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Daily Local News – September 2, 2015

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An estimated 6,000 people attended Pride Summerfest in downtown Bloomington this past Saturday, according to organizers of the event; Ja’Tovia Gary and Stefani Saintonge are coming to the IU Cinema this Friday to discuss their film collective “The New Negress Film Society”; Work and labor will be the focus of this Fall’s “Themester” at Indiana University; With hunting season approaching, Indiana has started up its venison exchange program which allows hunters to donate their game; A former township trustee in Morgan County convicted of embezzling public funds now owes the state more than a million dollars.

FEATURE
Monroe County officials are moving forward with plans to establish a needle exchange program here. Correspondent Hannah Boone has more for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
A couple of oldies-but-goodies, the IRS phone scam and the phony contractor deal, are mentioned as reminders, and we look at one way the new smartphone technology can outsmart YOU.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Jerod Dill, Jack Hanek, Amanda Marino and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Hannah Boone
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – September 1, 2015

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Governor Pence announced the creation of a new anti-drug task force in a press conference this morning; An IU student has started a petition to urge university administration to adopt a climate action plan; This summer’s above average rainfall is leaving Indiana farmers with profit losses and damaged crops in their corn and soybean yields; Monroe County is moving forward with plans to expand the Karst Farm Greenway west of Bloomington.

FEATURE
The Executive Director of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Larry Barker, announced that he will be leaving his job on Friday. His retirement will happen prior to the completion of the Materials Recycling Facility, or Murf, at the District, perhaps Barker’s biggest goal in the past few years. Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to Barker about the Murf as well as about his other accomplishments during his tenure at the District. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

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

Daily Local News – August 31, 2015

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State health officials say they are continuing to investigate additional cases of HIV in southeastern Indiana, more than six months after the outbreak was announced; State Superintendent Glenda Ritz will be speaking at Bloomington High School South next week; A plan for a new Chrysler dealership on South Walnut Street has cleared the final hurdle needed to get approval from the city of Bloomington; Indiana University’s Art Museum has been ranked among the best university art museums in the country; The Annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch is looking for builders and inventors to create pumpkin launching devices for the competition on November 7th.

FEATURE
Last week the student newspaper at IU published a lengthy letter advocating for an end to government funded tobacco research. The letter was written by Jesse Hathaway, who works with the Chicago-based Heartland Institute think tank. Correspondent Dan Young spoke about the issues raised in the letter with both Hathaway and IU public health professor and tobacco researcher Jon Macy. We bring you that report now for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, Hannah Boone and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Young
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 27, 2015

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A state tax court has ruled in favor of a Bloomington CVS store that was seeking to cut its property taxes; The Monroe County Council has passed a resolution in support of establishing a needle-exchange program in the county; The parade for Bloomington’s annual Lotus Music and Arts Festival is expected to be bigger than ever this year.

FEATURE
Last night the Bloomington City Council showed support for a law that would discourage discrimination against people based on housing status. The measure would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, which already bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, ancestry, disability or national origin.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

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

Daily Local News – August 26, 2015

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A student and a parent raised complaints last night about the start time for middle and high school students at local public schools; Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says there has been a startling increase in heroin and opiate-related deaths in Monroe County; The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the City of Bloomington a grant worth almost $10,000; Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise.

FEATURE
Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily edited videos intended to defame the organization. The videos focus on a program in which patients donate fetal tissue to be used in medical research. Although several speakers referred to the videos last night, Bloomington’s clinic does not offer the tissue donation program, nor do any other Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana. We bring you a portion of the public comments from the meeting last night for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Students can be more vulnerable to rip-off artists than any other group. Here are some of the biggest reasons why, and the biggest traps to avoid.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Stephanie Stewart
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was edited by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daly Local News – August 25, 2015

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Two Bloomington residents launched a crowdfunding campaign yesterday to bring a cat cafe to Bloomington. Elizabeth Retting and Jessie Wang are hoping to raise $25,000 to lease a space on Kirkwood Avenue to open “City Kitty and Brews”; A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Indiana House representative Eric Koch (pronounced “cook”) of Bedford. The lawsuit, brought by several citizen’s action groups, alleged that Koch and House Republicans violated Indiana’s freedom of information laws when they refused to release e-mails between Koch and several energy companies; City regulators approved a deal yesterday with a company that was found to be releasing too much metal in its wastewater. At its meeting last night, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board agreed to a pollution abatement process with Indiana Metal Craft, located at 4602 Innovation Crescent, on Bloomington’s west-side; A series of arts performances in People’s Park kicked off this afternoon with the local quartet, The Hoosier Darlings. More performances by local musicians will take place every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., from now until September 29th.

