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Interview with Anna Maidi of the “Open Hearted Campaign”

A new campaign to foster understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans was launched in January by Bloomington resident Anna Maidi. The Open Hearted campaign is a just one of Maidi’s efforts to promote religious tolerance and cultural understanding. Maidi, who is the president of the Islamic Center of Bloomington, also co-produces “The Hijabi Diaries” with Bloomington resident Aubrey Seader. The …

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Mayor Hamilton Discusses Efforts to Reduce DBP Levels in Local Water

The city of Bloomington is changing the way it treats water in hopes of reducing the levels of chemical byproducts that can be hazardous to human health. This afternoon, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton met reporters outside the Monroe Water Treatment Plant to talk about the city’s recent efforts to combat rising levels of disinfectant byproducts in the local drinking water. …

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Democracy for Monroe County Hosts Monroe County Commission Debate

Last week, the organization Democracy for Monroe County hosted a debate featuring the Democratic candidates for an open seat on the Monroe County Commission. Audience members heard from three candidates: Amanda Barge, Rick Dietz, and John Whikehart. Among the many questions asked by moderator Scott Wells was a question regarding the coming expansion of I-69, and the benefits and disadvantages …

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Late Indiana University Basketball Hall-Of-Famer Finds Friendship in Current Player

The Indiana University basketball Hall of Famer, Archie Dees, who led the 1957 and 1958 Men’s teams to Big Ten championships, passed away earlier today. Dees was the first player to ever win two Big Ten most valuable player awards, and he was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983. In recent years, Dees developed a friendship …

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Bloomington’s Chocolate Moose Set For Demolition

A Bloomington ice cream stand with a history going back to the 1950s could soon be torn down. The Chocolate Moose building on South Walnut Street is slated for demolition under a pending development plan. The plan calls for constructing a 4-story apartment building on the site, with a new space for the ice cream parlor on the first floor. …

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General Electric Cuts Retiree Health Care — Workers in Bloomington Protest

Ruth Whitt, right, says she was repeatedly assured she would have health care benefits during her retirement.

Retirees from General Electric demonstrated outside the plant on Curry Pike earlier today. GE has just slashed retirees’ health care benefits. Sandy Turner says she worked in the plant for 29 years before retiring in 2005. Turner told WFHB: “We’re out here in protest of GE breaking their promises (to) the retirees. Over the years we’ve made billions of dollars for this corporation — this …

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What it’s like to be a Muslim Woman in America

“The Hijabi Diaries” is produced in partnership with the Islamic Center of Bloomington and the Openhearted Campaign, and brings you true stories about what it’s like to be a Muslim woman in America. Thoughts on life, faith, family, work, and wearing hijab, are shared by women from the Bloomington Muslim community. Find more podcasts like this at http://muslimsofbtown.wix.com/hijabidiaries

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Lily Foundation Endowment Funds Education and Workforce Development

The Lilly Endowment, Inc. recently awarded grants totaling $42 million in support of regional development initiatives in southwest and central Indiana. WFHB Assistant News Director Sarah Vaughan spoke with Community Foundation President Tina Peterson about the 17 million dollar education and workforce development aspects of the initiatives.

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Joy in Bloomington: Ross Gay’s Award-Winning Poetry

Bloomington resident and Indiana University associate professor Ross Gay has enjoyed a most rewarding month. His third volume of poetry, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” has earned him both the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critic’s Award. Before speaking with WFHB’s David Kronke, he shared a poem from his latest book.

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An Inside Look at Bloomington’s Food Deserts

State legislators this year have supported legislation that takes on the problem of food deserts throughout Indiana. Reporter, Sarah Zinn, took a look at one food desert in Bloomington and she brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report. This story was produced by WFHB reporter Sarah Zinn in partnership with a journalism class Indiana University.

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