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Bloomington Police Appoint LGBTQ Liasion

Detective Sergeant Dana Cole and Sergeant David Alley have been appointed to lead a new LGBTQ liaison initiative from the Bloomington Police Department. According to a press release, the LGBTQ liaison program is meant to foster positive relationships and build communication between the police department and the LGBTQ Community. Earlier today, I spoke with Sergeant Cole about the liaison program …

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Bring It On! – July 4, 2016

William Hosea and Clarence Boone talk with 3 special guests from sub-Sahara Africa. The U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders brought 25 young leaders to the US for several weeks. These Fellows are leaders who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries. On this 4th …

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Patriotism in the Era of Trump: A Fourth of July Special

As Americans celebrated the 240th anniversary of the 13 colonies declaring independence from the British empire, we stopped by Bloomington’s Fourth of July parade to talk with local people about patriotism and nationalism in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit. As usual, the City of Bloomington put together a big holiday parade this morning starting at 10 a.m. It …

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Strategic National Arts Alumni Project Reveals Long Term Benefits to Studying the Arts

Results from a survey by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project reveal many skills deemed crucial in a variety of business settings can have their roots in arts education. Sarah Vaughan spoke with the project’s director Sally Gaskill about the long term influences of artistic study. You can learn more about the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project and view their …

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Daily Local News – June 30, 2016

Earlier today a federal court granted Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky a preliminary injunction regarding Indiana’s new abortion law; Bloomington police are searching for witnesses and a suspect after an attempted abduction on the B-Line Trail; A program aimed at saving three endangered languages has taken a Bloomington-based nonprofit group to North Dakota this summer; Eleven dimly lit intersections …

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Better Beware – Mystery shoplifters, fake gold coins

The “mystery shopper” scammers have raised the bar with “mystery shoplifter” scams, and coin dealers report the market for gold coins is being deluged by clever fakes.

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Sandy Baker – Sewing Her Dreams

Sandy Baker is a member of the Bloomington community. She has lived and worked here for several years. But through her elaborate costumes, she can visit the fantasy worlds of her favorite stories. Taylor Haggerty brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

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Daily Local News – June 29, 2016

Stepping Stones, a Bloomington-based nonprofit providing transitional housing to homeless youth, has started a fundraiser to raise 16 thousand dollars by the end of this week; Monroe County voters will be asked to directly support their local community school system this November; Last week, Monroe County’s new Surveyor, Trohn Enright-Randolph, was sworn in as the newest member of the Monroe …

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Interchange – Redneck Muslim: A Special Episode of the Hijabi Diaries

Tonight in lieu of Interchange we’re going to share another special episode of the local podcast The Hijabi Diaries. This one is called Redneck Muslim and explores one woman’s lifelong attraction to organized Religion. Host Aubrey Seader offers the life story of one woman, her name is Dawn, a member of the Bloomington Muslim community, who has practiced three very …

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Poet Takes the Pole: The Reemergence of an Official Poet at the Indy 500

When you think of the Indianapolis 500, poetry probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. The race hasn’t had an official poet since 1920, when William Herschell’s poems were printed in the race program each year. This year, the organization Indiana Humanities wanted to bring back the Indy 500 official poet, so they ran a contest to pick …

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