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January 2, 2009

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“New Wings” Project Meets Goal

Following a last minute outpouring of support, including a $25,000 pledge from Elaine Mellencamp, Middle Way House of Bloomington has met its fundraising goal.

January 5, 2009

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Exhibit Highlights African-American Music Contributions

Bloomington is the first stop for a traveling exhibit focusing on how African-Americans have influenced popular music.

January 5, 2009

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IU Professor Nominated for Obama Administration

An Indiana University Law Professor has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama for a top position in the Justice Department.

January 6, 2009

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Fairview Elementary Violin Program

Newsbreak story that covers an IU Jacobs school of music effort to teach youngsters to play the violin.

January 8, 2009

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New Year’s Resolutions and Fitness

Newsbreak Package with Shameeka Neely exploring fitness and diet.

January 8, 2009

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Rock Rhythm & Soul

WTIU Newsbreak Story: A new display telling history of african american music and culture in Bloomington Indiana's City Hall Lobby.

January 8, 2009

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Middle Way House raising funds

Middle way House - WTIU Newsbreak package covers fundraising effort to complete work at old Coca Cola plant in Bloomington.

January 8, 2009

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Bloomington Bike Use Study

WTIU Newsbreak story about a Study taking a look at Bloomington's Bike friendliness and accessibilty.

January 8, 2009

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Salvation Army’s Holiday Efforts

WTIU covers the Bloomington Salvation Army's bellringers.

January 8, 2009

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Ice Wine from Oliver Winery

Weekly Special Package explores the local wineries' special treat.

January 8, 2009

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Bloomington Transit Facility

Bloomington announces property ready for future groundbreaking.

January 9, 2009

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Two Brothers Arrested in Brown County Murder Case

Two brothers are in police custody in connection with the home invasion attack on an elderly Brown County couple on November 15, 2009.

January 9, 2009

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Brown County Murder Arrest

Two Teens are under arrest in connection with the November 2008 Morgantown murder.

January 13, 2009

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Cold Temperatures Outside Lead to Hot Air

An estimated 6,000 persons receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting hot surfaces of room heaters each year.

January 15, 2009

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BEDC hosts New IU Athletic Dir. Fred Glass

The BEDC annual meeting looks back and ahead at the local economic outlook.

January 16, 2009

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Lady Hoosiers top Wisconsin

Night in and night out, the IU women's basketball team is proving it's legitimacy as one of the top teams in the conference.

January 16, 2009

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Dave Leno talks ladies Hoops with Brandon Smith

WTIU News' Dave Leno discusses the improvement of the Hoosier women's basketball team.

January 16, 2009

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Dave Leno talks Women’s Hoops with Jeremy Rosenthal

WTIU's Dave Leno discusses IU women's basketball with Indiana Daily Student beat writer Jeremy Rosenthal.

January 16, 2009

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IU Women’s Basketball Tied for 1st in Big Ten

Night in and night out, the IU women's basketball team is proving its legitimacy as one of the top teams in the conference.

January 18, 2009

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Penn State hands Hoosiers their fifth conference loss

WTIU's Dave Leno recaps Indiana's loss to Penn State.

January 20, 2009

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Students Gather at IMU to Watch Inauguration

IU students cheer and celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama at the IMU.

January 20, 2009

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Inauguration History

We find out what the inauguration of Barack Obama means to people in our community.

January 20, 2009

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Obama’s Inauguration Draws Interest of Local Students

Since much of the recent election focused on the youth vote, WFIU wanted to talk to the next generation of voters.

January 21, 2009

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Reading the Writing on the (Democracy) Wall

As part of WFIU's inauguration week coverage, we're listening to the voices of the community.

January 23, 2009

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Get on the Bus: Bloomington Group Heads to Inauguration

The group, 36 people strong, packed a chartered motor coach with luggage, cold weather gear and a communal sense of history.

January 23, 2009

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Inauguration Bus Trip

WTIU's Shameka Neely goes to Washington with a local group by bus.

January 23, 2009

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Ivy Tech’s Life Sciences Building ribbon cutting

WTIU's Kyle Mitchell covers the new life sciences building ribbon cutting. The building is a hi tech classroom and lab facility.

January 23, 2009

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Obama event at IMU

WTIU visits an inauguration event at the Bloomington IMU.

January 24, 2009

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Ivy Tech Opens New Life Sciences Building

Ivy Tech of Bloomington opens its new life sciences building.

January 27, 2009

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IU Basketball falls to Minnesota

IU hustles, hits threes, competes, but still remains winless in the Big Ten.

January 27, 2009

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Bloomington Snowy Day

Several inches of snow fell in Monroe County January 26th. Most schools were closed and many events cancelled. More snow in the forecast.

January 28, 2009

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Fun and Snow in Bloomington, January 28, 2009

WTIU's Dave Leno gets out and sees how Bloomington is digging out from 12 inches of snow.

January 30, 2009

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IU women’s hoops beat Penn State January 29, 2009

The hoosiers bounce back from a road loss to Illinois getting back on track with a win vs. Penn State.

February 2, 2009

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Cummins Cutting 350 Indiana Jobs

Columbus-based Cummins is looking to eliminate about 350 hourly jobs from its southern Indiana workforce by the end of the month

February 3, 2009

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IU Men’s Basketball January 31 vs OSU

Dave Leno covers the men's basketball game for WTIU.

February 3, 2009

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Indiana House Ways and Means Committee approves education budget

The Commitee has taken the unusual step of approving a one year budget. Tough economic conditions lead to the move.

February 4, 2009

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Four Diamond Award to Restaurant Tallent

Restaurant Tallent receives a Four Diamond Award.

February 5, 2009

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Hoosiers Break Losing Streak

Tom Crean and the Hoosiers win a Big ten game vs Iowa. Devan Dumes has a huge night and makes some big 3 point shots.

February 6, 2009

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Dungy Inspired by Obama

Former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy visited Indiana University this week.

