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June 7, 2008

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Indiana’s Welfare Woes

WFIU’s Victor Lenthe delves into a suit against Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration alleging privatization of the agency is leading to underserved Hoosiers falling through the cracks.

June 14, 2008

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A Flood of News

A review of WFIU’s coverage of the historic southern Indiana flood of 2008, told through the stories of relief workers, survivors and one WFIU reporter’s family.

June 21, 2008

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Bloomington Bike Project

The Bloomington Bike Project is a community effort to get people out of cars and onto bikes. WFIU’s Arianna Prothero has this profile.

June 27, 2008

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IU Athletic Director Resigns

Indiana University athletic director Rick Greenspan says he’s stepping down, amid more allegations of wrongdoing by his staff. WFIU’s Stan Jastrzebski has this story.

June 28, 2008

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Alternative Press in Bloomington

In a town thriving with independent thinkers and locally-owned businesses, Bloomington has had a hard time supporting its alternative press, despite backing from some segments of the community. In this week’s Saturday feature, WFIU’s Rishika Murthy investigates why.

July 5, 2008

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Indiana’s Illegal Immigration Debate

On the occasion of Independence Day, it can be instructive to ask the question “Who is an American?” Increasingly, the answer lies within a growing Latino community. When a special study group of Indiana lawmakers gets together this summer to tackle illegal immigration, they’ll rekindle one of the most contentious issues of this year’s legislative […]

July 9, 2008

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Presidential Pet Poll Distracts from Real Issues: IU Professor

A new poll appears to show pet owners are more likely to vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain. But an IU political science professor says polls like these are nothing more than predictable distractions come election season. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 9, 2008

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Sheriff’s Department Buys Hybrids to Save on Fuel Costs

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is going green in an attempt to save money. WFIU’s Colin Bishop went for a ride-along in one of the department’s new eco-mobiles.

July 9, 2008

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State Could Lose Almost Two-thirds of Mortgage Brokers in August

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita says he’s already hiring staff to help shut down mortgage brokers who do not comply with new state rules set to take effect next month. WFIU’s Stan Jastrzebski reports.

July 10, 2008

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Downtown Columbus Traffic Changes Designed To Help Businesses

Columbus officials say changing traffic patterns downtown may help the planned revitalization of the area.

July 10, 2008

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Perks Aside, New ISU President to Earn Less Than Peers

The new president of Indiana State University is slated to make 265-thousand dollars in his first year on the job. As WFIU’s Stan Jastrzebski reports, it sounds like a lot, but it’s less than some Indiana University faculty members.

July 10, 2008

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Local Protest Focuses on McCain Energy Proposals

A dozen sign-wielding Bloomingtonians gathered at gas station Wednesday evening to draw attention to the energy policy proposals of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain. But they weren’t exactly showering praise on the senator from Arizona.

July 10, 2008

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High Water on Lake Monroe Hurting Local Businesses

After last month’s heavy rain, Lake Monroe is still ten feet above its normal level, and local businesses are taking a hit.

July 11, 2008

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Columbus Tops State in Job Growth

Recent figures show Columbus was tops in the state for job growth over the past five years. But city officials want to start attracting higher paying jobs, which may cut future growth. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 11, 2008

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Mural Honors Indiana Legend

A new 50-foot mural of songwriting legend Hoagy Carmichael has been unveiled on a downtown building in Richmond, Indiana. The Bloomington-born performer first recorded his hit “Stardust” in 1927 at Richmond’s famed Gennett Records. WFIU’s Arianna Prothero has the story.

July 11, 2008

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Embattled Retailer Sued by Former Students

A pair of young entrepreneurs who met at Indiana University and founded the “Hoosier Beat” clothing line are suing retailer Steve and Barry’s. WFIU’s Colin Bishop has more.

July 12, 2008

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Business Schools Strive to Recruit Women

For years, business schools operated under an almost 18th Century ideal–industry is a male realm. But, as WFIU’s Stan Jastrzebski reports, a 21st Century shift is happening, albeit slowly.

July 14, 2008

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NAACP Approaches Council Over Racial Vandalism

Community activists in Terre Haute are speaking out against a recent string of racially motivated vandalism. WFIU’s Colin Bishop has more.

July 14, 2008

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FEMA Trailers Tested Before Families Move In

Residents of Bartholomew, Morgan and Vigo counties displaced by recent flooding can now apply to live in temporary FEMA mobile homes. But they won’t be living in the same model of mobile homes as those that caused health problems for Hurricane Katrina victims. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 14, 2008

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Opening Offices Around State, Obama Invests in Indiana

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign will open six new offices across Indiana in the next few days, including one in Bloomington. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 15, 2008

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A Throng for Obama in Bloomington

Monday night, one of six campaign field offices for Democrat Barack Obama opened in Bloomington to a crowd of more than 150. WFIU’s Daniel Robison was there.

