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A weekly program where mayors from Bloomington, Columbus, and Terre Haute answer questions about your community. We also delve into new and long-term city topics.

The show airs on WFIU on Wednesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. 

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From left: Mayor Brandon Sakbun (D-Terre Haute), Mayor Mary Ferdon (R-Columbus), and Mayor Kerry Thomson (D-Bloomington)

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  • First Wednesday of the month: Columbus Mayor Mary Ferdon (R)
  • Second Wednesday of the month: Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun (D)
  • Third Wednesday of the month: Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson (D)
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May 22, 2024

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Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Thomson on protests, student housing, annexation

Thomson says she has a good relationship with IU president Pamela Whitten, housing balance needs to tip to workforce housing, and why the hanging lights on Kirkwood are down.

April 17, 2024

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Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Thomson on resolution vetoes, over-development

Mayor Thomson says she'll continue to veto city council resolutions that don't directly affect Bloomington, including ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.

April 10, 2024

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Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Sakbun on eclipse crowds, casino, ISU president

Mayor Sakbun gives us an update on how the eclipse events went Monday and how they could improve. We get reaction from the casino opening last week and more on the search for a new ISU president.

April 3, 2024

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Columbus Mayor Mary Ferdon

Ask The Mayor: NexusPark opens, police chief takes office, eclipse preparations

NexusPark is open with one grand opening to go - the city's Parks and Recreation Department in a couple of weeks. Mayor Ferdon also advises residents where to go for the solar eclipse Monday.

March 20, 2024

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Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Thomson on Summit District, visual arts, Kirkwood

The city is preparing for up to 300,000 people to visit during the solar eclipse, talks are underway about the future of Kirkwood Avenue, and are the visual arts being forgotten about in city budgets.

March 13, 2024

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Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Sakbun on eclipse, negligent landlords, casino

A new ordinance will hold subcontractors accountable for natural gas line strikes, eclipse planning is in full swing, and the casino is set to open April 5.

March 6, 2024

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Columbus Mayor Mary Ferdon

Ask The Mayor: Mary Ferdon's first show in Columbus on eclipse, homelessness, transition

The city is ramping up for the total solar eclipse next month, resources are being put together to combat homelessness, and a big ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned Wednesday.

February 28, 2024

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Sandie Jones, Nashville Town Manager

Nashville Town Manager on eclipse, infrastructure, music center

Nashville officials are expecting thousands of visitors for the eclipse, water and sewer infrastructure needs are being addressed, and the music center is filling seats and spurring the economy.

February 21, 2024

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Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Thomson on annexation, interlocal agreement, lower cascades

On mayor Thomson's first show, we get updates on the interlocal agreement, annexation litigation, Lower Cascades Road closure, and more.

February 13, 2024

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Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Sakbun on ARPA allocations, housing

Sakbun says more than $18 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds are available to be allocated.

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January 10, 2024

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Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Sakbun settling in 'firing on all cylinders'

Terre Haute Mayor Brandon Sakbun's first episode as he settles in 'firing on all cylinders.'

December 20, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's John Hamilton update on transition, says farewell

Bloomington mayor John Hamilton's last show before his term ends. We get an update on the administration transition, police station sale, interlocal agreement stalemate and more.

December 13, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett says goodbye after 16 years in office

Bennett looks back over his 16 years in office, what he'll miss the most, and best piece of advice to Mayor-elect Brandon Sakbun.

December 6, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop tours NexusPark, says good-bye as term ends

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop takes us on a tour during construction at NexusPark for his last show. We talk about his tenure, retirement plans, and advice for future mayors.

November 22, 2023

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Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on campaign, transition, underground carbon

The transition process is underway, residents are worried about a proposed carbon emission underground storage, and what's next for the long-time Terre Haute mayor.

November 15, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on e-bike vouchers, interlocal agreement, election

John Hamilton says a final draft of the interlocal agreement for the convention center expansion is now in front of city council for approval. The mayoral transition process is underway.

