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Bloomington Hospital Scheduled to Relocate Near IU Golf Course

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IU Health officials announced this morning they are changing the course of plans to relocate the Bloomington Hospital. The Hospital still plans to move out of its downtown location, a decision that has been unpopular with many Bloomington residents, but the new facility is now scheduled for construction at the IU Golf Course, located on the northeast side of town along the bypass. Before today, the plan had been to move the hospital west of city limits on North Park, where the hospital already owns land. Several officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health Bloomington President Mark Moore, praised the new plan this morning. We bring you some of those comments for today’s WFHB community report.

Bloomington Beer Fest

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The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they think about the future.

Petition Calls for Audit at Bloomingfoods

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Late last week a petition began circulating in social media demanding an audit, or peer review, at Bloomingfoods, the food cooperative with four permanent locations in Bloomington. As of our deadline there were 127 signatures on that petition.

Healthy Monroe County Outbreak sponsors awareness event for PCB

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Next Saturday an organization called Healthy Monroe County will sponsor an event aimed at informing local residents about the current effect of PCBs in Bloomington. PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, are highly toxic chemicals that were banned in the U.S. in 1979. But before that, they were dumped in locations throughout the city. WFHB correspondent Emily Beck looked into the current status of the cleanup efforts. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

The event next Saturday is titled, “Bloomington’s PCBs and the Current state of Cleanup.”

Bloomington Residents Protest the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act at Rally

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Roughly 200 people rallied yesterday at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington, just across the street from a local Republican fund raiser. The rally was originally scheduled to protest Governor Mike Pence, who was supposed to be the featured speaker at the event. Pence canceled his appearance amid increasing controversy over the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the protest continued despite Pence’s absence. Protesters called for the repeal of the Act, which effectively allows individuals and businesses in Indiana to discriminate against others. Many worry the law will be used to discriminate against LGBTQ people. One of the speakers at the rally last night was Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who was in town to speak at the fundraiser as a substitute for Governor Pence. Zoeller spoke briefly to the protesters despite the fact that he has acted to oppose gay rights in his work as Attorney General. Zoeller, for instance, has defended the state government in court as the government opposed allowing same-sex marriage. WFHB correspondent Franki Salzman was on hand at the rally last night and we now bring you a portion of the event for today’s WFHB community report. The first speaker is Doug Bauder, the coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center at IU.

Bloomington Mayoral Candidates Interviewed by WFHB

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Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

National Criticism Drawn to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Governor Mike Pence has officially cancelled a trip to Bloomington as he continues to deal with fallout from the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Pence had been scheduled to speak at a dinner tomorrow night sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party, but this afternoon the chairman of the Local Republicans, Steve Hogan, confirmed Pence called off those plans.

Protests were expected to draw hundreds of people to the Bloomington Amvets Post, where Pence was scheduled to speak. This afternoon one of the main protest organizers said the rally would still go on as planned. For more on the controversy over the new law, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has this story.

Correspondent Alycin Bektesh contributed to this report.

“Visions of Rwanda” exhibited at Indiana University

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The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Could Comcast/Time Warner Merger Be Negative For Consumers?

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The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.

Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

Senator Dan Coats Says No to Re-Election in 2016

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Today, Dan Coats, senior Senator from Indiana, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year. According to Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana, he has maintained that position as the congressional GOP as a whole has moved to the right. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mister Howey today about Coats’ politics and the implications of his decision not to run again for the Democrats and Republicans who will seek to take this key seat. Following Senator Coats announcement, several Indiana politicians from both major parties released statements on Coats legacy.

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