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Decarcerate Monroe County: Youth Services Bureau

Decarcerate Monroe County holds a public meeting to discuss the needs and desires of young people in our community and the future of county youth services. At an earlier public meeting in September, many community members, social service workers, and local officials raised important questions and concerns about moving the Youth Services Bureau into the county court system. The latest …

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Nuclear Policy: Paul Kapur, Sumit Ganguly

Two of the nation’s preeminent scholars on international security and nuclear weapons held a debate in Bloomington this week on the long-term security implications of nuclear weapons, particularly in South Asia. Paul Kapur is associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He’s written a book with Bloomington political science professor Sumit Ganguly, …

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Yellowwood Timber Sale

Three thousand trees in Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe State Forests went up for sale today. The Indiana Division of Forestry opened up its Yellowwood State Forest Office at 9 am this morning for the timber sale. Earlier this month Monroe County commissioners passed a resolution urging that the backcountry areas of those same forests be protected from commercial logging. Today’s timber …

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Transgender Day of Remembrance events in Bloomington spanned two days yesterday and Monday, featuring a mock graveyard in Dunn Meadow with headstones bearing the names of 119 known transgender-based murder victims from the past year. Last night local LGBTIQ …

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Rick Bragg: Power of Words

Rick Bragg is an acclaimed Southern storyteller and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He is best known for his autobiographical trilogy: “All Over But the Shoutin’”, “Ava’s Man”, and “The Prince of Frogtown”. He is currently a professor at the University of Alabama and has been recognized with more than forty writing awards, including Alabama’s 2009 Harper Lee Award. Bragg’s signature stories …

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Coal Country: Stop Mountaintop Removal

Yesterday the environmental advocacy group Heartwood hosted a premiere of “Coal Country”, the award-winning new release by filmmakers Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller, documenting the courageous and inspiring stories of people living in Appalachian communities affected by mountaintop removal coal-mining and the entire cycle of coal power. Mountaintop removal uses enormous quantities of explosives to blast the tops off of …

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County Land Use Plan: Ron Walker, Mark Stoops

Local landowners and business leaders held a town forum this week to voice concerns over the county’s proposed comprehensive land use plan. Some argued that the public hasn’t been given enough time to review the proposal. Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops says those claims are unfounded, pointing out that copies of the 115-page plan have been available since September. The …

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Local First: Michelle Long

Local First Indiana is a new chapter of a national network of grassroots non-profits focused on supporting locally-owned independent businesses and local economies. Local First Indiana launched Monday night in Bloomington with a talk by Michelle Long, executive director of the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies. Long was formerly the director of Sustainable Connections, a local business network in …

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Veterans Day: Veterans Remember

The number of U.S. Military veterans and family members enrolled at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has risen significantly in the past two years, at an increase of more than 130 percent. Today the campus commemorated Veteran’s Day with a visit from four local veterans who serve on the executive board of the local AmVets Post 2000. Dave Cobb, Phillip Purtlebaugh, …

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Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelters: Joel Rekas

Last month the Bloomington Community and Family Resources Commission hosted a public forum on affordable housing and shelters for the homeless. Commission members say they will consider the public input offered at the forum in searching for innovative ideas for programming and public policy to increase affordable housing options for more Bloomington citizens. On yesterday’s program we heard from Joel …

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