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Daily Local News – January 22, 2014


The Monroe County Plan Commission approved a letter to federal agencies yesterday, complaining about continued problems with Interstate 69 construction; The superintendent of Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation said yesterday that recent storms won’t force a change to the basic school calendar; The author of an Indiana constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing has introduced the proposal this year without language that would also protect farmers; The Indiana State Fire Marshal is asking citizens to exercise caution while using space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, and generators during the winter, because of an increased risk of fire.

Freedom Rider Hank Thomas on MLK Day
Hank Thomas overcame an impoverished childhood in southern Georgia and Florida to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was active in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee affiliated Non-violent Action Group. After participating in the May 4th CORE Freedom Ride, Thomas returned to the deep south to participate in the May 24th Mississippi Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi, and was jailed at Parchman State Prison Farm. After being released on bail, he went on to participate in the July 14th New Jersey to Arkansas CORE Freedom Ride. On August 22nd, 1961, Thomas became the first Freedom Rider to appeal his conviction for breach of peace. He was released on appeal, pending payment of a two thousand dollar bond. Following the Freedom Rides, Thomas served in the Vietnam War, returning home after being wounded in 1966. In recent years, Thomas has owned and operated several hotel and fast food restaurant franchises in the Atlanta metro region. Thomas joined us live in the studio on Monday, before his keynote address at the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, to talk on our weekly program Bring it On. Now, highlights from that conversation for a WFHB feature report.

our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Norm Holy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Andrew Huddleston,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 9, 2014


The Indiana Legislature made steps today to progress a marriage amendment that would change the Indiana Constitution to state that only heterosexual couples have marriage rights in Indiana; A statewide rule requiring the drug testing of certain medical patients is at the center of a class action lawsuit filed yesterday; Motorists on State Road 37 will soon begin to see workers cutting down trees, on the twenty-one mile stretch of highway from Bloomington to Martinsville.

WFHB and The Ryder Magazine Present an Interview with Cartoonist Nate Powell
Cartoonist Nate Powell has become one of the most recognized names in the graphic novel industry. Born in Arkansas and eventually making his way to Bloomington, Powell makes stops in New York and other cities operating an indie record label, fronts for a combination punk band and puppet show, and
works with the developmentally disabled. His latest graphic novel, called March: Book One, is the story of civil rights pioneer and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Powell spoke with correspondent Michael Glab for this feature report, the first of a series jointly produced by WFHB and The Ryder Magazine.

A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution. How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world? In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB went on-location to local taverns, neighborhood parties, and of course the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2014.

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.
Our feature was produced by Michael Glab.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – Sara Beth Klee Mundy: Indiana Fish and Wildlife


In today’s EcoReport feature, Sara Beth Klee Mundy, a herpetologist with Indiana Fish and Wildlife, talks about efforts to protect Eastern Box Turtles impacted by I-69.

Best of 2013 #9 – Muddying the Waters: New Interstate Brings New Contamination


After decades of debate and protest, 2013 saw the first segments of Interstate 69 begin construction in Monroe and Greene counties. In 2012, a 67-mile stretch of the new road was finished in Southern Indiana, connecting Evansville to the area near the Crane Naval base. Then, by early this spring, landowners in the WFHB listening area began reporting trees were cleared on or near their properties to make way for section 4 of the interstate. It was just a few months after that, that problems began to surface. In July, residents who own property along the future path of I-69 began reporting their local waterways were being contaminated. Landowners produced photos of creeks filled with sediment as well as sinkholes filling with brown water.The erosion problems have continued since August, and in the past couple months some contractors have been forced to halt construction while they deal with the issue. Still, landowners say the contamination persists each time the area sees heavy rain.

The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB News Department.
Today’s episode was produced by Joe Crawford.
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

District 78 Representative Crouch Appointed Indiana Auditor of State


Governor Mike Pence announced today that he has appointed Indiana District 78 Representative Suzanne Crouch as Auditor of State for Indiana. Crouch fills the position vacated by Dwayne Sawyer, whom Pence appointed as Auditor in August of this year. Sawyer announced at the end of November that he would resign from the position due to family and personal concerns. Crouch served as Auditor of Vanderburgh County before being elected to the general assembly in 2005. In her time as a state representative, Crouch has served as Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and co-authored Indiana’s Major Moves Laws to fund the I-69 extension from Evansville to Indianapolis.

Daily Local News – November 4, 2013


Union and management at the local General Electric plant have reached an agreement around the personnel layoffs that the company announced in September; The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will host a workshop next Thursday, November 14th; The Richland Bean Blossom School Board didn’t get enough votes October 21st to approve a teacher handbook that was supported by the teacher union and the administration; Indiana University is part of a five-year research program that focuses on detecting and defending against cyber-attacks.

Additional I69 Pollution Complaints Filed
This morning a landowner in Southern Monroe County filed his 11th formal complaint since March, about pollution in the waterways near his home. Much like his previous complaints, as well as those of his neighbors, Thomas Tokarski provided photos that show the creeks and streams filled with brown, sediment-filled water. The cause is erosion from the Interstate 69 right-of-way, where crews have been clearing vegetation for months. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has cited contractors working on the project with failure to control the erosion, and some contractors have been forced to stop construction altogether while they deal with the issue. But Tokarski says they haven’t fixed the problem, and the rain storms late last week led to even more contamination. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Tokarski, and we bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Molly O’Donnell, Bloomington’s “Be More” Volunteer award winner, and Ben Brabson, Indiana University Climate Scientist, talk about Earth Care Bloomington and its mission to promote sustainability, on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yin Yuan, and Allison Schroeder,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate was produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineers were Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 9, 2013


The Indiana Department of Transportation has responded to complaints about erosion along the I-69 corridor in southern Monroe County; On September 26th, the Monroe County Election Board discussed the feasibility of moving the County’s voter registration office; The Indiana University Office of Sustainability invites people see Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby’s visit to IU, where the Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation will speak on strategies for sustainability.

These days, telephone calls from a number you don’t recognize are — more likely than not — scams. Here’s word on a couple that are going around now, and some good reasons why you should NOT answer your phone every time it rings.

Anchors: Cathi Norton and 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.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – I-69 Contruction Continues to Raise Evironmental Concerns


In today’s EcoReport feature, we learn about water pollution from sediment, erosion problems, and other environmental violations by contractors building I-69.

Documents: I-69 Contractors Have Histories of Violations


Crews with vacuum trucks and other equipment are still working this week to clean up eroded soil along the planned path of Interstate 69 in southern Monroe County. Storms earlier this summer caused sediment to flow away from I-69 construction sites and into local waterways after contractors failed to control the erosion. The sediment can make it difficult for aquatic life to survive in the local creeks and streams, and some nearby residents worry their water supplies could be contaminated. Now, documents shared with WFHB have revealed this summer’s erosion problems were only the most recent in a long line of violations committed by contractors building I-69. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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