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Diversity and Graduation at Indiana University

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For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent Drew Daudelin spoke with Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, about on-time graduation rates and diversity issues at Indiana University and across the state.

Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project

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Bloomington Playwrights Project’s final show of the 2013-2014 season, the original musical “Greta”, opens tomorrow night at 7:30pm. WFHB correspondent Jennifer Whitaker spoke to Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, about his personal story, the new show and BPP’s summer education opportunities for children and teens for this WFHB feature exclusive.

Raintree County Artifacts on Display at Lily Library

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The exhibit “Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr.” currently on display at Indiana University’s Lilly Library is coming to a close on May 19th. The exhibit explores and celebrates the life and work of Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, Raintree County. Highlighted are about 400 of 75,000 items donated by the family to serve as an archive for use in the study of Lockridge’s only novel. Included are the controversial geoglyph drawn by the author for use as the book’s dust jacket, as well as the family’s Henry County Atlas which serves as a totem for the novel’s hero. Correspondent Doug Storm spoke with Cherry Williams, the Lilly Library Curator of Manuscripts and Eric Sandweiss, IU History professor and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History, about the scope of the exhibit for today’s daily local news feature report, courtesy of Interchange.

Fairview Elementary Progresses Through the Arts

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A press conference held today revealed the positive impact of arts programing on Fairview Preschoolers during this academic year. Dr. Gus Weltsek and Ginger Brinn worked with Fairview instructor Lynne Hall to bring drama and visual arts into the curriculum several times a week. Preschoolers were tested on vocabulary, alliteration, and rhyming before the program and again in December, when strong improvements were found. Representatives involved in the program spoke about the importance of arts programming in schools at an early age, and Hall’s students shared some of their activities, here for today’s WFHB feature report.

Indiana Coal Council: “Obviously Not Consensus” On Climate Change

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In recent months, almost a million Americans submitted comments about new regulations that would cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. That includes tens of thousands of Hoosiers. The comment period ended Friday and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue its new rules this summer. Indiana’s coal industry has steadfastly opposed regulations like these, which they say would make it impossible to open new coal plants. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke this morning with an industry lobbyist, and we bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Senetor Donnely Favors Keystone XL Pipeline

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On May first, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s office in Washington released a statement that he would be supporting a Senate bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipleline, thereby over-riding the executive approval process that has been repeatedly delayed by President Obama, most recently until after the fall elections. Correspondent David Murphy speaks to Senator Donnelly about his support for the Keystone XL pipeline for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Indiana’s Environmental Future

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A report released this week in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency gave new insight into future climate change and how it will affect the United States. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Sara Pryor, about the findings on this report and what they mean for the future of environmental changes in Indiana, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

Primary Election Results

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WFHB News Staff Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford were on hand throughout the primary elections held in Indiana yesterday, and brought regular interviews and updated results as the ballots were counted. The results of all the contested primary races here – in today’s wfhb feature report.

Air Quality Takes Turn for the Worse

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A new report from the American Lung Association says Indianapolis has the 20th most polluted air in the country. That’s based on levels of small particles in the air that affect cardiovascular health and could be linked to cancer. The report shows worsening air quality in Indianapolis and around the country. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us this WFHB feature exclusive on what the new data means for Indianapolis and Monroe County, where we know much less about pollution levels.

Indiana Works to Iron ACA Wrinkles

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Four months into the healthcare exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, Indiana Governor Mike Pence is still working out details with the federal government for Hoosiers to obtain healthcare. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was joined yesterday by CMS Communications Director Julie Bataille and Director of the HHS Office of Health Reform Michael Hash, in a conference call with updates to the Health Insurance Marketplace in Indiana. We bring you some of that call now for today’s WFHB feature report.

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