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Bloomington’s Baha’i Community

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This fall, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, issued another fatwa, or religious edict, against the Baha’i community. The Baha’is are the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. Indiana University graduate student Sudeshna Chowdhury spoke to Baha’is in Bloomington, to learn about the local Baha’i community and hear its reactions to the persecution, for today’s WFHB feature courtesy of American Student Radio.

ISTA Settlement: The State Responds

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Continuing our story from yesterday’s Daily Local News—Valerie Kroeger, from the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, talks about the out-of-court settlement between the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Teachers association, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ISTA Responds to Settlement

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Brenda Pike, Executive Director of the Indiana State Teachers Association, talks about the out-of-court settlement between the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Teachers association. Correspondent David Murphy brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Businesses Benefit, But Others Suffer From Local Tax Breaks

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Two studies released by Ball State University in recent weeks call into question a long-standing, and expensive, strategy that communities throughout the state have used in hopes of creating jobs. Monroe County and the city of Bloomington spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on the strategy, which involves giving local tax breaks to companies that are new to town. Those companies, in turn, are expected to create new jobs, therefore decreasing the local unemployment rate and improving the local economy. But the study out of Ball State suggests the tax breaks for business are not creating many jobs, and they’re actually increasing the tax rates for regular taxpayers. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke to one of the authors of the study, professor Michael Hicks, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Demonstrators Support McDonald’s Workers

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McDonald’s workers nationwide are asking for an increased minimum wage, to fifteen dollars an hour. Today workers went on strike in a reported one hundred cities around the country, and many other cities, including Bloomington, held demonstrations in solidarity with the workers. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand at a demonstration this afternoon, and brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood

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This Fall, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky put forth a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, regarding a recent law signed by Mike Pence, and sought an injunction against the law while the case was being heard. On November 26th Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, of the United States district court for the southern district of Indiana, finalized her decision granting the temporary injunction. This signified that Planned Parenthood, represented in court by the American civil liberties union of Indiana, has a chance of winning the suit against the state. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Community Responds to Extra Cops

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In recent weeks the Bloomington Police Department has been sending extra officers to patrol the B-Line Trail and the downtown area, responding to what city officials said was an increase in complaints about panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. The new patrols were announced last month along with an anti-panhandling campaign and new surveillance cameras downtown. Celebrated by some downtown business owners, the new security has also raised concerns about who the extra police will be patrolling and arresting. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Happy Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael!

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WFHB correspondent Trish Kerle’ speaks with Pat Kellar, producer of a documentary film about the life and music of native Bloomingtonian, Hoagy Carmichael, considered one of the 20th centuries greatest composers of American popular standards for today’s WFHB feature exclusive in anticipation of WFHBs birthday celebration beginning this evening.

Legislative Preview: ACA

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Last week WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana district 40 state senator mark stoops about the outlook of the 2014 legislative session – including how the Indiana legislature might examine the Affordable Care Act – here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Organization Day

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WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh checked in with local state representative Matt Pierce at the close of Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse today to look ahead to the looming battle over Indiana HJR6 for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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