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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.

Daily Local News – April 7, 2015

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Today was the first day of early voting in Bloomington’s municipal elections, A public

ground breaking ceremony took place today at Indiana’s University’s Assembly Hall to

commemorate recent donations to the basketball stadium, A town hall meeting is scheduled

for this Saturday to discuss the problem of child abuse in Monroe County, Canadian

filmmaker Guy Maddin will visit Indiana University this weekend to give a lecture and

present a retrospective of his work, Monroe County United Ministries announced today it is

launching a new program to help local nonprofits get started, A report that aims to measure

civic health found some room for improvement in Indiana, As April arrives so does National

Minority Health Month.

Ins and Outs of Money – Tax Time!

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Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

Bloomington Mayoral Candidates Interviewed by WFHB

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Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

Daily Local News – March 31, 2015

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More than 800 people have RSVP’d to attend a rally this afternoon in Karst Farm Park protesting Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The organization Healthy Monroe County is sponsoring an event to inform Hoosiers on the current effect of PCBs in our community; A group formed to support entrepreneurs in Bloomington is releasing a web portal it calls ‘the Switchboard.’; Newly elected Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain paid his first visit to the County Council during their work session last week.

FEATURE
Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby and Josh Byron
Along with Alycin Bektesh 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.

Ins and Outs of Money – Patch Those Holes—In Your Pants & Your Budget

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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.

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

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