October 31, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop PFAS update, riverfront project, annexation

Mayor Jim Lienhoop gives an update on the remediation plan to reduce PFAS in the city water supply, the riverfront project is moving forward, and more on voluntary annexation.

October 25, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on monolith, annexation, banning billboards

Mayor John Hamilton says he's trying to get a list of projects complete with only two months left to go in his term.

October 4, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on leaf pickup, NexusPark use, budget

Mayor Jim Lienhoop says leaf collection begins in a couple weeks, the city 2024 budget has some larger than normal employee salary increases, and NexusPark won't just be used for bookings.

September 20, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on monolith construction, annexation strategy, tasers

Hamilton says the monolith is already under construction if not complete, officers carrying tasers is part of a pilot program, and annexation hearings should be scheduled soon.

September 6, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Lienhoop on Exhibit Columbus, water testing, Commons code

We meet Mayor Lienhoop at an installation of Exhibit Columbus to talk about why a city well pump is being shut down, and update on NexusPark, and new rules for the Commons.

August 16, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on police fire headquarters, CIB, trash fees

Hamilton responds to a city council member and police official who say there's not enough transparency in the police/fire headquarters move. Also, more on the CIB for the convention center expansion.

August 9, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on workforce development, housing

Bennett says crafting next year's budget is top priority this month, the city needs a workforce that's ready to work with housing on every level, and his reaction to the Danville casino opening.

August 2, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on Crump Theatre, conference center, police/fire pay

The Crump Theatre may open back to the public in a couple months, a new developer is looking at another site for a proposed conference center, and more pay increases to retain police and fire personnel.

July 19, 2023

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Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on CIB proposal, high speed internet connections

Hamilton says a handful of residents are now connected to high-speed internet from GigabitNow, the city is concerned about the proposed CIB without an inter local agreement, and the Hopewell neighborhood groundbreaking is scheduled for Friday.

July 12, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on casino, storm clean-up, park upgrades

Bennett says construction of the casino is on schedule to open in spring as workers enclose the building before winter. We also get updates on ARPA funds and city park upgrades.

June 14, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett on ARPA funds, convention center, Larry Bird museum

Bennett says Dr. Chris Himsel will be a good fit as superintendent of Vigo Schools, American Rescue Plan money funding meetings are continuing, and the convention center needs more hotel rooms.

June 6, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Lienhoop on NexusPark Christmas tree, conference center halt, park shooting

Mayor Lienhoop tells us why there's a Christmas tree on top of NexusPark, reaction to the recent park drive-by shooting, and why the delay on a downtown conference center.

May 17, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on Cook cuts, deer feeding, College-Walnut study

Hamilton says he doesn't read too much into the Cook job cut announcement as economies change. A city commission is proposing a ban on feeding deer, and a look at the May primary election.

May 10, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett on state budget session, social worker program

Terre Haute's Duke Bennett has a challenger in the race for mayor, the statehouse session is complete, the city is meeting on how to spend ARPA funds, and the police station is starting a new program.

April 19, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on endorsements, spending snafu, new stop sign

Hamilton's preference for his successor is no surprise, statehouse legislators say the city misspent food and beverage tax revenues, and why a stop sign has been reinstalled on 7th Street.

April 12, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on tornado recovery, capitalizing on Entek, water park survey

The city is helping Sullivan in tornado recovery efforts, the city's sewer system is back to normal after an accidental chemical spill, and 1,800 people responded to the water park survey.

April 5, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on tornado devastation, Cummins, Project 46

Lienhoop says the city has offered help to those communities hit by Friday's tornadoes, Project 46 furthers collaboration with other cities to fight climate change, and the 1821 Trail is ready for a grand opening.

March 22, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on Cascades traffic, capital board, fire pay

The mayor explains why he wants to close vehicular traffic through Cascades Park, the controversy on council representation on the city capital nonprofit board and responds to the H-T report on low firefighter pay.

