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Daily Local News – November 5, 2013

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The Strike Mic; Local volunteers will again help people understand and navigate the enrollment process for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act; After eighteen months of construction, the northwest Bloomington YMCA will have an open tour this Sunday afternoon; Anyone interested in helping track winter eagle activity at Monroe Lake will have the opportunity to attend Citizen Scientist training next week, on November 17th.

FEATURE
Howard Zinn-In
During his US History class today, Indiana University associate Professor Alex Lichtenstein held what he deemed a “Howard Zinn-in.” The date coincides with the birthday of famous Hoosier Eugene V. Debbs, a prominent Socialist and proponent of union rights during the turn of the twentieth century who Zinn admired. The event was held in conjunction with similar Zinn-ins held throughout the state, all in protest of former governor Mitch Daniels attempts to ban the author’s works from Indiana classrooms. We bring you that speech for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Colder temperatures are here! Learn how to prepare your home to be warm, energy efficient, and cost effective, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment the Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Yin Yuan.
Our feature was produced by Harrison Wagner, with correspondent Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer was Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 1, 2013

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Representative Todd Young will meet with constituents in Martinsville next Thursday; On Monday the Ellettsville Town Council debated changes to town code that would ban certain livestock and prohibit parking in yards; Monroe County is in the midst of a project to fix a drainage problem on Fairway Drive, on the south side of Bloomington.

FEATURES
Representatives on the Debt Limit
Indiana District 9 Representative Todd Young and Senator Dan Coats both gave statements this week on the ongoing national debt talks. We hear what our state representatives are adding to the conversation for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hettrick.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer was Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Try hockey for free this Sunday at the Frank Southern Ice Arena

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The Frank Southern Ice Arena and the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association is hosting ‘Try Hockey for Free Day’ this Sunday, Nov. 3.

Try Hockey for Free USA and other local Hockey teams put on clinics around the country to encourage kids, ages four to nine, to try youth hockey at a local rink. Alyson Baer, Ice Scheduler for the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association, says it is a club team that is part of a league based in Cincinnati.

They serve children ages 5-13 years old. This clinic will give kids an opportunity to learn more about hockey, and to gain some hands-on experience.

Baer explains some of the things that the kids will participate in, as well as the goals of the clinic.

“The goals are just to expose kids to ice skating and hockey and if they want to pursue hockey further, we are here for them,” Baer says.

The ‘Try Hockey For Free Clinic is this Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30 pm, at the Frank Southern Ice Arena. Youth who missed the registration deadline to join a hockey team will be able to register at the clinic for the 2013 to 2014 season.

Daily Local News – October 29, 2013

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This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police; The finger of blame for the recent crisis in Congress, which caused a federal shutdown and a near debt default, has increasingly been pointed at Republican members of Congress, especially those associated with the Tea Party caucus; Five women were named by Governor Mike Pence yesterday, to serve on the Indiana Commission for Women.

FEATURE
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Same-Sex Marriage
Several large organizations and institutions have expressed opposition to the effort to amend the state constitution to limit marriage to two people of the opposite sex, in effect banning same-sex marriage in Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly has already passed one resolution to this effect. A second bill, House Joint Resolution 6, or HJR 6, which would put the question on the ballot in the fall of 2014, is up for debate in January. Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University, announced yesterday that IU is joining Freedom Indiana, the state wide coalition leading the fight against the constitutional amendment. Several important Indiana-based corporations, including Ely Lilly and Cummins Diesel, have also voiced their opposition to the move. Last week, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce adopted the same position. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent David Murphy spoke to Liz Irwin, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, to find out if the voice of business in this region has taken a position on the issue.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy for Indiana University, joins Sarah and Ashley to discuss college finance pitfalls and programs and resources that are available to help.

