WTIU Reports: April 2003 Watch »
The vacancy sign is up at lots of business space around Bloomington. One estimate places the percentage of empty office space in town at 24 percent, and the empty industrial space at 35 percent. By comparison, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) considers investing in new construction risky if a community has a vacancy rate over fifteen percent. Relatively new and large buildings are empty, including around 220,000 square feet of office space and nearly 3 million square feet of industrial space. The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation is setting its sights on filling those spaces. Some say city and county policies will hurt that effort. With the economy lagging and jobs moving, how can the city address the situation.
A Soldier's Family Story
A profile of a Bloomington woman awaiting the safe return of her husband, fighting in the war in Iraq, and why she’s been recognized as a “hero” by some.
Conversation: Andy Rooney
An interview with the 60 Minutes commentator about his former colleague, the famed war journalist, Hoosier native Ernie Pyle. Rooney speaks about how Pyle would have liked being an “embedded reporter,” about the future of 60 Minutes after the departure of creator and executive producer Don Hewitt, and about what he wishes people would remember about him.
Congressman Baron Hill on treatment of American POW’s by the Iraqis; an Israeli observer with a national Jewish campus group talks about what he hopes the outcome of the war means for Israel and Palestinian peace.
What's the Deal?
A wind sculpture behind a Bloomington shopping center that looks like giant waving fishing poles. Originally aired in February 2002; this story recently received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Video.