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MCCSC Board Against Changes to Certification Criteria for Teachers

Last week Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett proposed major changes in certification criteria for public school teachers and administrators in Indiana lowering the formal credentials that applicants for both types of positions would require, like a proposed cut in school administrator qualifications and requiring that teachers possess only a bachelorís degree in their field of expertise and not …

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Order of the Arrow: Racism and Homophobia in Boy Scouts

Thousands of Boy Scouts are in Bloomington this week for the elite Order of the Arrow conference, under fire from local Native Americans because of racial stereotyping and the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Scout Executive of the Hoosier Trails Council in Bloomington Randy Brown on Friday defended the Order of the Arrow, saying that rather than …

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Splash Pad: Disability-Friendly Playground

People of all abilities and disabilities celebrated the grand opening of the Karst Farm Park Playscape this past Saturday. The Playscape is a fully inclusive play area, designed with universal accessibility in mind. The central feature of the Playscape is a water splash pad, with water wheelchairs. The grand opening event celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of the Playscape …

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Everybody’s Bloomington: The B-Line

Bloomington city officials have launched a new monthly talk show to explore B-town news and events. The half-hour program is called ìEverybodyís Bloomingtonî, produced at the studios of our media partner CATS, Community Access Television Services. The latest episode features the two top figures in the development of Bloomingtonís B-Line Trail, mayor Mark Kruzan and parks and rec director Mick …

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Elected Officials on Healthcare Reform

The courthouse lawn was the site today for yet another local rally for healthcare reform, but this one was different: each and every speaker is an elected government official. These local officials called on Indiana’s Congressional delegation to pass healthcare reform before going on recess. Rally organizers say Congress has the best opportunity in a generation to fix our broken …

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Alex Jarvis: Renewable Energy in the Indiana Economy

Bloomington resident Alex Jarvis was once known as the drummer for some of our best local rock bands, but today Jarvis is an expert on solar energy. He recently visited our studio to talk about his work with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, how solar energy works and how the average person can use it, and how the solar industry …

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Ellettsville Town Planner Frank Nierzwicki Fired

Ellettsville planning director Frank Nierzwicki was fired last night in a somber meeting of the Ellettsville town council. Ellettsville is now left with just one employee in its planning department, assistant plan director Connie Griffin, who takes over Nierzwickiís responsibilities until the council decides whether to restaff the planning director position or contract with an outside consultant to continue meeting …

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Beloved Hooligan: Evan Farrell Tribute Sculpture

Hear a touching tribute to Evan Farrell, a beloved local musician who perished in a fire in December 2007 as city officials unveil a sculpture on the B-Line Trail created in his memory, on his birthday. Friends of Farrell say the kinetic metal sculpture perfectly captures Farrellís creative free spirit. We take you on-location with dad Ken, fellow musician Simon …

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Steve Volan: Community Recycling Facility

Media reports that the new city budget “sailed” through its first review aren’t exactly accurate, at least not if you were watching the July 23 final session. That budget review focused on the Public Works budget, which includes the budget for city sanitation services. The sanitation budget was the ONLY budget to NOT get preliminary approval by the city council. …

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Healthcare, Healthy Planet

As federal lawmakers debate a new energy bill AND a healthcare bill, Bloomington residents rallied today in front of the Monroe County Courthouse. The version of the energy bill that passed the House of Representatives was significantly weakened by industry lobbyists and would repeal a key portion of the Clean Air Act, opening the door for as many as 100 …

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