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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.

FEATURE
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

Daily Local News – June 10, 2015

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Indiana has one of the weakest economies in the United States, according to figures released today by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis; The women’s political organization Emily’s List has announced that Governor Mike Pence is at the top of its twenty-sixteen election cycle targets; Indiana’s  First Church of Cannabis has found a home, despite marijuana use still being illegal in the state; An issue before the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals last week brought up concerns about land surrounding Lake Monroe; Two Ball State University Researchers say they have found what could be a key to manufacturers retaining employees.

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“Senator Coats Calls Out Wasteful Defense Contractors”

This week the United States Senate is debating a proposed six-hundred-twelve-billion-dollar budget for the Department of Defense. Speaking before the Senate today, Senator Dan Coats of Indiana took on one particular section of the military budget as he gave his regular Waste of the Week speech. Coats criticized wasteful defense contractors, particularly one company that has recently been accused of misspending millions of dollars in Afghanistan. Coats does not mention the contractor  by name. But a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction indicates the alleged violator is the Imperatis Corporation, based in Arlington, Virginia. As of 2012, the company had more than a billion dollars worth of contracts with the American military. We bring you a portion of Coats’ speech now, in this WFHB report.

BETTER BEWARE

Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

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Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges and Jack Hanek along with David Murphy 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 are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

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.

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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

Senator Dan Coats Says No to Re-Election in 2016

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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.

Daily Local News – September 9, 2014

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Daily Local News – July 3, 2014

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The Hoosier Hills Food Bank has launched a new project to deliver fresh produce to agencies in Monroe County;  Bloomington City Council members praised changes to the city’s engineering division July 2nd, although some questioned whether the move would end a long-standing dispute; Indiana Senator Dan Coats introduced a bill yesterday along with New York Senator kirsten Gillibrand with the hope of supporting academic research institutions; At a meeting July 1st, the Bloomington Board of Public Works gave the green light to plans for a new arts plaza outside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

FEATURE
This fall, Indiana University is changing the way it talks to students about sexual assault. Correspondent Drew Daudelin spoke with Leslie Fasone, Assistant Dean for Women’s and Gender Affairs, and Carol McCord, Associate Dean of Students, about the school’s new messaging, resources available for students on campus, and what it means to be on the top ten list of schools with the highest cumulative reports of sexual assault — for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Sarah Hetrick
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Our broadcast engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – September 13, 2013

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Senator Dan Coats, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a statement this week announcing his disagreement with the authorization of a U.S. military strike against Syria; The Bloomington Plan Commission rejected a plan Monday to relocate the Taste of India restaurant; This week the Bloomington City Council heard from residents who are unhappy with plans to demolish six historic houses on West 8th Street to make way for a fraternity house; The playground at Bloomington’s Winslow Woods Park, on South Highland Avenue, will be closed until September 19th and is slated to reopen the next day.

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: Alycin Bektesh, Roscoe
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Volunteer Connection is produced in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our Engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Senator Coats Proposes Legislation To Delay Obamacare

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Senator Dan Coats has proposed legislation to delay the implementation of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) until at least 2015.

Coats says the Act’s mandates are driving up insurance premiums and forcing businesses to cut workers’ hours or even jobs so that employers can avoid the act’s expensive legal requirements.

Moreover, he says, some families are having to switch their health insurance plans due to government requirements.

Coats’ plan is to delay the Obamacare mandates until the 2014  election.

Coats’ legislation, proposed yesterday, mirrors legislation in the House of Representatives put forth by Indiana’s Republican member Todd Young, which passed.

According to Senator Coats, “Congressman Young and I agree that rather than delay a bad policy for some, all Hoosier families should  be exempted from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.”

 

Senator Coats Travels To Gather Hoosier Opinions On Syria

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Indiana Senator Dan Coats wants to know what Hoosiers think about any U.S. military intervention in Syria in the near future.

This week he is traveling across the state, talking to citizens about their reactions to the Syrian crisis and soliciting opinions about possible American involvement in that civil war.

Senator Coats has been outspokenly critical that President Barack Obama unequivocally “drew a red line in the sand” with Syria’s possible use of Sarin gas on Syrian citizens, but he does appreciate the president seeking support and approval from‘ congress before deciding on any impending military action.

So far he is finding that Hoosier reactions to U.S. military involvement in Syria for humanitarian or other reasons are mixed. According to Senator Coats’ spokesperson Tara DiJulio:

“We’ve been getting a lot of concern about it. There is a disconnect on what is the objective there. Can we afford it, does it impact our national security and what are the ramifications if we do or do not intervene in Syria?” Dijulio says.
This week’s tour of Indiana by Senator Coats is not meant to be the end of his continual monitoring of Hoosier opinion on either Syria or the ongoing Middle East crisis.

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