July 15, 2008

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City of Terre Haute Takes Out $7.5 Million Loan

The city of Terre Haute is still waiting for a late property tax disbursement from the state. In the meantime, the city is planning on taking out a seven-and-a-half million dollar loan to cover its budget shortfall. WFIU’s Colin Bishop has more.

July 15, 2008

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Sustainable Energy Plan Nets IU Students Global Prize

Two recent IU graduates took their design to promote sustainable living all the way to Paris, where they recently beat 200-thousand other students for an international award. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 16, 2008

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A Throng For Obama In Bloomington

A field office for Barack Obama opened in Bloomington last Monday night, joining six others across the state.

July 16, 2008

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Court Decision Finalizes Fall Lineup In Auditor’s Race

Monday's ruling on how the Hatch Act applies in the Monroe County auditor's race has raised questions about the law's modern relevance.

July 16, 2008

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Court Decision Finalizes Fall Lineup in Auditor’s Race

In an opinion released Monday, Owen Circuit Judge Frank Nardi determined Monroe County auditor candidate Amy Gerstman brought herself into compliance with the Hatch Act by quitting her job in a timely manner. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 16, 2008

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Bloomington Holds Stready, but Border Towns Grow

A change in Bloomington’s approach to growth shows up in a recent study, but in an intriguing way: steady population numbers. WFIU’s Colin Bishop has more.

July 17, 2008

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Black Expo CEO Joins ISU Trustees

Black Expo CEO Tanya Bell has been appointed as a trustee at Indiana State University.

July 17, 2008

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Auditor Responds To Concerns About Missing Money

Monroe County Auditor Sandy Newmann has responded to complaints her office incorrectly allocated funds from tax districts within the city.

July 17, 2008

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7th District Race Still Needs A Republican

The state Republican Party will select a new nominee to run against incumbent 7th District Democrat Andre Carson. The first GOP nominee, Jon Elrod, dropped out.

July 17, 2008

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ISU Professor’s Missing Lapttop Violated Rules

University officials say an Indiana State University professor’s laptop containing 2,500 past and present students’ personal information has been stolen. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

July 17, 2008

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Black Expo CEO Joins IU Trustees

Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed Indiana Black Expo CEO Tanya Bell a trustee at Indiana State University. Bell says she wants to test the waters before she attempts to make any changes.

July 18, 2008

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Nickel Plate Trail Sees State Support

Governor Mitch Daniels has awarded $900,000 to a bike trail which runs through Howard and Miami counties It's part of a plan which pre-dates four-dollar-a-gallon gasoline.

July 18, 2008

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State Cuts Force Fewer Summer School Classes

Nearly 20 percent fewer students are taking summer school in the Monroe County Community School Corporation this year. It may be a result of less money funneling down from the state.

July 18, 2008

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Local Arts Commission Adds Morgan County to Fold

A Vigo County school principal has been named president-elect of a national educators’ organization. WFIU’s Arianna Prothero has the story.

July 18, 2008

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Terre Haute Principal Earns National Post

A Vigo County school principal has been named president-elect of a national educators’ organization. WFIU’s Arianna Prothero has the story.

July 21, 2008

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Wal-Mart Wants Local Produce

With food prices up across the country, Wal-Mart is cutting shipping costs by making inroads into the local produce market, but Wal-Mart's success in the local food market will depend on Indiana farmers.

July 21, 2008

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Gas Prices Drive Motorized Bike Sales

With gas prices on the rise this summer, some commuters are gravitating towards the better fuel economy of scooters and motorcycles. But concerns for the sluggish economy mean larger bikes can be out of the price range of many people.

July 21, 2008

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Property Tax Laws Under Review This Summer

A Bloomington state representative is the chair of a statehouse summer study committee examining whether further changes need to be made to Indiana's property tax statute.

July 22, 2008

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Flooded Hospital Looks to Reopen in October

Despite the fact that it's been closed since last month's floods, Columbus Regional Hospital is still paying most of its employees.

July 22, 2008

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Bloomington Budget Hearings: Day One

WFIU begins a week-long series of meetings by the city council to discuss Bloomington's 2009 budget. Monday's talks revealed the city has changed its method of building its budget, resulting in cuts to the city's expenses.

July 22, 2008

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Airport Fence Fouls Up Radar

The Terre Haute International Airport's radar system has been grounded by a simple chain link fence.

July 23, 2008

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Kokomo Annex Plan Faces Challenge

State Senator Jim Buck says he'll fight Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight's plan to annex more than 10-square miles of land surrounding the city.

July 23, 2008

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IU Drawing Out of State Students

Statistics recently released by Indiana University show large numbers of recent graduates come from outside the Midwest.

