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Best of 2013 #7- Indiana stays HIP: the ACA & the Twenty-Nine Hour Work Week

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A source of national controversy and the impetus behind the October shutdown of the federal government, the ACA produced two big issues in Indiana. The creation of the 29-hour work week allowed employers to avoid providing health care benefits to part-time workers, and Indiana lawmakers refused to create an Indiana insurance exchange, rejected Federal Medicaid expansion monies, and chose to seek approval for the revamped Healthy Indiana Plan system as an alternative. As 2013 started, businesses, schools, and local governments began looking at ways to implement the requirements of the ACA, slated to go into effect at the beginning of 2014. As early as January, administrators were looking at ways to cut employee hours in order to avoid providing health insurance. Without employer coverage, many of these workers turned to the state, where Mike Pence’s refusal to create a state insurance exchange or to take part in ACA Medicaid expansion is expected to leave at least 400,000 people in poverty without the ability to get insurance even under an expanded Healthy Indiana Plan.

Best of 2013 #8 – A Year of Government Dysfunction: The Sequester and the Shutdown

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One of the biggest national stories in 2013 was the continuing inability for the Federal Government to govern in a bi-partisan manner or in fact to govern at all. Beginning with the automatic cuts commonly referred to as the sequester in March as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and reaching a breaking point with the October government shut down, political infighting, intransigence, and incompetence set the tone for 2013 and affected everyone from the inner circle in DC to the residents here in Monroe County.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Jennifer Whitaker. Correspondents David Murphy, Casey Kuhn, Producers Carolyn VandeWiele and Ilze Ackerbergs and WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford contributed to today’s reports.
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Best of 2013 #9 – Muddying the Waters: New Interstate Brings New Contamination

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After decades of debate and protest, 2013 saw the first segments of Interstate 69 begin construction in Monroe and Greene counties. In 2012, a 67-mile stretch of the new road was finished in Southern Indiana, connecting Evansville to the area near the Crane Naval base. Then, by early this spring, landowners in the WFHB listening area began reporting trees were cleared on or near their properties to make way for section 4 of the interstate. It was just a few months after that, that problems began to surface. In July, residents who own property along the future path of I-69 began reporting their local waterways were being contaminated. Landowners produced photos of creeks filled with sediment as well as sinkholes filling with brown water.The erosion problems have continued since August, and in the past couple months some contractors have been forced to halt construction while they deal with the issue. Still, landowners say the contamination persists each time the area sees heavy rain.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB News Department.
Today’s episode was produced by Joe Crawford.
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Best of 2013 #10 – School Assembly: Indiana University on Strike

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The Occupy Movement and a string of student sit ins and protests during the 2012 election year led to a standing assembly of students staff and faculty working together to include their voice in conversations typically reserved for IU administrators and trustees. This year the group organized a two day strike coinciding with the trustees’ Bloomington meeting and continued to support each other as IU failed to meet diversity goals and cut custodial jobs on campus.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department
Today’s episode was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Correspondents Wes Martin, Stephen Brown, David Murphy and Joe Crawford contributed to today’s reports
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Around the Table – Episode Five: Shopping

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In this final episode of “Around the Table”, listen to hear about Black Friday and holiday shopping. Interviews from Les Morris from Simon Property Group, Richard Feinberg, and Michael Rushton. Also Black Friday stories and experiences are shared in the Voices in the Street segment.

Around The Table was produced by Nick Tumino and Nash Hott.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart

Around the Table – Episode Four: Activism and Giving

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In this episode of “Around the Table”, listen to hear how citizens of Bloomington are giving back to the community this Thanksgiving. Around the Table correspondent Nash Hott interviews representatives from three Bloomington charities. Plus, we hear about how individuals contribute in our Voices in the Street segment.

Around The Table was produced by Nick Tumino and Nash Hott.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart

Around the Table – Episode Three: Travel

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In this episode of “Around the Table”, listen to hear about Thanksgiving travel around Bloomington. Around the Table correspondents Nick Tumino and Nash Hott interview Sara Ivey-Lucas with the Residential Programs and Services Office from Indiana University, international residents in Bloomington, and voices in the street.

Around The Table was produced by Nick Tumino and Nash Hott.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart.

Around the Table – Episode 2: Food

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Episode Two: Food

In this episode of “Around the Table”, listen to hear about the food culture of Bloomington. Around the Table correspondent Nash Hott speaks with local restaurant owners Daniel Orr of Farm Bloomington and David Tallent of Restaurant Tallent. Plus, we hear about your favorite places to dine out in Bloomington, in our Voices in the Street segment.

Around The Table was produced by Nick Tumino and Nash Hott.

Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Our theme music is provided by Deerheart.

Around The Table – Episode One: Food

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In this episode of “Around the Table”, listen to hear about the food culture of Bloomington. Around the Table correspondent Nash Hott speaks with local restaurant owners Daniel Orr of Farm Bloomington and David Tallent of Restaurant Tallent. Plus, we hear about your favorite places to dine out in Bloomington, in our Voices in the Street segment.

Around The Table was produced by Nick Tumino and Nash Hott.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart.

Around The Table – Episode One: Tradition

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Around The Table: A five-part feature series exploring the Thanksgiving traditions and culture around Bloomington, Indiana.

In this episode of “Around the Table”, listen to hear about the Thanksgiving Traditions around Bloomington. Around the Table correspondent Nick Tumino interviews from Miah Michaelsen, assistant economic director for the arts of Bloomington; Mark Deal, assistant athletic director from IU football; voices in the street discusses your own Thanksgiving traditions.

Around The Table was produced by Nick Tumino and Nash Hott.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart.

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