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Excerpt from New Series “Open Doors”

A group of audio journalism students at IU has begun gathering coming out stories from local residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. A new episode of that series, titled Open Doors, will air in just more than an hour on BloomingOUT. For today’s WFHB community report, we hear the first installment of that series, which aired …

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Representative Matt Pierce Discusses Some Finer Points of Indiana’s Legislative Process

Last week the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County organized a forum intended to shed light on Indiana’s legislative process. The League invited State Representative Matt Pierce, who represents much of Bloomington, to discuss the lesser known factors involved in passing state legislation. At the end of the event, Pierce took questions from the audience. We bring …

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County Plan May Affect Bloomington Borders

On October 20th, the Monroe County Plan Commission adopted the Monroe County Urbanizing Area Plan. At that meeting, the Director of the County’s Planning Department, Larry Wilson, stated that the purpose of the Plan was to provide a master document for an eventual updating of the county’s zoning structure and regulations in the so-called two-mile fringe around Bloomington. By state …

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Interview with Queer Punk Band PWR BTTM

Tomorrow night, the New York-based punk duo PWR BTTM will perform at the Bishop Bar in Bloomington. WFHB correspondent Joshua Byron spoke with the members of the group, Oliver Bruce and Ben Hopkins, and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report

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Bloomington to Host Two Major Amateur Softball Tournaments

The City of Bloomington has just announced that in July of 2017 it will host two major tournaments for the Amateur Softball Association of America. WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino looked into how the tournaments could affect the larger community for this WFHB community report. The Amateur Softball Association presented Bloomington with a James Farrell Award of Excellence for hosting one …

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Cast of Characters: Stephen Lucas

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In the WFHB series, Cast of Characters, we go looking for local people with interesting personal stories. We bring you another installment of the Cast of Characters series now with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino.

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“Disrespecting the Area” — The Changing Legality of Public Sleeping, in Bloomington and Beyond

Monroe County passed an ordinance in 2013 to set hours for use of the Courthouse lawn. The stated goal was to prohibit people from sleeping there.

One of the most clear challenges for a person or a family experiencing homelessness is finding a place to sleep. In many communities, including Monroe County, there are not enough shelter beds to meet the need. And for years, laws around the country have compounded the problem by restricting other options for places to rest. But that could be changing. …

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Chad Roeder Speaks to City Council About the Future of the Downtown Recycling Center

Last night the manager of Bloomington’s Downtown Recycling Center, Chad Roeder, spoke to the City Council about future plans for the facility. The Center is a public/private partnership between the city government and Roeder’s recycling business, Bloomington Pedal Power. Roeder also took questions from the Council. We bring you his comments now for today’s WFHB community report.

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Proposed Charter School in Bloomington Raises Questions

As we broadcast this evening, an evangelical Christian college based in Winona Lake, Indiana, is holding a hearing in Bloomington about whether to sponsor a charter school here. The meeting at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Franklin Road is being held to take public comment on the proposed Seven Oaks Classical School. A local group has proposed the …

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Switchyard Brewing Company Opening South of Downtown

Switchyard Brewing Company is a Bloomington brew pub that started in 2014. Since then, owners Kurtis Cummings and Michael Korus have been brewing their beer in holding tanks in their garage. Now the company is beginning to develop. Reporter Hannah Boone has more on the company’s new location and growing fanbase.

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