July 23, 2008

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Bloomington City Budget Meetings: Day Two

WFIU continues its week-long series on meetings by the city council to discuss Bloomington's 2009 budget. Tuesday's talks revealed the city plans to add 100 police officers by 2012 - a 19 percent increase over current levels.

July 23, 2008

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Pledging Reforms, New NCAA Compliance Director Comes Aboard

Indiana University is now looking to one of its own to see the school's athletic department avoids snafus like the ones seen under former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

July 24, 2008

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Transit Line May Combine With IU Bus System

The Bloomington Transit bus service and the Indiana University Bus system are considering a potential merger to combat rising fuel costs.

July 24, 2008

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Bloomington Transit Adds Hybrids, Looks to Merge with IU

Rising fuel costs will mean changes to the way The Bloomington Transit Authority does business in the coming year.

July 24, 2008

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Furniture Giveaway for Those Hardest Hit

Bartholomew County flood victims who lost furniture to rising waters will have an opportunity today to have some of their belongings replaced.

July 24, 2008

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School Renovations Face Test at Ballot Box

Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation in northwestern Monroe County will have to rely on a ballot initiative before it can go ahead with a $37 million plan to renovate its schools.

July 28, 2008

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Meth: It’s Worse Than You Think

Indiana State Police say meth seizures are up 31% in the last year, and it's not just because there are more officers looking for the drug.

July 29, 2008

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Bloomington Council Eyes Southside Redevelopment

Bloomington's budget hearings this week revealed areas of the city elected officials are eying for development.

July 29, 2008

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Flying the Coop

Howard County officials are participating in the fake kidnapping of a rubber ducky to raise money for a local charity event.

July 29, 2008

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Smashed Bank Window Raises Questions

Authorities say there's a possibility anti-I-69 protestors are responsible for a cinder block thrown through a Bloomington bank window on Monday.

July 31, 2008

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Amid Aid Efforts, Flood Relief Rumors Persist

Officials with the United Way of Columbus say they're still battling rumors and misinformation surrounding flood relief.

July 31, 2008

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Kokomo Annexation Plan Faces Test

A date has been set for a hearing determining whether the proposed 10 acre annexation in Kokomo will move forward.

July 31, 2008

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Local Coffee Shops Unfazed by Dunkin’

Dunkin Donuts opened shop in downtown Bloomington, and although the chain is setting up shop in a high-profile location, local business owners say they aren't worried.

July 31, 2008

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Indiana Lawmakers Look to Washington for Flood Help

Some prominent Indiana lawmakers are looking into options which would help Columbus Regional Hospital recover from last month's flooding.

August 1, 2008

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WWII Planes Spend Week at Monroe Airport

Several dozen people have made their way to the Monroe County airport to see planes their parents and grandparents flew during World War Two.

August 1, 2008

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Delayed Payment for Flood Damaged Homes

Morgan County officials are moving forward with plans to buy more than a dozen homes destroyed during June flooding. But significant red tape could mean residents will be waiting for more than a year to get their reimbursement checks.

August 4, 2008

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Three Years in, AIDS Partnership Now Set in Stone

A partnership between Indiana University and the University of Puerto Rico that could help battle the AIDS epidemic is now official.

August 4, 2008

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FEMA: Leaving Town

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be closing its Disaster Recovery Centers in Bartholomew, Morgan, and Vigo next Friday, August 8th.

August 4, 2008

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A Tale of Two Bloomingtons

With less than a fourth of Indiana University's usual 40,000 students enrolled in summer school, the city's businesses become a little more anxious.

August 5, 2008

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Two Months on, Columbus Hospital Resuscitated

Columbus Regional Hospital has its emergency room back up and running, two months after flooding caused more than 100-million dollars of damage.

August 5, 2008

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Facelift for Vigo County Courthouse

Vigo County officials have cut the ribbon on a 13-million dollar project to renovate the county courthouse.

August 5, 2008

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Terre Haute paper loses defamation suit

A former Clay County Sheriff has won a 1-point-5 million dollar defamation suit against the Terre Haute Tribune Star newspaper. But the case could be headed for appeal.

August 5, 2008

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Kokomo Further Trims City Payrolls

Nearly 30 Kokomo city employees have been laid off or not replaced since January in an effort to head off budget shortfalls caused by new property tax laws.

August 5, 2008

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IU Denies ‘Party School’ Distinction

Once more Indiana University is ranked one of the top 20 party schools in the nation by the Princeton Review. But an IU spokesman says he dismisses the reliability of the report.

August 6, 2008

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IU Cultural Center Board Resigns in Protest

The entire board of Indiana University's American Indian-based cultural center has resigned in protest.

August 6, 2008

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Shaggy Grass in Vigo

Higher fuel prices are now forcing the grass in Vigo County parks to be a little taller than usual.