CREDIT
Anchors: Kristen Troxell & Nick Tumino
Today’s feature was produced by Harrison Wagner,
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 24, 2013

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Bloomington City Council discusses changing the city’s rules regarding historic districts because of a state law; Bloomington’s NAACP branch continues to take on the War on Drugs, and its effects on the local black community with a forum; Eight Medical Corporation has relocated its offices from St. Paul, Minnesota to Bloomington; the Third Annual Bike Summit, a yearly event the City of Bloomington holds to bring the local bicycle community together, takes place this Saturday; this weekend in sports.
FEATURE
Indiana University and the Bloomington Homeless
Due to growing concern among students at Indiana University, a number of students have come together to stop the injustices they feel have been committed by their university. These students hold meetings, and some of their testaments have been featured on WFHB’s weekly program The Strike Mic, which usually airs on Tuesdays. Earlier this week a member of the group sat down with us while reading their manifesto to the university and its students, as well as to the IU police force and the Bloomington police force, about the local homeless population, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREETS
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks you about health care.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab, Yin Yuan, and Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley with correspondent Maddie Glenn.
Our feature today was produced by Harrison Wagner,
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Plan Commission Delays Decision For Lots Under Construction on Kirkwood

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The Bloomington Plan Commission held off on making a decision October 7th about the first phase of a major development project downtown along Kirkwood Avenue. The Bloomington-based firm, GMS-Pavilion Properties, has proposed development on five different lots downtown. The project would include new apartments and a new building for Old National Bank. Planning Department Director Tom Micuda described the project as an opportunity for the city and that the sites are a rare opportunity for key development.

Although Micuda said the project presented an opportunity, he went on to recommend denial of the proposal before the commission. That proposal included details for just one of the five lots that are part of the overall project.

“We’ve been looking for a comprehensive proposal for these properties,” Micuda says, “We wanted to give you the opportunity to look at a plan for all four lots and be able to look at diverse opportunities for new development. Ultimately, we weren’t able to get that.”

The building before the commission would be located on the southeast corner of Kirkwood and Lincoln. It is proposed to be three stories tall and include the new Old National Bank as well as eighteen apartments.

Steve Hoffman, with GMS-Pavilion Properties, said the firm tried to negotiate with city planners for almost a year.

“We have come an extremely long way in our discussions with the planning staff,” Hoffman says, “And we feel that we’ve worked pretty well with them.”

Hoffman said the firm reduced the number of apartments in the overall plan, at the request of planning staff. He said they also included owner-occupied condos, and what he called a fifty-foot boutique hotel, again to accommodate concerns from staff.

But he said the negotiations hit roadblocks when it came to the details. For example, Hoffman said the firm was willing to commit to building the hotel, but not to designing the building until they found a company to run it.

Micuda said the developers did suggest compromises. But he said their original proposal, which was almost all residential buildings, was so far from the Planning Department’s vision for the area that those compromises didn’t go far enough.

“There are times where we did get close, but I would not describe the city as completely unreasonable,” Micuda says, “In fact fairly early in the process, the city was straightforward in our vision for the properties. We put that information out early enough so we could reach to an agreement.”

The commission sided mostly with the Planning Department, saying they wanted a comprehensive plan for the five lots. Commission member Chris Sturbaum said the approval process might seem difficult to the developers, but he said it was that way for good reason.

“People complain about the process, but it’s like sausage: the more you work at it, the better the end product will be,” Sturbaum says, “Kirkwood is worth it and we can have the same kind of discussions if we can satisfy this legitimate concern and desire for diversity on Kirkwood.

Commission member Joe Hoffman suggested the overall project be brought forward at a future meeting as a planned unit development, or PUD. A PUD is a way of grouping multiple buildings with different uses into a single plan.

No decision was made about whether to use the PUD framework, but the Commission voted unanimously to delay a vote on the project until a future meeting.

As Government Shutdown Continues, Local Group ‘Concerned Citizens’ Holds Rally In Front Of Rep. Todd Young’s Office

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Despite it being closed and empty, a demonstration took place yesterday outside of Representative Todd Young’s Bloomington office, to protest his role in the federal shutdown.

