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Staff shortage puts Indiana Department of Child Services in regulatory bind

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The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating federal regulations meant to protect abused and neglected children. The Department’s caseworkers are stretched too thin, working more cases than the law allows. But the Department has so far declined to ask the state for more money to hire additional staff to correct the problem. Correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the caseworker shortage and what the Department is doing to respond to public concern for today’s WFHB community report.

H.I.P. 2.0 Accepted as Medicaid Substitute for Indiana

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report.

Residents can submit their H.I.P. 2.0 applications to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration this week – covergae begins on February 1st.

Bill to Increase the Cost of Solar Energy

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A bill sponsored by Indiana State Representitive Eric Koch, from Bedford, could increase the cost of solar energy. We bring you a report on that now for today’s WFHB community report.

A Community Conversation with Local Law Enforcement

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Last week the city of Bloomington hosted what was dubbed a community conversation with law enforcement. The public was invited to make comments and ask questions to a panel of local police. The two-hour event got heated at times, with many residents speaking about police violence and racial bias. We now bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Resuming Diplomatic Ties With Cuba

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Members of a local organization were in Cuba last month when the press announced that diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba would be resumed. The group was a delegation of the organization CUBAmistad, which facilitates a sister city relationship between Bloomington and the city of Santa Clara. WFHB News contributor Cynthia Roberts, who co-founded the CUBAmistad organization, was part of that delegation. She reports here on what changes are currently under discussion as State Department personnel meet this week with their counterparts in Havana.

New Radar Technology Raises Privacy Concern

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The use of new radar technology by police has raised privacy concerns around the country. And now local officials are weighing in. Our reporter, Sarah Panfil, has that story.

Dancing With Parkinson’s Provides Exercise, Expressive Outlet to Those With the Disease

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Dancing with Parkinson’s is a movement started by David Leventhal, a professional dancer in Brooklyn, New York in 2002. The initiative has expanded to include chapters all over the United States and continues to expand into the international community with chapters in Canada, the UK and Australia among others. The mission of Dancing with Parkinson’s is to provide dance classes with live music to enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Bloomington’s own chapter was founded by Weezie and David Smith, who sat down for an interview with WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker to talk about their own experience and the Bloomington chapter.

For more information about Bloomington’s Dancing with Parkinson’s group, contact Weezie Smith at (812) 336-2429. You can also find out more at the Bloomington Chapter’s facebook page.

City of Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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Award-winning filmmaker Bennett Singer gave the keynote address this year at the City of Bloomington’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. Singer most recently produced and directed the film, “Brother Outsider,” which chronicles the life of Bayard Rustin, and openly gay civil rights activist who worked closely with Dr. King. Besides Singer, the event also featured speeches by Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling, Indiana University Vice Provost Martin McCrory and others. Musical performers included the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble and the University Elementary School Choir.

“Reclaiming the Legacy” – MLK Day Demonstrators Call for Justice

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A “Reclaim MLK Day” action was held last night along State Road 46 in Bloomington. The demonstration focused on the issue of police mistreatment of African-Americans and recent calls for justice for those victims. WFHB correspondent David Murphy was on the scene to talk to some of the participants for today’s WFHB community report.

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Rep. Todd Young Wants More Work Hours for Healthcare

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For a second time, U.S. Rep. Todd Young authored legislation to increase the number of hours employees have to work in order to receive healthcare from their employers. The bill has passed in the House of Representatives. As it heads now to the Senate, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh explores what the impact of Representative Young’s bill would be here in his hometown of Bloomington.

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