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Daily Local News – August 3, 2015

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A new study out of Purdue University projects that if fast-food restaurants paid employees $15 an hour, prices would increase just 4.3% to make up for the added expense; Crews were scheduled today to begin closing single lanes on 2nd Street in Bloomington between Liberty Drive and Oakdale Drive; 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; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board has approved a $93,000 contract for the rehabilitation of an equalization basin on Dillman Road; The vigil in support of the Iran nuclear deal and in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is planned for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington.

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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.

ACTIVATE
A volunteer tells how he gives back to Amethyst House, the organization that helped him get sober.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

 

Daily Local News – July 29, 2015

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Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood; The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade; The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall; Ivy Tech Community College has announced that they will begin express enrollment days on Monday, August 10.

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The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
The Federal Trade Commission is warning about online hotel-booking scams. There are various ways fraudsters prey on travelers; here’s a roadmap to the swindles and directions on how to avoid the potholes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Ivy Bridges
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today were Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Extended Interview: Cook Medical Board Chairman on Medical Device Tax

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The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Bloomington to host National Softball Tournament

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This weekend Bloomington is scheduled to host the National Softball Tournament. The event will be for the sixteen and under girls division for the Midwest region 10. It is scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday. Bloomington Parks and Recreation Sports Division Director, John Turnbull, described the event last week to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners.

“We’re going to have about thirty-three or thirty-four teams, we’re still rather negotiating with a couple of the teams to get their paperwork in and their money in. And they’re generally a Midwest scheme of things because this is what’s called a “Northern Territory Tournament”. Minnesota is represented… Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, we’ve got a couple from Michigan.”

The games will be played at Winslow Sports Complex, at 2800 South Highland Avenue, and Twin Lakes Sports Park, at 2350 West Bloomfield Road. Turnbull says the tournament will have a major impact on the local business community.

“If I had to guess economically, we’re in the $800,000 to a million with hotel nights, and food, and gas, and so-on and so-forth.”

Bloomington has hosted this tournament for several years in a row. Turnbull says that for next year’s tournament, Bloomington can expect to host over one hundred teams.

Eight Bloomington Residents Awarded Grants From Indiana Arts Commission

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – July 21, 2015

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Indiana is sitting on $2.1 billion in cash reserves as the 2015 budget year draws to a close; The legal balance between First Amendment rights and local government ordinances was on display last week at a Bloomington Board of Public Works meeting; The budget for the Monroe County Public Library is expected to grow slightly next year; Horror movies have provided thrills for decades now, but do video games provide the same rush of adrenaline for players?

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
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 engineers are Jen Brooks and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

DLN – July 14, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington Utilities Services Board gave the go-ahead for a one-point-two-million-dollar painting project at the Redbud Water Tank and the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant; The problems with implementing Bloomington’s zoning rules for commercial businesses came up last night at a meeting of the Bloomington Plan Commission; The Indiana Department of Revenue will conduct what it calls Tax Amnesty 2015 for two months beginning on September 15th; Indiana‘s new laws for youth drivers took effect at the beginning of this month.

FEATURE
In Southwest Indiana, Jim Schroeder is preparing for his 8th trip to Haiti. Jim has formed a club with over 70 members across southern Indiana who raise funds for his unique missionary program. IU student reporter Olivia DeWeese brings us this story, which comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
If you’re lucky, you get a chance to get out of town a few days each summer. But just because you’re taking a break from work doesn’t mean you’re taking a vacation from being money smart.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Olivia DeWeese
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

Local Punk Legends Back Together in Bloomington for Mutant Fest

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On Saturday, July 11th, the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as many newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics and The Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – July 9, 2015

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An antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against two multinational corporations could decide the fate of 300 workers in Bloomington; The City of Bloomington’s Information and Technology Services Department has announced that inRoads, a new road status information tool, is now available to the public; Bloomington residents should not see an increase in water usage rates until at least next year; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Variance heard a request last week to build a house-deck that would extend into a county protected ecological area on the shore of Lake Monroe; The City of Bloomington has recognized several local people working to preserve historic buildings in the city; Homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that have experienced uninsured damage from severe storms and flooding starting on or after June 7th can fill out a damage report online.

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On Saturday the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second annual Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics, and the Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jerrod Dill and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

bloomingOUT – July 2, 2015

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Join hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling as they talk with IU Mauer School of Law Professor and Huffington Post contributor Steve Sanders. You’ll also hear some of the latest LGBTQ+ headlines and events in and around Bloomington.

We also introduced our new theme music for the show, provided by Aaron Gage. Find more of Aaron’s work at aarongagemusic.com

Hosts – Ryne Shadday, Jeff Poling
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer and Engineer – Olivia Davidson
Social Media Coordinator – Megan McCullough

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