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General Electric Cuts Retiree Health Care — Workers in Bloomington Protest

Ruth Whitt, right, says she was repeatedly assured she would have health care benefits during her retirement.

Retirees from General Electric demonstrated outside the plant on Curry Pike earlier today. GE has just slashed retirees’ health care benefits. Sandy Turner says she worked in the plant for 29 years before retiring in 2005. Turner told WFHB: “We’re out here in protest of GE breaking their promises (to) the retirees. Over the years we’ve made billions of dollars for this corporation — this …

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What it’s like to be a Muslim Woman in America

“The Hijabi Diaries” is produced in partnership with the Islamic Center of Bloomington and the Openhearted Campaign, and brings you true stories about what it’s like to be a Muslim woman in America. Thoughts on life, faith, family, work, and wearing hijab, are shared by women from the Bloomington Muslim community. Find more podcasts like this at http://muslimsofbtown.wix.com/hijabidiaries

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Lily Foundation Endowment Funds Education and Workforce Development

The Lilly Endowment, Inc. recently awarded grants totaling $42 million in support of regional development initiatives in southwest and central Indiana. WFHB Assistant News Director Sarah Vaughan spoke with Community Foundation President Tina Peterson about the 17 million dollar education and workforce development aspects of the initiatives.

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Joy in Bloomington: Ross Gay’s Award-Winning Poetry

Bloomington resident and Indiana University associate professor Ross Gay has enjoyed a most rewarding month. His third volume of poetry, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” has earned him both the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critic’s Award. Before speaking with WFHB’s David Kronke, he shared a poem from his latest book.

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An Inside Look at Bloomington’s Food Deserts

State legislators this year have supported legislation that takes on the problem of food deserts throughout Indiana. Reporter, Sarah Zinn, took a look at one food desert in Bloomington and she brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report. This story was produced by WFHB reporter Sarah Zinn in partnership with a journalism class Indiana University.

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On Teenage Prostitution: Interview with Pamela Sojka of Middle Way House

Bloomington police have arrested a 14-year-old girl for prostitution. According to a report in the Herald-Times, police obtained search warrants for the girl’s Facebook page and cellphone records and found evidence she had offered sex for money. The arrest has generated concern from many in the local community. For more on this story, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Pamela …

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Interview with Yale Professor James Scott

Tonight at 7:30, the William T. Patten Foundation at IU will host a lecture by Yale University professor James Scott. A highly recognized social scientist, Scott is scheduled to speak about a portion of Southeast Asia that has, until recently, evaded incorporation into nation states. WFHB’s Interchange Host Doug Storm spoke with Scott earlier this week and we bring you …

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Profile: Tarot Card Reader Daun Fields

Bloomington resident Dawn Fields uses Tarot cards to offer advice and guidance to people willing to believe in their powers. For more on what inspired Fields to pursue a career in tarot, Peyton Lengacher brings us this story.

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Invasive Species Threatens Existence of Ash Trees in the Midwest

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle attacking Ash trees across the Midwest. The beetle first showed up in Bloomington in 2008, with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirming its presence within city limits in 2012. And now the city’s urban forester says this may be the final year for landowners to save their ash trees. WFHB’s Joshua …

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TIF District Analysis Provides Surprising Results

Tax Increment Funding Districts, commonly known as TIF districts, were originally created to boost economic development in areas where businesses and the community itself, were struggling to thrive. Assistant News Director Sarah Vaughn spoke with author Michael Hicks of Ball State University about a newly released report on TIF districts. Our feature was produced by Sarah Vaughn.

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