March 8, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on ammonia spill, park upgrades, luring big business

The ammonia spill is under control and didn't pose any risk of losing water supply, big improvements are coming to city parks, and leaders are luring a $1 billion business investment.

March 1, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Lienhoop on train derailment, fiber installation, airport land use

First responders train for emergencies like the train derailment in Ohio. No reports of disruptions as crews install fiber for broadband access. And the mayor is preparing for his final State of the City address.

February 15, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on police and fire headquarters, fiber sewer repairs

The county is having trouble finding a location for the new jail, no update on the convention center expansion, and homeowners shouldn't be responsible for fiber sewer repairs.

February 8, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on COVID, ARPA funds, property tax caps

Bennett says he's seeing more downtown openings after the pandemic, the new jail location further south isn't creating new problems for officials, and new legislative talk of decreasing property tax caps is déjà vu.

February 1, 2023

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on NexusPark, 1821 Trail completion, and parking

The city wants to add traffic calming devices and parking along 2nd street to reduce accidents, reduce parking enforcement in outlining areas, and steel is on the way for the NexusPark construction.

January 18, 2023

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on racist stabbing, police headquarters, jail site

A new nonprofit will focus on the arts, tech, and housing initiatives. The mayor condemns the racist stabbing. And city administration wants to move forward on expanding city hall to include police and fire headquarters.

January 11, 2023

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett on re-election, 2023 priorities, general assembly

Bennett says there's still work to be done and he wants another term as mayor to do it. We also talk 2023 priorities and what he's watching for as the general assembly gets underway at the statehouse.

December 28, 2022

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Nashville Town Council President Nancy Crocker

Nashville's Crocker talks end of council term, what's after politics

Nashville Town Council President Nancy Crocker wasn't re-elected in November. We talk one last time on her four years on council and what's next after politics.

December 21, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on CIB, new police and fire headquarters, jail

The mayor is still not on board with a CIB to expand the convention center. We get a preview of Wednesday night's council meeting on new police and fire headquarters, and new jail rezone.

December 14, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on water park feasibility, art spaces, re-election

The city is working with the county on a feasibility study for a sports complex and water park. Art Spaces is asking $1.5 million for phase two of the Turn To The River project. And the mayor's thoughts on whether he'll run for re-election.

December 7, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on downtown fire, not running for re-election, past year

Lienhoops says investigators haven't found the cause of Sunday's downtown blaze that destroyed a historic building, what projects he's focusing on before his final term ends, and the year in review.

November 16, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on re-election, convention center, Walnut/College Ave. study

The city plans to respond to the county's offer of a CIB to run the convention center in a week or two, a feasibility study recommends an arts incubator, and a listener emails in to ask for the mayor's homeless population plan as winter arrives.

November 1, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on redistricting, NexusPark, community of year

City council votes on redistricting, Airpark development and NexusPark update, Meridiam broadband installation begins soon, and the city will be honored this month as the state's community of the year.

October 26, 2022

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Nashville Town Council President Nancy Crocker

Nashville's Nancy Crocker on fall tourism, new budget, security

We visit with town council president Nancy Crocker to get an update on the newly crafted budget, the state abortion ban effect on tourism, new security cameras, and more.

October 19, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on convention center expansion, scooters, deer

The city wants to move ahead with the convention center expansion without county collaboration, the 2023 city budget is up $22 million from last year, officials held a first hearing on a site for the new jail, and more on urban deer.

October 12, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett on approved budget, workforce development

Next year's budget is approved and now the city turns to allocating ARPA funding, a workforce development plan, 12 Points area rezoning, and housing strategies.

October 5, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on housing shortage, second tier city status

Mayor Lienhoop takes a trip to Bloomington to meet with Mayor Hamilton on environment initiatives. We talk housing shortage, second tier city status, and new security enhancements for city hall.

September 21, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on convention center, scooters, city broadband

Hamilton says city high-speed internet construction begins next month and the city doesn't want to deal with forming a CIB if the county is not interested in the convention center expansion.

