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Progress Slows for MRF

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Progress on Monroe County’s new recycling facility has been slowed down over the last couple of months. Last summer, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors and the County Council approved the establishment of a Materials Recycling Facility, or MRF (“murf”). That facility is intended to process and sell the County’s recyclables. A budget of a little over a quarter million dollars was set aside for the project. Later, the county added forty thousand dollars to the budget to cover higher than expected equipment costs. The building, bailers and other equipment have been purchased and the foundation has been laid. However, during recent meetings, the board voted several times against proceeding with some other phases of its development. Today, for our WFHB community report, Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to three local people who have been involved in the project’s development.

Personality Feature: “The People’s Diva,” Argenta Peron

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Up next is a profile of a local personality – Argenta Perón, also known as “The People’s Diva” and the emcee for shows at The Back Door in downtown Bloomington. Off stage, Argenta is Patricio Battani, a recent Masters graduate from Indiana University’s School Public Health and HIV testing counselor who designs social media outreach for Positive Link here in Bloomington. IU audio student Sophia Saliby met with Battani and produced this audio profile.

President Obama Proposes O.T. Rules Changes

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President Obama recently proposed overtime rules that will change the pay threshold for employees to receive overtime pay. These rules have the potential to affect almost 5 million employees across the United States. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges spoke to Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga, to get his opinions on the rule and how it could affect employers and employees.

Eight Bloomington Residents Awarded Grants From Indiana Arts Commission

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Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Finding Meaning In Tragedy

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Elena Mnayarji is a typical high school senior. She likes to hang out with her friends, spend time in her hobbies, and plan out her college dorm room. But an event earlier this year lead her to reevaluate the way she sees her life. Her sister, Indiana University student Lauren Mnayarji brings us the story, which comes courtesy of the IU Media School and American Student Radio.

Indiana Moral Mondays Prepares for Next Legislative Session

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The group Indiana Moral Mondays is preparing for its second year of lobbying the Indiana legislature. The coalition formed last year and patterned itself after a series of protests in North Carolina. Indiana Moral Mondays steering committee member Erin Polley will be in Bloomington this coming Monday, July 20th, to meet with local supporters of the movement and discuss plans for the next year. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Polley this afternoon about what the group hopes to accomplish in the next legislative session. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

New Group Collects Free Clothing for Transgender Youth

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A new group in Bloomington is organizing the collection and distribution of free clothing for transgender youth in the area. WFHB correspondent Kyle Boen has more on that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Indiana Man Pays For Mission Trips With Cans

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In Southwest Indiana, Jim Schroeder is preparing for his 8th trip to Haiti. Jim has formed a club with over 70 members across southern Indiana who raise funds for his unique missionary program. IU student reporter Olivia DeWeese brings us this story, which comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

Indiana University to Analyze Aspects of Drone War

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Beginning tomorrow morning, Indiana University will host a four-day conference exploring the geography, politics and ethics of drone war. Last Tuesday I spoke about the event with IU Assistant Professor of Geography Majed Akhter and Center for Research on Mediated Interaction Director Hamid Ekbia. The conversation first aired on WFHB’s Interchange, which airs each Tuesday at 6 p.m. In this clip from that interview, Ekbia begins by discussing the difference between targeted killings and what are known as signature strikes.

Local Punk Legends Back Together in Bloomington for Mutant Fest

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On Saturday, July 11th, the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as many newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics and The Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me for today’s WFHB community report.

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