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Daily Local News – May 21, 2015

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The Bloomington City Council voted last night to borrow up to forty-eight million dollars for the city’s Redevelopment District, also known as the downtown TIF district;Last night
the Council also passed a resolution to add the old Showers Furniture buildings to the city’s list of historic districts;The executive director of Indiana’s state school board is quitting after just a year on the job;Guffin’s retirement comes less than a month after the
passage of a law that many say will greatly change the Indiana education system in the years to come;A bicycle camp for disabled children and young adults is coming to Bloomington this August;Earlier this week Assistant Richland Bean Blossom Schools Superintendent Jason Bletzinger presented the results of the district’s I-READ-3 tests.

FEATURE
Everyone has a story to tell. And as loved ones grow older, those stories become more and more precious to their family members. But what do you do when they have stories that they
don’t want to tell? Indiana University student David Crosman brings us the story of his Grand Uncle, Louis Adams, and his secretive involvement in the Vietnam War. This story comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.That was IU student reporter David Crosman with a story about his Grand Uncle, Louis Adams. The story was
broadcast on WFHB as part of a partnership with American Student Radio. The City of Bloomington will hold a Memorial Day service to honor veterans on Monday morning. The service will begin at 9 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery.

VOICES IN THE STREET
A safe and civil city? How we view Bloomington after Hannah Wilson.

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
upported by Smithville Fiber, a local provider of high speed Internet, TV, voice, and security services. Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Crosman
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – May 19, 2015

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Tomorrow night the Bloomington City Council is set to decide whether to borrow forty-eight
million dollars to pay for major projects including Switchyard Park; The City of
Bloomingtion is limited in what it can do to respond to the recent repeal of Indiana’s
Common Construction Wage law; The Monroe County Election Board has rejected all thirteen
provisional ballots Bloomington voters cast during the May 5th primary election.

FEATURE
Scott County, Indiana, has seen a surge in positive HIV cases in recent months, but data
from the Indiana State Department of Health is showing the number of positive cases may be
reaching a plateau. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked in to what the numbers
mean and what could explain the magnitude of the outbreak for today’s WFHB Community
report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
There’s Something (Costly) in the Air; It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when
temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart,
though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do
turn it on.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
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.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – May 15, 2015

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A new report from U.S. News and World report ranks Bloomington High School North as the
10th best high school in the state;The Monroe County Community School Corporation is
planning to survey local residents about their views on education issues;The Monroe County
Public Library is getting its finances in order as it moves forward with plans to build a
new branch;Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how
much County employees should be paid;The City of Bloomington is working on a 5-year master
plan for its Parks and Recreation Department;The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
heard Tuesday from Janice Lilly, from the organization Healthful Food for All, about the
group’s efforts to collect perishable food for distribution to local food banks.

FEATURE
A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in
Bloomington. The group describes the facility as “secular and client-centered” Sierra
Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.Beginning this Fall, All Options plans
to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting,
according to its website.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
upported by Smithville Fiber, a local provider of high speed Internet, TV, voice, and
security services.
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2015

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Volunteers at Hoosier Hills Food Bank are in the process of sorting and sending 18 tons of food received over the weekend; Three-quarters of a million Hoosiers could be eligible for refunds from their cellular service providers, thanks to a lawsuit settlement announced today; A study done by an IU environmental scientist and colleagues finds the environment in the United States is exposed to far more animal hormones than once thought; Representative Todd Young is teaming with the City of Bloomington and WorkOne South Central to host a job fair in Bloomington this June; Indiana University has received two National Science Foundation research grants totaling $8.6 million, according to a press release from IU; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals considered problems related to development in Karst areas at a meeting last week.

FEATURE
The story of a local woman who lived with Lyme disease for 16 years before she was diagnosed, another installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Dial This Extension for Money Smarts – Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are information and education related to managing your money better.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Joe Crawford and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino
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.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Budget Hurts Some Schools, Spares MCCSC

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Changes to Indiana’s school funding formula are expected to hurt large urban districts throughout the state. But they may benefit some local schools in Monroe County. Indiana lawmakers finished the 2015 legislative session last night. The legislature passed a two-year budget that includes a $464 million increase in education spending. State Representative Matt Pierce, a Democrat who represents most of Bloomington, is critical of the education budget. But he says the Monroe County Community School Corporation should do comparatively well under the new funding formula.

“MCCSC does fairly well  in the funding formula” Pierce says. However State Representative Matt Pierce when on to say, ” People who attend more rural schools are going have difficulty…then you have urban schools like, Gary or Indianapolis public school systems, they’re getting really hammered”.

