Ukraine recently elected a new President, to replace the one who fled the country after mounting violent demonstrations in the capital. In the wake of the removal of the President Yanakovich, the Crimea region has separated and joined Russia and other sections in the East and south are now threatening separation also. Ukrainians, as well as foreign leaders and external observers have expressed hope in newly elected President Poroshenko’s ability to bring the current crisis to a peaceful resolution, get the economy going, develop a workable relations with its big neighbors to the East and West, and reduce endemic domestic corruption. Padric Kenney, professor history on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University and specialist is East European political culture, has been following the recent events in Ukraine closely. He speaks with to Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
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Doctors may soon be able to tell whether a person could become an alcoholic before they take their first drink. That’s the conclusion of a study completed recently by a team of researchers that includes an IU professor. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with that researcher about how he helped identify the genes connected to alcoholism and what the discovery could mean for potential addicts.
Officials from Governor Pence’s administration came through Bedford this afternoon to present the proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 and to answer questions from the public. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy attended the briefing, and reports back to WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, for today’s wfhb feature exclusive.
Under new rules recently adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education, high schools in Indiana will now be able to hire people without formal training as a teacher or school administrator. These new rules are similar to those first proposed by Tony Bennett, former state superintendent of public education. During the last general election Bennett, a republican, lost to Democrat Glenda Ritz after he proposed similar rules that were broadly criticized for de-professionalizing teaching. The new rules were adopted in a 6 to 5 vote of the state board of education over the objections of Ritz. One of the critics of these new rules and of the Bennett proposals is Gerardo Gonzales, Dean of the IU School of Education in Bloomington. Correspondent David Murphy asked Dean Gonzales to comment on the new rules for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Last week Governor Mike Pence unveiled his plan for covering the 350,000 Hoosiers who have been ineligible for both Affordable Care Act coverage and the Healthy Indiana Plan during the past year as Pence has resisted adopting the ACA and accepting federal funding to provide health insurance to those in need. The Daily Local news ran reports from affordable insurance advocates last week, and today, brings you the Governors take on accessible health insurance, for today’s Daily Local news feature report.
Bloomington Playwrights Project’s final show of the 2013-2014 season, the original musical “Greta”, opens tomorrow night at 7:30pm. WFHB correspondent Jennifer Whitaker spoke to Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, about his personal story, the new show and BPP’s summer education opportunities for children and teens for this WFHB feature exclusive.
The exhibit “Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr.” currently on display at Indiana University’s Lilly Library is coming to a close on May 19th. The exhibit explores and celebrates the life and work of Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, Raintree County. Highlighted are about 400 of 75,000 items donated by the family to serve as an archive for use in the study of Lockridge’s only novel. Included are the controversial geoglyph drawn by the author for use as the book’s dust jacket, as well as the family’s Henry County Atlas which serves as a totem for the novel’s hero. Correspondent Doug Storm spoke with Cherry Williams, the Lilly Library Curator of Manuscripts and Eric Sandweiss, IU History professor and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History, about the scope of the exhibit for today’s daily local news feature report, courtesy of Interchange.