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HIP Changes

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has turned down incoming Affordable Care Act funds in exchange for extending the current Healthy Indiana Plan through December 2014. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the story, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

New Parking Meters Impact Local Street Fesitvals

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New parking meters mean new costs for downtown street festivals – WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh has the report in today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls Reach Playoffs

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After 8 challenging seasons, Bloomington’s Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls have reached the playoffs of the Roller Derby World Championships. WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Protesters Urge No Bombing of Syria

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Leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress said today they support the Obama administration’s call for a military strike on Syria. The administration, especially Secretary of State John Kerry, has said the U.S. should attack in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on August 21st. But as some in Washington continue to make the case for intervention, protesters in Bloomington are calling for diplomacy instead. A crowd gathered outside the Monroe County Courthouse last night to protest military action in Syria. Correspondent Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

GARLIC FEST

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The Sycamore Landtrust’s Hillbilly Haiku jump starts a Bloomington Labor Day weekend full of festivals. The annual 4th Street Festival of the arts runs Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm along 4th and Grant streets, featuring area artists and local non profits. Also this weekend in Third Street Park: the second annual Bloomington Garlic Festival will be offering food, live music, and art, on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10am. All foods will feature garlic and there will also be a Healthful Garlic Cooking Contest sponsored by The Runcible Spoon, with cash prizes awarded on Saturday , and featured speakers on the topic of buying and preparing healthy foods. Event Organizers Dave Cox & Tim Haas stopped into the studio earlier this week, and speak with WFHB Board President about the weekend happenings, here in today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana Lifeline Law Promoted

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Big Red Liquors and Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt announced today that the statewide liquor chain will be helping with an information campaign about the Indiana Lifeline Law, authored by Merrit. The law, which began on July First of last year, provides immunity to citizens seeking medical help for someone who has consumed too much alcohol. WFHB News Director spoke with Merrit, along with IU student President Jose Mitjavila about the law, and student’s awareness of the immunity opportunity, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

50th Anniversary of March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the landmark event in civil rights history, the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, we hear from Valerie
Grim, a professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora
Studies at Indiana University. Grim spoke with WFHB correspondent David Murphy.

Documents: I-69 Contractors Have Histories of Violations

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Crews with vacuum trucks and other equipment are still working this week to clean up eroded soil along the planned path of Interstate 69 in southern Monroe County. Storms earlier this summer caused sediment to flow away from I-69 construction sites and into local waterways after contractors failed to control the erosion. The sediment can make it difficult for aquatic life to survive in the local creeks and streams, and some nearby residents worry their water supplies could be contaminated. Now, documents shared with WFHB have revealed this summer’s erosion problems were only the most recent in a long line of violations committed by contractors building I-69. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Group Rallies against Traditionalist Youth Network Protest

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This afternoon the Indiana University chapter of the Traditionalist Youth Network – a group identifying as a white heritage organization – held a protest at Boxcar Books. Community members rallied in defense of the bookstore, which was targeted for their vocal stance against white supremacy.

A Visit from Senator Donnelly

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Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly was in Bloomington this morning to address the Chamber of Commerce and talk about job creation. Afterwards, he met with journalists including WFHB correspondent David Murphy  for a brief media opportunity. His comments here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

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