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Daily Local News – December 25, 2017

This retrospective edition of the Daily Local News highlights some of our best reporting from 2017; New Leaf-New Life’s volunteer-run addiction program is forced out of Monroe County jail; Bloomington’s annexation efforts are thwarted by last minute legislative changes; And a foreclosure case in Bloomington that could alter the rental landscape. We’ll also hear an interview with Indiana State Poet …

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Daily Local News – December 20, 2017

HEADLINES A small plane crash in south eastern Indiana claimed three lives over the weekend; Monroe County Commissioners are taking a first step in updating county code to reflect a 2007 ordinance regarding solid waste facilities; The City of Bloomington is gearing up to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Monroe County and the city’s establishment; The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development …

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Daily Local News – December 19, 2017

The Indiana Director of the Department of Child Services announced her resignation; changes in the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxicity standards mean the city of Bloomington will save money on Switchyard Park; Indiana Senate Democrats have begun putting together a legislative agenda for 2018; and The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County received its single largest donation to date. FEATURE …

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New Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was named Indiana’s Poet Laureate last week. A professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University, Matejka has authored several poetry compilations. The Devil’s Garden (2003) won the New York/New England Award. Mixology (2009) was a National Poetry Series award winner. It also was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke (2013) won the Ainsfield-Wolf Book …

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Residents Press Waste Mgmt. Board To Oppose Transfer Facility

Residents opposing a proposed waste transfer station in Monroe County continue to press county officials to oppose the project. Residents addressed the Solid Waste Management Board on December 14th. During public comment time, Mark Napier said residents are stressed by the limbo they find themselves in. Solid Waste Management District Director Tom McGlasson, Jr., said he has not heard from …

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County Council Approves Food & Beverage Tax to Fund Convention Center Expansion

The Monroe County Council approved a one-percent food and beverage tax to help fund the expansion of the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center. In a special session last night, Council member Geoff McKim voiced his support. McKim said he’s motivated by the prospect of a more vibrant downtown that restores balance between locals, students and visitors. Reading from the Indiana state …

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Daily Local News – December 18, 2017

The Monroe County Council approved a one-percent food and beverage tax to help fund an expansion of the Bloomington Convention Center; Residents opposing a proposed waste transfer facility in Monroe County continue to press officials to oppose the project; White Buffalo Inc., a professional hunting firm, is expected to kill 100 deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve this winter. …

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Daily Local News – December 14, 2017

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners have joined with the City of Bloomington in a class action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors; The City of Bloomington Utilities Department announced plans to begin selling water in bulk next year; Monroe County Treasurer Jessica McClellan has changed the county’s investment policy in order to take advantage of rising interest rates; Concerned …

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Daily Local News – December 13, 2017

People living with HIV in South-Central Indiana now have a primary care service through IU Health Bloomington. The Indiana State Health Department recorded the first flu death in the state last week, the victim was under the age of 18. The United States Department of Agriculture is promising to ‘increase the efficiency’ of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP …

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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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