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Daily Local News – July 2, 2015

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Construction on a new fraternity house on Woodlawn Avenue is slated to begin this month; In other construction news, work is scheduled to begin this month on Monroe County’s new parking garage; The Lafayette Planned Parenthood facility received an abortion clinic license yesterday from the Indiana State Department of Health – allowing the facility to continue its normal operations; Indiana Governor Mike Pence has sent a letter to Congress, urging them to pass the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015.

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Addiction affects everyone, even college students. Now, three people at Indiana University have come together to create a campus recovery community for students who want to beat their addictions and successfully navigate the remainder of their college years in sobriety. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked into the group and its mission for today’s WFHB Community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 1, 2015

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The Bloomington Human Rights Commission is continuing to encourage fair labor practices in local restaurants; The control the city of Bloomington government exercises over housing near IU was demonstrated last week at a meeting of the city Board of Zoning Appeals; The Bloomington 4th of July Parade takes place this Saturday beginning at 10 am; The Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Awards is looking for nominees for their 5th annual awards ceremony; IU Outdoor Adventures is holding stand up paddle boarding lessons through July 29th.

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Last week the Supreme Court upheld a part of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The Court ruled it is legal for the federal government to offer subsidies to help people purchase health insurance. The decision was widely praised by supporters of the health care law. Yesterday I sat down with Doctor Rob Stone, the founder of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Staying safe online requires passwords — probably many of them — and the problem of choosing and remembering good ones is getting worse and worse. Here are some things to think about and try.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Joe Crawford
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges
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 Doug Storm
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

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.

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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 – June 29, 2015

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Local activists and officials celebrated the Supreme Court ruling on Friday that made same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states; In the face of dramatic increases in hepatitis cases, especially among younger age groups, the Madison County health department has asked the state to declare a public health emergency there; The Monroe County Community School Corporation has received the results of a recent community survey; Network scientists at Indiana University have developed a new computational method that can use any knowledge base to fact-check information; IU Bloomington is currently holding the second National Summit on
Collegiate Financial Wellness.

FEATURE
Today the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an environmental rule meant to reduce pollution from power plants. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Hoosier Environmental Council Director Jesse Kharbanda about how the ruling could affect Indiana. We bring you that conversation 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 Jordan Guskey and Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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.

Daily Local News – June 25, 2015

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A hundred-sixty thousand Hoosiers will keep their health insurance subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly wants to take a closer look at Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as INSPECT; There are plenty of cats to go around at The City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control; The College Democrats of Indiana University have written an open letter to Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan expressing concerns about a recent public meeting that addressed crime and homelessness downtown.

FEATURE
It’s rare to have an opportunity to explore the life of a family member you’ve never met. But IU student Joe Weber had a rare opportunity to do just that through an unusual medium: poetry. He brings us this story, which comes courtesy of a partnership with American Student Radio.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about issues in downtown Bloomington.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford.
Our feature was produced by Joe Weber.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – June 24, 2015

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Earlier today Governor Mike Pence announced that Indiana would refuse to comply with the EPA’s proposed clean power plan; In other environmental news, a study conducted at the IU school of Public and Environmental Affairs, or SPEA, is calling air pollution regulations into question; Sycamore Land Trust has just announced a new addition to its more than eighty-four-hundred acres of preserved land in southern Indiana; The Town of Ellettsville has dropped its long standing ban on open-air burning; Americans should flush toilets less often to save water.

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Teen birth rates have reached an all-time low according to data released last week from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014 data shows that teen birth rates have fallen eight percent from 2013. Although these teen birth rates are lower than in the past, teen pregnancy is still an issue in the United States. According to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Indiana ranks twentieth out of fifty states and the District of Columbia, for the highest teen birth rates, with one being the highest birth rate and fifty-one being the lowest. The US still has no federal law that requires public schools to teach sexual education. This leaves the decision up to states and individual school districts to decide what to teach their students. Correspondent Ivy Bridges investigated Indiana’s approach to sexual education, and how local schools have dealt with the policies for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
The explosion of con games puts us all in the front lines against fraud, and these days we’re seeing an increase in “old school” methods like telephone scams. Here’s an overview, and some basic reminders.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Aracelli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey, 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 Ivy Bridges
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – June 23, 2015

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New numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show unemployment is going down in Indiana; The Monroe County Highway Department has selected a preferred route for a new road between Daniels Way and Hartstraight Road on the west side of Bloomington; Students in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business will soon be working to foster economic development in Palestine; Indiana superintendents are losing confidence in state required changes to teacher evaluations; Research from Indiana University has discovered that watching cat videos online is more emotionally beneficial than one would think.