September 14, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's budget, justice reform, jail

Mayor Bennett says next year's budget will be the 8th straight balanced budget with increases for capital equipment and staff raises, and prisoners should be occupying the new jail in October after supply delays.

September 7, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on parking meters, budget, Otter Creek golf course

The city is selling Otter Creek Golf course, but with a few stipulations. Parking meters could create more churn in downtown parking. And the new county court services building paves the way for a proposed conference center site.

August 24, 2022

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Nashville Town Council President Nancy Crocker

Nashville's Crocker on human rights ordinance, utility repairs

After delays and concerns, town council passed a human rights ordinance. A new mural is going up downtown. And a Community Crossings grant is helping re-pave and stripe streets just in time for the fall tourism rush.

August 17, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on convention expansion, new city budget

Hamilton responds to the General Assembly's special session, the idea behind taking over convention center operations, and budgeting for the income tax increase.

August 10, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on statehouse special session, jail move

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett addresses abortion and inflation relief legislation. Also casino construction is underway, prisoners will be moving to the new jail soon, and a quick update on road paving.

July 20, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on city hall expansion, abortion ban

City officials are moving forward on combining fire and police headquarters at city hall, retail spaces at Fourth Street Garage are still vacant, and the mayor's message to state legislators on crafting abortion legislation.

July 13, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on casino preparations, funds for new parking garage

The city is getting $4.3 million to help build a parking garage downtown, how officials plan to attract casino-goers to downtown, and a local hospital installs a free naloxone vending machine.

July 6, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on elevating city status, READI grant allocation

City council is set to vote on elevating city government status to 'second class,' COVID cases are creeping back up, NexusPark is getting $6 million from the state's READI grant program, and the conference center study is in.

June 15, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on Sarah Dye venture, mayoral race

Hamilton says the city's cooling stations are open, state and federal officials are not doing enough to prevent gun violence, a new project identifies lead in water lines, and gives an annexation update.

June 8, 2022

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Churchill Downs proposed rendering of Terre Haute casino

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on school shootings, casino groundbreaking, failed referendum

Bennett says there are multiple solutions into reducing mass shootings including gun control, schools will have to find other ways to fund capital improvements after a failed referendum, and Terre Haute hosts it's first Pride festival.

May 25, 2022

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Town Council President Nancy Crocker

Nashville's Nancy Crocker on COVID rise, human rights ordinance

Paperwork is moving forward to get Brown County State park on the town's water/sewer system, the human rights ordinance is ready for a second reading, and a new art display is scheduled to be dedicated Friday.

May 18, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on tax increase, high-speed internet

Now that the income tax increase is set, how will residents know where the extra money is going? More on the possible east-west transit route, combination fire and police headquarters, and more.

April 27, 2022

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Brown County Playhouse has new seats, lighting and sound systems, and more.

Nashville's Crocker on Brown County Playhouse, human rights ordinance

The Brown County Playhouse has been upgraded, tourism dollars don't fund town infrastructure, a human rights ordinance gets a first reading, and most storefronts are full despite COVID.

April 20, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on tax increase, fiscal transparency

Hamilton explains why now is the time to raise the local income tax rate, the communication process between the mayor and council, and your questions on fiscal transparency, and the lawsuit on annexation waivers.

April 13, 2022

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The Terre Haute Convention Center officially opened Saturday.

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on convention center opening, Turn to the River project

The Terre Haute Convention Center is officially open for business, the city will dedicate a new art plaza in May that aims to link downtown to the Wabash River, and the city will host its first Pride Festival.

April 6, 2022

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Spring has sprung in Columbus

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on pandemic fallout, housing development

It's our first visit to Columbus since the pandemic took hold two years ago. Lienhoop says he's seeing an increase in foot traffic downtown, takes your questions on climate change, and previews the groundbreaking for a housing and grocer development.