February 6, 2009

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Tony Dungy at the IMU

Former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy visited Indiana University this week.

February 10, 2009

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Freedom Salute – Welcome Home Ceremony

Welcome home ceremony for A 2-150 "Ruffryders" at Bloomington High School North, February 8, 2009.

February 10, 2009

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IU, Ivy Tech Ink Education Deal

IU and Ivy Tech have removed administrative hurdles which previously led to IU admissions officers not counting some education credits earned at Ivy Tech.

February 10, 2009

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Soldiers Return Home

Bloomington residents honored almost 135 soldiers from the Indiana National Guard.

February 12, 2009

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IU Communication Workers Push for Raise

Indiana University communication workers have begun a push to garner public support for an increase in their salaries for the coming year.

February 13, 2009

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Edgewood Students Commemorate Lincoln’s Birthday

Many people are coming together to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's most formative years here in Indiana.

February 13, 2009

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CWA Wants IU Support Staff Pay Increase

The CWA contends recent raises do not keep up with the consumer price index.

February 18, 2009

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Illini Edge Hoosiers 65-52

As expected, Illinois distanced itself from IU early to hang on for the big ten win.

February 18, 2009

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IU and Purdue Launch New Life Science Initiative

Legislators, students, faculty and staff come together with two leading Indiana universities to launch a new life science initiative.

February 18, 2009

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Illini Edge Hoosiers, February 15, 2009

IU falls to Illinois at Assembly Hall in Bloomington in front of over 17-thousand fans.

February 18, 2009

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IU and Purdue Launch New Life Science Initiative

IU and Purdue Launch New Life Science Initiative at the Indiana Statehouse.

February 18, 2009

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Representative Brad Ellsworth back in District

Eighth District Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-8th) stopped by a few towns in his district Wednesday.

February 19, 2009

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IU Master Plan Approved

February 19, 2009

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Ellsworth visits Spencer

Eighth District Congressman Brad Ellsworth stops by Chambers Restaurant in Spencer for a visit.

February 20, 2009

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Benefit Raises Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

The 'Go Red for Women' benefit was more than just raising money, it's to raise awareness about the deadly disease.

February 23, 2009

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Going Green Part of Middle Way House Move

With the help of local businesses and community leaders, the Middle Way House finds a new home.

February 23, 2009

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Volunteers In Medicine Relocates

A new Volunteers in Medicine clinic near Bloomington Hospital opened its doors Monday, offering some services the clinic's previous location could not.

February 24, 2009

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Dr. Cornel West Celebrates Black History Month at IU

A renowned speaker and civil rights activist visited IU last night to celebrate Black History Month.

February 26, 2009

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Northwestern Hands Hoosiers Another Loss

Kyle Taber's dominance in the paint allowed the IU men's basketball team to control the bulk of the first half of last night's game against Northwestern.

February 27, 2009

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InFocus Debates Cutting the Arts from the State Budget

A panel discussion held in the WTIU studios Thursday night debated Governor Daniel's proposal to cut the arts drastically from the state's budget.

March 3, 2009

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IU Women’s Hoops Senior Day

The Hoosiers' relentless defense allowed them to come back and capture the win on senior day.

March 4, 2009

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Taber Honored on IU Senior Night

Despite the heartbreaking loss to Michigan State Tuesday night, fans had a reason to stick around after the game.

March 4, 2009

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Donation Aims to Help Kelley School Improve its Diversity, Image

Kelley School received a $500,000 check from Ernst and Young, which will help a diversity effort.

March 9, 2009

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Maple Syrup Harvester Prepares for Festival

As the weather warms up, local sap farmers are preparing for an upcoming maple syrup festival.

March 10, 2009

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IU Women’s Hoops Await Tourney Bid

The IU women's basketball team failed to capture its first Big Ten title since 1983 this weekend. But the Hoosiers season isn't done just yet.

March 13, 2009

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IU’s Season Ends at Big Ten Tourney

The IU men's basketball season came to an end Thursday night.

March 17, 2009

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IU Bubble Burst, Women Selected for WNIT

Last night, the IU women's basketball team found out which postseason tournament they'll compete in. WTIU's Dave Leno has the verdict.

March 23, 2009

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Buzzer Beater Downs Dayton

WTIU's Dave Leno highlights the play that captured the IU women's basketball team's WNIT win over Dayton.

March 23, 2009

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Buzzer Beater Downs Dayton

WTIU's Dave Leno highlights the play that had the Assembly Hall crowd cheering well, after the game.

March 27, 2009

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I-69 Public Forum in Daviess County

The I-69 public comment tour stopped in Daviess County March 26, 2009. Interested residents picked up brochures and looked at detailed maps.

March 27, 2009

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Daviess Co. Residents Get Their Say on the Proposed I-69 Extension

Residents met at the North Daivess Elementary School Gym to talk about the highway that would relocate 18 homes and use 15-hundred acres of farmland.

April 1, 2009

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Indebted to Debs

April 1, 2009

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Home Buyer Beware

April 6, 2009

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Bloomington Farmers Market Begins

Local Organic growers are gearing up for a seasonal event beginning tomorrow.

April 6, 2009

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What is the Rockies Express Pipeline?

The Rockie Express gas pipeline will transport gas from the Colorado Rockies to the Midwest including Indiana and Ohio

April 7, 2009

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Peoples State Bank Warns of Automated Telephone Scam

WTIU's Shameka Neely talks to Johmny Lindsey about a automated telephone scam that trys to get account information from customers.

April 8, 2009

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Skeletal Remains Found East of Bloomington

Skeletal remains have been found east of Bloomington.

April 9, 2009

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Memorial Stadium’s North End Zone Tour

WTIU explores Memorial Stadium's new North End Zone on a guided tour.

April 9, 2009

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Memorial Stadium’s North End Zone Tour

This summer, IU Athletics will unveil Memorial Stadium's new north end zone. WTIU's Dave Leno shares some of the addition's amenities from today's tour.

