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Self-Described “Conservative” Charter School Approved for Monroe County

Today, supporters of a controversial new charter school in Monroe County announced they have received approval to open as soon as this coming August. The Seven Oaks Charter School was previously rejected by the Indiana Charter School Board. But the self-described “conservative” group organizing the school went around the state and received a charter from a private, evangelical Christian college …

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A Conversation with Monroe County Commission Candidate Paul White, Sr.

After nearly three decades on the Monroe County Commission, Iris Kiesling has announced she is stepping aside next year. So far three residents have announced plans to run for her spot, representing District 3. Earlier this afternoon, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of those candidates. Paul White, Sr. is the only Republican so far to announce he’s …

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Mayor John Hamilton Discusses Contaminants in the Local Water Supply

Bloomington Utilities Department supplies water to about 120,000 people throughout Monroe and Brown counties. In recent months the Department has notified the public about increasing levels of chemicals known as disinfectant byproducts. Exposure to those byproducts can cause serious health problems, including cancer. This morning Hamilton laid out a plan for reducing those levels and increasing transparency at the Utilities …

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Pence Addresses “Drug Dealers” directly in SOS Address

Governor Mike Pence addressed criminal justice issues during his 2016 State of the State address. For a response to that part of Governor Pence’s speech, we spoke with Lindsey Badger, a board member with New Leaf New Life, which provides services to inmates in the Monroe County Jail. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:50 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: iTunes …

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Pence Suggests “Taking A Step Back From ISTEP” in SOS Address

Last night Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his annual State of the State address. Among the many topics covered in the 27-minute-long address, Pence discussed public education, specifically referring to the ISTEP test. For reaction to Pence’s address, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Sue Wanzer, a member of the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees. …

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Public Health Emergency Declared in Monroe County

Last month, the Indiana State Department of Health declared a public health emergency in Monroe County. The declaration is the result of an epidemic of Hepatitis C in the area. Earlier today, WFHB news director Joe Crawford spoke with the administrator of the Monroe County health department about what the declaration means. We bring you that conversation now for today’s …

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League of Women Voters Hosts RFRA Conversation with Local Legislators

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters hosted a conversation with local legislators over the weekend. Much of the conversation centered on discrimination against LGBT residents, which lawmakers are expected to debate at length during this year’s legislative session. The forum was attended by State representatives Matt Pierce, Peggy Mayfield and Jeff Ellington, as well as State Senator …

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Fairview Elementary to become “Home for the Arts”

Starting next school year, Fairview Elementary School is beginning a new initiative to be a  “Home for the Arts.” On Tuesday night the principal at Fairview, Justin Hunter, presented the plan to the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees. We bring you his conversation with the school board for today’s WFHB community report. Podcast: Play in new window …

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WFHB’s Bring it On Hosts Public Housing Discussion

Rent in Bloomington is higher on average than in any other city in the state of Indiana. On Monday night, WFHB’s Bring it On hosted a discussion about public housing. We bring you a portion of that conversation now, with Jennifer Osterholt, and Amber Gress from the Bloomington Housing Authority, for today’s WFHB community report. Podcast: Play in new window …

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Cast of Characters: Heather Pittman (EXTENDED)


In the WFHB series, Cast of Characters, we go looking for local people with important personal stories. We bring you another installment of the Cast of Characters series now with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino, featuring local resident Heather Pittman. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:18 — 35.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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