FEATURE:
Earlier this summer, Bloomington High School North made national headlines when students there decided to form what they called a Straight Pride Group. The group was reportedly going to offer QUOTE “specific supports for heterosexual students” UNQUOTE. Many saw the group as being anti-LGBTQ. After a public outcry, the group’s faculty sponsor backed out and the group never officially formed. Last week, WFHB’s BloomingOUT hosted a discussion that issue and others with the gay-straight alliance at Bloomington High School North. Hannah Jesseph is a member of the alliance and Greg Chaffin is the faculty sponsor. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Chaffin begins by discussing the origins of the gay-straight alliance at North.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY:
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS:
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Hannah Boone
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford along with the crew of BloomingOUT.
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 Jennifer Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 24, 2015

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Two years ago, the Bloomington Police Department requested the military supply them with a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, according to a database compiled by the magazine Mother Jones; The U.S. Navy has awarded Indiana University a one-point-six-six million dollar grant to fund education in what are known as the STEM fields; Monroe County
officials are moving forward with the process to establish a needle-exchange program here; Brown County has been recognized as a Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

FEATURE
On August 18th, the Monroe County Plan Commission recommended changing the county’s zoning regulations to include solar farms in the list of possible operations, or what the Planning Department calls ‘Conditional Uses”, in four of the county’s zoning types. Today, we will hear a report from Assistant News Director, David Murphy, on this proposed change for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 20, 2015

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The IU Office of Sustainability is hosting the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale this Saturday for the sixth year in a row; The Bloomington Community Farmers Market will host a panel discussion about Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, on September 14th; Bloomington city officials are looking to increase spending for public safety next year.

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An IU law professor says a battle over unionization in Indianapolis could have ripple effects around the country. Fran Quigley has just published a book documenting the struggles of low-wage service industry workers in the city. Quigley spoke to us last week during an episode of WFHB’s program, Interchange. The next clip is from that interview. It begins with a portion of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. given on April 3rd, 1968, to a group of striking sanitation workers. The host of Interchange is Doug Storm.

VOICES IN THE STREET
We ask IU students why they chose to come to Bloomington

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle and Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Hannah Boone and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and the crew of Interchange
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Hannah Griggs
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 19, 2015

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Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has announced he will support the nuclear deal with Iran; In the race for governor, John Gregg is now the only remaining Democratic candidate; A local group calling itself Bring Your Bag Bloomington is asking the Bloomington City Council to address the issue of plastic bag use at grocery stores and other businesses in Bloomington; The Monroe County government is developing rules for solar farms in response to a project proposed by Hoosier Energy; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is asking for a one-point-one percent budget increase for the city government next year.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Community School Corporation has been considering asking local voters to renew a special property tax introduced in 2011. The levy was approved by 63 percent of voters in 2010. That vote put the tax in place for six years. It’s set to expire at the end of 2016. Property owners are charged an extra fourteen-cents on every one-hundred dollars of assessed property value, and that money goes to the school corporation. The stated reason for the supplement was to make up for cuts in state funding of K to 12 public education. MCCSC staff, including the superintendent, have recommended seeking renewal. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to the President of the Board of Trustees of the MCCSC, Keith Klein, and to Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, a parent of four school age children and the Chairperson of the Monroe County-South-Central Indiana chapter of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

BETTER BEWARE!
Some 40,000 students are arriving in town right now. This can cause problems for local residents, but the students are often targets for fraudsters. Here’s some heads-ups for everyone!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Sierra Gardner
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Jack Hanek
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 18, 2015

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Indiana University has just signed one of the largest apparel contracts in the history of college athletics; The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning incoming college students to be aware of delays along the route to Bloomington; A study on the sustainability of Bloomington has found mixed results; Hoosier Energy is proposing to build a photovoltaic solar power farm west of Ellettsville.

FEATURE
Earlier this year the Indiana legislature passed a law barring what are referred to as serious sex offenders from voting on election day if their precinct is located in a school. The law passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It makes it a Level 6 felony for an offender to enter a school property. Earlier today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit alleging the new law is unconstitutional. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the attorney working on the case and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
ANCHORS: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers is Jennifer Brooks.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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