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Needle Exchange Program draws criticism from Indiana Prosecutors


Late last month, the Indiana Department of Health issued a declaration allowing the state’s first ever long-term needle exchange program. The program in Scott County is intended to slow the spread of HIV there. Needle exchanges have been outlawed in Indiana for decades. Many in state government, including Governor Mike Pence, have long opposed the programs. That changed somewhat earlier this year, when Pence approved a month-long needle exchange in Scott County to deal with the unprecedented HIV outbreak there. Now that the state legislature has passed a law allowing the program to stay in place for at least a year, there is still debate in Indiana over the use of needle exchanges. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman has that story.

Spencer Pride’s Judi Epp discusses this Saturday’s Pride Festival


The 9th annual Spencer LBGTQI Pride Festival will take place this Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. This year’s theme is Color our World with Pride. The festival is held by the Spencer Pride group. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with the group’s director, Judi Epp, for this WFHB community report.

Andrea Murray Reflects on Life as a Female Journalist


Early in her career, veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray faced a choice that would define her professional existence: a high-profile gig at a major corporate newspaper, or return home to cover stories in her community. She followed her heart. Murray joined the staff of the Bloomington Herald-Times as a part-time copy editor in 1987 and retired in 2014 as Managing Editor, concluding a 27-year run at the paper. Last month Murray spoke to journalism students at IU as part of a panel discussion of women in media, where she reflected on the challenges and triumphs of a life dedicated to saying “yes” to her audience. Instructor and moderator Chad Carrothers and his class of J200 students are surprised to find out that Murray’s original intent was broadcast…but THAT class was full.

That was veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray speaking to journalism students at IU earlier this year. IU instructor and former WFHB General Manager Chad Carrothers moderated that discussion. To hear Murray and three other local women journalists discuss the challenges women face in the newsroom, you can go to wfhb.org.

Hydraulic Fracking A Concern For Hoosiers


The state of Oklahoma has experienced an increased number of earthquakes in recent years and researchers there say the seismic activity appears to be linked to oil and gas drilling. Specifically, the earthquakes seem to be connected to the use of hydraulic fracking, a process that also occurs in parts on Indiana. WFHB correspondent Kyle Boen looked into whether Hoosiers should be worrying about increased risk of earthquakes and we bring you that story now in this WFHB exclusive.

Bloomington Announces It Will Offer Its Workers Gender Reassignment Surgery


The City of Bloomington has announced it will offer its workers health care that includes gender reassignment surgery and other needs specific to transgender people. Correspondent Sierra Gardner has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

“We Didn’t Ask” – A Secretive History in Vietnam


Everyone has a story to tell. And as loved ones grow older, those stories become more and more precious to their family members. But what do you do when they have stories that they don’t want to tell? Indiana University student David Crosman brings us the story of his Grand Uncle, Louis Adams, and his secretive involvement in the Vietnam War. This story comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

Cast of Characters: Troy Kilgore


In the third installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series, local landscape painter Troy Kilgore sits down with reporter Amanda Marino to discuss art and tell his story of how he came to be a painter.

Number of New HIV Cases in Scott County Plateaus


Scott County, Indiana, has seen a surge in positive HIV cases in recent months, but data from the Indiana State Department of Health is showing the number of positive cases may be reaching a plateau. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked in to what the numbers mean and what could explain the magnitude of the outbreak for today’s WFHB Community report.

Women in Media: Facing Inequality


Do those things that terrify you. Say yes to your audience. Be a good person. That was all advice that a panel of media professionals gave to aspiring journalists late last month. The discussion occurred on the last day of class in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting. The four panelists were all women, and a segment of the talk focused on gender inequality in the line of duty. Photojournalist Caitlin O’Hara, former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, IU Office of the Provost communications director Jennifer Piurek, and veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray offer candid examples of sexism. Course instructor Chad Carrothers moderates the discussion in this WFHB community report.

New Non-Profit Center for Pregnant Women in Bloomington


A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in Bloomington. The group describes the facility as QUOTE “secular and client-centered” UNQUOTE. Sierra Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.

Beginning this Fall, All Options plans to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting, according to its website.

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