August 6, 2008

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Indiana Lawmakers Look to Washington for Flood Help

Some prominent Indiana lawmakers are looking into options which would help Columbus Regional Hospital recover from last month's flooding.

August 7, 2008

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New Indiana Law Upends Mortgage Industry

By this morning, Indiana mortgage brokers must have passed a written test and background check to legally stay in business. Hundreds of mortgage brokers either failed the test or elected to skip it altogether.

August 7, 2008

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State Commission: Bloomington Law Oversteps its Bounds

A 15-year old Bloomington housing maintenance law has been struck down by a state commission.

August 7, 2008

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Columbus Budget Cuts Could Mean Layoffs

As he asks city managers to cut give percent from this year's costs and ten percent from 2009 expenditures, Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong acknowledges there will be collateral damaging from the tightening of city belts.

August 8, 2008

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Budget Shortfalls Force Columbus to Slash Programs

The Columbus Police Department is considering eliminating many of its community outreach programs to meet an anticipated budget shortfall next year.

August 9, 2008

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Phantom Regiment Wins Drum Corps Championship

On Saturday evening, the Phantom Regiment won the 2008 World Championships of Drum Corps International.

August 9, 2008

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Meth in Indiana: Progress Among Setbacks

Two weeks ago, we brought you a story detailing how methamphetamine use in Indiana is on the rise. When you're talking about meth it's sometimes difficult to find any good news, but there are some promising figures.

August 11, 2008

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Retailers Push for Sunday Alcohol Sales

A group of Indiana retailers wants the right to sell alcohol on Sundays. But they may face an uphill battle.

August 11, 2008

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Gas Prices are Falling, Why?

Economists tend to agree falling gas prices are good for the struggling US economy, but they can't agree on why the prices are dropping.

August 12, 2008

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Did Receding Flood Waters Leave PCBs Behind?

Tests show a toxic chemical leaked from a Terre Haute company during summer flooding has not shown up in nearby drinking water wells, but Vigo County residents aren't in the clear yet.

August 12, 2008

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Copper Thefts May Cause Disruptions in Energy Service

A rash of copper thefts in Terre Haute has seen criminals tapping the local power grid to get their hands on the precious metal.

August 12, 2008

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Citing Gas Prices, Elletsville Police Request More Money

The Ellettsville town marshal is requesting that the town council double the police department's fuel budget for 2009 in response to increased gas prices.

August 13, 2008

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Stalemate in Kokomo Fire Department Contract Talks

The union representing Kokomo firefighters is locked in a battle with Mayor Greg Goodnight over a new contract and the negotiations are likely headed to arbitration.

August 13, 2008

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Homeless Camps off Police Radar

Bloomington Police say they're not worried about a public safety threat from homeless camps in town, despite a possible murder near one last week.

August 14, 2008

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Facing Future Shortages, Council Digs in Heels

This week, the Monroe County Council pledges to cut $1.7 million from 2009 budget requests.

August 15, 2008

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Kokomo Budget: Smooth Sailing, so Far

The Kokomo City Council is rolling right along with discussions on next year's budget. And in light of the city's admitted money issues, it's going a littler easier than you might expect.

August 15, 2008

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More Police to Spend Day at Schools

A program placing police officers in Monroe County schools is expanding. With students returning to classes earlier this week, more law enforcement officers are already roaming the halls.

August 18, 2008

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Bayh VP Speculation Upsets Young Voters

As speculation of Indiana Senator Evan Bayh's chances to be the Democratic nominee for Vice President have increased, so too has discontent among plugged-in, young voters.

August 18, 2008

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Kokomo Planning Commission Investigates Bypass Effects

In preparation for construction of the new US 31 bypass around Kokomo, the city's planning commission is investigating the potential effects the bypass may have on development.

August 19, 2008

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Indiana Teens Staying Drug-Free

A study released by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center shows more Indiana teens are staying drug-free.

August 19, 2008

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Cummins to Fund Columbus Construction Project

Plans to build a downtown Columbus parking garage with city funds have been left in the dust, with the recent announcement that manufacturing giant Cummins will pay $3 million to expedite construction.

August 20, 2008

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Putnam County Sheriff Charged with Theft

Less than a week after resigning his post, former Putnam County Sheriff Mark Frisbie has been charged with stealing more than $12,000 from his own department.

August 22, 2008

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ISU Aims to Increase Enrollment

Indiana State University officials are making a push to improve the school's enrollment and retention numbers.

August 23, 2008

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My Vietnam Your Iraq

Next month, copies of a film by Indiana University telecommunications professor Ron Osgood will make their way to the desks of film festival judges, in hopes their viewings will lead to Osgood's project "My Vietnam Your Iraq" winding through festival projectors.

