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ISTA Settles $14 million lawsuit

Last Tuesday, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and her office reached an agreement regarding terms of a 14 million dollar settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. The ISTA offered teachers and other school employees a medical plan that allowed school corporations to invest their excess balances to offset future health care costs. But, according …

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State Road 54 closed this week

State Road 54 in Greene County is closed to traffic beginning today. Railroad contractor crews closed off the road from the junction of State Road 57 to the junction of State Road 67, and will be making repairs to the crossing 0.30 miles east of S.R. 67.  Work began today around 8:00 a.m.  It is anticipated that, weather permitting, the …

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Cate takes stand against government data collection

By Kat Carlton IU Law Professor Fred Cate is taking a stand against a court order that allowed the government to collect telephone data from Verizon Communications. Professor Fred Cate, along with a group of other law experts, filed an amicus brief curiae The brief supports of a motion to strike down the order, which came out of the Foreign …

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Monroe County Election Board Addresses HAVA Complience

At a meeting July 19th, the Monroe County Election Board approved a plan aimed at making voting sites more accessible for people with disabilities. The Board voted to have a team of workers inspect voting locations for compliance with the Help America Vote Act, or HAVA. That federal law includes requirements that sites have appropriate parking and equipment such as …

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Donnelly Opposes Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Indiana Democratic Party Senator Joe Donnelly has joined Republican Party members of the state Congressional delegation in opposing increased regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Donnelly, GOP Senator Dan Coates and Indiana Republicans in the House of Representatives, sent President Obama a letter last week, requesting that he reject new proposals from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. …

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Monroe County-based Artists Receive Indiana Arts Council Grants

Several Monroe County-based artists have received Indiana Arts Council grants for the 2014 fiscal year that begins July 1st. Of the 39 statewide artists in a variety of disciplines who received the awards, five live and work in the immediate Bloomington area. IAC Grants for Individuals rants are given to artists in dance, literature, music, and theater. “It is a …

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Lieutenant Governor Designates Communities for Revitalization

Two Indiana communities have been designated by the Lieutenant Governor to receive help funding revitalization projects. Bedford and Richmond were selected as the two winners of the 2013 Stellar Communities program, which is a collaboration among the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation. “It was a way …

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Indiana Children are Growing Up Healthier

Indiana children are growing up healthier but the state continues to struggle with high rates of child poverty according to new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book.  Indiana ranks 21st in child health, up 13 spots from last year. Indiana Youth Institute helped prepare the data. “We see fewer babies being born at low birth …

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