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Bloomington Beware! – On Target

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Consumer watchdog Richard Fish exposes scams in south central Indiana.

Daily Local News – January 8, 2014

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A local peace activist has put out an urgent call for people to voice their opposition to a U.S. Senate bill that, he claims, would derail President Obama’s current efforts to peacefully stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons; Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Brian C. Bosma announced the House Republican Legislative Agenda this morning, at the Indiana House of Representatives Chamber; The Monroe County Commission approved a six-hundred-and-thirty thousand dollar contract on December 27th for healthcare at the county jail.

FEATURE
Correspondent Doug Storm speaks with Micol Seigel, Indiana University Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and the Department of History, about the American Studies Association boycott of Israeli Universities and IU President Michael McRobbie’s condemnation of the boycott, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Consumer watchdog Richard Fish exposes scams in south central Indiana.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Drew Daudelin,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Andrew Huddleston.
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature, with correspondent Doug Storm.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Interchange – The Occupy Movement: Origins, Practice, Legacy

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Tonight on Interchange host Doug Storm talks with three faculty members of Indiana University who were active in Occupy Bloomington, one of many occupations of public spaces in US cities that appeared as a response to the Occupy Wall Street Movement that originated in New York City in September of 2011.

Ben Robinson, associate professor of Germanic Studies.

Micol Seigel, associate professor in the American Studies and History Departments and co-founder of Decarcerate Monroe County.

Joe Varga, assistant professor of labor studies and an organizer in the all-volunteer chapter of South Central Indiana Jobs with Justice.

We look at out how Occupy began back in September of 2011 and attempted to define some of the issues surrounding Occupy Wall Street, and we’ve looked at how Occupy Bloomington was born. We also examine the Legacy of OWS-what did OWS encourage, what effects, if any, both positive and negative have come out of this popular protest movement.

Photo courtesy of Joe Varga

Ins and Outs of Money – Keeping Your Resolutions

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If financial resolutions were part of your New Year’s resolutions, Ashley and Sarah are here to help you strategize how to keep those promises strong all year long.

Burglars Discovered Inside House During Break-In

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Last week Bloomington City Council member Andy Ruff found himself suddenly involved with an issue that confronts the city every holiday season—burglary. Police say the incident, and the foot chase that ensued, resulted in two arrests that appear to have solved a string of east side break-ins. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – January 7, 2014

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More than twenty-six-hundred local Duke Energy customers were without power yesterday, but as of air time only one area household was left without power; The reported cause of the extreme low temperatures is a polar vortex dipping low across the interior of the continent; Last year’s Senate Bill 373, which received attention for its anti-whistleblowing measures and which was eventually rejected, might be back in another form as Senate Bill 101.

FEATURE
Last week Bloomington City Council member Andy Ruff found himself suddenly involved with an issue that confronts the city every holiday season—burglary. Police say the incident, and the foot chase that ensued, resulted in two arrests that appear to have solved a string of east side break-ins. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
If financial goals were part of your New Year’s resolutions, Ashley and Sarah are here to help keep those promises strong all year long, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, William Morris
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Alycin Bektesh, and Drew Daudelin,
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 Alycin Bektesh,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Closings for Tuesday, January 7

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The following organizations will be closed Tuesday, January 7 unless otherwise noted:

-Monroe County Community School Corporation
-Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation
-Brown County Schools
-Clear Creek Christian School
-Pinnacle School
-Harmony School
-Lighthouse Christian Academy
-Bloomfield School District
-Spencer-Owen Community School Corporation
-North Lawrence Community Schools

-City of Bloomington non-emergency services
-Bloomington parking regulations suspended until 8:00 am Wednesday
-Area 10 services closed; Area 10 nutrition program – no meal delivery, all meal sites closed
-Rural Transit of Monroe and Owen Counties – no routes
-Hoosier Hills Food Bank
-Girls Inc of Monroe County after-school programs
-Children’s Village
-Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

-City of Bloomington sanitation services suspended, will resume Wednesday if weather conditions permit – residents who normally have pickup on Mondays will have pickup on Wednesday, residents who have pickup on Tuesdays will have pickup on Thursday, residents who have pickup on Wednesdays will have pickup on Friday, residents who have pickup on Thursdays will have pickup on Saturday

Brown County Hour – Episode #22 – January 5th, 2014

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.

First aired Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Vera Grubbs’ interview with BC artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels
  • a Brown County story from Tramp Starr
  • poems by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • Brown County State Park naturalist Katie Kogler with some interesting facts about spiders
  • more of our ongoing series about logging in Brown County, featuring Charlie Cole and Linda Baden
  • another audio essay from BCH co-producer Dave Seastrom
  • a conversation between Father Time and the New Year’s Baby by Rick Fettig, featuring the voice talents of Becky Stapf as the babe
  • and our musical guest, Brown County Music Awards Entertainer of the Year (2013), Cari Ray.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Some Downtown Bloomington Businesses Open Despite Cold Weather

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Non-emergency county and city offices were closed today, as well as Indiana University, many IU Health Bloomington Hospital programs and all area schools. However, several local businesses had their “open” signs turned on despite the slick conditions and dangerously low temperatures.

Downtown outfitter JL Waters’ “open” sign shined through the frosty windows. Employees Emily Hodapp and Kimberly Webber and their canine pal Ranger were in the store and explained why they were open for business today.

“Out of all the stores, the adventure store should be open… No such thing as bad weather, just bad gear,” they said.

Hodapp, the assistant manager at JL Waters, says to choose fleece and down and synthetic insulation in winter gear, and for days like today, to take into account the temperature difference that occurs due to high winds

“We’ve got a lot of things that are wind-stopping, not just wind-blocking, but wind-stopping,” said Hodapp.

Webber also recommend base layers with synthetic or wool materials. Though inside the store things were lively as the employees took advantage of the slow customer flow to rearrange parts of the store, the downtown square was almost entirely vacant.

“Completely dead, pretty much. No one’s braving it. The roads aren’t that bad if you’ve got 4-wheel drive. I’m not saying ‘get out there and risk your life’ or anything, but go play! It’s so sunny! It’s not that bad.”

For those who were in need of a hot meal, the Scholars Inn Bakehouse and Darn Good Soup were both open and serving customers, though like JL Waters, the slow business meant they would close early today before normal quitting hours. Nels Brunner, the owner of Darn Good Soup, said:

“It’s been pretty slow, really. I thought it would be busier. It’s been busy enough to be worth being open, but nothing to write home about.”

Parking meters in downtown Bloomington will not be enforced until 8am on Wednesday.

Activate! – YMCA: Jan Williamson

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Jan Williamson talks about the exciting new west side YMCA of Monroe County. Open since November, the new branch is still looking for community feedback to help shape programming and could always use new volunteers.
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