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Freedom Rider Hank Thomas on MLK Day

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Hank Thomas overcame an impoverished childhood in southern Georgia and Florida to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was active in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee affiliated Non-violent Action Group. After participating in the May 4th CORE Freedom Ride, Thomas returned to the deep south to participate in the May 24th Mississippi Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi, and was jailed at Parchman State Prison Farm. After being released on bail, he went on to participate in the July 14th New Jersey to Arkansas CORE Freedom Ride. On August 22nd, 1961, Thomas became the first Freedom Rider to appeal his conviction for breach of peace. He was released on appeal, pending payment of a two thousand dollar bond. Following the Freedom Rides, Thomas served in the Vietnam War, returning home after being wounded in 1966. In recent years, Thomas has owned and operated several hotel and fast food restaurant franchises in the Atlanta metro region. Thomas joined us live in the studio on Monday, before his keynote address at the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, to talk on our weekly program Bring it On. Now, highlights from that conversation for a WFHB feature report.

Legislation Introduced to Prevent Demolition of Six Historic Houses on IU Campus

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A local state legislator has introduced a bill that would prevent Indiana University from demolishing six historic houses to make room for a new fraternity house. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Representative Matt Pierce about the measure for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana University Vice President Jackie Simmons on HJR-3

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Indiana University Vice President and General Counsel Jackie Simmons spoke before the Indiana House of Representative’s Judiciary committee on Monday, during consideration of House Joint Resolution 3, the proposed constitutional amendment outlawing same sex marriage.

Daily Local News – January 16, 2014

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Victims of a mid-December flood may still be eligible for help, according to an official who spoke to the Monroe County Commission on January 10th; Tenants in a house on the west side of Bloomington have been left nearly homeless after the flooding in mid-December; The City of Bloomington is hosting the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday January 20th at 7 pm; The Department of Natural Resources wants to hear from the public and input their ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping, hunting, and any other fish and wildlife regulations in Indiana; This week in sports.

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House Bill 1179 Introduced to Protect Indiana’s Forests
District 61 Representative Matt Pierce has introduced House Bill 1179 with the ambition of protecting Indiana’s forests from commercial logging. Correspondent Lauren Glapa has the report, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
In Indiana, it is illegal to ask a breastfeeding mother to leave or refrain from feeding in any public or private place, so we hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about how they feel about breastfeeding in public?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele,
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Scott Weddle
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Glapa.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hettrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

House Bill 1179 Introduced to Protect Indiana’s Forests

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District 61 Representative Matt Pierce has introduced House Bill 1179 with the ambition of protecting Indiana’s forests from commercial logging. Correspondent Lauren Glapa has the report, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State Address

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his 2014 State of the State address last night, to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly in the House Chambers. We bring you some of that speech now, for today’s WFHB feature report.

International Adoption and Cultural Identity: One’s Mother’s Story

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The U.S. State Department reports nearly 9,000 children were adopted abroad by U.S. families last year. The number of international adoptions has risen in recent decades, and adopting abroad can pose unique questions for parents as they help their growing children to frame their own identities. Now, the story of Bloomington mother Victoria McQueen’s experience guiding her daughter’s growing sense of identity. American Student Radio reporter Sudeshna Chowdhury brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature report.

Factory Farms Measure Changes Form at Statehouse

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Until late last week, the Hoosier Environmental Council was gearing up for a fight against a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution. The amendment included language the council said protected factory farms and other controversial farming practices. But some key language was removed from the amendment before it was filed last week. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Kim Ferraro from the council for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

The Future of Hoosier Energy

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A state law enacted in 1985 requires bi-annual electricity demand studies to be conducted and turned in to the state’s Utility Regulatory Commission. The State Utility Forecasting group has just released the latest study, and concluded that electricity demands are set to plateau and electricity rates are on the rise. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Douglas Gotham, director of the State Utility Forecasting Group, about the results and their implications for the future of Hoosier energy, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

WFHB and The Ryder Magazine Present an Interview with Cartoonist Nate Powell

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Cartoonist Nate Powell has become one of the most recognized names in the graphic novel industry. Born in Arkansas and eventually making his way to Bloomington, Powell makes stops in New York and other cities operating an indie record label, fronts for a combination punk band and puppet show, and
works with the developmentally disabled. His latest graphic novel, called March: Book One, is the story of civil rights pioneer and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Powell spoke with correspondent Michael Glab for this feature report, the first of a series jointly produced by WFHB and The Ryder Magazine.

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