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The video of a Bloomington Black civil rights activist getting attacked by a group of White men over the July 4th weekend has gone viral. Coming up the latest on this developing story.

Three men are scheduled to be put to death next week in Terre Haute. But in their latest appeal, lawyers are hoping for a delay because of the coronavirus.

Health officials say a robust contact tracing system is critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The state’s invested millions into its effort but is it actually working?

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July 10, 2020

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Judge Halts 1st Federal Execution In 17 Years Citing Virus, Justice Depart. Appeals

A federal judge in Indiana on Friday halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns.

July 10, 2020

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Attack Of Bloomington Civil Rights Activist, Contact Tracing | Indiana Newsdesk

The developing story of a Bloomington Black civil rights activist getting attacked by a group of White men at Lake Monroe. Tourism officials are hoping short-term vacation rentals can draw visitors back. And is contact tracing actually working?

July 10, 2020

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What Happened Before The Incident At Lake Monroe? Here's What Vauhxx Booker Says

Booker has sat down for three separate interviews with WTIU/WFIU News over the course of the week. Here’s what he’s said.

July 10, 2020

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‘I Would Write-Up My Staff For This’: Local Health Officials Say Indiana’s Contact Tracing Efforts ‘Unacceptable’

Local health officials were optimistic; two months and more than $40 million later they’re losing patience.

July 10, 2020

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Kirkwood Ave. near IU's campus is devoid of cars one day before Gov. Eric Holcomb's coronavirus Stay-At-Home order will take effect.

Tourism Officials Hope Vacation Rentals Can Lure Cautious Tourists Back To Bloomington

After the pandemic hit the U.S. and states began enacting lockdowns, travel plummeted to a near standstill. Hotel occupancy fell to almost 20 percent nationally in April, and is still under 50 percent in Bloomington.

July 7, 2020

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FBI Investigating Lake Monroe Incident As Possible Hate Crime

Vauhxx Booker, who is Black, was assaulted by a group of White men on the Fourth of July as he made his way through the woods to Lake Monroe to watch the lunar eclipse.

July 3, 2020

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Reopening Delay, Breweries Surviving, Fireworks Sales Booming | Indiana Newsdesk

The state is pressing pause on its reopening plan. Power companies can’t raise rates to recover revenue from lower energy demand. Craft breweries are adapting business models. And local fireworks sales are booming.

July 3, 2020

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COVID-19 Could Reshape Craft Brewing Industry

Like many industries across Indiana, the craft brewing business was booming until the coronavirus forced it to shut down for three months.

July 2, 2020

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Fireworks Sales Skyrocket Leading Up To Fourth Of July Weekend

The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) reported the consumer fireworks industry set a record by selling $1 billion worth of products in 2019. They anticipate that number will be surpassed this year.

July 1, 2020

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MCCSC Approves Plan For 2020-21 School Year, Mask Policy

MCCSC Superintendent Judy DeMuth says much of the Corporation’s plans for reopening are in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, advocating for in-person learning.

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June 26, 2020

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Reopening Schools, Lake Michigan Erosion | Indiana Newsdesk

Could long-term care facilities COVID-19 infections be plateauing? A look at Monroe County’s school restart proposal. And a teen who has autism is producing his own podcast so others know it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

June 26, 2020

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IU Epidemiologist: Overseas Data On Reopening Schools Encouraging, But Limited

With a little over a month until school starts, the Monroe County Community School Corporation has released a tentative plan for getting kids back to school. Parents will be able to choose between in-person or online education.

June 26, 2020

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Local Teen Shares His Experience and Wisdom Through Podcasting

He said his goal is to educate and enlighten those with autism and help them overcome their struggles, but he also has another group he is trying to reach.

June 26, 2020

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Lawmakers Set To Tackle Controversial Insurance Bill During Summer Session

A proposed piece of legislation would set a universal rate for ambulance transport costs.

June 23, 2020

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Hoosier Heights Owner Responds To Racism, Sexism Allegations

Allegations of sexual harassment, racism and unsafe working conditions are piling up against a local climbing gym.

June 21, 2020

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State Told Local Health Departments How To Hide Long-Term Care Data: Here's What We Found

"They’re starting to doubt our infrastructure, and why wouldn’t they?” one public health administrator asks.

June 19, 2020

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Nursing Home COVID Numbers, Pandemic Vaccinations | Indiana Newsdesk

Indiana nursing home COVID deaths data is being kept private. Many families are delaying vaccinations during the pandemic. And a Supreme Court victory for LGBTQ rights will impact Indiana.

