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Sarah Vaughan speaks with Bradley Ray

A recent study from researchers at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI indicates the opioid epidemic may be even larger than we thought. The study, published recently in the Journal of Urban Health, looked at opioid-related overdose deaths in Marion County from 2010 to 2015. The study showed decreases in deaths due to prescription opiates, but increases …

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Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab: Middle Coast Film Festival

With the April 15th deadline for submissions fast approaching, this year’s fourth Middle Coast Film Festival is taking shape. Launched in 2014 by founders Jess Levandoski and Chelsea Sanders, the Fest brings independent movies from around the world to Bloomington and it shows the world what Bloomington filmmakers can do. Programmer Jess Levandoski and business manager Jess Reed talk about …

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Behind the Bagpipes

Many Indiana University students and staff have taken note of a character often referred to simply as the Bagpipe Guy. But few know why he stands, day after day, playing his bagpipes in Dunn Meadow. So reporter Victoria Ziege tracked him down to find out. In the process, she found there was a great deal more to the strange man playing the bagpipes on IU’s campus. …

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IU at Enrollment Capacity

Full time enrollment has reached an all-time high at IU Bloomington. With the large numbers of students coming in, dorms are at capacity and sometimes overflowing. Jade Shoppell reports on the University’s enrollment issue.

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Anti-Solar Bill Set for Hearing — Interview with Hoosier Environmental Council Director Jesse Kharbanda

Tomorrow morning a committee in the Indiana House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss Senate Bill 309, a piece of legislation that worries solar energy advocates. For today’s WFHB community report, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Jesse Kharbanda. We bring you a portion of their conversation now.

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Community Agencies Affected by Proposed Federal Budget

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint released last week would ax grants that help fund a multitude of local programs serving the poor, the elderly, and the disabled. The cuts are part of a plan to add 54 billion dollars to the nation’s defense budget. On the chopping block are a three- billion-dollar national energy assistance program known as LIHEAP, and …

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Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab: Nicci B.

Co-owner and arts and entertainment director of Bloomington’s LGBTQ – friendly nightclub, The Back Door, Nicci B. found her home here when she was embraced by this town’s queer community. In today’s changing political climate for queer folks, Nicci hopes to provide a safe, comfortable place for people of all gender and sexuality nonconformance. With business partner SMOOV – G, …

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A Night With Southern Indiana Ghost Hunters

Southern Indiana Ghost Hunters are dedicated to scientifically proving the presence of paranormal activity in Indiana and surrounding states. Reporter Ellen Glover recently joined them on one of their investigations at an old farm in Scott County, Indiana. The group has visited the location several times and frequently returns to check up on the ghosts they claim to have communicated …

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Interview with Nancy Richman, Executive Director for Volunteers in Medicine

Since long before the passage of Obamacare, Bloomington’s own Volunteers In Medicine has been providing free care to people who can’t otherwise afford it. And despite the health care law, the free clinic continues to see many clients. To find out more, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the executive director of Volunteers in Medicine, Nancy Richman. We’ll hear …

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Mayoral Task Force Reviews a Report on Downtown Safety and Civility

A report on Downtown Safety and Civility is now under review by a mayoral task force. The Community Justice and Mediation Center, or CJAM, produced the report after undertaking a three-stage public deliberation process to examine issues such as panhandling, homelessness, and substance abuse in public places that led some community members to feel unsafe. One of CJAM’s public forums …

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