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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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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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