April 10, 2009

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J. R. Holmes Interview after the Big Game

Basketball Coach J.R. Holmes is interviewed by WTIU about the 4A Basketball Championship.

April 10, 2009

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Bloomington High School South 4A Basketball Champions

Bloomington South wins the 4A State Championship at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

April 10, 2009

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Hutton Honors College Honors Ed Hutton

Indiana University commemorated the late Edward Hutton today as part of the new Honors College building dedication.

April 10, 2009

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New Indy Airport Showcases Hoosier State

A new Indianapolis International Airport isn't just an improved terminal, but a new place to showcase the Hoosier state.

April 14, 2009

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Jordan Hulls is “Mr. Basketball”

On Sunday, Bloomington South senior guard and IU recruit Jordan Hulls was named the top individual player in Indiana.

April 20, 2009

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Team Mezcla Promotes Diversity

The IU Women's Little 500 team Mezcla promotes diversity.

April 22, 2009

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Celebrating People in Action

Shameka Neely reports on Habitat For Humanity in Bloomington.

April 23, 2009

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“Be More Awards” Honors Local Volunteers

Tuesday night, WTIU partnered with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network to recognize more than one-hundred unsung heroes.

April 23, 2009

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City Celebrates Earth Day at EverGreen Village Grand Opening

City officials celebrated Earth Day with a grand opening of a one of a kind neighborhood: funky homes southwest of Bloomington-- the result of green building

April 27, 2009

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IU Opens New “Green” Field Laboratory

A new facility for the IU Research and Teaching Preserve near the IU golf course opened this week.

April 27, 2009

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Little 500 Weekend Draws Thousands

Thousands enjoyed IU's 58th annual Little 500 race filled with festivities on Friday and Saturday. WTIU's Sara Ko takes you to the cycling scenes.

April 28, 2009

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Presidential Challenge Program Encourages Fitness

One local school put their sixth graders to the test with a youth fitness assessment.

May 1, 2009

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IU Hosts First Electronic Recycling Event

IU is hosting an event to help eliminate old computers, VCRs and TVs in a safe and earth-friendly way.

May 1, 2009

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Washington Post Columnist Focuses on Economy

Ivy tech hosted the sixth annual O’Bannon Institute in Bloomington today. The event highlights the importance of community service.

May 5, 2009

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Robotics Open House Showcases IU Research Projects

The Department of Cognitive Science held its annual Robotics Open House on Friday.

May 6, 2009

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Indiana Debates ‘Clean Coal’ Technology

Indiana seems far from the dry desserts of the Middle East, but when it comes to energy the United States is considered the Saudi Arabia of coal.

May 11, 2009

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Preventative Flood Projects Too Expensive for Columbus To Pursue

WFIU’s Daniel Robison looks into what the Columbus has done since the flood waters receded to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.

May 13, 2009

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Stimulus Funds Could Result in Terre Haute Commuter Rail

Terre Haute city officials are actively angling to be included in stimulus-related projects that would expand Amtrak and possibly include high speed rail.

May 14, 2009

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Strawberry Shortcake Festival

A festive event that brought folks together during lunch hour to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington and enjoy strawberry shortcakes.

May 15, 2009

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Fallen Officers Honored at Peace Officer Memorial Day

Today, six fallen officers were honored at the Monroe County Courthouse including the most recent Deputy, Sarah Jones, who died last October.

May 21, 2009

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Little Difference Between Bloomington Transit Facility Options

Architects working on a new Bloomington Transit facility have unveiled three plans for Bloomington Transit’s new downtown hub but the differences are subtle.

May 21, 2009

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Bids Accepted Before Commons Signatures Counted

The City of Columbus is already advertising for bids to build the Commons, even though the results of a remonstrance to block its construction are not known.

May 26, 2009

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Jazz Legend Al Cobine Passes Away in Bloomington

Bandleader, composer/arranger and saxophonist Al Cobine passed away at his home in Bloomington last week at the age of 82. WFIU’s David Brent Johnson has more.

May 26, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Learning the Language and Customs

As part of his continuing series on Hoosier farmer-soldiers, reporter Douglas Wissing explores how National Guard troops learn how to work in Afghanistan.

May 28, 2009

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Indiana Residents Feel Ripple Effect of Chrysler Closings

WTIU's Teresa Bradtke investigates Jeep brand discontinuation in Jasper. The Company hopes brand consolidation will promote a stronger network of dealers.

May 28, 2009

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Kokomo Firefighter Layoffs Reveal Deep Divisions in City

Mayor Goodnight's decision to lay off 12 firefighters has sparked fierce debate in the community.

May 29, 2009

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Terre Haute Mayor’s Seat Now in Hands of State Supreme Court

The issue of control of the city of Terre Haute now rests with the state's highest court.

June 1, 2009

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To Remedy Future Shortfalls, Bart. Co. Council Tries to Act Now

The Bartholomew County Council must consider many new taxes all at once as an end-of-the-summer deadline approaches.

June 1, 2009

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While GM Shutters 14 Plants, Bedford Factory Will Remain Open

The General Motors plant in Bedford will remain open under the automaker’s bankruptcy protection plan announced Monday. WFIU’s Daniel Robison reports.

June 2, 2009

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Russellville To Operate Without Budget as State Alleges Mistakes

The Putnam County town of Russellville will have to pass a town spending ordinance in order to continue operating after the state rejected the town’s budget.

June 3, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Getting There is Half the Battle

It took WFIU reporter Douglas Wissing months to plan his trip to Afghanistan. Then it took him several harried days to get there.

June 3, 2009

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Ag. Secretary Advocates Binding Manufacturing, Farming in Indiana

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Indiana Tuesday, touting the growth of a new energy economy and some factories hit hard by the auto industry slowdown.

June 8, 2009

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Elnora Still Battling Flood Concerns One Year After Water Recedes

A year after historic flooding struck the Daviess County town of Elnora, the town is still battling the after-effects of the rising water.

