Last week the Bethel AME church in Bloomington hosted a forum on the relationship between police and the rest of the Bloomington community. In the lead up to that event WFHB’s African American public affairs program, Bring it On, hosted a conversation with the church’s pastor, Reverend Dennis Laffoon. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
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There are two remaining candidates in the Democratic primary race for mayor of Bloomington. Democrat John Linnemeier dropped out of the race last week, leaving Darryl Neher and John Hamilton to compete for the nomination. In recent months both candidates have spoken publicly about the need for more affordable housing in Bloomington. WFHB correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the candidates’ positions on the issue and we bring you that report for today’s WFHB community report.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has introduced legislation he says will help address abuse of prescription pain medication and heroin. The effort comes amid an HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, which was linked to injection of the pain killer Opana. Donnelly spoke to reporters in a conference call this afternoon and we bring you part of that discussion for today’s WFHB community report.
Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.
The HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana continues to grow. So far there have been 143 new cases discovered as part of the outbreak. State health officials joined local authorities in Scott County this morning to discuss the situation. The outbreak has been linked to the use of intravenous drugs and Governor Mike Pence has suspended state law to allow for a needle exchange program there. But some say local police aren’t responding well to the legalization of drug paraphernalia. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.
A documentary film that will play this Sunday at the IU Cinema at 6:30 portrays local artist and scholar Annemarie Mahler. Mahler was born in Vienna in 1926, and has been a resident of Bloomington since 1957. It is an intimate conversation with herself and her dog that unfolds in front of the camera. Doug Storm interviewed the film’s creator, Hildegard Keller, for WFHB’s Interchange. The following is an excerpt from that program which is scheduled to air on May 12th.
The fall of 2016 should see the new Engineering Department open at IU-Bloomington open for its first students. While the initiative still needs the approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, plans are well on their way for its start-up. The new program is to be housed in the School of Informatics and Computing. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke yesterday to Professor Robert Schnabel of the IU school of informatics., Schnabel is the dean of the school and chaired the IU faculty task force that made the original recommendation to IU President McRobbie to establish the engineering department. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.
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.