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Daily Local News – July 20 2016

The Seven Oaks Classical School has pushed back its opening date to September 6 due to a delay in construction; The Bloomington City Council left for a six-week recess last week without voting on the fate of a proposed electrical substation at the corner of 11th and Rogers streets; Former Herald-Times editor Bill Schrader has been selected for induction into …

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How To Prevent Childhood Drowning

Indiana newspapers are riddled with stories involving children and teens drowning in bodies of waters from backyard pools to Lake Michigan. The American College of Emergency Physicians cites drowning as the leading cause of unintentional death among children between 1 and 4 years of age. Sarah Vaughan explores swimming, drowning and water safety with local experts.

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Guns and the BPD: Chief Diekhoff Speaks About Police Training

Recent incidents across the country – from Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas – have drawn increased attention to issues surrounding police and police violence. Many police departments are pledging to alter the ways officers are trained. In Bloomington, police chief Mike Diekhoff says officers are undergoing training related to many subjects, including mental health and community policing. And he …

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Local Initiatives Help Rehabilitate Recently Released Ex-Cons

IU student correspondent Julie Masterson reports that for many people convicted of crimes, the hardest part of going to jail is getting out. Re-entering society can be tough; especially for those who are still prisoners to addiction, mental illness, and poverty. As the Monroe County Jail becomes increasingly overcrowded, the court systems and local organizatoins have initiatives aimed at trying …

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Food Banks and Local Agencies Serve Community

Since the 2007 recession, increases in poverty have drawn attention to the need for community kitchens and food banks. Today, 1/7 Americans rely on these services to feed themselves and their families. Food banks and agencies have become an important resource across the country. IU student journalist, Alyson Weigel, reports that Bloomington is no different. Each Monday during June and …

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Professor Marjorie Hershey on Pence as Trump’s VP Nominee

Mike Pence may be out of the race for governor of Indiana. That’s because, according to the Indianapolis Star, Pence has been chosen to be the vice presidential nominee for the Republican party. Pence would run alongside Donald Trump. The newspaper does not clearly cite its source, but they state plainly that “IndyStar has confirmed that Trump plans to announce …

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Middleway House Threatened by Federal Cutbacks.

Changes at the federal level could mean the demise of one of Bloomington’s transitional housing shelters. More on that later in the show in today’s WFHB community report.

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New Indiana State Statute Could Invalidate Your Vote at the Ballot Box

In early March, the Indiana legislature passed Senate Enrolled Act 61, affecting how Indiana voters can cast straight-party ballots. The bill was originally meant to fix over-voting in races in which voters can choose more than one candidate. The new statute says that “If a voter votes a straight party ticket for more than one political party, the whole ballot …

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Local Agencies Fight Child Homelessness in South Central Indiana

According to studies performed by the Continuum of Care, there are more than 400 people experiencing homelessness in our region on any given night. The region includes Monroe, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan and Owen counties. More than 27% of the homeless individuals are children. IU student reporter, Victoria Hansel, looked into the issue of childhood homelessness for today’s WFHB community …

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2016 IU Summer Theater Season Preview

David Kortemeier appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. — with Jessica Schroeder and Tara Chiusano at IU Wells-Metz theater.

This month, the Wells-Metz theater will host alternating nights of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Jane Austin’s “Sense and Sensibility”, starring four professional actors from the Actors’ Equity Association, as part of the 2016 IU Summer Theater Season. Doug Storm sat down with the actors for this week’s Interchange, a wide-ranging conversation about the challenges and rewards of performing repertory …

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