June 10, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: The Dangers of Khost Province

Though The Indiana National Guard's 119th Agribusiness Team is in Afghanistan to help farmers, that doesn't mean their mission is not fraught with danger.

June 16, 2009

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Supreme Court Rules Bennett is Still Mayor of Terre Haute

The Indiana Supreme Court has, in less than three weeks, decided the case which could establish the final outcome of the 2007 Terre Haute mayoral election.

June 17, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Irrigating Khost Province

The farmer-soldiers of the Indiana National Guard's 119th Agribusiness Development Team have begun working to make irrigation more sustainable in Afghanistan.

June 17, 2009

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Kruzan says City Won’t Fire Workers Because of Economy

Cash held in reserve by the City of Bloomington will help forestall layoffs for the immediate future, according to Mayor Mark Kruzan.

June 18, 2009

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Bloomington VIM Hires Nurse Practitioner from Baxter Grant

VIM adds staff to provide walk-in health care on behalf of a Baxter grant.

June 23, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Finding Food for Animal Husbandry

The Indiana National Guard's 119th Agribusiness Team is working to improve breeding and feeding of animals in Eastern Afghanistan.

June 24, 2009

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Lost Chrysler Property Taxes Could Triple Kokomo Budget Cuts

The City of Kokomo's budget could be crippled if it does not include almost $6 million in property tax revenue which would have been paid by Chrysler.

June 25, 2009

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Indiana Attorney General Visits Bloomington

The Indiana Attorney General visits Bloomington with two important messages.

June 29, 2009

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Digging for History at the Madam CJ Walker Theatre

What can we learn from digging up a parking lot? Shameka Neely gets on the scene and talks to the IUPUI team digging at the Museum in Indianapolis.

July 1, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Finding Profit in Farming

As part of its mission in Afghanistan, the Indiana National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team must determine which products farmers should raise.

July 1, 2009

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Ivy Tech Bloomington Faces Influx in Enrollment for Fall

Ivy Tech Bloomington plans for a student increase for the fall semester.

July 2, 2009

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Kokomo Auto Workers Rush To Use Up Benefits Before They Expire

This week, health benefits ran out for many retired auto workers in Kokomo. Worse, some members of Kokomo's Local 292 were given just one week of notice.

July 2, 2009

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Advocacy Group Protests Amendment Against Same-Sex Marriage Rights

"A Bloomington gay rights group hosts a Marriage-Counter Sit-in for Equality at the Justice Building today."

July 6, 2009

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Bids For Columbus Commons Millions Lower Than Expected

Bids for the construction of the new Commons in downtown Columbus have come in millions of dollars lower than projected.

July 7, 2009

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State Health Commissioner Advises Hoosiers on Health

Unemployment is causing many Hoosiers to lose their health insurance. State Health Commissioner advises Hoosiers on how to stay healthy in a tough economy.

July 8, 2009

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Howey: Fernandez Is No Surprise as Obama Nominee

Former Bloomington mayor John Fernandez has been nominated by President Obama to a position in the Department of Commerce.

July 8, 2009

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IU’s Sustainability Office Faces Struggle to Carve Role

How is the new Office of Sustainability is trying to establish itself on a campus that has a reputation for inertia on environmental issues?

July 9, 2009

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Howard County Tax Revenue Down 17 Percent

Tax collections are down this year in Howard County due in large part to Chrysler's bankruptcy.

July 10, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Securing the Soldiers

Khost Province, Afghanistan is an area so dangerous that constant security is crucial to the humanitarian mission of the Indiana National Guard's 119th ADT.

July 10, 2009

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Art on B-Line Trail Culminates from Cultural Exchange

The B-Line Trail is officially open and is not only busy with joggers, but artists.

July 10, 2009

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Bloomington Police Patrol B-Line on Two Wheels

The Bloomington Police Department finds a new way to patrol the new downtown corridor.

July 15, 2009

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Refusal of Atheist Bus Ad Sparks Community Debate

A ban on a possibly controversial atheist advertisement by Bloomington Transit has caused a discussion within the city's religious community.

July 15, 2009

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Kruzan Can’t Predict Council’s Budget Reception

Bloomington's 2010 budget aim to offset a revenue shortfall. But Mayor Mark Kruzan says his aim is like state lawmakers -- keeping rainy day resources intact.

July 16, 2009

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Indiana’s Health Care Status at Forefront

Millions of Americans are without health care. Where do Hoosiers rank in the system?

July 17, 2009

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IU to Raise Tuition, Lower Costs, Freeze Salaries

Indiana University's next budget will raise tuition, but also makes sweeping changes in an effort to lower costs to undergrads who make their homes in-state.

July 20, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: A Day on FOB Salerno

A look at a day in the life of the base which is home to the Indiana National Guard's 119th Agribusiness Development Team.

July 22, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Anthopologists and the Insurgency

The ADT soldiers use specialized social scientists, both in Afghanistan and back home in Indiana, to better understand Afghan societies.

July 22, 2009

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Direction of 13-Year Old’s Trial Rests With Brown County Judge

A Brown County judge is set to decide whether a 13-year-old boy from Nashville facing allegations of murder will be tried as an adult or as a juvenile.

July 22, 2009

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Proposal Calls For Bloomington Employees to Receive Blanket Raise

Bloomington’s non-union city employees will get salary increases in the coming year, but they won’t correspond to results of work evaluations.

July 22, 2009

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Goodnight Meets With Metals Manufacturers on Trip to Italy

Following a trip to Italy, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says he met with other manufacturing companies than just a planned confab with automaker Fiat.

July 23, 2009

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Urban Dig Rewriting Lost Neighborhood’s History

Urban renewal in the 1960s changed the landscape of many American cities, including Indianapolis. But now an archeological dig looking into what was lost.

July 28, 2009

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Columbus Awards Commons Bid To Local Contractor for $12.4 Million

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission has awarded a $12.4 million bid on the new downtown Commons to a Columbus-based company.