FEATURE
The company, Hoosier Energy, has found itself in conflict with neighbors in a rural community north of Bloomington. Last year the electric utilities and services provider moved out of its headquarters at Ellis Road and State Road 37. Now the company wants to sell the land. It has an offer from Weddle Brothers Construction, but in order to sell the property, Hoosier Energy needs to change from public zoning to private zoning. Hoosier Energy has now petitioned to rezone the land from rural residential to heavy industrial use to accommodate the sale. However, the land is as close to 100 feet away from residential neighborhood housing that will be affected by the change. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with neighbor Larry Barber to get a local resident’s perspective.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, 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
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – June 22, 2015

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An Indiana University law professor says he is expecting good news in the coming days for same-sex marriage advocates. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has sued a local official in Posey County for cutting off a woman’s disability payments when she could not perform a drug test. Attorney General Greg Zoeller has called upon the Food and Drug Administration to add e-cigarettes to the Tobacco Control Act. The Blooming city government took another step last week in the development of the planned Technology Park downtown. Last week the Board of Public Works was also asked to approve an amended contract for a project to upgrade the audio-visual system for the city council chambers. Monroe County Public Library Director Marilyn Wood reported last week on what she called the success of the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

FEATURE
Issues at Bloomington’s cooperative grocery chain have increasingly been making local headlines in recent months. Earlier this year, the original Bloomingfoods location on Kirkwood Avenue closed indefinitely. In April, a group of co-op members petitioned for a financial audit of the organization, which they said was having money troubles. Then, earlier this month, General Manager George Huntington resigned. Eighteen middle level managers have also been laid off. Last week the co-op announced a 20 percent decrease in overall coop sales and there is talk of lower level staff cuts. On Friday, WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with the President of the Bloomingfoods Board of Directors, Caroline (care-o-line) Beebe (BEE-BEE). We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
Now it’s time for Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – June 11, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence took out a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal yesterday to invite companies in Connecticut to move their businesses to Indiana to avoid tax increases in the near future; The South Central Indiana Human Resources Association has recognized the City of Bloomington as its 2015 Employer of the Year; The Ellettsville town council heard a progress update on the Heritage Trail project on Monday night; A standing-room-only crowd gathered last night in the Bloomington City Council chambers to discuss recent concerns over crime on Kirkwood Avenue.

FEATURE
The local experimental media group, Burroughs Century Limited, is hosting an Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday. The event invites participants to draw designs onto sixteen millimeter film, and then see their art projected as a motion picture film. The event is free, however donations will help pay for the group’s Wounded Galaxy festival, taking place in October. The 5-day festival will bring guest lectures, film screenings, music shows, and more, hosted in venues throughout town. The festival will showcase local and visiting artists. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with IU Professor Joan Hawkins to get a greater understanding of the festival and the Burroughs Century Group.

VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s weekly public opinion feature.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
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 – June 10, 2015

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Indiana has one of the weakest economies in the United States, according to figures released today by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis; The women’s political organization Emily’s List has announced that Governor Mike Pence is at the top of its twenty-sixteen election cycle targets; Indiana’s  First Church of Cannabis has found a home, despite marijuana use still being illegal in the state; An issue before the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals last week brought up concerns about land surrounding Lake Monroe; Two Ball State University Researchers say they have found what could be a key to manufacturers retaining employees.

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“Senator Coats Calls Out Wasteful Defense Contractors”

This week the United States Senate is debating a proposed six-hundred-twelve-billion-dollar budget for the Department of Defense. Speaking before the Senate today, Senator Dan Coats of Indiana took on one particular section of the military budget as he gave his regular Waste of the Week speech. Coats criticized wasteful defense contractors, particularly one company that has recently been accused of misspending millions of dollars in Afghanistan. Coats does not mention the contractor  by name. But a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction indicates the alleged violator is the Imperatis Corporation, based in Arlington, Virginia. As of 2012, the company had more than a billion dollars worth of contracts with the American military. We bring you a portion of Coats’ speech now, in this WFHB report.

BETTER BEWARE

Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

CREDITS

Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges 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 Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

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