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A Meeting Discussing The Future Of Economic Development and Sustainability In Bloomington

Last night the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County and the Monroe County Public Library sponsored a panel discussion about economic development in Bloomington. The group took questions from the audience and the event was filmed by Community Access Television Services. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Kate Cruikshank, the president …

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Development of 6 Acres of Trades District Awarded to Indianapolis Developer

Earlier this month, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced the city had reached a deal with a company to develop about half of what the city calls The Trades District. The company, Flaherty and Collins, has agreed to develop a six-acre piece of land just east of Rogers Street and south of 11th Street. The city currently owns the land, which …

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Would Would A Monroe Co. Needle Exchange Look Like?

Earlier this month, the Monroe County Commissioners gave the go ahead for the County Health Department to set up a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users. The Commissioners passed a resolution in support of the department’s declaration of a health emergency in the community, due to the local Hepatitis C epidemic. The Department can now apply to the State …

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Banneker Community Center Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Art and Audio Projects

The Banneker Community Center celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Banneker was founded as a school for African American children and transformed into a community center after school integration. It continues to serve in that role today. And to celebrate its anniversary, this year’s summer campers learned about local African American history through art and audio projects. We bring you …

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Bus Service Between Cities to be Offered at Bloomington Transit Center

Bus service between cities is expected to be offered soon out of the Bloomington Transit Center. During the August 18th budget hearings of the City of Bloomington, the General Manager of Bloomington Transit, Lew May, announced that BT had signed an agreement with Miller Hoosier Ride Service for this Grey Hound associated firm to move its Bloomington services to the …

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Plans For Needle Exchange Program Have Been Set in Motion

Monroe County officials are moving forward with plans to establish a needle exchange program here. Correspondent Hannah Boone has more for today’s WFHB community report.

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Executive Director of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District to Retire

The Executive Director of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Larry Barker, announced that he will be leaving his job on Friday. His retirement will happen prior to the completion of the Materials Recycling Facility, or Murf, at the District, perhaps Barker’s biggest goal in the past few years. Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to Barker about the …

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Think Tank Makes Shaky Case For “Tobacco Harm Reduction”

Last week the student newspaper at IU published a lengthy letter advocating for an end to government funded tobacco research. The letter was written by Jesse Hathaway, who works with the Chicago-based Heartland Institute think tank. Correspondent Dan Young spoke about the issues raised in the letter with both Hathaway and IU public health professor and tobacco researcher Jon Macy. …

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Human Rights Ordinance Housing Status Amendment

Last night the Bloomington City Council showed support for a law that would discourage discrimination against people based on housing status. The measure would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, which already bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, ancestry, disability or national origin. The ordinance also discourages discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Several speakers last …

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Local Residents Voice Opinions on Planned Parenthood Funding

Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily …

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