July 29, 2009

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Interpreters Offer Solutions For BPD Language Barrier

As WFIU's Emily Loftis reports in part two of her series "Interpreting the Law," there are steps a city with limited resources can take to improve access...

July 29, 2009

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IU Likely Won’t Change Fees Despite Legislative Prodding

Though Indiana University administrators say even further meetings with state lawmakers are unlikely to result in lower bills for students and parents.

July 29, 2009

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Facing Lawsuit, Bloomington Transit Votes to Allow Atheist Ads

In order to settle a suit filed against it, the Bloomington Transit Board has voted to allow an advertisement from an atheist group to be posted on city buses.

July 30, 2009

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Monroe Council Raises County Tax to Fund Youth Shelter

Monroe County residents will give up another one-one-hundredth of a percent of their paychecks as part of a Juvenile County Option Income Tax increase.

July 30, 2009

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New Exercise Laughs Away Stress

Stress free exercise for people of all ages. Laughter clubs are a community based association where all are welcome.

July 30, 2009

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Technology Enhances Global Change

The influence of technology on media is driving new business models journalists should follow.

July 31, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: NGOs Critical of the Military

American-led coalition forces are waging a complicated counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, where critics say well-meaning military projects can be problematic.

July 31, 2009

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Meeting Over a Beer? Sure, say “Ask The Mayor” Guests

President Barack Obama sat down Thursday night for a beer with two parties trying to work out a dispute. But does the tactic work if you're not the President?

August 4, 2009

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12,000 Without Power in Monroe County Following Storms

As many as 63,000 people in Indiana -- 12,000 of them in Monroe County -- have been left in the dark thanks to storm-related power outages.

August 4, 2009

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NWS: Flooding Worse Than June 2008 Possible In Some Areas

Heavy rains Tuesday could result in some areas of central and southern Indiana seeing flooding rivaling that of June 2008. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

August 5, 2009

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Kokomo Ivy Tech Begins Retraining Auto Workers

In Kokomo, where one in five people is jobless, many auto industry lifers are choosing to get the education they passed up years ago.

August 5, 2009

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One Eagle Scout Takes Personal Curiosity to a New Adventure

Alvin Townley expresses his passion for adventure, by trying to answer a question millions of Eagle Scouts might ask.

August 6, 2009

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Thousands Without Power And Water In Brown County

Trees down, power out, August 4 storm strikes area.

August 6, 2009

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Brown County Residents Suffer From Severe Weather Conditions

Brown County Residents pick up the pieces after severe weather cut power and water on Tuesday.

August 7, 2009

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Boys and Girls Club Visits Memorial Stadium to Meet Team

Local Boys and Girls Club on the field with IU Football.

August 7, 2009

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Boys and Girls Club Visits Memorial Stadium to Meet Team

The Bloomington Boys & Girls Club visits Memorial Stadium to meet the football players on the start of IU camp.

August 11, 2009

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Monroe Hospital Reaches Out to Rural Community

Monroe Hospital has expanded into Bloomfield to serve the rural community.

August 11, 2009

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Monroe Hospital Reaches Out to Rural Community

A private medical center in Bloomington recently expanded to Greene County.

August 12, 2009

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Sheriff, Jail Commander Differ on Need For New Facility

Sheriff, Jail Commander Differ on Need For New Facility

Monroe County Sheriff Jim Kennedy and Jail Commander Bill Wilson appear at odds over whether the county needs a new jail or just a transitional facility.

August 12, 2009

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Terre Haute Struggles to Enforce Violations By Railroad Companies

With railroad companies owing the Terre Haute more than $60,000 in fines, the mayor says there's little city officials can do to try to collect the money.

August 12, 2009

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Bloomington’s Banquet on the B-Line Trail

It's been a big month for downtown Bloomington with the opening of the B-Line Trail. Now a new, big piece of artwork is being installed.

August 13, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: Female Soldiers of the ADT

Four female soldiers are part of the Indiana National Guard’s 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team, or ADT.

August 13, 2009

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Monroe Council To Cancel Hiring Freeze

All positions included in the Monroe County council's 2010 budget will not longer be subject to the county's hiring freeze. WFIU's Regan McCarthy has more.

August 13, 2009

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Senator Lugar in Bloomington

Senator Lugar was in town to speak and answer questions from local citizens at a Chamber of Commerce function.

August 14, 2009

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Congressman Baron Hill on Healthcare

Indiana Congressman Baron Hill was the special guest on WFIU's "Noon Edition" discussing healthcare reform.

August 17, 2009

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Sustainability Projects Modeled, but Not Slated to be Enacted

Sustainability Projects Modeled, but Not Slated to be Enacted

Indiana University interns have proposed a number of programs aimed at making the school greener, but getting any into the pipeline is likely to be a challenge.

August 19, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: The War on the Homefront

The war in Afghanistan affects not only the soldiers fighting it, but their spouses back home. And it has different consequences each time a loved one deploys.

August 19, 2009

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Postal Workers Protest Operations Shift to Indianapolis

Postal Workers Protest Operations Shift to Indianapolis

American Postal Workers union members massed outside Bloomington's downtown post office Tuesday, protesting the transfer of some operations to Indianapolis.

August 19, 2009

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Kruzan Happy With Local Health Care Debate; Admits Some Skepticism

Even as the nation struggles with a debate on health care, the talk in Bloomington seems more civil to the city's mayor.

August 19, 2009

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IU Football Showcases New Team, Stadium for a New Season

With IU football camp at the half way point, the team is gearing up for a new season in the new stadium.

August 20, 2009

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County Disaster Drill Focuses on Hazardous Material

After six months of planning, the Monroe County Emergency Planning Committee staged a county-wide disaster drill in Bloomington today.

August 24, 2009

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Combined Health Insurance Plans May Still Leave Many Uncovered

Despite a highly-touted state health care program and possible federal changes, thousands of Hoosiers could still be left without health coverage.

