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Bloomington Police Chief comments on police/community relationship

In the wake of national unrest regarding police action killings of unarmed black men, Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekoff reached out to the local chapter of the NAACP and the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males to talk to community leaders about strengthen communication between police and citizens. Today, we hear from Chief Diekoff about community engagement issues, …

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Prohibition while on probation

A case that had been scheduled for a hearing in front of the Indiana Supreme court this week could have large implications for offenders on probation state wide – WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh has the report. The Monroe County Probation Department received 1620 new offenders in 2013.

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Gov. Pence Eliminates CECI, Pushes For Appointed Board Of Education Chair


The long running dispute between Indiana Governor Mike Pence and State Superintendent of Education Glenda Ritz seems to have switched battlegrounds. Both won their respective offices on fundamentally opposing education policy platforms. Pence adheres to the nation-wide Republican promotion of what has been labelled “school choice”, which means the use of public funds to finance vouchers for private schools and …

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Black Student Union Organizes Protest to Highlight Racial Inequality

photo by Alycin Bektesh

WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand during a demonstration on campus last week organized by the Black Student Union to call attention to racial injustice and police/citizens relations, and brings us today’s community report. Photo by Alycin Bektesh.

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“We all deserve respect”


Voices from the Rally Against Injustice hosted by the Indiana University Black Student Union Thursday evening.

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Rally against injustice

The Indiana University Black Student Union is hosting a “rally against injustice” this evening at Showalter fountain, just one day after protesters in New York City shut down the West Side Highway and disrupted the Rockefeller Center Lighting ceremony in reaction to a grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pataleo for the death of Eric Garner – the …

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Federal Medicaid plan expanded to cover more Indiana residents

Hoosiers may finally get to benefit from the expanded Medicaid coverage included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the ACA or Obamacare, that was passed into law back in March of 2010. Besides the well-known health insurance mandate, under which all residents were required to enroll in some kind of insurance program, with …

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Kathleen Falk Addresses Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment in Bloomington

Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community …

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The “Cover Monroe Project” host three events to assist residents with health care

The Affordable Care Act’s “Health Insurance Marketplace” is open for enrollment, and a group called Cover Monroe is hosting a variety of events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about available options; Health Plan Forums …

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Decarcerate Monroe County to host a discussion on local jail expansion and other issues

Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange host Doug storm invited Micol Seigel in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, …

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