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BloomingOUT Interviews Organizers of Bloomington Pride Film Festival

The Bloomington Pride Film Festival begins on Thursday and runs through the weekend. 32 films will be screened at the festival, which takes place at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. In the lead up to the event, WFHB’s LGBTQ+ public affairs show, BloomingOUT, has hosted conversations with the organizers. We bring you a portion of one of those conversations now, for a …

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Utilities Department Addresses Public Concerns Over Water Quality

Employees of the Bloomington Utilities Department met with local residents on Friday for another in a series of Town Hall meetings put on by the city government. The Utilities Department provides water to about 120,000 people in Monroe and Brown counties. The local water supply has been in the news recently, mostly because of increased levels of disinfectant byproducts in …

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Brittany Packnett Spoke Monday at Bloomington’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

On Monday night, the executive director of Teach for America in St. Louis, Brittany Packnett spoke to a full house at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Packnett was the keynote speaker at the city of Bloomington’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday celebration. Packnett discussed struggles and protests in the St. Louis area, particularly those surrounded the killing of Michael Brown in …

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Bloomington-based Nonprofit Granted Money to Buy 700 Doses of an Overdose Antidote Drug

A Bloomington-based nonprofit organization has been granted money to buy about 700 doses of an overdose antidote drug. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has more on that story.

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Self-Described “Conservative” Charter School Approved for Monroe County

Today, supporters of a controversial new charter school in Monroe County announced they have received approval to open as soon as this coming August. The Seven Oaks Charter School was previously rejected by the Indiana Charter School Board. But the self-described “conservative” group organizing the school went around the state and received a charter from a private, evangelical Christian college …

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A Conversation with Monroe County Commission Candidate Paul White, Sr.

After nearly three decades on the Monroe County Commission, Iris Kiesling has announced she is stepping aside next year. So far three residents have announced plans to run for her spot, representing District 3. Earlier this afternoon, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of those candidates. Paul White, Sr. is the only Republican so far to announce he’s …

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Mayor John Hamilton Discusses Contaminants in the Local Water Supply

Bloomington Utilities Department supplies water to about 120,000 people throughout Monroe and Brown counties. In recent months the Department has notified the public about increasing levels of chemicals known as disinfectant byproducts. Exposure to those byproducts can cause serious health problems, including cancer. This morning Hamilton laid out a plan for reducing those levels and increasing transparency at the Utilities …

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Pence Addresses “Drug Dealers” directly in SOS Address

Governor Mike Pence addressed criminal justice issues during his 2016 State of the State address. For a response to that part of Governor Pence’s speech, we spoke with Lindsey Badger, a board member with New Leaf New Life, which provides services to inmates in the Monroe County Jail.

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Pence Suggests “Taking A Step Back From ISTEP” in SOS Address

Last night Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his annual State of the State address. Among the many topics covered in the 27-minute-long address, Pence discussed public education, specifically referring to the ISTEP test. For reaction to Pence’s address, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Sue Wanzer, a member of the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees. …

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Public Health Emergency Declared in Monroe County

Last month, the Indiana State Department of Health declared a public health emergency in Monroe County. The declaration is the result of an epidemic of Hepatitis C in the area. Earlier today, WFHB news director Joe Crawford spoke with the administrator of the Monroe County health department about what the declaration means. We bring you that conversation now for today’s …

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