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Daily Local News – December 26, 2017

This retrospective edition of the Daily Local News highlights some of our best reporting from 2017. We’ll hear from IU Foundation President Dan Smith about the Foundation’s offshoring of millions of dollars in the Cayman Islands; we’ll listen to IU students, as they protest the visitation of White supremacist Charles Murray; and we’ll hear from Indiana Recovery Alliance Founder Chris …

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Study: Religion a ‘Red Herring’ in Denial of Services to Same-Sex Couples

Americans are evenly divided on whether a business should be able to deny service to same-sex couples, according to a study by Indiana University Bloomington sociologists. IU Professor Brian Powell found people who support denying service don’t necessarily see it as a matter of religious freedom. Instead, Powell tells WFHB News Director Wes Martin that the study found people were …

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New Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was named Indiana’s Poet Laureate last week. A professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University, Matejka has authored several poetry compilations. The Devil’s Garden (2003) won the New York/New England Award. Mixology (2009) was a National Poetry Series award winner. It also was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke (2013) won the Ainsfield-Wolf Book …

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Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab: Ross Gay and Kacie Swierk

Ross Gay is an award-winning poet, author of the bestselling, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.” Kacie Swierk is a multi-talented musician who has released her first album, “This Is Water,” this past summer. The two met this year in one of Ross Gay’s Creative Writing courses at Indiana University. Teacher and pupil find their respective arts have been enhanced by the …

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Indiana Recovery Alliance gets Monroe County Needle Program Re-approved

The Indiana Recovery Alliance engages in harm-reduction and syringe support services throughout southern Indiana. On Monday, Monroe County Commissioners re-approved the IRA’s efforts. WFHB News Director Wes Martin speaks with Indiana Recovery Alliance Founder and Director, Chris Abert, about the syringe support program on today’s Feature Report.

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Indian Creek, Clear Creek Fire Townships to Consolidate

The Perry Clear Creek Fire Department will propose a merger with the Indian Creek Fire Department before the Monroe County Commissioners on December 20. In today’s Feature Report, WFHB News Director Wes Martin speaks with Indian Creek Township Trustee Vicky Sorenson. She says that, while this merger would raise taxes on residents of Indian Creek, south of Bloomington, it’s necessary …

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Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab: Troy Maynard

Troy Maynard is raising viking children. His kids say the wildest, craziest, cutest, and meanest things. So does he. And he takes notes. He’s compiled many of the most humorous and touching exchanges between him, his wife, and his three kids in a new book, “How to Raise Viking Children: And Other Tales of Woe.” A man of many interests, …

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Santa on Sale Street this Saturday in Ellettsville

This Saturday, Ellettsville residents come together to celebrate Christmas with traditions old and new. Organized by the nonprofit Ellettsville Main Street, the Santa on Sale Street event is a collaboration between Ellettsville businesses, nonprofits and schools. WFHB Assistant News Director Sarah Vaughan has the details.

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Seven Oaks Lawsuit Challenges Charter Schools’ Constiutionality

In April, the Indiana Coalition for Public Education filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Indiana, over the recognition of an educational charter for Seven Oaks Classical School. The lawsuit claims the charter, which was issued by an Evangelical college in northern Indiana, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In today’s feature report, WFHB News Director Wes …

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IU Graduate Students Protest GOP Tax Plan

Indiana University Graduate students protested and delivered a petition to President Michael McRobbie’s office yesterday afternoon. At the heart of their concern is a measure in the proposed U.S. House tax plan that would repeal a tax exemption for tuition reimbursement for graduate students. The tuition reimbursement compensates graduate students for work at the university. For many graduate students, tuition …

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