August 27, 2008

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Kokomo Annexation Clears Hurdle

The Kokomo Common Council has voted a third and final time to move forward with a plan to annex 12 unincorporated square miles on the city’s west side.

August 28, 2008

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The Search Begins for New MCCSC Superintendent

A consulting group hired by the Monroe County Consolidated School Corporation is conducting nearly 30 forums to gather input from different groups to help the corporation pick its next superintendent.

August 28, 2008

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Kokomo: Shrinking Budget, Shrinking Benefits

Kokomo city officials have agreed to cut the benefits of city employees by 17 percent to lower expenditures in 2009.

September 2, 2008

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Terre Haute Libel Case Marches On

Lawyers representing the Terre Haute Tribune Star have started the appeals process in a defamation lawsuit the newspaper lost in early July.

September 2, 2008

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Pfizer Begins Cleanup of Chemicals Spread by Flood

Officials with Pfizer say they'll submit a cleanup plan this week for water and soil contaminated by the company's Terre Haute plant.

September 8, 2008

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Twain Award Goes to IU Professor

IU distinguished professor of English Scott Sanders will receive the 2009 Mark Twain Award for his "distinguished contributions to Midwestern literature."

September 10, 2008

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Fire District Battle Heats Up

The Brown County Council has denied funding for a controversial fire district established by local commissioners and supported by local and state judicial rulings.

September 13, 2008

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Denver Smith: 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago this week, Indiana University football player Denver Smith was shot and killed by Bloomington Police. While the incident was the subject of numerous investigations, a lawsuit, and endless speculation, many questions remain unanswered a quarter century later.

September 15, 2008

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Study: HIV-positive Hoosiers Face Discrimination

A new study from an Indiana University researcher suggests there's significant discrimination against people with HIV living in Indiana's rural areas.

September 16, 2008

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Virtual Handshakes: Networking through Networks

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has taken a new approach to facilitating face-to-face business meetings where the participants never actually have to meet the other person.

September 17, 2008

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High School Revives Random Drug Tests

Owen Valley High School officials have decided to reinstate a random drug testing policy for a large portion of the student body, but the predictable backlash from students and parents appears to be small.

September 23, 2008

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IU Diversity Plan Lacking Details

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says the school will spend a million dollars on making the school more diverse, but what that means is still unclear.

September 24, 2008

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IU’s Sustainability Efforts Rank Last Among Big Ten Schools

Indiana University has been graded for its sustainability efforts over the past year, and although the school's marks are improving, at least one group still ranks it last among peers in the Big Ten.

September 29, 2008

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So Many Bikes, So Few Racks

Twice a year for the past 30 years, Indiana University has auctioned bikes seized and abandoned on campus to the highest bidder. More Bloomingtonians than ever are switching from four wheels to two.

September 29, 2008

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Terre Haute Filmmaker’s Name in Lights

A screenwriter with ties to Vigo County has had her movie accepted by the Hollywood Film Festival.

October 3, 2008

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New Documentary Highlights IU Student’s American Education

An Indiana University sophomore is one of six students profiled in a new documentary highlighting how American education is falling behind schooling in the world's two most populous countries.

October 6, 2008

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State Textbooks Facing Scrutiny for Dullness

The Indiana State Board of Education rejected the entire list of textbooks currently under review on account of them being too boring.

October 6, 2008

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Indiana’s Brain Drain

The housing market and Wall Street bailout aren't the only economic concerns to Hoosiers, there's also the issue of retaining the state's best and brightest.

October 7, 2008

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The Fallout from Property Tax Reform

The fallout from property tax restructuring after this year's legislative session hasn't found much of a voice in the current gubernatorial race, but the debate is still alive between the statehouse and the rest of Indiana.

October 15, 2008

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Bloomington Health Sciences Company Expands Operations

In 2010, the health science company Predictive Physiology and Medicine will open a new headquarters on the site of the former south side RCA plant.

October 22, 2008

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Police Drop Probe of Terre Haute Racial Incident

The Terre Haute police have called off their investigation into an incident last month where a swastika was painted on the home of an interracial couple.

October 29, 2008

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The Life and Relevance of Eugene Debs

The first part of a three part series on the history and relevance of Terre Haute native Eugene Debs, who ran for President five times looks at a musical written in honor of Debs that's trying to restore his name in a post-Cold War era.

October 29, 2008

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IU’s New Athletics Director Commits to Compliance

Indiana University's new athletics director says he'll make rules compliance a renewed priority within the department when he takes over January 2nd.

October 30, 2008

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Terre Haute Arsons on Pace to Set Record

The Terre Haute Fire Department has investigated 32 arsons since launching its Criminal Arson Investigation Unit earlier this year.

November 13, 2008

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Court: Terre Haute Mayor Should Vacate Office

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett was ineligible to take office in January because of a conflict with the Hatch Act.

