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Archive for January 2009

January 1, 2009

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Counterfeit Cash in Columbus

Over the last week, Columbus police have received nine different reports of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses.

January 1, 2009

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New Financial Stewards Face Mounting Challenges

Thursday was inauguration day for newly-elected Monroe County officials, including a new county auditor and treasurer. But both Amy Gerstman and Cathy Smith face challenges they couldn't have predicted when they ran for their offices.

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 6, 2009

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Experts’ Advice on Resolutions: Change Your Thinking

Experts say healthy living is always in style, and shouldn’t just be a New Years’ Resolution.  Nutritionists and personal trainers say the common excuse for not exercising is that people don’t have enough time.  The health risks for being obese are high. “Being obese increases health risk factors. Research shows it increases the risk for […]

January 7, 2009

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Report: Hoosiers Differ on Quality of Education

The No Child Left Behind Act gets varying treatment from Hoosiers in the sixth annual study of the public's perception of statewide education compiled by Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

January 7, 2009

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One Injured in Bloomington Police Shooting

Bloomington Police reportedly shot a man Wednesday at the intersection of Fourth and Washington streets in downtown Bloomington.

January 7, 2009

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General Assembly Forced to Fix Unemployment Funding

WFIU continues its preview of the upcoming legislative session with a look at the state's shrinking unemployment fund and what legislators will do to fix it.

January 8, 2009

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Columbus Mayor looks to complete “Vision” in 2009

Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong says the city will likely finish its downtown revitalization plan in 2009 despite shortfalls in the city's tax revenue.

January 8, 2009

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Police Investigate Shooting of North High Student By Officer

Bloomington Police say it could be several more days before their investigation into the shooting of 16-year old Bloomington North High School student by a 33-year law enforcement veteran is complete. WFIU's Daniel Robison reports.

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 8, 2009

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Two IU Professors Fill Vice Provost Jobs

Two IU professors will take new jobs that were created as part of a campus administration restructuring.

January 8, 2009

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IU Can’t Hold on Against Michigan

It was Tom Crean's debut as head coach in the Big Ten, and he had his team ready for conference play.

January 9, 2009

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Study: Students With Laptops Perform Better

A new study from Indiana University researchers shows students using laptops during class often do better than peers who don't tote computers to lecture.

January 9, 2009

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Teen Shot by Bloomington Police Made Initial 911 Call

Bloomington Police have named John Coleman as the officer that shot a 16-year old in downtown Bloomington earlier this week. But as WFIU's Daniel Robison reports, that's not all police are revealing.

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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State Colleges Face Cuts in Face of Revenue Shortfalls

Just about every lawmaker will tell you higher education is a priority for the state and Governor Mitch Daniels would agree. But in a tough economy, how high a priority is funding for public colleges and universities, as well as state-supported scholarships? From IPBS member station WBAA in West Lafayette, Mike Loizzo reports.

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 9, 2009

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IU Ranked as “Best Value” in Princeton Review

IU is one of just three Big Ten universities included among the 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to the Princeton Review.

January 11, 2009

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Teen Shot By Bloomington Police Made Initial 911 Call

Bloomington Police have named John Coleman as the BPD officer that shot a 16-year old in downtown Bloomington earlier this week. The investigation has also revealed the initial 911 call describing the knife-wielding male teen was made by the teenager himself.

January 12, 2009

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Citing Economic Downturn, BCSC Cancels Summer School

The Bartholomew County School Corporation is cutting back summer school programs in the face of budget concerns. WFIU’s Colin Bishop has more...

January 12, 2009

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Bitter Cold and Snow on the Way

Blowing snow and cold temperatures have the National Weather Services calling for a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 AM TO 1 PM Tuesday.

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 13, 2009

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Columbus Cummins Expansion Unaffected by Job, Wage Cuts

Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins will lay off more than 800 salaried employees. But as WFIU's Daniel Robison reports, the company's cutbacks will not affect its plans to expand in Columbus.

January 14, 2009

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Bennett: Terre Haute Ready for Possible Transition

No matter what the Indiana Supreme Court decides in his case against former mayor Kevin Burke, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett remains confident the city will be ready to transition away from talking about who the rightful occupant of the mayor's office is.

January 14, 2009

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Wind Chill Temps Delay Area Schools

Delays and Closings being reported to WTIU and WFIU.

January 14, 2009

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Report: Bloomington Police Acted Properly in Shooting of Teen

The Bloomington Board of Public Safety has approved the Bloomington Police Department's internal investigation into an officer's shooting of a 16-year old male on January 7.

January 15, 2009

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Economy In Focus In Bloomington

The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation invited local business leaders and guests to discuss the economy and its effect on the local community. Indiana University’s athletic department was one of the many topics of debate featured at yesterday’s meeting. Every year the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation holds an annual meeting to examine activities over the last […]

January 15, 2009

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Resignation Announced Today

An Indiana Higher Education Commissioner is stepping down from his post. Stan Jones announced his resignation today after serving for more than 35 years in local government. He aided the Indiana community college system and helped implement more college scholarships for low-income students. The commission will elect his successor.

