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Daily Local News, December 12, 2017

Indiana University graduate students occupy congressman Trey Hollingsworth’s office; Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill intervenes in a federal immigration case in Indianapolis; The Bloomington Plan Commission voices its support for a Unified Development Ordinance that would limit downtown development. FEATURE Perry Clear Creek Fire Department will propose a merger with the Indian Creek Fire Department before the Monroe County Commissioners on December …

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City, County To Bring Opioid Manufacturers to Court

The City of Bloomington and Monroe County will join a lawsuit against opioid producers and their affiliates. The city and county governments are expected to announce the legal action on Wednesday morning. City of Bloomington spokesperson Mary-Catherine Carmichael says the lawsuit reflects local government’s belief that the burden of the opioid epidemic shouldn’t be shouldered by citizens alone. Carmichael says …

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City Council Plans For Affordable Housing

The Bloomington City Council took up amendments to the city’s draft comprehensive planning document in a special session last week. Council members continue to keep the issue of affordable housing a priority. Dave Rollo has added an amendment to protect affordable housing in the city’s core neighborhoods. Rollo says the amendment acknowledges the need for mixed housing developments to accommodate …

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Daily Local News – December 11, 2017

Democratic and Republican party chairs are gearing up for the 2018 election; Non-profit community bookstore, Boxcar Books, is closing its doors at the end of this month; The City Council took up amendments to Bloomington’s draft comprehensive planning document; The City of Bloomington and Monroe County will join a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and their affiliates; The Indiana Department of …

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Daily Local News – December 7, 2017

Monroe County Plan Commission member Scott Wells announced his resignation from the commission; Indiana Attorneys and lawmakers attempt to make connections between marijuana use and opioid addiction; Democracy for Monroe County will be hosting an event to discuss and debate the cash bail system; City of Bloomington Utility crews will be working to repair a water main break on South …

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Daily Local News – December 6, 2017

The Bloomington Planning Department is issuing a recommendation to decrease the size of housing developments in the city’s downtown.   The city of Bloomington partnered with the future Graduate Hotel on Kirkwood Avenue, to develop an art project at hotel’s construction site. The Centers for Disease Control ranked the city of Bloomington as the ‘drunkest city in the state.’ United States …

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Daily Local News – December 5, 2017

The Monroe County Health Department is looking to continue operating its needle exchange program; We’re a scant week and a half away from the December 15 deadline to register for health insurance through the national Health Insurance Marketplace; Bloomington Parks Director Paula McDevitt says her department will increase spending to market parks programs in 2018; The Indiana University Panhellenic Council …

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Business Coalition Opposes New Tax Bill

A small business coalition is running attack ads against Sen. Todd Young for his support of the Senate tax bill. Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform has reportedly spent over six-figures on television commercials in Indiana. The group has spent more than $1 million on similar ads targeting Republican lawmakers in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Arizona. The group is now urging …

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Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill Along Party Lines

U.S. Senate Republicans advanced their proposed tax bill over the weekend. Votes largely came down along party lines, with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker being the only Republican to vote against the bill. On Saturday, 51 Republicans voted to pass the bill, and 48 Democrats voted against it. Reflecting the partisan atmosphere in Washington, Republican Indiana Sen. Todd Young voted in …

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Daily Local News – December 4, 2017

US Senate Republicans passed their tax bill over the weekend; Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform is running attack ads against Sen. Todd Young for his support of the tax bill; Indiana’s largest environmental gathering, Greening the Statehouse, drew crowds at the Hendrix County Fairgrounds Saturday; Indiana University School of Public Health Professor Debby Herbenick hosts the 22nd edition of the …

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