November 18, 2008

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Who’s in Charge of Terre Haute?

As recently as early last week, a single person – Duke Bennett – ran the city of Terre Haute. Now, following a ruling against him by the Indiana Court of Appeals, there are two men – Bennett and former mayor Kevin Burke – who say they should be mayor. WFIU sorts out Terre Haute's leadership logjam in this feature.

November 18, 2008

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IU Breaks Ground on a New $15 Million Project

Construction crews have broken ground on a $15 million dollar project to develop an information technology and life science company incubator on Indiana University's campus.

November 21, 2008

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Petition Keeps Kokomo Annexation Lawsuit Alive

Remonstrators on the city of Kokomo's west side say they have collected and submitted enough signatures to keep a lawsuit against the city's planned annexation of their land moving forward.

November 21, 2008

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Pedaling to the Pacific

Over the summer, a 30-something couple from Bloomington took a cross country trip to the California coast. On its own, it's the sort of vacation thousands take every year. But what sets this road trip apart was how they did it: with pedal power.

November 24, 2008

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Prospective Homebuyers Get Creative

Bloomington city leaders maintain the housing crisis has not hit the city as hard as it has other places, but it has led to new types of transactions. Even home buyers with near-perfect credit are being forced to find creative ways to purchase a home.

December 5, 2008

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MCCSC Superintendent Candidate: Doug Williams

WFIU continues a three-part series on the candidates for Superintendent of the Monroe County School Corporation. Daniel Robison has the second profile, of former Indianapolis Perry Township School District Superintendent Doug Williams.

December 8, 2008

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MCCSC Superintendant Candidate: Neyland Clark

WFIU ends a three-part series on the candidates for Superintendent of the Monroe County Community School Corporation with this profile of South Harrison Community School Corporation superintendent Neyland Clark.

December 9, 2008

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Monroe Emergency Management operating without a director

Officials with the Monroe County Emergency Management office now admit the office has operated without a director since October 31st. WFIU's Daniel Robison has more on who's in charge.

December 9, 2008

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Tentative Plan to Raise Standards Could Curb Overcrowding

Indiana university uses complex mathematical models to predict its number of students, but in recent years these models have come up short.

December 9, 2008

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Ryder Cup – The Weekly Special

A major golf tournament comes to the area, and it means major dollars for parts of Southern Indiana.

December 9, 2008

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Meth Lab

Bedford Police were called Monday morning with reports of a strange smell coming from a resident’s garage.Once police got to the home, at 25-16 Sanders Lane, they determined the smell was coming from a a meth lab.According to Colonel Dan Kirk, police arrested five people in the case. Officers brought in a special unit of […]

December 9, 2008

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Theater Receives a Facelift

The restoration of two murals painted by Thomas Hart Benton is the latest step in restoring the Indiana University Theatre.  WTIU’s Stan Jastrzebski has more. Stan Jastrzebski: A team of specially trained art movers from Chicago will take down the murals, and transport them to the offices of art restorers, who will remove a protective […]

December 9, 2008

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Creative Art Workshop

Attendants gathered today to share an artistic vision, and creative ideas.  WTIU’s Shameks Neely has more. The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District hosted a leadership workshop to bridge the gap and assist artisans in future projects. Eric Freeman, Project Manager Indiana Artisan: The goal through overall is to help those artisans expand their business primarily […]

December 9, 2008

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Flu Vaccination Week

It’s National Flu Vaccination Week.  Visitng nurse Service Spokeswoman Heather Hughet says people still have plenty of time to get their vaccination and be protected during the flu season. She says the vaccine is in ready supply this year.

December 9, 2008

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Musicians Showcase Talents

A group of Fairview Elementary School students are in the lime light today. After hard work on an eight week project, they are prepared to entertain. WTIU’s Shameka Neely reports. About 50 first graders showcase their talents today, as friends, parents, fellow students, and teachers gather to support a local community school. Dr. Brenda Brenner, […]

December 9, 2008

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Hoosier Job Market Growth

A Chinese company plans to locate its only U.S. distribution center in Indiana. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and executives of Goodtime Science & Technology  in China say the facility will open in the state’s largest city early next year. The company supplies rubber, plastic and metal products for the auto industry and will initially hire […]

December 9, 2008

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Basketball at Lucas Oil

Well, there were no touchdowns or fieldgoals to cheer about on Saturday in Indianapolis. WTIU sports reporter Dave Leno has more on the first basketball game played inside Lucas Oil Stadium. When fans cross the threshold here at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the anticipation rises for a Peyton Manning touchdown pass, a Marvin Harrison […]

December 11, 2008

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Terre Haute Mayor prepares to file Supreme Court appeal