March 23, 2022

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Town Council President Nancy Crocker on a Zoom interview Tuesday afternoon.

Nashville council president joins "Ask The Mayor" show, talks infrastructure needs

A fire destroys at least two downtown shops, the town is looking for state grant money to fund sewer projects, the town needs more police officers during tourism season, and we learn more about Nancy Crocker as we welcome her to our show for the first time.

March 16, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on creamery smokestack, tax hike, annexation

An engineer says the downtown creamery smokestack will have to be reduced in size. A proposed local income tax increase could fund police dept. raises. And decisions on city annexation lawsuits could be announced in a week or two.

March 9, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on sewer rate increases, convention center opening, gas prices

Terre Haute’s new convention center is getting ready for an April 9 grand opening. The city will have to adjust budgets for higher gas prices and increase sewer rates for its long-term control plan.

March 2, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on masks, Ukrainian solidarity, conference center study

The city plans on loosening the mask requirement in government buildings, a new study on the proposed downtown conference center, NexusPark funding, and the mayor responds to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

February 16, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on annexation numbers, food and beverage tax, mask mandate

If declining COVID trends continue the mask mandate could end, the city is using some of the food and beverage tax dollars for pandemic assistance, and there's still a long ways to go before annexation is finalized.

February 9, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on winter storm cleanup, neighborhood forums

The city is cleaning up from last week's winter storm, neighborhood planning forums aim to revitalize the 12 Points area, and the city update is rescheduled for February 24.

February 2, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on snow storm, tax cuts, conference center

The city has 900 tons of salt ready for the winter storm this week, the mayor updates his priorities on Statehouse legislation, and the dominoes are falling in place for the new conference center facility.

January 26, 2022

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Dax Norton, Nashville Municipal Consultant

Nashville Municipal Consultant on 2021 accomplishments, tourism, innkeepers tax

Despite the pandemic, the town was able to break the innkeepers tax record, sewer infrastructure and public safety are the town's top funding priorities in 2022, and COVID testing/vaccinations continue.

January 19, 2022

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on remonstration, COVID cases, Waldron

Hamilton says the city hasn't had to reduce city services due to increased COVID cases, the Monroe Convention Center expansion is still on hold, a study is underway on the future of performing arts venues.

January 12, 2022

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on vaccine mandates, state tax cuts

Bennett says he rather see vaccine mandates come from the statehouse and not the White House, masks in public places should be up to individuals, and says state tax cuts are fine if legislators replace those funds to cities with other revenue streams.

January 5, 2022

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on tax cuts, new grant money, Fair Oaks Mall

The first program of the year comes with Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop who reacts to the lag in COVID vaccinations, new READI grant money, demolition work at Fair Oaks Mall, and an update on the 1821 Trail.

December 15, 2021

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on masks, remonstration, lead testing

Hamilton says the latest controlled burn lead report is the last test in the area, the city is waiting for finalized remonstration report to determine if legal action is necessary, and the mask mandate is keeping COVID cases low despite the recent uptick.

December 8, 2021

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on COVID surge, casino operator

Like most places, Terre Haute is experiencing a COVID surge, Churchill Downs has been selected as the new casino operator, the city allocates American Rescue Plan Act funds, and the mayor reflects on 2021.

December 1, 2021

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on wrong COVID trends

Lienhoop says COVID numbers are trending in the wrong direction and will until herd immunity is reached.

November 17, 2021

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on lead contamination, high-speed Internet

Hamilton says in hindsight the controlled burn should have been done differently, the 7-Line dedication is set for Wednesday, and the city has a letter of intent with a developer to install high-speed Internet throughout the city.

November 16, 2021

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Bloomington Courthouse

LIVE: Ask The Mayor with Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

We're joined by Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton at 1:30 p.m. for a segment of Ask The Mayor.

November 3, 2021

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop on Fair Oaks Mall, urban grocer development

The mayor says a 54 percent vaccination rate is not high enough, Columbus Regional Health is beginning to take over the former Carson's location at Fair Oaks Mall, and city tax districts will help fund a mixed-use urban grocer development.

