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Fun Around Town with No Money Down

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College classes are back in session! You can have a social life this semester without going broke—if you know where to look for the many opportunities for free fun around town.

Daly Local News – August 25, 2015

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Two Bloomington residents launched a crowdfunding campaign yesterday to bring a cat cafe to Bloomington. Elizabeth Retting and Jessie Wang are hoping to raise $25,000 to lease a space on Kirkwood Avenue to open “City Kitty and Brews”; A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Indiana House representative Eric Koch (pronounced “cook”) of Bedford. The lawsuit, brought by several citizen’s action groups, alleged that Koch and House Republicans violated Indiana’s freedom of information laws when they refused to release e-mails between Koch and several energy companies; City regulators approved a deal yesterday with a company that was found to be releasing too much metal in its wastewater. At its meeting last night, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board agreed to a pollution abatement process with Indiana Metal Craft, located at 4602 Innovation Crescent, on Bloomington’s west-side; A series of arts performances in People’s Park kicked off this afternoon with the local quartet, The Hoosier Darlings. More performances by local musicians will take place every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., from now until September 29th.

FEATURE:
Earlier this summer, Bloomington High School North made national headlines when students there decided to form what they called a Straight Pride Group. The group was reportedly going to offer QUOTE “specific supports for heterosexual students” UNQUOTE. Many saw the group as being anti-LGBTQ. After a public outcry, the group’s faculty sponsor backed out and the group never officially formed. Last week, WFHB’s BloomingOUT hosted a discussion that issue and others with the gay-straight alliance at Bloomington High School North. Hannah Jesseph is a member of the alliance and Greg Chaffin is the faculty sponsor. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Chaffin begins by discussing the origins of the gay-straight alliance at North.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY:
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS:
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Hannah Boone
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford along with the crew of BloomingOUT.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jennifer Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 20, 2015

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The IU Office of Sustainability is hosting the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale this Saturday for the sixth year in a row; The Bloomington Community Farmers Market will host a panel discussion about Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, on September 14th; Bloomington city officials are looking to increase spending for public safety next year.

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An IU law professor says a battle over unionization in Indianapolis could have ripple effects around the country. Fran Quigley has just published a book documenting the struggles of low-wage service industry workers in the city. Quigley spoke to us last week during an episode of WFHB’s program, Interchange. The next clip is from that interview. It begins with a portion of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. given on April 3rd, 1968, to a group of striking sanitation workers. The host of Interchange is Doug Storm.

VOICES IN THE STREET
We ask IU students why they chose to come to Bloomington

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle and Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Hannah Boone and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and the crew of Interchange
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Hannah Griggs
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 18, 2015

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Indiana University has just signed one of the largest apparel contracts in the history of college athletics; The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning incoming college students to be aware of delays along the route to Bloomington; A study on the sustainability of Bloomington has found mixed results; Hoosier Energy is proposing to build a photovoltaic solar power farm west of Ellettsville.

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Earlier this year the Indiana legislature passed a law barring what are referred to as serious sex offenders from voting on election day if their precinct is located in a school. The law passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It makes it a Level 6 felony for an offender to enter a school property. Earlier today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit alleging the new law is unconstitutional. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the attorney working on the case and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
ANCHORS: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers is Jennifer Brooks.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

bloomingOUT – August 6, 2015

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Hosts Jeff Jewel and Megan McCullough interview Jamie Bartzel, the Office Supervisor of IU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services. They also interview Jessica Levandoski, the Director of the upcoming Middle Coast Film Festival.

Hosts – Jeff Jewel, Megan McCullough
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Board Engineer – Olivia Davidson

50 Years of Medicare with Dr. Rob Stone

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July 30th marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1965. Prior to Medicare, about a third of Americans over the age of 65 lived without health insurance. The program was also a force for racial desegregation in medical facilities. The program required hospital floors, waiting rooms and other facilities to be integrated before they would be eligible for Medicare payments. On Thursday, Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan joined the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare. Local physician and activist Rob Stone gave a presentation at the event and we bring you some of his comments now for today’s WFHB community report. Dr. Stone begins by asking questions of the audience about the current state of the American health care system.

Daily Local News – August 4, 2015

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Despite the advice of public health officials, most high school students in Indiana are not being vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV; The EPA has proposed controversial new rules for coal-fired power plants which could have big implications for Indiana; Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington has announced it will be the home of a new location for the Indiana Small Business Development Center; LIFEDesigns is hosting a picnic this weekend to promote disability awareness and inclusion.

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July 30th marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1965. Prior to Medicare, about a third of Americans over the age of 65 lived without health insurance. The program was also a force for racial desegregation in medical facilities. The program required hospital floors, waiting rooms and other facilities to be integrated before they would be eligible for Medicare payments. On Thursday, Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan joined the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare. Local physician and activist Rob Stone gave a presentation at the event and we bring you some of his comments now for today’s WFHB community report. Dr. Stone begins by asking questions of the audience about the current state of the American health care system.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart, though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do turn it on.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Joe Crawford
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Lane Closures on 2nd Street for I-69 Development

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Crews were scheduled today to begin closing single lanes on 2nd Street in Bloomington between Liberty Drive and Oakdale Drive. Contractors working on Interstate 69 announced the closures would continue through Saturday.

Crews are verifying the locations of utilities along the future path of the Interstate. Additional lane closures are scheduled to begin on Wednesday night along State Road 37. The closures there will extend from Vernal Pike to Chambers Pike, according to the I-69 Development Partners.

Work will only take place at night, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and at least one lane will remain open in each direction.

Indiana Specialty Surgery Center Requests More Time to Respond to Overbilling Lawsuit

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A Bloomington surgery center joined ten other Indiana-based medical facilities today to ask a judge for more time to respond to an overbilling lawsuit. Indiana Specialty Surgery Center is one of eleven centers accused of overbilling an insurance company by a total of $6 million.

The Bloomington center itself is charged with overbilling $590,000. Cigna Health and Life Insurance filed the lawsuit July 6th. Cigna claims the surgery centers promised patients low rates for out-of-network services, but then charged Cigna much higher rates anyway.

In the filing today, the surgery facilities say they plan to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Today they asked for an extension on the filing deadline, saying they were each served the lawsuit at separate times but would like to respond as a group by a uniform deadline. Cigna joined the surgery centers in requesting the simpler timeline. If the judge grants the request, the centers would be required to file the motion to dismiss by September 14th.

Local Peace Groups Support Iran Nuclear Deal and Remember Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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This coming Sunday, August 9th, is the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan. The attack followed the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier. At least 129,000 people were killed in the attacks.

Peace groups in Bloomington are planning to mark the anniversary on Sunday with a vigil and a rally in support of the Iran nuclear deal. That agreement between Iran and a group of world powers known as the P5 + 1 was announced last month.  It faces a vote in Congress on September 17th.

News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with David Keppel, one of the organizers of the rally, which is scheduled for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

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