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Daily Local News – October 8, 2014

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The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Developement Department, or HAND Department, is seeking input from residents on what are the most pressing housing needs; Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign; The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program.

FEATURE
Major changes are in the works for a stretch of Kirkwood Avenue downtown. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment

CREDITs
Anchors: Kelley Wherley, Alycin Bektesh
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Cathi Norton
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Wins A Grant Through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campain

Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign. Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” campaign was a collaborative effort with Feeding America and committed $3 million to provide 50 grants of $60,000 each to the winning food banks.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank’s “PBJ Campaign,” aimed at providing the equivalent of 250,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need, received votes online and at one point was only 15 votes ahead. Yet it received enough votes in the final minutes to tie for 44th place. Julio Alonso, Executive Director of HHFB, feels grateful to the community for making it happen. “It went right down to the wire, and with just a few less votes we would have been out of contention. But instead, we edged out communities as big as Atlanta, San Francisco, and Louisville.” The majority of the funds will provide the sandwiches to HHFB’s partner agencies and mobile food pantry program, and the balance will allow the Food Bank to expand it’s retail food collection route by making a part-time driver full-time.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank in need of votes to secure national grant

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This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2014

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Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month; This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery; Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.

FEATURE
This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our consumer watchdog show!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kathi Norton, Kelley Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Anson Shupe
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Our engineer today is Jim Lang, along with Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News August 12, 2014

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The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday; MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees during the Trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday; Indiana University has a new Women’s Basketball coach; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organization history; A national association of retail stores has named Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats a 2014 Hero of Main Street; Three Communities in Northwestern Indiana live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, as well as highly contaminated waters and elevated cancer and asthma rates; Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks; The Monroe County Commissioners can’t quiet down interstate sixty-nine; A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Board of trustees met on Friday and discussed some capital improvement projects for the campus of IU Bloomington. Today, correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University spokesman Mark Land about the changes, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Casey Kuhn
Our Engineer today is Carissa Barrett,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Local News, Quick Reads – August 12, 2014

  • Indiana University has a new women’s basketball coach.  Teri Moren was announced as the Hoosiers’ new coach Saturday night. She replaces Curt Miller, who resigned on July 25.   Moren played for the Purdue Boilermakers  from 1987-1991 and has spent the past four seasons as the coach  at Indiana State University.
  • The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organizations history. 413,835 pounds of food were distributed last month. HHFB distributes to nearly 100 non-profit agencies in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties with limited distribution in Crawford and Greene counties.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday. Court documents show the hospital to be $125 million in debt. The hospital currently employees 315 people, and is in works with Prime Healthcare for a buyout.
  • MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University board of trustees during the trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday. Randall Tobias,  the Retired Chair and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and  a 2013 gubernatorial appointment to the IU board of trustees, was unanimously voted in a chairman of the board on Friday.

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.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Provides Monthly Food Boxes To Low-Income Seniors

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Starting in June, Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) will begin providing monthly boxes of food for up to 100 low-income senior citizens in Monroe County. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is already operational in Brown, Crawford, Orange, and Martin counties.

Potentially eligible seniors must complete a program application and will be scheduled for an interview to document their eligibility. Casey Steury, the Director of Programs for HHFB, says to be eligible, they must be 60 and over, live in Monroe County and be 130% of the poverty level or less.

Funding for the program is  provided by the US Department of Agriculture and Indiana State Department of Health, but Steury says that volunteer power is really what runs the program, and that without volunteers getting the word out about the program, many eligible seniors who don’t have access to internet or newspapers wouldn’t know that help was available.

The HHFB provides food for soup kitchens and shelters but the monthly food delivery program is the one time they get to interact directly with the people who benefit from their work.

“This senior program is the one program where we actually get to hand boxes directly to these seniors,” Steury says. “Because they get this food they don’t have to decide between buying food or medicine this month.”

The seniors then provide feedback on how this program has helped to improved their lives.

About 7% of Monroe County’s senior population are living below the poverty level.

Daily Local News – May 8, 2014

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Bloomington’s city government will reshape its processes for spending public money in the wake of a recent embezzlement case; The Stamp Out Hunger Food drive for Hoosier Hills Food Bank will take place this Saturday, May 10th; A traveling quilt exhibition memorializing victims of United States drone strikes is on display at the Monroe County Public Library from through Sunday, May 18th; Purdue University researchers are working on creating molecules that could combat the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, that recently arrived in the United States.

FEATURE
A report released this week in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency gave new insight into future climate change and how it will affect the United States. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Sara Pryor, about the findings on this report and what they mean for the future of environmental changes in Indiana, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This time of year, our community’s youth find themselves on the cusp of big change. In the midst of graduations at IU, Ivy Tech, as well as local high schools, we asked YOU for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn and Dan Withered
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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