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With Statehouse Fighting Over Education, Ritz Stuck in the Middle

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This year, Indiana Governor Mike Pence has called for the state’s legislative session to focus on education. Much of that focus has been directed toward Superintendent Glenda Ritz, with bills emerging to denounce her as chair of the State Board of Education. Some view the bills as partisan attacks, others see it as a necessary step for reform. WFHB news reporter Sarah Panfil brings you an overview.

Enrollment in Indiana’s School Vouchers Program Rapidly Increasing

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The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy has found that enrollment in Indiana’s school vouchers program is rapidly increasing. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a researcher at the Center for today’s WFHB community report.

New IU Sexual Misconduct Policy Is Signed Into Place

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IU is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex. Last fall the university sought input on the current policies in place addressing sexual crimes. This week, President Michael McRobbie signed the new Sexual Misconduct Policy. WFHB correspondent Alycin Bektesh speaks with members of the IU community who worked on the policy for today’s community report.

Under the new policy, the so-called “responsible employees” authorized to redress sexual misconduct include professors, advisors, coaches and university officials.

Public Transit Expansion Bill Introduced to Indiana House of Representatives

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A bill that could expand public transportation in rural parts of Monroe County got its first reading in the Indiana House of Representatives today. The bill has already passed in the Senate. Correspondent Sophia Saliby has the story behind the law, including concerns about its possible side effects, for today’s WFHB community report.

IU Health Bloomington Intends to Move Hosplital Elsewhere

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Local people continue to react to I.U. Health Bloomington’s announcement that it intends to close the Bloomington Hospital and build elsewhere. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to two candidates for election to mayor of Bloomington – Democrat John Linnemeier and Republican John Turnbull – to get their views on the hospital’s move.

He also spoke with Forrest Gilmore, Director of Shalom Community Center, to hear about that social service agency’s concerns on the closing of the downtown hospital. We bring you that story now for today’s WFHB community report.

Bloomington Task Force designated to Study Water resources

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The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has convened a task force to study water resources in Monroe County and beyond. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Liz Irwin, a spokesperson for the Chamber. They discussed the Chamber’s concerns about how water resources could affect future development in the area. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Irwin began by explaining why the Chamber assembled the task force.

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah Discusses the Dynamic Experience of African American Police Officers

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As police departments around the country are pressured to review the racial makeup of their staff, last week WFHB’s African American public affairs show Bring It On discussed the roles and experiences of black police officers. The hosts spoke with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within Indiana University’s Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. The show was hosted by Clarence Boone and Jim Sims. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

City Leaders Respond to Plans to Relocate Bloomington Hospital

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Many in Bloomington have expressed concern and anger over the announcement that the IU Health Bloomington Hospital plans to move away from downtown. City leaders have responded, asking the hospital to stay in its current location. News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel.

Monroe County Deer Study

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Professor Timothy Carter of Ball State University gave a presentation Monday night in the Bloomington City Council
chambers. Carter discussed his study of deer behavior and biology in Monroe County. Only part of Carter’s research
is complete. We bring you a portion of Carter’s talk now for today’s WFHB community report.

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