August 24, 2009

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Bloomington New Tech High School Begins Second Year

A new educational model that led to the creation of a new type of school based on hands-on training and computer skills welcomes its second class of students.

August 25, 2009

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Threatened with Losing Millions, IU Trustees Stand Firm on Tuition

Threatened with Losing Millions, IU Trustees Stand Firm on Tuition

A state senator is saying he’ll hold back $53 million from Indiana and Purdue Universities unless the schools agree not to raise their tuition.

August 26, 2009

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State Lawmakers Hope Federal Plan Doesn’t Break HIP

In the second part of WFIU's two-part health care series, lawmakers weigh in on other possible solutions to the Healthy Indiana Plan waiting list problem.

August 26, 2009

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Kokomo Mayor Includes Chrysler Money in Budget, Awaits its Arrival

Talks between Kokomo officials and Chrysler corporation appear stalled on the issue of the automaker's multi-million dollar property tax obligation to the city.

August 26, 2009

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Better-Than-Expected Revenue Means No Pink Slips for County

Monroe County coffers will receive about a million dollars more than expected from the County Option Income Tax in the coming fiscal year.

August 28, 2009

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Cultivating Afghanistan: The War So Far

Cultivating Afghanistan: Colonel Michael Howard and The War So Far

Col. Michael Howard, Brigade Commander in the turbulent eastern Afghan provinces where the 119th Agribusiness Development Team operates, talks about the war so far.

August 28, 2009

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IU’s New Dean of Students Greets Incoming Class

The new Dean of Students greets his first freshman class. He has a new vision for the students, one he believes every student is capable of achieving.

August 31, 2009

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Monroe County Emergency Drill Offers Few Challenges or Surprises

Monroe County Emergency Drill Offers Few Challenges or Surprises

A "full-scale" emergency drill conducted in August among Monroe County first responders seemed less than full.

August 31, 2009

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IU Professor Advocates Social Networking in K-12 Education

Indiana state education funding formula is up for review, and experts feel alternative learning is the new key tool.

September 1, 2009

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IU Offers Tuition Reimbursement for Good Grades

As a response to concerns from the State Budget Committee, IU's President has begun a program which could offset some of the school's planned tuition increases.

September 2, 2009

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Armstrong: New Fees A Necessity For City, County Budgets

The Mayor of Columbus says he's in favor of creative new fees which could help offset budget cuts both in his city and in the county at large.

September 3, 2009

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PrintPack Could Ship 150 Jobs Out of Town Without Tax Abatement

Bloomington economic leaders say a packaging company could leave town if a tax abatement is not approved for a new eco-friendly building.

September 4, 2009

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County Council Members Frustrated by Newmann

As the Monroe County Council has prepared for budget hearings, one member has often served as both a participant in the discussions and a distraction to them.

September 4, 2009

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IU Football Opens 2009 Season

Eastern Kentucky's Colonels come into newly remodeled Memorial Stadium for a prime time game.

September 4, 2009

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Hill Tries to Sell Town Hall Crowd on Heath Care Legislation

Baron Hill sought to ensure people who already have health insurance they won't be hurt by changes proposed in the healthcare reform bill before Congress.

September 4, 2009

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Fans React to Remodeled Memorial Stadium

WTIU's Dave Leno gets fans reaction to the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium after the season opener.

September 8, 2009

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Hoosier Gold Hunters Try To Cure Their Fever

Hoosier Gold Hunters Try To Cure Their Fever

Corn nearly ready for harvest has parts of Indiana bearing a deep golden hue this time of year. But there's actually gold – the rare metal – in Indiana as well.

September 9, 2009

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Dealers, Junkyards Concerned About Future Effects of “Clunkers”

From complex paperwork to transporting reclaimed car metal, complications of Cash for Clunkers have raised concerns in several participating business sectors.

September 9, 2009

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Expert: State’s Education Formula Needs Attention

The Indiana state's education funding formula has generated much debate. One expert has concerns about the accountability of the public school system.

September 11, 2009

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Third Pedestrian Struck on IU Campus, Building Projects to Blame?

Campus police say keeping pedestrians safe from drivers is a hard problem to control, but other campus leaders say fewer building projects may be a start.

September 11, 2009

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Simpson: New School Funding Formula May Need to be Scrapped

A state senator says Indiana's funding formula is in such flux the best solution may be starting from scratch.

September 12, 2009

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9/11 Ceremony Remembers Those Killed in the Line of Duty

Members of the Bloomington community gathered Friday to commemorate the tragic events eight years prior.

September 15, 2009

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45/46 Bypass Project Raises East Side Business Concerns

A highway project design could enhance or inhibit Bloomington businesses on the east side of town.

September 16, 2009

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Kruzan: Competition For Students Mandates Changes for IU, City

Kruzan: Competition For Students Mandates Changes for IU, City

Bloomington's mayor says he hopes an agreement can be reached to paint more crosswalks on streets through the Indiana University campus and educate users.

September 17, 2009

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Coal’s Dominant Presence at IU Draws Ire of Student Group

A group of Indiana University students associated with the Sierra Club Wednesday launched a campaign to make the college's Bloomington campus coal-free.

September 21, 2009

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Clay City Rural Health Clinic Pioneers Electronic Medical Records

A small clinic in Clay City is at the forefront of a national debate -- the push for an electronic medical record-keeping system.

September 23, 2009

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Outhouse Races Run Through Brown County

Outhouse Races Run Through Brown County

Hearing the words “outhouse” and “runs” in the same sentence might conjure thoughts of abdominal distress.

September 23, 2009

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New Kokomo Fire Station Might Not Mean Job Callbacks

Kokomo's mayor says he thinks even if the city builds a new fire station, he may not have to re-hire some firefighters he'd earlier laid off.

