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Daily Local News – March 26, 2014

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There is a locally mounted push to have a bicycle-pedestrian bridge built across the new Interstate 69 on Bloomington’s west side, close to its intersection with West 3rd Street; Bloomington’s annual autism program, sponsored by the city’s Community and Family Resources Department, is back on Tuesday, April 1st; A screening of the film It’s a Girl will be held on Sunday, March 30th at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. The film is part of an international screening tour working to inform people about gendercide in countries like China and India; A group of sexual assault survivors and supporters have created a petition to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual assault in Indiana.

FEATURE
Labor Management Committee
This August will mark the 13th year of a unique, local consultative forum for workers and their bosses at a city utility service operation. In 2001 Bloomington established the Labor Management Committee to allow for ongoing consultation and to make recommendations for the operation of the City’s two wastewater-treatment facilities—the Dillman Road plant on the South side and the Blucher Poole plant on the North. John Langley, Deputy Director of the City of Bloomington Utilities, is also a management representative on the committee, and correspondent David Murphy spoke to Langley about it for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
The telephone is now the most popular way for scammers to find you. Here are the biggest scams, and how to hang up on ‘em.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Ruben Solis, and Chelsea Hardy.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Reina Wong.
Rob Powell produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Activate! – New Hope: Emilly and Heather

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Emilly and Heather from the New Hope Family Shelter talk about the shelter’s new children’s summer program and the upcoming Homeward Bound walk.

Petition: Land Swap Could Save B-Line Woods

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A controversial subdivision is just a step away from getting the green light this week. The Bloomington City Council plans to vote Wednesday on a Habitat for Humanity project to build 35 homes on the west side of town. But to make room for the development, Habitat has to clear most of the city’s only large wooded area downtown. Some residents want Habitat to consider an alternative. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – March 25, 2014

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A recent study performed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than sixty-six thousand people are victims of domestic violence in a given day in the U-S, seventeen hundred of them in the state of Indiana; Last week, more than forty-one hundred petitions to veto Senate Bill three-forty were delivered to Governor Mike Pence; Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant have lost another battle in the fight to keep Duke from passing on plant development costs to consumers; This week on The Strike Mic: The discounted tuition rates of summer courses at Indiana University has been discontinued…

FEATURE
Petition: Land Swap Could Save B-Line Woods
A controversial subdivision is just a step away from getting the green light this week. The Bloomington City Council plans to vote Wednesday on a Habitat for Humanity project to build 35 homes on the west side of town. But to make room for the development, Habitat has to clear most of the city’s only large wooded area downtown. Some residents want Habitat to consider an alternative. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Join Ashley as she interviews Jamie Andree, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, about the Earned Income Tax Credit and what to do if you’re audited.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Ruben Solid and David Murphy,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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 Rob Powell
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Interchange – Democratic Primary Candidates for Monroe County Sheriff

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Doug Storm hosts the second program focusing on contested Primary elections.

In the studio tonight to present their case for election and to detail their knowledge and experience for the office are Michael Pershing, Stephen Sharp, Cathy Smith and Brad Swain.

Topics covered are the operations of the department including its funding; the nature of the prison population and how it is managed; and the systemic failure of rehabilitation strategies in a population beset by poverty, alcohol and abusive relationships.

Note: The Indiana Constitution does not require any law enforcement experience for this office. Training and education are provided as mandated by statute [IC 36-2-13-9].

Ins and Outs of Money – Earned Income Tax Credit

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Join Ashley as she interviews Jamie Andree, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, about the Earned Income Tax Credit and what to do if you’re audited.

Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Plant Lose Battle As Duke Increases Monthly Charges

Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant have lost another battle in the fight to keep Duke from passing on plant development costs to consumers.

Last week, the Indiana Court of Appeal unanimously upheld an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ruling in 2012 to allow Duke to increase by 16  percent its monthly charges to its 790,000 Indiana customers to cover increases in costs of its Edwardsport plant.

The appeal to the courts to overturn the IURC deal with Duke was launched by several environmental and consumer groups.

The 618-megawatt plant near Edwardsport had an original 2007 cost estimate of $1.9 billion, but that eventually ballooned to about $3.5 billion. In a 2012 settlement between Duke and the IURC, the commission limited Duke to passing on $2.6 billion of construction costs to its customers. This settlement included the 16 percent rate increase that was the subject of the court appeal.

Duke had been applying this increase to it customers bills since then and, with the court ruling, will continue to do so.

Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition say they appealed and are waiting on the ruling.

“We have every intention of taking this as far as we can,” Olson says.

Olson estimates that Duke’s Indiana customers are paying about 15 dollars monthly for the plant which went online last summer.

Since then, it has operated between 10 and 60 percent of capacity.

Petition Delivered to Gov. Pence Opposed to Ending Energizing Indiana

Last week, more than 4,100 petitions to veto Senate Bill 3-40 were delivered to Governor Mike Pence. The bill aims to put an end to the Energizing Indiana programs, which some mall business owners, utility ratepayers, and Indiana residents don’t accept.

The petitions were collected by Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra Club, and Citizens Action Coalition. CAC  Program Organizer, Lindsay Shipps says she doesn’t understand why legislators are trying to terminate the program, given the data that suggests the programs have done well.

The Energizing Indiana programs’ objective is to lower utility costs for schools, homeowners, and institutions that require more energy power. It is also supposed to save energy and lower costs for all consumers in the state. Shipps says she believes that one reason the bill moved forward is because utilities are selling less.

Shipps say that folks have already felt rate increases especially in the Bloomington area due to Duke’s energy recent increased costs and that the program’s potential end means a rate increase for everybody in the state of Indiana.

Study Finds Numbers on Domestic Violence in Indiana

A recent study performed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than 66,000 people are victims of domestic violence in a given day in the US, 1,700 of them are in the state of Indiana.

The report, “Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services,” gathered information from over 1,600 domestic violence programs all over the US to determine the numbers.

The 24-hour Census report has been carried out yearly since 2006 and now it shows that in 2013, 128 Hoosier victims were turned down because of  limited resources. Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Laura Berry says the report helps bring awareness to the recurrence of domestic violence in Indiana.

Berry says that domestic violence programs in Indiana must follow a policy that gives those people in extreme cases shelter regardless of space.

She hopes the report highlights the high requests for domestic violence services and that it brings more awareness to this issue. More information is available at icadvinc.org.

Bring It On! – March 24, 2014

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Clarence Boone and Bev Smith welcome Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University.

PART ONE
Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, Joins Clarence and Bev for to discuss the recent Southern tour by the IU Soul Revue, and the Institute’s upcoming Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award banquet and the annual spring concerts by the Institute’s performing ensembles.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Bev Smith
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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