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bloomingOUT – August 6, 2015

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Hosts Jeff Jewel and Megan McCullough interview Jamie Bartzel, the Office Supervisor of IU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services. They also interview Jessica Levandoski, the Director of the upcoming Middle Coast Film Festival.

Hosts – Jeff Jewel, Megan McCullough
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Board Engineer – Olivia Davidson

Monroe County’s Homelessness Numbers Appear to Rise

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A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homeless in Monroe County.

The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless count found a total of 329 Monroe County residents living without permanent housing. That’s up from 302 people last year and 304 the year before.

The increase comes as numbers continue to fall slightly across Indiana. The Point-in-Time count is performed by local social service agencies in cooperation with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The Director of Community Services at the Development Authority, Lori Dimick, says the count is performed each year on a single day in January.

“They take paper forms and try to do the best count they can with what resources they have available,” Dimick said. “People sometimes don’t want to be found.”

In Monroe, Morgan and Greene counties, the largest increase was in the number of people categorized as “unsheltered,” meaning they were living outside of any established homeless shelter. The count found 26 unsheltered individuals this year compared with eight people last year.

Dimick said that change may have more to do with the strategy for finding unsheltered people than with increased numbers, stating that there was an increase in the effort to locate people in need.

“I think it’s due to the fact that there was more effort in getting that count compared to last year,” Dimick said. “It is difficult because there are a lot of people who are sleeping in campgrounds, abandoned buildings, abandoned barns in the rural areas. And they don’t want to be found because they have fear of being arrested, fear of being found out and their place being taken from them.”

WFHB asked for comment today from local agencies that were in charge of the count but we didn’t get calls back before our deadline.

At the Shalom Community Center, Director Forrest Gilmore says the number of clients has actually been down this year. The Shalom Center provides a daytime shelter, meals and other services for people in poverty.

Gilmore says the point-in-time count is useful but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

“It’s probably the best single number that we have to monitor things but it’s also a really imperfect number,” he said. “It’s so hard to count and it’s so transient, there’s so much change. We haven’t seen that kind of increase (at Shalom Center).

“I’m thinking that may just be an uptick in that particular count this year. It may have been more cold and people were coming indoors and so we were able to count them more easily. Or it may be that we did have a slight increase in homelessness in our community and that’s being reflected by the numbers.”

Gilmore says local numbers of people experiencing homelessness peaked in 2011 and have been falling since then. This would be the first year the trend has reversed.

Considerations for a Needle Exchange Program in Monroe County

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Monroe County health officials are exploring whether to begin operating a needle exchange program. The news follows the implementation of needle exchange programs in Scott and Madison counties earlier this year. Indiana State Department of Health data shows the number of reported Hepatitis C cases in Monroe County increased by 55% from 2009 to 2014. Health officials are also concerned by an increase in heroin overdoses. Indiana began allowing needle exchanges for the first time this year in response to the HIV outbreak in Scott County. Monroe County Health Department Administrator Penny Caudill explains what  Monroe County must do before they can implement a needle exchange program.

“What happened with, of course, Southern Indiana, there was Governor’s Quarter, and then there was state legislation that was changed that allows local health departments to request a syringe access or needle exchange program. And the law outlines what has to happen. So you’ve got to show that you have- they refer to it as an epidemic- but you have to have an increase, a significant rise in cases that are related to injection drug use. And then, that declaration has to be made by your health officer, the county commissioners have to have a public hearing and vote to approve that and move it forward. Then, if that happens, it goes to the state health commissioner with additional information. So you’ve got to say, this is essentially how we think we could address this issue. And then the state health commissioner can approve it, they can deny it, or they can ask for additional information. And then, if they approve it, then it comes back to the county and they can move forward with initiating those plans and building that out more.”

Studies have shown needle exchange programs help reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. If Monroe County’s program is approved, there will still be obstacles. Current laws bar the use of  state or federal money to fund needle exchange programs.

“You know, in terms of thinking about what other counties are doing and what kind of best practices are out there, certainly there may be foundation money, so private monies that might be available to help. There may be in-kind services that could be provided, but that is certainly a big piece of the puzzle that each county will have to figure out. Can we put some local dollars to this? And where might those come from? What about partnerships? So we all have to work together to come up with solutions and look at the possibilities.”

Caudill says health officials are still compiling data to determine whether the pursue a needle exchange program.

 

 

Eight Bloomington Residents Awarded Grants From Indiana Arts Commission

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – July 21, 2015

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Indiana is sitting on $2.1 billion in cash reserves as the 2015 budget year draws to a close; The legal balance between First Amendment rights and local government ordinances was on display last week at a Bloomington Board of Public Works meeting; The budget for the Monroe County Public Library is expected to grow slightly next year; Horror movies have provided thrills for decades now, but do video games provide the same rush of adrenaline for players?

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
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 engineers are Jen Brooks and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

bloomingOUT – July 2, 2015

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Join hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling as they talk with IU Mauer School of Law Professor and Huffington Post contributor Steve Sanders. You’ll also hear some of the latest LGBTQ+ headlines and events in and around Bloomington.

We also introduced our new theme music for the show, provided by Aaron Gage. Find more of Aaron’s work at aarongagemusic.com

Hosts – Ryne Shadday, Jeff Poling
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer and Engineer – Olivia Davidson
Social Media Coordinator – Megan McCullough

Daily Local News – June 30, 2015

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Professional rescuers and volunteers continued the search for eighteen year old Marina Boelter last weekend; IU’s Maurer School of Law announced last week that they will be opening a new clinic to help Monroe County veterans denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs; A new poll from Bellwether Research shows bad news for Governor Mike Pence; The Monroe County Commissioners have approved the rezoning of the historic Borland-Rockland property; Calling all artists: the Bloomington Arts Commission in conjunction with the Arden Place Neighborhood Association is requesting a site-specific artwork commission.

FEATURE
To any Indiana University outsider, the Collins Residence Center is just like any other residence hall. However the residence hall made the news last year when transgender actress and former IU student Laverne Cox said she switched from another dormitory to Collins Living and Learning Center for a more welcoming atmosphere. WFHB wanted to find out what makes Collins different than other residence halls on campus, and how that influences students who stay there. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with two former Collins residents as well as the residence hall director for today’s WFHB community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Kara Tullman and Kyle Boen
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – May 26, 2015

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The State of Indiana has extended the official public health emergency in Scott County by a full year. A Bloomington North High School has received a ten-thousand-dollar award for teaching excellence. A group at Indiana University is partnering with five Indiana health centers to evaluate adult patients for alcohol and substance abuse risks. Bloomington residents may soon be presented with an ordinance to outlaw single use shopping bags. The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees talked last week about how to more accurately measure library use in the era of rising on-line use. The Indiana Attorney General’s office has announced a $6 million settlement with three major credit reporting agencies, intended to strengthen consumer protections.

FEATURE
The City of Bloomington has announced it will offer its workers health care that includes gender reassignment surgery and other needs specific to transgender people. Correspondent Sierra Gardner has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
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 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.

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