Republican leaders in Indiana, including Governor Mike Pence, praised the new state budget today. They issued statements pointing out the budget is balanced and includes no new tax increases. In a press conference this morning, Pence indicated he would sign the budget bill into law.

State Senate Pro Tem David Long issued a press release today stating QUOTE “The budget maintains Indiana’s hard-fought reserve funds and prioritizes education funding” UNQUOTE. But statements like those from Pence and Long don’t tell the whole story.

“They’re not going to talk about about the things that aren’t getting done so they had to take several million dollars out of local road funding” Pierce exclaimed. He continued  ”So we’re going to have more pot holes, more crumbling infrastructure and the transportation system is going to decline.”

Despite his criticisms, Peirce was supportive of a part of the new budget targeted at criminal justice. The legislature allocated $60 million partly to help pay for local probation and community corrections programs. Those programs have been strained after the legislature changed the criminal code last year. Many offenders are now being sent to local programs rather than state prisons. Pierce said the local programs need the money but he was frustrated the legislature insisted on funneling the new funding through the state Department of Corrections.

“I think that’s a big mistake because the department of corrections has been missing in action in trying to improve our system” Pierce says. “Their hearts not going to be in what we need to get done on the local level.”

The legislature also passed a measure allowing limited needle exchange programs to open around the state. Indiana law generally outlaws those programs, but Governor Pence has suspended the rules recently in Scott County, where an HIV outbreak is linked to sharing needles. Under the new law, a county would have to prove there is a public health emergency in order to set up a needle exchange program.  Critics say counties will probably be reluctant to declare such an emergency for fear of attracting negative publicity.

Daily Local News – April 16, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day; A bill which would likely oust Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education passed in the House this week; A state audit by the Indiana Department of Correction has given the Monroe County Community Corrections Program a perfect grade; Amateur and professional photographers throughout Indiana have the opportunity to see their work published in an upcoming coffee table book for the state’s bicentennial, entitled “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State”; Some Hoosiers trying to quit smoking may have trouble finding help, according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Tax time is nigh, a good time to question what we’re paying for.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Jack Hanek, Adele Poudrier and Taylor Telford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 14, 2015

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The state senate today is debating a bill that would end Indiana’s common construction
wage, The local transportation planning authority continues to show its discontent with the
state’s handling of Interstate 69 construction, The Monroe County Solid Waste Management
District is moving ahead with setting up its new recycling facility, Planned Parenthood
locations in Bloomington and Columbus are offering free STD and HIV tests next week,
Throughout April, the Bloomington entertainment and Arts District will display photographs
by the Bloomington Photography Club in the City Hall Atrium.

FEATURE
The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on
Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event
to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the
breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they
think about the future.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Happy Financial Literacy Month!

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
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.

Daily Local News – April 9, 2015

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The race for mayor of Bloomington took one candidate six hundred miles away from City Hall last night;Construction of section 5 of I-69 on the west side of Bloomington will begin this month;The Walnut Twig Beetle, known for carrying a fungus fatal to black walnut trees, has been detected for the first time in Indiana;

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week is our spring fund drive here at WFHB, your chance to support our award-winning news department!

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWeil, Scott Weddle
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
supported by Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, your locally-grown co-op grocery.
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 7, 2015

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Today was the first day of early voting in Bloomington’s municipal elections, A public

ground breaking ceremony took place today at Indiana’s University’s Assembly Hall to

commemorate recent donations to the basketball stadium, A town hall meeting is scheduled

for this Saturday to discuss the problem of child abuse in Monroe County, Canadian

filmmaker Guy Maddin will visit Indiana University this weekend to give a lecture and

present a retrospective of his work, Monroe County United Ministries announced today it is

launching a new program to help local nonprofits get started, A report that aims to measure

civic health found some room for improvement in Indiana, As April arrives so does National

Minority Health Month.

Daily Local News – April 2, 2015

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4/2/15
Republican leaders pledged today to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The Bloomington city council took a stand against the Religion Freedom Restoration Act last night; In the brief time since Indiana Senator Dan Coats announced his retirement, three Republican Party veterans have shown interest in taking his seat.

FEATURE
Next Saturday an organization called Healthy Monroe County will sponsor an event aimed at informing local residents about the current effect of PCBs in Bloomington. PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, are highly toxic chemicals that were banned in the U.S. in 1979. But before that, they were dumped in locations throughout the city. WFHB correspondent
Emily Beck looked into the current status of the cleanup efforts. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about Bloomington’s favorite springtime activities.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and David Murphy
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Emily Beck.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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