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ELECTION RESULTS (Monroe County Only)

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The following are Monroe County results from the primary election, supplied to WFHB by the Monroe County Clerk’s Office as of 8:15 p.m. These are only Monroe County’s results. Outcomes of statewide and federal races depend on results from beyond Monroe County. 88 percent of precincts are reporting. ~~~~ MCCSC Referendum Yes: 81.4% No: 18.6% MCCSC Board, District 2 Sue Wanzer:  61.7% …

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AUDIO — WFHB Community Conversation: Race and Privilege, a Backyard Perspective

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(Note: the player above plays only the first third of the event. To listen to parts 2 and 3, use the links at the bottom of this post.) From Ferguson to Charlotte, a national dialogue is underway about the status of race and racism in the United States. But how are things here, in Bloomington and other communities in South …

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Elementary Schoolers Research Bloomington African American Leader Elizabeth Bridgwaters

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This year is the 100th anniversary of the original Banneker School, a segregated elementary and middle school in Bloomington. Elizabeth Bridgwaters was one of the major influences on Bloomington’s integration movement; she was a leader and Monroe County’s first elected African American elected official. Through the work of Bridgwaters and other remarkable African American leaders, Fairview School was integrated in …

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Top Stories of 2015 – Poverty, Homelessness and the Law

WFHB is counting down the most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. This is number 1 on our countdown. It’s no longer news that Bloomington lacks a low-barrier homeless shelter for seven months out of the year. The city just experienced its third summer in a row without …

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Top Stories of 2015: A Local Response to Police Violence

WFHB is counting down the most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. National and local news outlets, as well as social media, are increasingly covering, discussing and debating the issue of police violence against African Americans. The problem is not new. But the police killing of Michael Brown …

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Top Stories of 2015: Sexual Assault Continues to Plague Bloomington

WFHB is counting down the most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. Sexual assault featured prominently again in our headlines throughout 2015. From issues of sexual assault and policy changes on Indiana University’s campus to the tragic murder/suicide of two immigrants, these are some of the biggest stories …

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Top Stories of 2015: HIV Crisis Drives Changes to Needle Exchange Rules

WFHB is counting down the most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. 2015 brought to public attention an outbreak of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among intravenous illegal drug users in Indiana. This outbreak first came to broad attention last March, in Scott County in Southeastern Indiana, when the …

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Top Stories of 2015: Religious Freedom or Bigotry?

WFHB is counting down the most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. Probably no news story got Indiana more attention this year than the debate over what’s known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or simply RFRA. The measure was introduced by Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse. And …

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Top Stories of 2015: Developments Downtown

WFHB is counting down the 10 most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. Number 6 on our countdown is “Developments Downtown.” In this section, we look at this year’s construction around Bloomington as the city planning commission continues to permit large-scale condominium and housing projects, as well as hotels …

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Top Stories of 2015: A New Mayor in Town

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WFHB is counting down the 10 most significant stories of 2015 as they were reported by our team of more than a hundred citizen journalists. Number 7 on our countdown is “A New Mayor in Town.” All the top elected positions in Bloomington were up for grabs this year – elections were held to select the mayor and all nine …

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