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Mayor’s Deal Would Give Real Estate, Tax Break to Company Led By IU Trustee

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton speaks Nov. 16 at the Dimension Mill, where he announced he wants the city to give the building to the Tsuchiya Group, a Japan-based company whose North American branch is run by Indiana University Trustee Melanie Walker.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton has announced that he wants the city to give an acre of downtown property to an auto parts manufacturer that wants to make its North American corporate headquarters there. In exchange, the company would create at least 18 jobs. The structure in question, the Dimension Mill, is just north of City Hall. The building is mostly …

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Bloomington Peace Action Coalition’s Emergency Post-Election Meeting

On Monday night, dozens of local residents spoke at City Hall as part of an emergency meeting called in the wake of last week’s election. The meeting was organized by the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition. We bring you some of their comments now for today’s WFHB community report. Those were members of the public speaking on Monday at an event …

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Five IU Freshmen On Their Experiences At Standing Rock, ND

Over Fall Break a group of five IU freshmen drove out to Standing Rock, North Dakota to participate in protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. Reporter Maggie Tully brings us their story in today’s WFHB community report. That piece by reporter Maggie Tully comes courtesy of American Student Radio.

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Conservative Group and Refugee Support Network Hold Forum

Area residents gathered at the Monroe County Public Library last Wednesday for a forum on the resettlement of refugees to Bloomington. Reporter, Sarah Vaughan, attended the meeting and, as expected, found opposing information and perspectives were plentiful. The organization, Exodus Refugee Immigration, is opening an office in Bloomington in the spring of next year and will help resettle families in …

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Big Talk w/ Michael Glab: The Book Corner

The Book Corner on Walnut Street has anchored the southeast corner of the Courthouse Square through lean times and boom times for more than a half century. The story of the family-run business reads like a history of the town. The shop has weathered the advent of e-readers as well as the demise of newspapers and magazines but proprietor Margaret …

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WFHB Election Night Excerpt Featuring Joe Varga, William Morris and Ann Boehm

Last night, as the nation waited to hear the outcome of the election, WFHB aired several hours of election coverage, reporting on local as well as statewide and federal races. In this next segment, we hear a portion of that coverage, including Indiana University labor studies professor Joe Varga and local attorney William Morris speaking about issues of racism and poverty. After that …

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Sam Shaw on His Free Speech Lawsuit Over Bedford’s Sign Ordinance

The signs in Sam Shaw’s yard included messages like “I Seek Truth” and “Over the Hump with Trump.” Now the Bedford man is fighting for his right to display the signs, after the city of Bedford took issue. WFHB reporter Leah Carter spoke with Shaw as well an attorney for the ACLU of Indiana for this WFHB community report. The …

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New Parking Commission to Create Policy

Last week, the Bloomington City Council passed an ordinance creating a parking commission to develop a comprehensive parking policy for the city. The commission will have nine members. They include two merchants and one member of a nonprofit — each housed within the downtown meter zone — one city council member, and a representative from the Department of Planning and …

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Big Talk w/ Michael Glab: Marc Tschida

Arts advocate Marc Tschida makes hand-crafted, wooden jigsaw puzzles featuring photographic images and artwork specific to Bloomington and South Central Indiana. His puzzles have become so popular, he’s now scaling back his job as a theater company administrator to produce them on a full-time basis. You can view his work at press puzzles dot com and they’ll be available in …

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Jessica McClellan and Ann Collins, candidates for Monroe County Treasurer.

The race for Monroe County Treasurer was wide open this year. The incumbent Treasurer, Democrat Cathy Smith, was required to leave the office because of term limits. In the May primary, Democratic voters nominated Jessica McClellan to run for the job. On the Republican side, Ann Collins was the only candidate in the primary ballot, so she too is now …

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