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Daily Local News – October 16, 2013

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Governor Pence has named eight appointees to the Early Learning Advisory Committee; A program that allows Monroe County residents to safely dispose of pharmaceutical drugs won a statewide award this year; At a meeting on September 26th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave a man permission to run a bakery out of his house, despite concerns from his next-door neighbor; Home Movie Day, presented by the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive, is coming this weekend.

FEATURE
iPhone App Will Track County Police Officers
The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department will now use an iPhone app known as Telenav to track the location of its probation and community corrections officers. WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Tom Rhodes, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, and Monroe Circuit Court Presiding Judge Teresa Harper for today’s WFHB News Feature Exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
High-pressure sales pitches for insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t are crossing the line into scam territory. Older people are increasingly being targeted, especially with the new Health Care Act coming into force, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Nash Hott produced our feature
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

“Jobs For Hoosiers” Bill Requires Unemployed To Meet With WorkOne Counselors After Fourth Week Of Benefits

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Hoosiers getting unemployment insurance will face new requirements thanks in part to the “Jobs For Hoosiers” bill recently signed into effect by Governor Mike Pence.

This bill affects those who have recently filed for unemployment benefits.

In their fourth week of unemployment, the bill requires them to go to a local WorkOne center for a review of their work search record and an orientation to WorkOne services.

We spoke to the Department of Workforce Development spokesperson Joe Frank about what kind of free services WorkOne offers and how they will benefit unemployed Hoosiers.

“We offer tons of free services like resume assistance, interview coaching, and career counselors,” Frank says, “We even have computer classes that can increase your skill level in Microsoft Word and Office so you’re ready to be employed as quickly as possible.”

Frank says these benefits aren’t just for the unemployed.

The DWD actually works with Indiana businesses to find out what kind of employee they are looking to hire.

This helps them match up anyone looking for a job to a business that fits their skills.

This isn’t only offered to the unemployed and anyone looking to find a better job in their career field can utilize these programs as well.

Frank explains how a national effort to lower unemployment spurred this local act.

“When the federal government re-authorized benefits after the 26th week of unemployment last year, they mandated that folks come into the WorkOne centers to take a look at their work search,” Frank says, “We really found out that it was such a benefit to people. We heard a lot people say they didn’t know all the free services we offered and wish they had known sooner. This is really aimed at getting Hoosiers back to work as soon as possible.”

Those who qualify for these changes can go to www.in.gov/dwd and see what program best fits them.

 

By Casey Kuhn

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