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says his lawyers are close to filing an appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court to an appellate court ruling saying he is ineligible to hold elected office. The challenge, based on Hatch Act violations alleged by former Mayor Kevin Burke, accuses Bennett running for public office while on the payroll […]

December 11, 2008

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No indication Sony cutbacks could reach Terre Haute

Sony Corporation announced this week it would lay off 16,000 employees by 2010, but the impact of those job losses on Terre Haute’s Sony facility are still unknown. The Terre Haute plant manufactures Sony’s Blu-ray high definition digital video discs. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says he hasn’t heard how the job cuts at Sony […]

December 11, 2008

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Planned Parenthood Nurse Fired Following Release of Undercover Video

Planned Parenthood of Indiana has fired an employee who was caught on tape appearing to show a 13-year old girl how to circumvent state abortion law.  The employee is identified only as “Diana” on the tape, which was actually made by a college junior working for a pro-life organization seeking to expose poor treatment of […]

December 12, 2008

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Indiana banks dealing with terms of federal bailout

News of bank bailouts - like the numbers which accompany them - can be hard to quantify. The process works differently when it hits the ground in Indiana.

December 12, 2008

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MCCSC announces Coopman as new superintendent

The Monroe County Community School Corporation School Board has ended a seven-month search for a new superintendent by announcing J.T. Coopman's appointment.

December 12, 2008

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IU proposes freezing school’s highest salaries

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie has followed the lead of Governor Mitch Daniels, pledging to freeze the salaries of some of the school's highest-paid employees.

December 12, 2008

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Greenspan prepares to leave IU

Outgoing Indiana University Athletic Director Rick Greenspan made his final presentation to the school's board of trustees Friday morning, saying successor Fred Glass inherits a number of building projects well on their way to completion. WFIU's Stan Jastrzebski reports...

December 15, 2008

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Poet Laureate – The Weekly Special

On The Weekly Special: meet Indiana's newest Poet Laureate.

December 15, 2008

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Young Vote – The Weekly Special

WTIU presents: the role of young people in elections.

December 15, 2008

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Indiana University Theatre Murals

Newsbreak presents theatre murals at Indiana University.

December 15, 2008

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IU Men’s Basketball at Lucas Oil Stadium

Newsbreak story: IU men's basketball team at Lucas Oil Stadium.

December 15, 2008

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IU Basketball, IU vs TCU

Dave Leno covers the IU Home Basketball game vs TCU.

December 16, 2008

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New Undercover Video Targets Indy Planned Parenthood

An Elkhart County State Representative has asked state officials to convene an investigation into practices at Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics

December 16, 2008

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Excess Ammonia Released into Bloomington’s Water

The City of Bloomington Utilities introduced more ammonia than usual in the city’s water supply Monday night, resulting in complaints around the city of odorous water. The release of the chemical at the Monroe Water Treatment Plant was unintentional, says utilities spokesman John Callihan. “The amount of additional ammonia did not exceed regulatory guidelines and […]

December 16, 2008

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New Development Brings New Lifestyle

A new business and living concept makes Bloomington a new target. A project started almost five years ago gives residents the choice of living and working in the same area, without having the hustle and bustle of traffic.

December 16, 2008

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Crews Ready to Implode the Dome

Demolition crews will implode what remains of the RCA Dome. It'll take 25 seconds to turn the Colts' former home into a pile of rubble.

December 17, 2008

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State of City Address to Push Green Jobs

The city of Bloomington could become a home to new green technology and alternative transportation companies if Mayor Mark Kruzan is able to follow through on what he says will be a theme of his next "state of the city" address in February.

December 17, 2008

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Increasing Ridership Pushes Bloomington Transit to Build New Facility

Having outgrown its current site, Bloomington Transit will build a new transfer facility downtown thanks to a two million dollar federal grant.

December 17, 2008

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Kokomo Annexation Opponents File for Change of Venue

Lawyers representing one of two groups of Howard County residents hoping not to have their land annexed by the city of Kokomo have filed a petition for a change of venue in their case. Attorneys for the city had been granted a Thursday court date for a hearing designed to throw out the west side […]

December 17, 2008

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New Passenger Facility Will Handle 15 Buses at a Time

Dangerous road conditions aren't stopping Bloomington Transit from adding a new stop in the downtown area.

December 17, 2008

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Police Conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in Jackson Co.

Indiana State Police announced that its Seymour Post in Jackson County will conduct sobriety checkpoints.

December 18, 2008

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Kokomo Mayor ‘concerned’ about Chrysler shutdown

Former union boss and current Kokomo mayor Greg Goodnight says he's telling his union contacts to be ready to give ground on salary and benefit demands.

December 19, 2008

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Experts: Child Welfare System Needs Reform

As the holiday season approaches, thoughts of family and togetherness become central themes. But WFIU's Theresa Bradtke reports in Indiana, an escalating number of children are being taken from their families and made wards of the legal system.

