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Black Lives Matter Rally Coverage – 7/16/16

WFHB reporters were at the Courthouse Square in downtown Bloomington this weekend covering what turned out to be one of the largest political rallies the city has seen in recent years. The Black Lives Matter rally was organized following the recent police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minneapolis. The event began with a …

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Local Initiatives Help Rehabilitate Recently Released Ex-Cons

IU student correspondent Julie Masterson reports that for many people convicted of crimes, the hardest part of going to jail is getting out. Re-entering society can be tough; especially for those who are still prisoners to addiction, mental illness, and poverty. As the Monroe County Jail becomes increasingly overcrowded, the court systems and local organizatoins have initiatives aimed at trying …

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Food Banks and Local Agencies Serve Community

Since the 2007 recession, increases in poverty have drawn attention to the need for community kitchens and food banks. Today, 1/7 Americans rely on these services to feed themselves and their families. Food banks and agencies have become an important resource across the country. IU student journalist, Alyson Weigel, reports that Bloomington is no different. Each Monday during June and …

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Professor Marjorie Hershey on Pence as Trump’s VP Nominee

Mike Pence may be out of the race for governor of Indiana. That’s because, according to the Indianapolis Star, Pence has been chosen to be the vice presidential nominee for the Republican party. Pence would run alongside Donald Trump. The newspaper does not clearly cite its source, but they state plainly that “IndyStar has confirmed that Trump plans to announce …

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Daily Local News – July 14, 2016

In its second meeting of the week, the Bloomington City Council last night authorized a tax break associated with a mixed use development on South Walnut Street where the Chocolate Moose and other small businesses are currently located; The City of Bloomington Utilities is again reporting high levels of disinfectant byproducts, or DBPs, in the City’s drinking water; Indiana has …

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EcoFeature – Katherine Tilghman of ICEY Bloomington Discusses Solar Renewable Energy

In today’s EcoFeature, Norm Holy interviews Katherine Tilghman, local teenager and member of Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth (ICEY Bloomington). ICEY has teamed up with Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network to promote a solar project in the Elm Heights/Bryan Park neighborhood. For residents who wish to learn more, there will be a forum held tonight July 14th from 6 to …

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Middleway House Threatened by Federal Cutbacks.

Changes at the federal level could mean the demise of one of Bloomington’s transitional housing shelters. More on that later in the show in today’s WFHB community report.

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Better Beware – Travel Scams

Lots of people are traveling this vacation-season, and there are lots of scams targeting them. Here’s some advice from the Indiana Attorney General that could save you a bundle.

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Daily Local News – July 13, 2016

A new study from Indiana University has found that the allocation of police resources can affect the economic welfare and social inequality of a city; The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved a 22 percent increase in water rates in its meeting last night; An article in the Times of Northwest Indiana recently noted that an Indiana state commission is deliberating …

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New Indiana State Statute Could Invalidate Your Vote at the Ballot Box

In early March, the Indiana legislature passed Senate Enrolled Act 61, affecting how Indiana voters can cast straight-party ballots. The bill was originally meant to fix over-voting in races in which voters can choose more than one candidate. The new statute says that “If a voter votes a straight party ticket for more than one political party, the whole ballot …

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