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Anti-Solar Bill Set for Hearing — Interview with Hoosier Environmental Council Director Jesse Kharbanda

Tomorrow morning a committee in the Indiana House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss Senate Bill 309, a piece of legislation that worries solar energy advocates. For today’s WFHB community report, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Jesse Kharbanda. We bring you a portion of their conversation now.

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Everyday People – Julie Hill on the Creative Aging Festival

Stacey and Courtney talk with Julie Hill about changes to the annual Creative Aging Festival, which is sponsored by the Bloomington Commission on Aging.

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Daily Local News – March 21, 2017

Discussions continue tonight about the proposed annexation of nearly 10,000 acres of Monroe County land into the city of Bloomington; A house bill naming protections for student journalists will be voted on this week at the Indiana Statehouse; Indiana University students are working to combat a bill proposed in the Indiana General Assembly that would make sanctuary universities illegal; A …

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Bring It On – March 20th, 2017

Bring It On’s William Hosea and Dr. Amrita Myers speak with Dr. Kali Gross, Professor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University about Violent Intersections: Women of Color in the Age of Trump, a large community/campus event on violence against women of color [scheduled for tomorrow, March 21, from 6-8pm in the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium on IU Bloomington’s campus]. In …

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Indiana Dept. of Corrections Cancels Contract with Healthcare Provider

The Indiana Department of Corrections has discontinued its contract with Corizon Health, the private corporation that handles most of the state’s inmate healthcare. Corizon announced last week that it would be laying off about 700 employees in 22 locations around the state. The contract, which is worth $100 million a year, is being taken up by Pittsburg-based Wexford Health Sources. …

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Daily Local News – March 20, 2017

The city of Bloomington is holding meetings all week about the proposed annexation of nearly 10,000 acres of County property; The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has announced five performances by global artists for the 22nd Annual Lotus Blossoms Program; State lawmakers are considering a bill that would help victims of domestic violence to obtain separate phone accounts from their …

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Community Agencies Affected by Proposed Federal Budget

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint released last week would ax grants that help fund a multitude of local programs serving the poor, the elderly, and the disabled. The cuts are part of a plan to add 54 billion dollars to the nation’s defense budget. On the chopping block are a three- billion-dollar national energy assistance program known as LIHEAP, and …

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City of Bloomington to Hold Meetings on Proposed Annexation

The city of Bloomington is holding meetings all week about the proposed annexation of nearly 10,000 acres of county property. Mayor John Hamilton has proposed incorporating the areas into the city. The city government would be responsible for providing services to the areas, including trash pickup and police. Some affected property owners have voiced concerns about increased taxes and other …

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Activate! Student Activist Stanley Njuguna

Stanley Njuguna isn’t afraid to make his voice heard. Only a Sophomore, Stanley has made his presence known through his work to push Indiana University to be more responsive to issues related to climate change and to declare itself a Sanctuary Campus. Stanley was also one of the leading organizers of Inaugurate the Revolution, held last January in Bloomington. Listen …

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Kite Line: March 17, 2017- Woomera: Escaping From an Immigrant Detention Center, Part Three

This week concludes our series on the mass escape from the Woomera immigrant detention center in 2002. Aren Aizura, who helped organize the solidarity camp outside the prison over Easter weekend of that year, tells us more about the aftermath: follow-up organizing with captive refugees, and the Australian government’s push to move the prisons to remote, unreachable islands. Despite these …

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