December 19, 2008

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Commissioners Approve Ban on Texting While Driving

Starting soon, anyone caught sending a text message while operating a motor vehicle in Monroe County will be subject to a $25 fine.

December 19, 2008

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The Salvation Army Hopes to Fulfill Holiday Goal

Just like decorations and cold weather - it wouldn't be the holiday season without bells ringing. The Salvation Army of Bloomington hopes they remind shoppers of another important holiday tradition, giving.

December 22, 2008

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Legislature to Weigh Property Tax Permanence

As Indiana lawmakers work to craft a new two-year state budget, discussion of funding formulas is expected to be front-and-center.

December 22, 2008

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Governor’s School Consolidation Plan Questioned

Part of Governor Mitch Daniels’ plan for sweeping local government reform is aimed at state schools. One of the governor’s proposals is to consolidate school districts with fewer than a thousand students. WFIU’s Colin Bishop looks into the potential impact of the plan....

December 23, 2008

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State Deficit Poses Problems for K-12 Funding

In the second installment of Indiana Public Broadcasting’s legislative preview series, WNIN’s Micah Schweizer looks at concerns schools have and the challenges the legislature faces finding enough funding for education.

December 23, 2008

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New IU Bike Guide Released

Bicycle transportation has increased and thanks to a research project, so have services the city of Bloomington offers cyclists. “Once I gathered all this information it really was a question of how do we get that to people and make it really useful,” said Michael Steinhoff, IU Sustainability Task Force Intern Coordinator. Locations on campus […]

December 24, 2008

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Researching the Researchers: Inside IU’s New Doctoral Program

The Indiana University School of Education has received approval for a new doctoral program focusing on how to craft academic surveys.

December 26, 2008

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New State Budget Could Include Full Day Kindergarten

As the Indiana General Assembly prepares to form the state's next two-year budget, education funding is vulnerable, even at a time when the earliest advantages for kids are seen as crucial in helping Indiana compete globally in the long term. In part three of Indiana Public Broadcasting’s preview of the legislative session, WFYI’s Sharon Alseth reports on the likelihood of fully funded all day kindergarten – something state lawmakers consider a necessity rather than a luxury.

December 26, 2008

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Pizzeria Trades Stocks for Slices

An Indiana pizza parlor owner is pitching his own bailout plan for Hoosiers reeling in the recession. For customers short of cash, he'll take stock shares in return for pizza pies.

December 26, 2008

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Brown County Ornament Hangs on White House Tree

This year's White House Christmas tree is glowing with yuletide cheer with help from a Brown County artist.

December 26, 2008

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Library Uses Agressive Tactics to Collect Overdue Books, Fines

Bartholomew County Public Library patrons with overdue books and unpaid fines will soon hear from a collection company threatening to hand over their information to credit agencies. WFIU's Daniel Robison has more.

December 28, 2008

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Kernan Shepard Report Faces Uphill Climb to Become Law

Governor Mitch Daniels wants much of the Kernan-Shepard report to become law. But as WFIU's Daniel Robison reports, the Governor may be in for a challenge.

December 29, 2008

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Deadline Creeps Up on Kokomo Annexation

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the city will pursue legal action against contractors and residents on the outskirts of the city who have been receiving city services for the past eight to ten years. He says those receiving the services signed documents promising not to resist annexation if the city chose to pursue that route. […]

December 29, 2008

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Despite Chrysler’s Struggles, Kokomo Mayor Remains Optimistic

Forbes Magazine recently named Kokomo as the third fastest dying city in the country due to the strong presence of Chrysler plants in the area. And Kokomo’s been named by others as the most Big Three-dependant city in the country. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says those dubious distinctions don’t hold much water. “It’s funny that […]

December 29, 2008

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Indiana Jazz Great Freddie Hubbard Dies

Indiana native and jazz great Freddie Hubbard died Monday in California.. WFIU’s Daniel Robison has more.

December 29, 2008

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Greene Commissioners Break Election Tie Along Party Lines

The Greene County Council race that ended in a dead-heat after November's general election has finally been decided. WFIU's Colin Bishop has more on the result...

December 30, 2008

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Diary of Anne Frank – The Weekly Special

Cardinal Stage of Bloomington presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Waldron Arts Center.

December 30, 2008

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Report: Monroe Auditor “Negligent” in Misappropriation of Funds

A special prosecutor has ruled Monroe County Auditor Sandy Newman was “grossly negligent” when she appropriated funds without approval bythe county council.

December 30, 2008

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Following Monroe Deputy’s Death, IOSHA Requests County Revise Policies

The Indiana Department of Labor has found Monroe County in violation of state law in the October death of a county sheriff's deputy. WFIU's Colin Bishop has more...

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