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Governor Pence Reinstates Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Offenders

Governor Mike Pence signed into law a reinstatement of mandatory minimum sentencing for dealing methamphetamine and heroin. Those with a prior conviction for dealing drugs will now face a mandatory ten year sentence. The law passed both chambers of the Legislature with overwhelming support. Representative Matt Pierce of Bloomington voted against the bill and Senator Mark Stoops abstained. Some changes …

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The Ins and Outs of Money

Growing your own food can save you money—if you do it the right way.

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Joy in Bloomington: Ross Gay’s Award-Winning Poetry

Bloomington resident and Indiana University associate professor Ross Gay has enjoyed a most rewarding month. His third volume of poetry, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” has earned him both the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critic’s Award. Before speaking with WFHB’s David Kronke, he shared a poem from his latest book.

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Daily Local News – March 22, 2016

Governor Mike Pence signed into law a reinstatement of mandatory minimum sentencing for dealing methamphetamine and heroin; Governor Pence signed a bill into law authorizing Indiana Department of Child Services to intervene and remove children from the custody of parents or guardians who engage in human trafficking; Last week, some Indiana farmers celebrated the passage of Senate Bill 308; The …

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Interchange – Great Heaps of Grain and People (and Diseases): On Being Domesticated by the State

wet rice cultivation

There seems to have been a massive intellectual and political push lately to frame the state as a clear force for good all in the face fraudulent war, fraudulent economics, and terror-practices–Steven Pinker’s Better Angels, and the American Psychological Association’s deal with the torture devils; Martin Seligman’s cadre of Positive Psychologists telling us to “come on get happy” in the …

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Activate! – Bloomington Animal Shelter: Tom Rea


– FROM THE ACTIVATE! ARCHIVE – Tom Rea, a volunteer Adoption Counselor and Animal Handler for the Bloomington Animal Shelter, on how he came to work with the shelter and the fulfillment he gets from his time there. Also, Volunteer Connection offers ways for you to volunteer to help animals in our community. Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks, with …

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Increased Driving Fatalities Linked to Cell Phone Use

Driving-related fatalities are on the rise in Indiana and across the United States. From 2014 to 2015,  Indiana saw an 8% increase in driving fatalities. A large contributing factor in these fatalities is thought to distracted driving. According to the National Safety Commission, one in every four car accidents are caused by distracted drivers. In Indiana this has seemed to …

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An Inside Look at Bloomington’s Food Deserts

State legislators this year have supported legislation that takes on the problem of food deserts throughout Indiana. Reporter, Sarah Zinn, took a look at one food desert in Bloomington and she brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report. This story was produced by WFHB reporter Sarah Zinn in partnership with a journalism class Indiana University.

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Daily Local News – March 21, 2016

The Indiana Department of Transportation is collaborating with the national organization Adventure Cycles in the creation of a new national bicycle route; Local tornado sirens will be tested tomorrow in conjunction with National Severe Weather Week; Driving-related fatalities are on the rise in Indiana and across the United States; The Indiana Arts Commission has announced that legendary jazz guitarist Wes …

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EcoReport – March 17, 2016

In today’s Ecoreport feature, we hear from Gary Markowski from the Caribbean Conservation Trust, a small US company that has been bringing bird watchers to Cuba for the past 20 years. EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to …

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