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Pre-K Voucher Programs

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Governor Mike Pence signed a new bill into law that will fund Pre-K voucher programs for low-income families in the state of Indiana. The bill, called House Enrolled Act-1004, will set aside a portion of Indiana’s annual budget to fund a pilot program that will go into effect for five Indiana counties to help lower-income families enroll their children in their choice of Pre-K education programs within the state. Now we bring you a few remarks from Governor Pence about the pilot program, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Voices in the Street – Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Our Planet

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Earth Day 2014 was this past Tuesday. We are fortunate to live in an area where so many conscientious people work hard to ensure a sustainable and thriving community and environment. Whether it was planting trees, enjoying the outdoors, or being unable to wrest ourselves from our workaday world, Voices in the Streets wanted to hear about how our friends and neighbors celebrated the earth. And if you weren’t able to celebrate Tuesday, what practices do you put in place to help ensure a sustainable environment?

Daily Local News – April 24, 2014

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A fundraising event for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky held last weekend brought in more than one hundred and sixty thousand dollars for the organization, which is currently in a legal battle with the state of Indiana; The Indiana University Student Foundation and the Little 500 teammates of Lauren Gill came up with a way to honor her by making custom bandages for riders and fans to wear at the upcoming Men’s and Women’s races. Little 500 Race Director Jordan Bailey explains how the idea came about; Map the Meal Gap, an annual study by the national non-profit Feeding America, was released yesterday; This weekend in sports.

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Governor Mike Pence signed a new bill into law that will fund Pre-K voucher programs for low-income families in the state of Indiana. The bill, called House Enrolled Act-1004, will set aside a portion of Indiana’s annual budget to fund a pilot program that will go into effect for five Indiana counties to help lower-income families enroll their children in their choice of Pre-K education programs within the state. Now we bring you a few remarks from Governor Pence about the pilot program, for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES ON THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Our Planet.

CREDITS
Anchor: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Neal Earley, and Alycin Bektesh, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our feature producer and engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – April 24, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, we join WFHB’s Daily Local News Correspondent Casey Kuhn at a conversation with Jody Perras of the Sierra Club and Scott Bowers of the Indiana State Association of Rural Electric Co-operatives, discussing  greenhouse gas regulations being proposed by the EPA.

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

Bloomington Beware! – Curiosity

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Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Medicaid Expansion

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Last February, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Washington meeting with Kathleen Sebelius, then-Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, to discuss his desire to administer any expansion of Medicaid to the state, as provided under the Affordable Care Act. While the majority of other states have decided to expand, Indiana has not, having received a federal waiver to maintain its more limited Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence has been under local pressure to expand Medicaid. On January 22nd, the Bloomington City Council passes resolution 14 DASH 1 Supporting the Full Expansion of Medicaid in Indiana Through the Affordable Care Act. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slabosky, chairperson of Cover Indiana, one of the groups leading this campaign, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – April 23, 2014

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Assessor Judy Sharp told the County Council that tax cases involving her office often get held up in the appeals system for years; The Bloomington Board of Public Works heard a presentation April 22nd about a pedestrian safety project on IU’s campus; President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil have been announced as commencement speakers for Indiana University’s graduation ceremony in May.

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Last February, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Washington meeting with Kathleen Sebelius, then-Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, to discuss his desire to administer any expansion of Medicaid to the state, as provided under the Affordable Care Act. While the majority of other states have decided to expand, Indiana has not, having received a federal waiver to maintain its more limited Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence has been under local pressure to expand Medicaid. On January 22nd, the Bloomington City Council passes resolution 14 DASH 1 Supporting the Full Expansion of Medicaid in Indiana Through the Affordable Care Act. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slabosky, chairperson of Cover Indiana, one of the groups leading this campaign, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Lindsey Wright, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Neal Earley,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Ackerbergs produced our feature, along with Correspondent David Murphy.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Ins and Outs of Money – Grants and Loans

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People are often confused about the difference between grants and loans. Join Steve and Marc Tschida, Nonprofit Central Coordinator at Monroe County public Library to learn the difference.

Interchange – Republican Candidates for Monroe County Council

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In tonight’s episode of Interchange, host Joe Crawford speaks with six Republican candidates for the Monroe County Council. During our first segment Crawford was joined by Marilyn Brinley, Brian Ellison, Jennifer Mickel and Paul E. White, Sr., who are competing for the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on the Council. The winner will run against Democrat Ryan Cobine in the general election.

Later in the show, Barry Jayne and Greg Knott joined the discussion. Jayne and Knott are competing for District 4 on the Council. The winner will run against an incumbent Council member, Rick Dietz, who is the only Democrat running for the seat.

Earth Day 2014

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First established in 1970, today marks the 44th annual Earth Day, and this weekend an organization called Earth Day Indiana will hold its 25th annual celebration of the planet. Summer Keown, the executive director of Earth Day Indiana, gives a history of the organization.

Sponsors of this weekend’s event include some of Indiana’s top manufactures and biggest employers such as Eli Lilly, Cummins Inc, and Allison Transmission, along with statewide conservation groups like the Sierra Club of Indiana and the Hoosier Environmental Council.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, this year representatives from NASA will be bringing a rare experience to Indianapolis.

The festival is this Saturday from 11am to 4pm featuring entertainment, more exhibitors, and educational opportunities for children.

Parking has been reserved for those attending the earth day festivities at the IUPUI river walk garage and there is also bicycle parking areas at the event. More information about the event, including volunteer opportunities are available online at earth day indiana DOT org. The event runs from 11am to 4pm at White River State Park located at 801 W Washington Street in Indianapolis.

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