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Highway to Healthcare

At least a hundred local residents revved their engines last night on the “Highway to Health Care,” a rock-n-roll themed RV tour promoting health insurance reform sponsored by the national labor union AFSCME. The RV pulled into the parking lot of Memorial Stadium last night outfitted as a mobile activism center, complete with on-board laptop computers, cell phones and postcards …

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Moving Local Postal Operations to Indianapolis

Exclusive audio from the U.S. Postal Service public meeting on a proposal to consolidate some local postal operations by closing a local facility and shifting its workload to Indianapolis. Bloomington postal workers say customer service would suffer, but postal official Lynn Smith, district manager of the greater Indiana area, promises that delivery times of local mail would NOT change. He …

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Hands Off My Healthcare

Opponents of the Obama administration’s proposed healthcare reform proposals rally in Bloomington as part of the “Hands Off My Health Care” bus tour sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels. In the current campaign, labeled “Patients First”, it …

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Greg Zoeller: Teacher Protection Act

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller visits the offices of the Monroe County Community School Corporation to pledge to local school officials that he will defend them in court if sued for disciplining a student. House Enrolled Act 1462 gives teachers stronger legal protections to discipline students who are disruptive in class. We also hear from local resident and state representative …

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Interchange – Twenty Years of Resisting I-69

This past July marked the 20th anniversary of the state’s release of the Southwest Indiana Highway Feasibility Study, which first proposed what has come to be called I-69 and the NAFTA Highway. It also marked the 20th anniversary of widespread citizen opposition. Join host Tom Healy for an informative discussion about two decades of resisting I-69 and the prospects for …

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The Project School: A Tour of Bloomington’s First Public Charter School

Today the Project School opened its doors as Bloomington’s first public charter school. The school offers kindergarten through seventh grade in multi-age classrooms with a “team teaching” approach. The Project School is located on South Walnut in the building formerly occupied by the Older American Community Center, and has been completely renovated to serve as the school’s home. Come on-location …

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Evann Smith: IU Student in the Middle East

Graduate student Evann Smith talks about her experiences visiting the Middle East as an organizer of a United Nations-sponsored student delegation to Gaza in a WFHB exclusive.

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Kerwin Olson: Politics of Clean Coal

The Citizens Action Coalition was originally formed as an advocacy organization representing consumer interests in utility rate cases. CAC has increasingly become a vocal proponent of renewable energy, conservation, energy efficiency, and customer-owned electricity generation. Program director Kerwin Olson says investment in the coal industry is undermining our state’s economy and driving up electricity prices. Olson exposes the politics of …

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New Bus Depot: Designs for Bloomington Transit Station

Bloomington Transit recently held a series of public design charrettes on the new downtown bus transit center. Several design concepts were presented, discussed and developed between project managers, designers, and members of the public. The new transit center will be constructed on six parcels at Third and Walnut Streets. BT is working with the local design firm Bledsoe, Riggert and …

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Larry Barker: Materials Recovery Facility

Why pay someone to haul away our recyclables when we can sell them and keep the money ourselves? That’s one reason the board of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District voted on Thursday to give its blessing to district director Larry Barker to move forward on a partnership among the city, county, and IU for running a “materials recovery …

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