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Bloomington Beware! – Viva Las Vegas

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A new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Interchange – Larry Lockridge: An Unedited Interview

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Host Doug Storm talks with Larry Lockridge, author of Shade of the Raintree, about his father Ross Lockridge, Jr., and his bestselling novel of 1948, Raintree County, about the search for answers to the mystery of his father’s suicide, and about the wish to save his father’s letters and manuscripts for future scholars of the novel.

This is an unedited conversation.

Find out more about Larry Lockridge’s Shade of the Raintree at www.raintreecounty.com.

Photo credit: Hugh Hazelrigg

Ins and Outs of Money – What’s your Interest?

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So, what’s your interest? This week we are going to test your knowledge on how interest works for or against you in budgeting and personal finance.

Daily Local News – May 13, 2014

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A contractor helping supervise I-69 construction insisted May 9th contractors are doing all they can to prevent pollution from the project; After months of delay, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District can now fill a vacant desk job; The recipients of the City of Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants have been announced.

FEATURE
A press conference held today revealed the positive impact of arts programing on Fairview Preschoolers during this academic year. Dr. Gus Weltsek and Ginger Brinn worked with Fairview instructor Lynne Hall to bring drama and visual arts into the curriculum several times a week. Preschoolers were tested on vocabulary, alliteration, and rhyming before the program and again in December, when strong improvements were found. Representatives involved in the program spoke about the importance of arts programming in schools at an early age, and Hall’s students shared some of their activities, here for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
So, what’s your interest? This week we are going to test your knowledge on how interest works for or against you in budgeting and personal finance.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Melanie Susskind,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell.
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 today is Drew Daudelin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Fairview Elementary Progresses Through the Arts

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A press conference held today revealed the positive impact of arts programing on Fairview Preschoolers during this academic year. Dr. Gus Weltsek and Ginger Brinn worked with Fairview instructor Lynne Hall to bring drama and visual arts into the curriculum several times a week. Preschoolers were tested on vocabulary, alliteration, and rhyming before the program and again in December, when strong improvements were found. Representatives involved in the program spoke about the importance of arts programming in schools at an early age, and Hall’s students shared some of their activities, here for today’s WFHB feature report.

Interchange – Larry Lockridge: In the Shade of the Raintree

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Host Doug Storm continues the three-part series on the bestselling 1948 novel Raintree County with excerpts from a conversation with Larry Lockridge, the second child of Ross Lockridge, Jr., and author of Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

The episode opens with “Flash Perkins’ Theme” from the soundtrack to the 1957 movie Raintree County.

Listen to the first show in the series: Taking the Measure of Raintree County

More about the novel and Larry Lockridge’s biography can be found at www.raintreecounty.com.

Community Concerned With I-69 Sediment Erosion

A contractor helping supervise I-69 construction insisted May 9 contractors are doing all they can to prevent pollution from the project. In a presentation to the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee, Jeremy Kieffner outlined the various strategies contractors use to prevent erosion. Over the past year waterways near Section 4 of the new interstate have been contaminated with sediments washing away from construction areas.

Kieffner works for the Evansville-based firm, Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates. He told the group road projects always present erosion issues.

Kieffner did not directly address the erosion issues caused by Interstate 69 and he didn’t take questions from the Committee. After the presentation several committee members said they had doubts the state is following proper procedures with the construction. Committee member Andy Ruff has been a long-time opponent of I-69.

“I worked in battling sediment erosion with construction sites and it’s not an easy law to enforce or follow,” Ruff says.

Ruff said the sediment is probably damaging ecosystems in the waterways near Indian Creek, where some of the most contamination has occurred. Committee member Cheryl Munson, who lives in the Indian Creek area, said problems continue there. Munson said she’s hopeful erosion won’t cause as many problems in Section 5 of the interstate, which runs through Bloomington.

Crews have already begun clearing properties in Section 5 in preparation for construction of the interstate.

Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants Awarded

The recipients of the City of Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants have been announced. Grants are made available to nonprofit organizations that participate in activities that revolve around the arts. The purpose of these grants are to support and enhance a high level of artistry around the community. Miya Michaelson, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, talks about this year’s change in how often these grants are given to the community.

“They used to give out grants twice a year and this year was the first time to give out just one a year,” Michaelson says.

Michaelson says the organizations that apply for these grants have increased over the years, and funds have also increased. Additional advertising through news releases, emailing previous applicants with the necessary guidelines, and online allows everyone an equal opportunity to apply.

The grants are given to an organization after considering three categories. Artistic quality, community impact and organization capacity are three factors in deciding who is eligible to receive the grants.

The Arts grant helped established perennial recipients like the Krampus Night activities, and the Bloomington Creative Glass skills pumpkin patch project. There were fifteen recipients for the 2014 grant, the full list can be found online on the city’s art page.

Activate! – Volunteers in Medicine: Jim Russie

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Jim Russie, long time volunteer at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, on the work VIM does for Monroe and Owen County residents and how you can help. For more information on volunteering, go to http://www.vimmonroecounty.org/volunteer.php.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2014

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Bloomington’s Planning Director gave the first details May 5th about a proposed hotel along Kirkwood Avenue downtown; In a special meeting of the Board of Public Works held May 7th , the board approved a contract with a local lawn care business to provide lawn mowing services for the City of Bloomington; The Hoosier Environmental Council released a report May 5th about coal ash pollution in and around the Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) Harding Street Generating Station and across Indiana; Residents of Bloomington and surrounding communities are invited to dispose of unwanted electronics for recycling this Saturday, May 17.

FEATURE
In recent months, almost a million Americans submitted comments about new regulations that would cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
That includes tens of thousands of Hoosiers. The comment period ended Friday and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue its new rules this summer. Indiana’s coal industry has steadfastly opposed regulations like these, which they say would make it impossible to open new coal plants. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke this morning with an industry lobbyist, and we bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Jim Russie, long time volunteer at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, on the work VIM does for Monroe and Owen County residents and how you can help. For more information on volunteering, go to http://www.vimmonroecounty.org/volunteer.php.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chelsea Hardy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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