June 19, 2020

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Pandemic Causes Food Prices To Spike Throughout The Nation

Food prices increased by 4% over through May, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

June 19, 2020

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Pediatricians Playing Catch-Up After Pandemic Decreases Children's Immunizations

In the month of April alone, the number of non-flu vaccinations ordered for children 18 and under fell by more than 93,000 doses – nearly a 47 percent decrease compared to last April.

June 18, 2020

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Attorney Taken Off Guard By Decision To Reschedule Client’s Execution

Danny Lee is the first of four inmates scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Terre Haute penitentiary July 13.

June 16, 2020

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Farmers' Market Subcommittee Disbanded After Controversial Statement

"The last thing we wanted to do was to add to the pain so many people in our community have and continue to experience," Parks Department Director Paula DeWitt said in an apology.

June 15, 2020

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Supreme Court: Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Workers From Discrimination

Legal experts say the court's decision is a major victory for sexual and gender minorities facing workplace discrimination on the basis of their identities.

June 12, 2020

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Several Members Of Farmers' Market Subcommittee Resign After Controversial Facebook Post

In that post several local activists noticed a line that bared racial undertones of Black-On-Black crime.

June 12, 2020

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Indiana's Stage 4 Reopening Plan, Airlines Struggling, Lake Monroe | Indiana Newsdesk

The governor is fast tracking the state’s reopening plans. One local airline struggles to find space for their planes and keep them maintained during the pandemic. And the health and viability of Lake Monroe.

June 12, 2020

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Buskirk-Chumley Theater Director Talks Challenges To Local Arts During Pandemic

Locally, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is just one of many arts venues in Bloomington working to respond to complications created by COVID-19. Its location in the heart of downtown gives it prime visibility.

June 12, 2020

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Grounded: COVID-19 Forces Airlines To Search For Airport Parking Lots

The hiss of jet engines have been replaced with chirping birds.

June 11, 2020

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Floods, Erosion, Algae: Is Lake Monroe A Sustainable Source Of Drinking Water For Bloomington?

Experts are trying to figure out how unusually high water levels may be increasing shoreline erosion and dangerous algae at the reservoir that supplies drinking water to the City of Bloomington.

June 9, 2020

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UPDATE: Protesters Mostly Gone From Courthouse Lawn Wednesday Morning

At Wednesday morning's Monroe County Commissioners' meeting, the commissioners reaffirmed their commitment to the county ordinance that keeps people from staying overnight on the courthouse grounds.

June 9, 2020

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Indiana Schools To Have Flexibility When Reopening

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick is emphasizing the freedom local leaders have to determine how their schools will operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

June 5, 2020

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State Police Deployed Over Protests, IU Reopening Plan | Indiana Newsdesk

Late returns from this week’s primary election. How Bloomington and IU are working together to bring students back safely. And a project to help cities close the gaps in tree cover.

June 5, 2020

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Statewide Urban Forest Map Aims To Help Cities Close Gaps In Tree Cover

The Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute is working to compile a statewide urban forest map.

June 5, 2020

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With Schedule Set, IU, City Plan For Influx Of Out-Of-Town Students

IU and City of Bloomington are planning for thousands of out-of-town students to return. But without a vaccine, the question is how to bring students back safely to protect the campus community and Bloomington residents.

June 4, 2020

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Legislature Considering Alternatives To Meeting At Capitol

The way people work is changing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes state lawmakers.

May 29, 2020

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COVID-19 Testing An Ordeal For Journalist Despite New Sites

When a journalist working for WFIU/WTIU News came down with a fever and other symptoms, he tried following the same guidance he'd been relaying to the public.

May 29, 2020

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Coronavirus Coverage: Testing Process, High School Graduation | Indiana Newsdesk

Follow a reporter trying to get tested after displaying symptoms of the coronavirus. We sit down with the democratic candidates for the district 40 senate seat. And how one local school is honoring its graduates.

May 29, 2020

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Bartholomew High Schools Wrap Up Virtual Graduation This Weekend

Despite the coronavirus, administrators, teachers and staff wanted to give students the opportunity to receive their diplomas in front of family and friends.

May 29, 2020

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Devoted Hoosier Fans Look To Unsure Return Of IU Football Season

Brendan Pickens says IU sports bring his family closer together and gives them something to bond over and take great pride in.

May 28, 2020

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Indiana State Senate District 40 Primary Candidate Forum | Election 2020

Trent Feuerbach, Shelli Yoder, and John Zody are running in the Democratic primary for Indiana State Senate Dist. 40 on June 2, 2020.

May 22, 2020

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Coronavirus Coverage: Reopening With Restrictions, 1918 Spanish Flu | Indiana Newsdesk

Is reopening with restrictions enough to make people feel safe? A historian’s account of the 1918 flu pandemic. How local radio stations are making up for lost revenue. And unemployment benefits update.

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