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Daily Local News – May 19, 2015

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Tomorrow night the Bloomington City Council is set to decide whether to borrow forty-eight
million dollars to pay for major projects including Switchyard Park; The City of
Bloomingtion is limited in what it can do to respond to the recent repeal of Indiana’s
Common Construction Wage law; The Monroe County Election Board has rejected all thirteen
provisional ballots Bloomington voters cast during the May 5th primary election.

FEATURE
Scott County, Indiana, has seen a surge in positive HIV cases in recent months, but data
from the Indiana State Department of Health is showing the number of positive cases may be
reaching a plateau. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked in to what the numbers
mean and what could explain the magnitude of the outbreak for today’s WFHB Community
report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
There’s Something (Costly) in the Air; 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 Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
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.

Cast of Characters: Leslie Rowland

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Rowland holding her niece.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Rowland.

This is the story of Leslie Rowland, a local woman who lived with Lyme disease for 16 years before she was diagnosed, on another installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series with reporter Amanda Marino.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Dial This Extension for Money Smarts

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Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are information and education related to managing your money better.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2015

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Volunteers at Hoosier Hills Food Bank are in the process of sorting and sending 18 tons of food received over the weekend; Three-quarters of a million Hoosiers could be eligible for refunds from their cellular service providers, thanks to a lawsuit settlement announced today; A study done by an IU environmental scientist and colleagues finds the environment in the United States is exposed to far more animal hormones than once thought; Representative Todd Young is teaming with the City of Bloomington and WorkOne South Central to host a job fair in Bloomington this June; Indiana University has received two National Science Foundation research grants totaling $8.6 million, according to a press release from IU; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals considered problems related to development in Karst areas at a meeting last week.

FEATURE
The story of a local woman who lived with Lyme disease for 16 years before she was diagnosed, another installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Dial This Extension for Money Smarts – Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are information and education related to managing your money better.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Joe Crawford and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino
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.

Bloomington Primary Election Results: Neher Concedes To Hamilton

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John Hamilton has defeated Darryl Neher in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Bloomington. More detailed results can be found here, courtesy of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office.

Daily Local News – April 28, 2015

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An event to show support for the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal is scheduled
for this Thursday night. Governor Mike Pence has named Matt Lloyd as his new Deputy Chief
of Staff for Communications and Strategy. This Friday marks the revival of a tradition in
Bloomington called First Fridays. The Town of Ellettsville is getting ready for Opening Day
at the Ball Park this weekend. The John Waldron Arts Center has been granted a noise permit
for the dedication of its new Plaza at the corner of Walnut and 4th Streets in downtown
Bloomington.

FEATURE
Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite
concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Your Money and the Law – We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or
foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to
talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them
from crossing paths in the first place.

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen, Joshua Byron and 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 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.

Daily Local News – April 16, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day; A bill which would likely oust Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education passed in the House this week; A state audit by the Indiana Department of Correction has given the Monroe County Community Corrections Program a perfect grade; Amateur and professional photographers throughout Indiana have the opportunity to see their work published in an upcoming coffee table book for the state’s bicentennial, entitled “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State”; Some Hoosiers trying to quit smoking may have trouble finding help, according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Tax time is nigh, a good time to question what we’re paying for.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Jack Hanek, Adele Poudrier and Taylor Telford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Bloomington Beer Fest

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The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they think about the future.

Daily Local News – April 14, 2015

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The state senate today is debating a bill that would end Indiana’s common construction
wage, The local transportation planning authority continues to show its discontent with the
state’s handling of Interstate 69 construction, The Monroe County Solid Waste Management
District is moving ahead with setting up its new recycling facility, Planned Parenthood
locations in Bloomington and Columbus are offering free STD and HIV tests next week,
Throughout April, the Bloomington entertainment and Arts District will display photographs
by the Bloomington Photography Club in the City Hall Atrium.

FEATURE
The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on
Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event
to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the
breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they
think about the future.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Happy Financial Literacy Month!

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
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.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Mayor Candidate John Hamilton Holds Fundraiser in D.C.

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The race for mayor of Bloomington took one candidate six hundred miles from City Hall last night.

John Hamilton, one of three Democratic candidates for mayor, held a fund raiser at Mandu Restaurant in Washington, D.C., about a mile from the U.S. Capitol building. The event was co-hosted by several prominent Democrats, including some high-profile lobbyists and public officials. Hamilton told WFHB that while the fundraiser was held far from Bloomington, the crowd had ties to Indiana.

“There is a regular group of Hoosiers who have transplanted to D.C….and welcome Hoosier candidates of many kinds to talk,” Hamilton said. “They asked whether I would do it and I said, ‘Sure.’”

Among the co-hosts listed for the event was Brad Queisser, a lobbyist with mCapitol Management in Washington. mCapitol did $2.6 million of lobbying work last year for unions, cities and companies. That included $100,000 of work for Crowe Horwath, an accounting and consulting firm that frequently contracts with the Bloomington city government.

Another co-host was Joel Riethmiller, a lobbyist whose firm did $220,000 of work last year for the Cook Group, a medical device company based in Bloomington.

When asked if he would accept campaign contributions from lobbyists, Hamilton reiterated his pledge not to accept money directly from corporations.

“I don’t accept any money from a corporation or a PAC (political action committee) which is focused on a particular issue,” Hamilton said. “As long as it’s a human being that is supporting my cause for progressive values and good jobs and strong public education…I’ll take support from that individual.”

Other co-hosts of the fund raiser last night included Anne Andrews, the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, and Ron Klain, an attorney who President Obama appointed as Ebola Response Coordinator amid the beginning of the disease outbreak last year.

So far, Hamilton is the only one of the three Democrats running for mayor to acknowledge holding a fund raiser outside Indiana. But he’s not the only one to accept out-of-state contributions to his campaign. Darryl Neher is another of the three candidates.

“I’ve accepted money from out of state, but its from close friends, people whom I have know for years,” Neher said.

Andy Downs, with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, said it’s not unusual to see candidates for local office taking campaign money from far away.

“If, for example, you went to college outside of the state, you develop a network of friends who might want to support you when you’re running for office,” Downs explains. “What people begin to question is when you go to raise money outside the state, and you’re doing it in a lobbyist’s office or you’re doing it in a law firm…and then people start to think, ‘OK, wait a minute, those folks have obvious interests beyond their person interests in you as an individual, is this going to cause us a problem down the road?’”

The third candidate for mayor, John Linnemeier, says he has accepted no money from outside Indiana. Linnemeier says he’s only raised about $2,000 for his campaign so far. He says the candidates should not have to focus so much on money.

“I don’t even have a tab on my website that tells you how to donate,” Linnemeier said. “I mean, how many people are in Bloomington? We’re all pretty much one degree of separation from each other. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary. And what’s worse than that is it has the possibility of corruption or the perception of it.”

So far, there are no publicly-available documents showing exactly how the mayoral candidates have been paying for their campaigns. That changes next week, when candidates are required to declare all of their campaign contributions and expenses.

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