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EcoReport – October 10, 2013

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The Indiana Department of Transportation responds to complaints about erosion along the I-69 corridor in southern Monroe County.

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.

This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, and Norm Holy. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 9, 2013

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The Indiana Department of Transportation has responded to complaints about erosion along the I-69 corridor in southern Monroe County; On September 26th, the Monroe County Election Board discussed the feasibility of moving the County’s voter registration office; The Indiana University Office of Sustainability invites people see Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby’s visit to IU, where the Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation will speak on strategies for sustainability.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
These days, telephone calls from a number you don’t recognize are — more likely than not — scams. Here’s word on a couple that are going around now, and some good reasons why you should NOT answer your phone every time it rings.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley.
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Beware! – Phone Scams

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These days, telephone calls from a number you don’t recognize are — more likely than not — scams. Here’s word on a couple that are going around now, and some good reasons why you should NOT answer your phone every time it rings.

Interchange – Professor Kevin Howley: What is Community Media?

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WFHB’s Interchange welcomes DePauw University professor Kevin Howley for an exclusive interview.

Daily Local News – October 8, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the Indiana University Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year; The Monroe County Council held its last day of budget hearings September 19th; After some investigation at the Hoosier National Forest, where unusual rock structures have been discovered, theories are forming about the excavations.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah are back with part two of October’s frightening financial stories. Don’t be scared, Monroe County Money Smart Week is just around the corner with lots of programs to help tame the budget beasts and turn your money nightmares into sweet dreams.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter and Bill Daugherty.
Today’s headlines were written by Nick Tumino.
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Monroe County Council Still Working To Cut Back On Spending

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The Monroe County Council held its last day of budget hearings September 19th. The Council continued to push departments to cut back on spending next year.

At the beginning of the final hearing, County Treasurer Cathy Smith asked for permission to hire a fifth full-time employee for her office.

“Frankly we have a lot of new work and have our hands full,” Smith said, “The only way we can keep a balanced budget with the new requirements is if we cut an employee.”

Although Smith said the fifth position was necessary, due partly to new state and county laws that require more work from her office, Council members said it seemed the office would manage with less staff.

Council member Rick Dietz asked how Smith would handle the new work.

“We’d have to have someone part-time to be able to handle cash,” Smith said, “We have to be very diligent about taking money correctly, and the only way we can do it is have that part-time personnel.”

The Council agreed to budget an extra $1,500 to help the office pay part-time staff.

Later in the hearing, the Council debated whether to add another $10,000 to its community grant service program, which was recently renamed in honor of former Council member Sophia Travis.

Council member Cheryl Munson said it was important to increase the budget each year. “I support this proposal because I think it’s important to increase the community service funding every year, which it has not,” Munson said, “It hasn’t kept pace with the yearly increases in the county’s growth rate. Our county grows at a consistent rate than the state does.”

The Council later approved the increase despite opposition from members Ryan Langley and Marty Hawk. At the end of the hearings, the County still had a projected budget deficit of $316,000.

Strange Stones Still Being Surveyed in Hoosier National Forest

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After some investigation at the Hoosier National Forest, where unusual rock structures have been discovered, theories are forming about the excavations.

Volunteers and archaeologists have been excavating a 19th-to-early-20th century German farmstead near the Ohio River, along with ten domes made up of stacked stones.

According to Heritage Resource Specialist Angie Krieger, one possible explanation for the rock formations comes from the Civilian Conservation Corporation (that’s CCC), a public work relief program founded during The Great Depression.

Krieger says “The CCC were very active in the German era in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and did a lot of building and construction in stone.”

Timothy Baumann, archeology curator at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture in Tennessee, is involved with this investigation.

While no conclusions have been made, Baumann says that no artifacts were found in the surrounding area, adding to the formation’s mystery.

Ins and Outs of Money – Financial Horror Stories: Part 2

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Ashley and Sarah are back with part two of October’s frightening financial stories. Don’t be scared, Monroe County Money Smart Week is just around the corner with lots of programs to help tame the budget beasts and turn your money nightmares into sweet dreams.

Strike Mic – October 08, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the Indiana University Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year.

The group is a crucial component in bringing attention to IU employment practices, tuition increases, and the current lack of minority representation on campus.

The assembly in collaboration with WFHB, brings weekly updates of the work to inform our listeners of the practices of IU administration, and the work being done to address labor issues on campus and in our community.

This is…The Strike Mic.

Tune in to the Daily Local News every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your friends and neighbors working to strengthen the voice of IU students and staff.

My Health Matters – Affordable Care Act (ACA) Volunteers of Monroe County: David Meyer

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David Meyer discusses the role of ACA volunteers in Monroe County and their influence on the uninsured in our community, to educate and spread awareness.

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