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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Glass: Recession Hurting Athletic Department

Football and men's basketball are the primary revenue generators in college sports, and those programs have struggled over the past year at Indiana University. But it may be the nation's economy - not wins and losses -- that has the greatest impact on IU sports. WFIU's Colin Bishop spoke with IU's new Athletic Director Fred Glass about some of the challenges facing the school's sports programs during a recession....

January 16, 2009

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Inauguration a Landmark for Locals

Leaders of Bloomington’s African-American community said they believe the impact of Barack Obama’s inauguration will be felt not only in south-central Indiana, but across the country as well. Indiana University Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Edwin Marshall said he believes President-elect Obama’s high visibility will change many attitudes towards African Americans. “His […]

January 16, 2009

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Bloomington Legislator’s Bill Would Create Food and Beverage Tax

A new bill introduced in the Indiana General Assembly would impose a one percent food and beverage tax at Monroe County bars and restaurants. But as WFIU's Colin Bishop reports, the bill will likely get some fine-tuning before it moves forward...

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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African American Scholars, Voters See Inauguration as Meaningful Change

The freedoms to speak, sit in a public setting, drink from a water fountain, and even vote haven’t always been afforded to all Americans, specifically African-Americans. Basic human rights were once privileges to people of color. As WFIU’s Shameka Neely reports in the first of two inauguration-related features this week, past hardships and the struggles of African-Americans on a quest for equal rights which lasted more than a two centuries are being struck down today by the nation’s next President…

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 20, 2009

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Bloomington Reacts to Obama’s Inauguration, Speech

Hundreds watched the inauguration of Barack Obama Tuesday at the Indiana Memorial Union building in Bloomington. WFIU's Daniel Robison was there.

January 20, 2009

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Inauguration Update from WTIU Reporter in Washington

WTIU Reporter Shameka Neely is in Washington, D.C. following a local group organized the African-American sorority Zeta Phi Beta. WFIU's Daniel Robison caught up with her briefly as she waited to see the inaugural parade.

January 20, 2009

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IU Women Beat Purdue, Take Over First Place

The IU women's basketball team defeat Purdue to take over first place in the Big Ten.

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 22, 2009

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State’s Wood Quarantine List Now Includes Monroe County

Monroe County has been added to the state's wood quarantine list, after a state survey found emerald ash borers in southern Indiana's Hoosier National Forest. WFIU's Colin Bishop has more...

January 22, 2009

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Public Cord Blood Bank Remains Stalled

Almost a year after a bill passed the Indiana Legislature establishing a state-run cord blood bank, little progress has been made. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more on where the process stands.

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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Life Sciences Center Opens in Bloomington

Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington dedicated a five million dollar life sciences facility on the edge of town Friday. WFIU’s Daniel Robison reports on what the building means for local students and businesses.

January 23, 2009

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Columbus Readies Plan to Buy Flood-Damaged Homes

The city of Columbus is putting the finishing touches on a plan to buy as many as 85 flood-damaged homes at a cost of around six million dollars. WFIU's Colin Bishop has more...

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 26, 2009

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Downtown Columbus Arena Aims to Attract More Sports, Tourist Money

With the recent announcement of the construction of a new $13 million downtown Columbus arena, city leaders are positioning Columbus to attract dozens of sporting and other events as soon as the facility opens in December. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

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 27, 2009

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Ninth District Race Begins, Twenty-Two Months Out

Twenty-two months before 9th District voters head to polls, Paoli attorney Todd Young has begun campaigning for Baron Hill's seat. WFIU's Daniel Robison caught the first speech of his "Young" campaign.

January 28, 2009

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Buckle Up: Bartholomew School Buses are First in State with Seatbelts

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation officials have decided to make theirs the first district in the state to have seatbelts in some school buses.

January 28, 2009

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AIDS Cases in Rural Indiana Continue to Grow

It's been more than 25 years since the discovery of AIDS, but new cases of the disease continue to hit communities around the country. In social hubs like Bloomington, young gay men are particularly at risk. WFIU's Colin Bishop reports.

January 28, 2009

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When Heavy Snow Falls…

Central and southern Indiana was hit by one of the biggest winter storms in years. More than a foot of snow fell on parts of central and southern Indiana. Schools, businesses and government offices shut down. In many counties, a snow emergency kept cars off the roads, and Indiana University cancelled class for the first […]

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 29, 2009

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Mayor: North Central Indiana Job Losses Tied to Kokomo

High unemployment figures in Miami and Tipton counties may be a direct result of jobs being lost in Howard County.

January 30, 2009

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Tax Credits Save Bloomington GE Plant, For a Few Months

General Electric has announced it will delay shutting-down the company's Bloomington refrigerator plant, which was set to close early next year. WFIU's Colin Bishop has more...

January 30, 2009

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Admitting Republican Drift, Indiana GOP Head Plots Way Back

Indiana Republican Chairman Murray Clark is headed to Washington to vote on a new GOP chairman. Before he left, though, Clark delivered a “mea culpa” of sorts to the Indiana University College Republicans. The GOP, he said, has lost the confidence of voters. “The American public is no longer certain what this party stands for,” […]

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.

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