September 24, 2009

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Coach Crean Addresses Student Body at Annual Public Talk

With one year under his belt, Indiana Basketball coach Tom Crean took his Tuesday evening to address the student body at the IU auditorium.

September 25, 2009

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IU Football Opens Big Ten Play at Michigan

WTIU's Dave Leno reports IU coach Bill Lynch is gearing up his players for not only a tough game, but an intimidating atmosphere.

September 28, 2009

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Monroe Council Debating New Printpack Abatement

Monroe Council Debating New Printpack Abatement

Local officials are guarded about the county’s relationship with Printpack but clearly aren’t happy with the company’s tactics

September 28, 2009

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Arson Determined in Little Nashville Opry Fire, But No Suspects

Arson Determined in Little Nashville Opry Fire, But No Suspects

Investigators in Brown County have determined the fire that burned down the Little Nashville Opry on September 19th was intentionally set.

October 6, 2009

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North End Zone Formally Dedicated Before Ohio State Game

Friday afternoon, the New North End Zone at Memorial Stadium was formally dedicated.

October 7, 2009

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Pending Signing of MOU, Printpack Tax Abatement Granted

Pending Signing of MOU, Printpack Tax Abatement Granted

Printpack will receive a tax abatement from Monroe County just as soon as leaders sign the council's Memorandum of Understanding.

October 8, 2009

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Tom Crean Holds Media Day for 2009 Basketball Season

With the start of the 2009 season around the corner, IU coach Tom Crean updated the media today on his team's progress.

October 12, 2009

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Psst! Pass It Along: Telephone Game World Record Attempt Fails

Psst! Pass It Along: Telephone Game World Record Attempt Fails

Bloomington's Big Brothers Big Sisters organization attempted to gather more than 1,300 people to play telephone. But the message may not have been clear.

October 12, 2009

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IU Professor Named First Woman Nobel Economics Winner

An Indiana University professor is the co-winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics and the first woman to win the award.

October 13, 2009

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of IU Athletic Facilities

The new north end zone at Memorial Stadium is dedicated. IU athletic leaders hope the new addition will be a boost for more than just the football program.

October 13, 2009

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Part 1: Bloomington Graffiti Writers Claim Misunderstanding

Part 1: Bloomington Graffiti Writers Claim Misunderstanding

In the first of a two-part series, WFIU’s Emily Loftis sought out graffiti writers to talk about their work……

October 14, 2009

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Former Vice President Dan Quayle Visits Bloomington

Former Vice President Dan Quayle toured the BioConvergence laboratory today with Republican candidate for the ninth district congressional seat, Todd Young.

October 14, 2009

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Health Care Rally Debates Senator Bayh’s Campaign Contributions

A downtown rally in Bloomington this morning over health care brought up concerns about Senator Evan Bayh's campaign contributions.

October 15, 2009

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First H1N1 Shots Arrive, But Demand Outstrips Supply

Health care providers in south-central parts of Indiana are rushing to administer the few shots of the H1N1 vaccine they’ve received.

October 16, 2009

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Part 2: The Costs of Graffiti and a Debate Over its Existence

The Costs of Graffiti and a Debate Over Its Existence

In the conclusion to WFIU’s two-part series on graffiti, talks with business owners about the debate and the work of a city employee who cleans spray-paint.

October 19, 2009

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Debate Heating Up Over Virtual Learning in Indiana: Part 1 of 3

Debate Heating Up Over Virtual Learning in Indiana: Part 1 of 3

A lack of standards for online and technology-based learning has many in the state scrambling to shape the General Assembly’s eventual policy debate.

October 19, 2009

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Renovations Begin on IU Theater Transformation to Cinema

IU officials broke ground on Saturday for renovations to the University Theater on campus.

October 19, 2009

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Chappell Earns Big Ten Honor after Homecoming Victory

Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the week honors after IU's homecoming match-up with Illinois on Saturday.

October 21, 2009

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Kruzan Commits "Substantial Money" for IU Road Improvements

Kruzan Commits “Substantial Money” for IU Road Improvements

Bloomington's mayor says Indiana University won't have to foot the bill for improvements to its roadways alone.

October 21, 2009

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“You Can Be Good Without God” Debate Packs Woodburn Hall

People packed Woodburn Hall to hear the controversial debate regarding the Bloomington Transit bus advertisement, "You Can Be Good Without God."

October 21, 2009

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Collection of Religious Groups Discuss, Support Health Care Reform

The Monroe County Religious Leaders, a Bloomington interfaith organization met Wednesday to discuss the intersection of faith and health care policy.

October 22, 2009

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Panel Discussion Agrees Racism Still Exisits in Our Society

A diverse crowd gathered in the Whittenberger Auditorium for a round table discussion centered around a controversial topic.

October 23, 2009

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Revenues Down Again, State Budget Committee Mulls Future

Revenues Down Again, State Budget Committee Mulls Future

The State Budget Committee heard more bad news Friday about the state’s tax revenue collections.

October 26, 2009

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With Ellsworth Silent on Health Care, GOP Candidate Sees Opening

With Ellsworth Silent on Health Care, GOP Candidate Sees Opening

The field of GOP candidates vying to challenge Brad Ellsworth in next year’s 8th District election has grown to three.

October 28, 2009

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Psychology of Fear: What Makes Us Scared and Why Do We Want It?

Psychology of Fear: What Makes Us Scared and Why Do We Want It?

In the first of two WFIU features surrounding Halloween, Ann Shea takes a scientific look at what makes us scared and why we sometimes seek out the emotion.

October 28, 2009

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IT Company to Relocate to Kokomo, Create 400 Jobs

An information technology company has announced it'll relocate from California to Kokomo, in the process creating more than 400 jobs.

October 28, 2009

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Rare Donors Have Valuable Blood

The Red Cross doesn't have the donors they need as the U.S. population shifts.

October 30, 2009

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Bloomington Gravedigger Anything But Stereotypical

Bloomington Gravedigger Anything But Stereotypical

Picture the life of a grave digger — Now get rid of all those thoughts, because WFIU's Regan McCarthy reports that’s not necessarily the job description.

