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Daily Local News – April 13, 2017

Critics and supporters of vaping lobby the Bloomington City Council as they consider including e-cigarettes in the city ordinance banning smoking in public places; Indiana lawmakers continued their push this week to pre-emptively bar universities from establishing policies to protect undocumented students; Indiana lawmakers are reportedly considering reviving a bill that would allow domestic violence victims to carry guns without …

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Daily Local News – April 12, 2017

The Monroe County Council has put plans for a new library branch in a holding pattern, citing concerns about annexation; Revisions to a town ordinance governing the floodplain overlay district could prove expensive for some Ellettsville residents; A City of Bloomington press release announced the results of the city’s monthly water testing program; A bill to create a new state …

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Standing Room Only: Linking Arms for Social Justice

On March 30th, the Bloomington Commission for the Status of Women hosted a panel discussion entitled “Linking Arms for Social Justice,” which took place at City Hall. The panel focused on issues of intersectionality and how gender intersects with other identities. The panelists included Sheila Kennedy, who spoke on misogyny; Francis Trix, who spoke on immigration, race, and religion; Christie …

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Large Police Presence Criticized At Charles Murray Talk

A much-criticized speech at Indiana University last night became the site of a clash between police and protesters. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has more on that story in today’s WFHB community report.

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Kite Line: April 7, 2017- How to Write to Prisoners

Our focus for this episode is writing to prisoners. After some prison-related news, we speak with Lukah Revolt, who explains how she went from writing a few political prisoners to writing more than 30 people on the inside. Lukah explains the basics of sending a letter inside, and why it is important to communicate with people who are locked up.

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Interchange – It Takes a Democrat: Selling out Solidarity

Historian and bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Thomas Frank, came to Bloomington on March 24th promoting his latest attempt at diagnosing our decades-long liberal malaise and ineptitude in the Democratic Party. While he was here he stopped in to chat with Interchange Assistant Producer Rob Schoon about his new book: Listen, Liberal — which asks the question, …

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Adult learning at the Monroe County Public Library

It’s never too late to start learning—and there are compelling reasons not to put learning off. Adult education in our community is found in many forms, from the workforce development programs at Ivy Tech Community College and WorkOne, to the professional development and corporate training required by many career fields. A number of adults in Monroe County also lack the …

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Daily Local News – April 11, 2017

A bill is headed to the Governor’s desk that would expand the list of people who are authorized to carry guns into the Indiana Statehouse; College Democrats and Republicans at Indiana University ask Monroe County to create a vote center on campus; Frustration continues for members of the policy committee of the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization over an incomplete …

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Activate! Ellen Jacquart – Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species

Ellen Jacquart has dedicated her life, professionally and now as a volunteer, to the restoration of natural plant communities in the Midwest. In this week’s Activate! Ellen discusses the groups has created, led, and joined dedicated to the education of the public and of plant retailers. She has taught others for many years about the impacts of invasive plants, as …

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Kite Line: March 31, 2017- Jailhouse Law

This episode is a conversation with Steve Garrett, who during his time in Ohio’s prison system, used the legal loopholes and statutes he learned to challenge the State on its own terms. He shares stories with us about how he used the law to his advantage.

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