Jones and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

New Area Code Added to Southern Indiana Starting Next Saturday

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls made in the 812 area must be placed using the complete ten-digit telephone number—that is, the area code plus the seven-digit number. This is because a new “930” area code will be added to the region covering the southern third of the state to provide an additional supply of needed phone numbers. The IURC emphasizes that residents’ current phone numbers will not change, but new phone customers may be assigned a number with the 930 code. They also say the price of a call, coverage areas, or other rates and services will not be changed, and callers still must dial a “1” plus area code and 7-digit telephone number for all long distance calls. Callers can still access emergency services with three digits—911—and can also continue to use three digits to reach 211 and 811, as well as 311 and 511, where available.

Better Beware! – Sneaky Email Scam

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They almost got me last week…and if you aren’t very careful, they’ll get you too. Here’s one of the sneakiest spams I’ve ever seen.

H.I.P. 2.0 Accepted as Medicaid Substitute for Indiana

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report.

Residents can submit their H.I.P. 2.0 applications to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration this week – covergae begins on February 1st.

Daily Local News – January 28, 2015

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Indiana is one of only three states that operates under a “dead voter law” which eliminates the ballot of any voter who dies before election day; The Monroe County Solid Waste District is having trouble finding a company to build its new recycling facility; The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls made in the 812 area must be placed using the complete ten-digit telephone number—that is, the area code plus the seven-digit number.

FEATURE
Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
They almost got me last week…and if you aren’t very careful, they’ll get you too. Here’s one of the sneakiest spams I’ve ever seen.

Credits
Anchors; Kelly Wherley and Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Cathi Norton
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 Alycin Bektesh
Our engineers today are Jim Lang, Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Interchange – Let the Sunshine In: The Politics Obstructing Solar Energy in Indiana

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Host Doug Storm is joined by two local solar energy activists and a climate scientists to discuss the state of renewable energy policy in Indiana. Last week Republican State Representative for District 65, Eric Allen Koch, filed a bill (HB1320) with the General Assembly that would change the relationship between our area’s electric utility company, Duke Energy, and its solar customers who participate in the popular net metering program. We’ll do our best here tonight to describe the consequences of that bill should it find its way to becoming law.

Solar energy is a major form of renewable energy used to produce electricity. It poses a major alternative to coal, Indiana’s traditional source of energy. Residential energy use totals over $3.2 billion in Indiana, making residential solar a very real threat to the coal economy.

HB1320 seeks to eliminate the productive incentive of returning energy to the power grid from a home photovoltaic system.

Links:
Monroe County Energy Challenge
Indiana’s State Energy Plan
SIREN
HB1320 in the news

Guests
Ben Brabson is a climate scientist at Indiana University and retired professor of physics, whose research focuses on extreme temperatures and their connection to soil moisture. The courses he teaches at Indiana University identify our sources of energy and the critical need to move away from climate damaging fossil fuel use.

Woodie Bessler is an electrical engineer and spokesperson for SIREN, the Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network, a non-profit promoter of the adoption of solar energy. He speaks widely on solar energy issues. He and his household were the grand prize winners of SIREN’s 2010 Energy Showdown Going Solar programs. He currently serves on committees for GUEP (Georgetown University Energy Prize), about which we hope to get an update.

Arvind Gopu is an IT professional who does Going Solar presentations for SIREN and provides individual home site assessments.

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Assistant Producer: Nancy Jones
Board Engineer: Carissa Barrett
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Bill to Increase the Cost of Solar Energy

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A bill sponsored by Indiana State Representitive Eric Koch, from Bedford, could increase the cost of solar energy. We bring you a report on that now for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – January 27, 2015

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The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved; A bill has moved forward in the Indiana State Senate to a provide coordinator to the Hoosier Women Veterans Program; The congressman who represents most of the WFHB listening area has introduced another bill to limit President Obama’s power.

FEATURE
A bill sponsored by Indiana State Representitive Eric Koch, from Bedford, could increase the cost of solar energy. We bring you a report on that now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Commercial tax services can do your income tax filing and get your return to you quickly. But if your household income is under $53,000, you can get help from an IRS-certified tax preparer absolutely free of charge—and get your return just as quickly. Find out how you can take advantage of this year’s Free Community Tax Service at a location near you (and online).

CREDITS
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 Anna Legge
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 is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Ins and Outs of Money – Free Community Tax Service 2015

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Commercial tax services can do your income tax filing and get your return to you quickly. But if your household income is under $53,000, you can get help from an IRS-certified tax preparer absolutely free of charge—and get your return just as quickly. Find out how you can take advantage of this year’s Free Community Tax Service at a location near you (and online).

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