October 30, 2009

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Evan Bayh Too Coy On Health Care Stance, Says Smiley

Evan Bayh Too Coy On Health Care Stance, Says Smiley

Tavis Smiley says Indiana’s junior senator should make his views on the issue known out of respect to the tens of thousands of unemployed Hoosiers.

November 2, 2009

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Bloomington PD K-9 Officers Again on the Prowl: Part 1 of 2

Bloomington Police Department K-9 Officers Again on the Prowl

The most visible members of the Bloomington Police Department may patrol the city in squad cars, but there several branches of the which aren’t as high-profile.

November 4, 2009

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Part 2 of 2: "Golden Hour" Guides Dive Team Work

Part 2 of 2: “Golden Hour” Guides Dive Team Work

Following deaths at quarries over the summer, Bloomington's police dive team was in the spotlight. Though the team isn't new, its tactics have changed.

November 5, 2009

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Chamber Rebuffs Kirkwood Plan; Mayor Claims Survey Skewed

Chamber Rebuffs Kirkwood Plan; Mayor Claims Survey Skewed

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is fighting back against the city's Chamber of Commerce, which says it opposes a plan to limit downtown chain businesses.

November 10, 2009

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IU Dedicates New Innovation Center

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie dedicated the university's new Innovation Center on Monday. It will open officially in January 2010.

November 10, 2009

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Tibetan Center Receives Sacred Texts from Dalai Lama

WTIU's Emily Loftis reports from the Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center in Bloomington on sacred texts donated to the center by the Dalai Lama.

November 17, 2009

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IU Gives First Round of H1N1 Vaccinations

Those who registered for the first day of IU's online H1N1 vaccine reservation system received their doses on Monday at Assembly Hall.

November 18, 2009

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IU Men Defeat USC-Upstate at Assembly Hall

Coach Tom Crean's IU men's basketball team is now 2-0 after defeating USC-Upstate on Monday night. WTIU's Dave Leno has the story.

November 18, 2009

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Tipton Judge Considering Validity of Kokomo Remonstrators’ Plea

A hearing in Tipton County Wednesday tried to determine whether annexation opponents have enough remonstrance signatures to fight Kokomo’s attempts to annex.

November 20, 2009

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As Hoosier Unemployment Numbers Rise, Benefits Extended

Jobless Hoosiers who have exhausted unemployment benefits may reapply this Monday due to another extension from the federal government.

November 23, 2009

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Cleaning Up After IU’s Football Season

IU’s football season ended Saturday with a loss to Purdue, but the season ended a day later for those who clean up after fans once the crowd has filed out.

November 25, 2009

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Ball State Geothermal

Geothermal Promising to Cut Ball State’s Carbon Emissions in Half

Ball State University is building the largest geothermal system in the country, a project promising to cut the school’s carbon emissions in half.

November 25, 2009

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Task Force to Recommend Changes in IU Pedestrian Policies

A fatal pedestrian accident on the IU's campus in September has caused renewed discussion about how to safely merge pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

November 30, 2009

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Ball State Geothermal

Part II: How Practical is Ball State’s Geothermal Project?

Ball State is building the largest geothermal system in the country, but how practical is Ball State’s model in working toward climate neutrality

December 1, 2009

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“I Buy Bloomington” Campaign Kicks Off

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and local business owners are asking area shoppers to shift at least ten-percent of their holiday purchases to local businesses.

December 2, 2009

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Sustainability Studies Teach IU Lessons in Management

While the jury is still out on how important sustainability surveys are, IU administrators are finding out it's not easy being green.

December 2, 2009

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Council Still Owes 27K for Youth Services Grant Overspending

Monroe County still owes about 27-thousand dollars on two grants the Youth Services Bureau received but then overspent. WFIU’s Regan McCarthy reports.

December 2, 2009

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Maryland Rolls Over IU in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The IU men's basketball lost by 12 points to Maryland in its annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge game.

December 3, 2009

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Kwanzaa Principles Bring Unity

A program that aims to enhance tradition and culture among the African-American community promoted a service program on Wednesday.

December 7, 2009

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Santa Train Reaches Out to Rural Communities

Usually, just seeing Santa is the highlight. The scene was quite different in Solsberry Saturday morning.

December 8, 2009

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Captain William Kidd’s Cannon Displayed

The Indiana University HPER hosted an open house displaying a cannon that once mounted the ship of Captain Kidd.

December 8, 2009

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Ivy Tech Students Engage in Annual Diversity Day

Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff gathered around the Student Commons and stepped into a culturally diverse world at the annual Diversity Day.

December 9, 2009

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Dems Say Prop Tax Caps a Choice Between Conscience and Reelection

Some Democratic lawmakers see a vote on property tax caps as a gamble between following their conscience or continuing their political career.

December 11, 2009

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Monroe County “Paperless Initiative” Looks to be Green, Save it

Monroe County council members have voted to establish a fund intended to reduce the amount of paper generated by county departments.

December 15, 2009

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Columbus High School Renovation a Referendum on Referendums?

Leaders of the BCSC say they'll ask for improvements to a school construction plan -- and hope to get more bang for their voter-approved buck.

December 16, 2009

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Lilly Endowment Gives $60 Million to IU Medical School

A $60 million Lilly Endowment grant being given to the Indiana University School of Medicine will help the school recruit twenty scientists.

December 16, 2009

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IU Falls to Kentucky in Battle of the Border

Maurice Creek was the first IU freshman to score 31 points against Kentucky. But even that sensational performance wasn't enough.

December 17, 2009

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Monroe County Drug Court Celebrates Ten Years

The drug court system restores lives of substance abusers. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals takes the lead in the court structure system.

December 22, 2009

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Marberry First African-American Female Warden in Indiana

Indiana only federal prison facility underwent a leadership change, hiring the first African-American female warden.

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