A local group called the Concerned Citizens of Monroe County held a rally at the Showers Plaza office of Congressman Young, to demand he put aside partisan interests and work to end the shutdown.

It came together by a group of concerned citizens that weren’t all Democrats, although many were, says Trent Deckard, Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party.

“We’re concerned about the shutdown and we wanted to voice our opinions to Congressman Young and let him know this is having an effect on folks,” Deckard says.

A furloughed federal employee spoke for the group along with other people voicing their concerns.

Unfortunately for the attendees, there was no one at the office to hear the protest, or speak to any of the protesters.

“The door was closed, the lights were off and there was a sign saying it was closed indefinitely,” Deckard says, “Congress is exempt from the shutdown and Young could have chosen to have his office open with a skeleton staff. We decided to do this last Thursday and there were 80 people there. I’m sure at some point he caught knowledge of this but he didn’t have anyone there. We had a closed door facing us and that’s kind of reflective of how things are but we went ahead anyway.”

In light of his status as Chair of the County Democrats, we asked Deckard if he could offer any predictions about how these issues will pan out – whether to continue funding government operations at least until December, and whether to raise the debt ceiling to avoid a federal default.

“I never thought the shutdown would get this far,” Deckard says, “While I watch the news, I think to myself that surely it will work out but I’m getting more and more skeptical. Mr. Young needs to come forward and say that he is representing folks in Indiana that need services in this healthcare bill. Until he says this, Ted Cruz and those driving the position will keep pushing their agenda and that doesn’t reflect who we are in Indiana. As we get closer and closer to Thursday, it’s hard to stay optimistic.”

The deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling is this Thursday. If a resolution is not passed by Congress and signed by the President by then, the government will be prevented from borrowing funds to fund the deficit and debt, effectively creating a debt default.

The latest report from Washington is that the most recent effort to end the impasse has failed.

Daily Local News – October 15, 2013

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The Strike Mic: a musical and informational event will address the recent layoffs of Indiana University staff;Despite it being closed and empty, a demonstration took place yesterday outside of Representative Todd Young’s Bloomington office, to protest his role in the federal shutdown; This Thursday Bloomington will host the Third Annual South Central Indiana VA Stand Down.

FEATURE
Monroe County Affordable Care Act Resources
The City of Bloomington, IU Health Bloomington, and the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are partnering for a series of informational events to help citizens understand the recent Affordable Care Act provisions that went into effect at the beginning of the month. WFHB correspondent David Murphy speaks with David Meyer, organizer for the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Did you know that Americans spend eight billion dollars celebrating Halloween? Ashley and Sarah walk you through the typical spending and some places to save, while still having a fun and safe holiday on the Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that keep your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Today’s feature was produced by Harrison Wagner
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and Untied of Monroe County
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 11, 2013

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Cable Access Television Services producers at the Monroe County Public Library won four awards at the Philo Festival of Media Arts last Saturday; On October 3rd the Ellettsville Plan Commission debated several major amendments to the town’s zoning laws; Researchers at Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the Maurer School of Law, have been awarded a four year grant from the National Institute of Justice; The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Q. Rogers as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, and as senior advisor for strategic development initiatives; This weekend in local sports.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, Allison Schroeder, and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

bloomingOUT – October 10, 2013

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African American drag king performer and filmmaker KB Boyce and queer Asian-American activist and artist Celeste Chan stop by the studio to chat about the production company they founded in San Francisco for queer artists of color called Queer Rebels Productions.  They also provide information about their film series “Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance” showing at the IU Cinema Friday night 11 October. President of Black Equity Indy Sinceray Jackson is in studio to discuss various issues related to racism that especially effect the black queer community.

 

www.queerrebels.com

www.blackequityindy.org

 

Producer Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino

News Director Josh Vidrich

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer and board engineer Sarah Hetrick

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