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Daily Local News – March 24, 2015

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A new report out of Ball State University finds that bills aimed at curbing meth use might be more expensive for Indiana in the long run; The opinions of local residents seem to reflect the views of their representative in the state senate;The First Lady of Indiana, Karen Pence, has awarded a grant of between $500 and $1,000 to The Community Kitchen of Monroe County through her Charitable Foundation; The Monroe County government has taken issue with a resident who was illegally renting out her property for weddings.

FEATURE
Today, Dan Coats, senior Senator from Indiana, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year. According to Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana, he has maintained that position as the congressional GOP as a whole has moved to the right. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mister Howey today about Coats’ politics and the implications of his decision not to run again for the Democrats and Republicans who will seek to take this key seat. Following Senator Coats announcement, several Indiana politicians from both major parties released statements on Coats legacy.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Clothing—it’s a necessary expense, and it can be a big one. Jeanne Leimkuhler, co-founder of Discardia, reminds us that repairing and re-purposing our clothes saves money, encourages creativity, and promotes environmental sustainability.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Carmen Gozalo and Sophia Saliby
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy.
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

bloomingOUT – March 19, 2014

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Join co-host Ryne Shadday as he interviews co-host Erica Dorsey and producer Olivia Davidson about their backgrounds and involvement with the show. We also hear another episode of the weekly segment “Out on Campus” along with calendar events and news.

Hosts – Ryne Shadday and Erica Dorsey
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett

Daily Local News – February, 16, 2015

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The influx of proposed developments in Bloomington is raising concerns at the city’s Commission on Sustainability. Last week, Rebecca Swanson gave a report to the Commission and listed five projects that she called “eye openingly large.” She included the recent passage by the Bloomington Plan Commission of a 30-foot height variance for a hotel on Kirkwood Avenue.

FEATURE
Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Volunteers Susan Buchanan and Sarah Weisand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public LIbrary. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
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.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawfrd.
For WFHB, I’m Doug Storm.

Bloomington Plan Commission Approves New Hotel Downtown

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A new hotel seems headed to the heart of downtown Bloomington. Last night the city Plan Commission approved plans for a 146-room hotel known as the Graduate.

The hotel is planned for the corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Lincoln Street. Currently the Old National Bank is on that site, but there are plans for the bank to build a new branch just down the street.

There was more than an hour of public comment before the Plan Commission held its vote.

Many residents were upset about the size of the 70-foot-tall hotel. Others were upset about the loss of the parking lot at Old National Bank.

The bank currently allows some churches to use its lot outside of business hours.

bloomingOUT – January 22, 2015

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Join cohosts Jeff Poling and Erica Dorsey as they discuss the upcoming Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival with Sarah Perfetti and Rene Henry! Also hear this week’s Out on Campus, featuring a discussion about “traditional” marital roles and the relationship between religious services and being LGBTQ+.

Hosts – Jeff Poling, Erica Dorsey
Executive Producer – Alycin Bektesh
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett

City of Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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Award-winning filmmaker Bennett Singer gave the keynote address this year at the City of Bloomington’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. Singer most recently produced and directed the film, “Brother Outsider,” which chronicles the life of Bayard Rustin, and openly gay civil rights activist who worked closely with Dr. King. Besides Singer, the event also featured speeches by Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling, Indiana University Vice Provost Martin McCrory and others. Musical performers included the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble and the University Elementary School Choir.

“Reclaiming the Legacy” – MLK Day Demonstrators Call for Justice

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A “Reclaim MLK Day” action was held last night along State Road 46 in Bloomington. The demonstration focused on the issue of police mistreatment of African-Americans and recent calls for justice for those victims. WFHB correspondent David Murphy was on the scene to talk to some of the participants for today’s WFHB community report.

Photos by Mihee Kim-Kort

 

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New Bloomington Directory Highlights Women- And Minority-Owned Businesses

A new business directory is now available to highlight minority and women-owned businesses serving Bloomington and Monroe County.

According to the city of Bloomington, the Minority & Women-Owned Business directory was developed to help provide visibility for diverse businesses, promote equity of economic opportunities, and help eliminate barriers for minority and women-owned businesses.

Bloomington’s minority- and women-owned businesses generate more than $300 million a year, according to census data.

But, according to the city’s press release, minorities and women still remain underrepresented in our county, state and city.

Go here to view the directory in a separate window.

 

The Top Stories of 2014: University Courts

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Today on the Top Stories of 2014: Trouble in University Courts, City Council member Chris Sturbaum joins Alycin and Joe in the studio to discuss a controversy over Indiana University’s plans for the University Courts neighborhood.

The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

Voices in the Street – Torture: The U.S. Government’s Controversial Interrogation Methods

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In 2007, a former CIA interrogator asserted that the tactic known as water boarding was effective in shaking potentially life-saving information from terrorists. Fast forward seven years, and the U.S. Faces criticism from the United Nations as well as other countries whom the U.S. Has criticized for human rights violations after a Senate report was released detailing torture techniques used after the September 11th attacks. Notably, The Senate report concluded CIA interrogation tactics were ineffective and often too brutal and could incite attacks and endanger the lives of American hostages held by Islamic militants. Voices in the Street spoke with people seven years ago about how they felt on this issue.

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