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Bloomington’s Sister City, Santa Clara

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Since 2013, members of local organization Cubamistad  starting working on an application to travel to Bloomington’s sister city Santa Clara, Cuba. The application required that all activities in Cuba be spelled out on the itinerary and that it be a meaningful interaction for Cubans and US visitors alike. After repeated delays in getting a response from the Office of Foreign Assets Control -a part of the US treasury, the license was granted in the final days of December. Eleven locals made the two week trip, beginning May 18th. Cubamistad member Cynthia Roberts Hall made this audio travel journal, and shares the experience here,  for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

WIUX to be Relocated after 40 Years of Broadcasting

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Indiana university plans to demolish six homes in the University Courts historic district and then transfer the land to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, in exchange for their current home next to the law school. One resident of the historic homes – IU’s student radio station WIUX, was notified this month that they are being relocated a year earlier than expected, and need to be out of their home of the last 40 years by the middle of this month. WFHB News Director went to the station and spoke with outgoing station manger Joe Heath and incoming general manager Carolyn Suna, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana is Losing Health Funding over Tobacco Use

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Indiana will no longer receive a portion of its allotted tobacco settlement funds, beginning this year. WFHB correspondent Susan Northleaf talked to State Senator Mark Stoops to find out why the funds have been withdrawn and what this means for Indiana, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Governor Pence Visits Bloomington

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Bloomington today to speak with the Chamber of Commerce. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy attended the event and asked Pence some questions about the Healthy Indiana Plan two-point-oh proposal, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana Legislators to Study Medical Device Industry

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This summer a committee at the Statehouse is asking what it can do to help one of Indiana’s largest industries, medical device manufacturing. The move comes at the request of State Representative Terri Austin from Anderson. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Austin about what she wants to see from the study committee for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

IU History Prof. Padric Kenney on Ukraine

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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.

Researchers Find Genes Linked to Alcoholism

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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.

Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 Plan Presented in Bedford

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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.

Senator Donnelly Introduces Military Suicide Prevention Act

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Last week Senator Joe Donnelly held a press conference about his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. Presenting with him were members of Indiana military families that had lost loved ones to suicide. Highlights from the talk here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

The Public Service of Charlotte Zietlow

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Today, Charlotte Zietlow, former Bloomington City Council member, Monroe County Commissioner, and current President of the Board of Public Works, speaks with WFHB correspondent Michael G. Glab about her life in public service, for today’s WFHB feature report.

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