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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.

Student Awarded for Undergraduate Reasearch and Creative Activity

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Indiana University Student Madeline Dinges was one of five students awarded this year’s Provost Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Dinges and her mentor, Justin Ross, an associate professor of public finance and economics in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs worked together to produce a fiscal analysis that acted as a guiding document for Lake County Indiana. An upcoming article under review at the journal Public Budgeting and Finance also includes work from their collaboration. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh met with Dinges and Ross in SPEA to learn more about the fiscal state of Indiana counties, and the honor they received for their work, on today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Grassroots Conservatives Poll Straw

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The group Grassroots Conservatives describes itself as a coalition of conservative Republicans, Tea Party Patriots, constitutionalists, independents, and libertarians who come together to pursue the American Dream. The group held a straw poll last night at the Monroe County Public Library, inviting members to select the Republican primary race candidates for Congress, County Council District 2, and County Council District 4 that best meet the Grassroots Conservatives’ principals of reducing federal government spending, low taxes and regulations, and a constitutionally limited government. Correspondent Casey Kuhn attended the polling last night and recorded candidate speeches, interviews with organization members, and the results for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Filmmaker & IU Alumni Denis Hennelly Focuses on Social Justice in Upcoming Film Screenings

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“No Justice, Just Us” is a slogan that connects film director and Indiana University graduate Denis Hennelly’s two most recent films, Bold Native and Goodbye World. Bold Native offers a fictionalized representation of the Animal Liberation Front showing activists planning a major disruptive event, while Goodbye World looks at the ways we try to hold on to normal in the midst of catastrophic collapse brought on a cyber-security breach. Both film stress the bonds of community and the justification of taking direct action. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive correspondent Doug Storm speaks with Denis Hennelly about what viewers can expect from these two films playing tonight at the IU Cinema.

County Still Short on Poll Workers

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In recent years, elections in Monroe County have been afflicted by a variety of technical difficulties. And some of those issues were due to simple human error – specifically errors by poll workers. Although the County Election Board stresses poll worker training, there is often not enough time to train workers who sign up at the last minute. Like in previous years, the Clerk’s Office is scrambling this week to find enough workers to staff all its voting sites for the May 6th primary. As of Friday afternoon, the County still needed forty-four workers. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Clerk Linda Robbins about the poll worker shortage and how it could affect the election process.

Mental Health Care

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Indiana Representative and former doctor Larry Bucshon (boo-shawn) came to Bloomington yesterday on his Hoosier Healthcare tour. He spoke on a panel with doctors, health care professionals, and a psychiatrist at Centerstone Mental Illness Center. They discussed the role of mental healthcare in Indiana, how to fix issues with mental illness treatment, and how the state fares regarding healthcare in general. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Representative Bucshon about the Hoosier Healthcare tour and what he’s hearing from concerned Indiana citizens, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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