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New Sessions of Bloomington Code School Announced

The Bloomington Technology Partnership has announced that the next session of Bloomington Code School will run from January 25 to April 13. The program is free for Monroe County residents and seeks to help residents learn web development and design skills to fill tech jobs. So far roughly 200 Monroe County residents have participated in the program since June of …

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Tavis Smiley to Release a New Book With Contributions from IU Faculty

IU alumnus Tavis Smiley is releasing a new book with contributions from IU faculty entitled “The Covenant With Black America: Ten Years Later”. The book is a follow up to one Smiley wrote in 2006 that laid out a plan to address 10 issues facing African-Americans. According to a press release from IU, Smiley concludes little has changed in terms …

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Voices in the Street – “Toasting the New Year: Hopes and Dreams for 2016”

A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution. How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world? In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB hit the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2016. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:03 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | …

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Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard to Start 2016 Events

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard has began its 2016 with a variety of events including a “Hub Family Lunch” on Thursday, January 21, 12:30-1:30pm. The lunch is open to all and sign up is not required. They are also holding an MLK Day event on Monday, January 18th, from 9-10:30. According to their press release, they are currently looking for volunteers and …

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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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Daily Local News – January 14, 2016

The chair of the Bloomington Human Rights Commission, Byron Bangert, spoke to the City Council last night about the need to protect local restaurant workers; The Monroe County Health Department has accepted a $15,000 grant to help pay the costs of the County’s new syringe-exchange program; The Bloomington Technology Partnership has announced that the next session of Bloomington Code School …

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Daily Local News – January 13, 2016

Bloomingfoods has announced it’s hiring a permanent general manager, nine months after the resignation of longtime GM George Huntington;The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation is launching a year long initiative this MLK Day;Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton has launched a new feature for the City of Bloomington’s website, aimed at providing greater transparency and accountability. FEATURE Last night Indiana Governor Mike …

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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. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:50 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: iTunes …

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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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Better Beware! – Indiana Top Ten: Part 1

Indiana’s Attorney General has released figures on scams and swindles reported in 2015. The con games and proportions aren’t much different around the country, but they do have some interesting surprises. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 3.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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