October 27, 2021

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Nashville's Municipal Consultant Dax Norton

Nashville's Municipal Consultant Dax Norton on tourism, 'whole life' residents

Tourists are still flocking to Nashville despite the delay of autumn colors. A new proposed development means housing options for keeping young residents in the community.

October 20, 2021

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton on budget rift, remonstration, re-election

The mayor says there is good communication between the administration and city council despite council objecting to the city budget.

October 13, 2021

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett on police retention, casino license

Bennett says the city hasn't reacted, but has been evolving policing for some time. He prefers Lucy Luck gaming as the city's casino operator. And we get an update on the end of this year's paving projects.

September 22, 2021

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Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton

Nashville's Municipal Consultant Dax Norton On Preparing For Fall Tourists, Police Budget

In this week's "Ask The Mayor" program, we visit with Nashville municipal consultant Dax Norton and talk COVID during tourism season, police budget, and more.

September 15, 2021

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Annexation Questions, Police Pay

Monroe Co. is one of only three in the state's yellow COVID metric, annexation is scheduled for a vote tonight, and the mayor disagrees with FOP city salary ranking.

September 8, 2021

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett Doesn't Believe Census Numbers, Police Station Move Date

Bennett says the state is doing the best it can do despite rising COVID numbers, the city would welcome any Afghan refugees to live and find work, and he doesn't believe the census numbers are correct.

September 3, 2021

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Afghan Refugees, Proposed Amtrak Service

Lienhoop says a whole bunch of people need to get vaccinated and another mask mandate would be difficult to enforce. He's also motivated to help refugees start a new life in America, and is supportive of Amtrak service through Columbus.

August 25, 2021

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Dax Norton

Ask The Mayor: Municipal Consultant Norton On Nashville COVID, Water Utility Needs

No mask mandates in effect, the county is rated 'orange' in the state metric for COVID cases, water utility needs millions of dollars in repairs, and budget hearings are scheduled this week.

August 12, 2021

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Duke Bennett On No Mask Mandates, Annexation

The city is status quo on COVID-19 cases and doesn't see the need for more restrictions, the balance of annexing more people into a city, and a few interested casino operator parties have contacted the city.

July 21, 2021

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Annexation And Police, Kirkwood Flooding

Twenty percent of positive COVID cases are the delta variant, a 900 bedroom apartment complex is approved at the former K-mark location, why Kirkwood floods, and will the city be able to maintain a proper police force staff after annexation.

June 2, 2021

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus' Lienhoop On Reopening, Sewer Rate, FairOaks Mall Renaming

As COVID restrictions loosen, more buildings and places are opening. Human bones were discovered during sewer work. Sewer rate proposal heads to city council. And FairOaks Mall will soon be renamed.

May 26, 2021

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Nashville's Municipal Consultant Dax Norton

Nashville Municipal Consultant Dax Norton On COVID Rates, State Park Utility Expansion

Brown Co. is in the yellow cautionary state metric level, municipal buildings open June 1, the DNR is working with the town in providing water and sewer for Brown County State Park.

May 19, 2021

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Duplex Ordinance, Annexation, Parade

City loosens COVID restrictions, UDO duplex ordinance passes with compromise, all eyes turn to annexation procedures, and Bloomington's 4th of July parade will look different this year.

May 12, 2021

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute's Bennett On Vaccine Hesitancy, Convention Center Progress

Bennett says media and politicians should step aside and let non-vaccinated COVID residents consult their doctor. Convention center construction is on time and on budget, and officials are waiting for rescue plan money.

May 5, 2021

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Vaccination Hesitancy, Airpark Campus

Bartholomew County is at the blue COVID metric level, vaccine hesitancy and variants could block herd immunity, 20-year-olds are contracting the most COVID cases, and a new gateway project is in the works.

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