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Empowerment, Inspiration and Gratitude — Students Reflect on MLK

In this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day special, we hear local high school students speaking about King’s legacy, and we revisit a speech made in Bloomington last year by a celebrated Black Lives Matter organizer and Teach for America administrator. Part 1 In the weeks leading up to this holiday, WFHB asked local high school students to respond briefly to …

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Top Stories of 2016: What’s Wrong With Downtown Bloomington?

Today is number 1 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at the many ways Bloomington officials and residents have talked about – and acted on – issues in the downtown area during the past twelve months. Depending on who’s talking, there can be a long list of complaints about …

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Top Stories of 2016: Demands for Racial Justice

Today is number 2 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at how Bloomington took part in activism surrounding race and police violence. The city saw its biggest Black Lives Matter rally so far, another protest to draw attention to the suspicious death of a black IU student, and a …

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Top Stories of 2016 — Hoosier Hospitality: Indiana Debates Blocking Refugees

Today is number 3 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at a debate over whether Bloomington, and the rest of the state of Indiana, should welcome people who are fleeing political persecution, war and natural disasters. We hear about how federal judges chastised Governor Mike Pence for discriminating against …

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Top Stories of 2016: The Targeting of Muslim Hoosiers

Today is number 4 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at WFHB’s coverage of issues surrounding the perception and treatment of Muslims in south central Indiana. We start with the October 2015 attack at Sofra Cafe, then move on to the community’s response to anti-Muslim rhetoric and the Pulse …

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Top Stories of 2016: Election 2016

Today is number 5 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at the 2016 election: locally, statewide and nationally. Bloomington saw visits from presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, local candidates debated theft and bad management, and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson blew the whistle on voter fraud …

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Top Stories of 2016: Incubating the Certified Tech Park

Today is number 6 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at developments related to Bloomington’s Technology Park, otherwise known as the Trades District. Officials debate the project’s design and a citizen group warns of gentrification.

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Top Stories of 2016: Funding Public Safety

Today is number 7 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at the public safety income tax that Monroe County officials approved this year. Officials questioned how local governments would spend the additional $7 million per year and others said the tax was approved without a solid plan. An average …

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Top Stories of 2016: Downtown Development

Today is number 8 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at major developments in 2016 that will change downtown Bloomington and some nearby areas. The Duke Energy substation, the demolition of the old Chocolate Moose and more. The Top Stories of 2016 is a production of the WFHB News …

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Top Stories of 2016: Interstate 69 Woes

Today is number 9 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at the continued difficulties with converting State Road 37 into Interstate 69. The process has been marred by tragic accidents, subcontractor walk-offs and complaints about bad communication. The Top Stories of 2016 is a production of the WFHB News …

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