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Officials Meet for Discussion of Public Safety Tax

An unusually large group of local government officials are meeting tomorrow to decide whether Monroe County will keep its new public safety income tax. Officials have described tomorrow’s meeting as historic, because it brings together members of the Bloomington Common Council, the Monroe County Council, the Ellettsville Town Council, and the Stinesville Town Council. All four bodies must vote on …

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November Election Begins Individual Voting Procedures

Starting in the November election, Indiana voters will have to individually elect at-large county and town council seats. Although the straight party voting will still be an option for other races, voters will have to elect these specific positions individually. Senate Bill 61 was passed earlier this year, putting the changes into law.

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City Looks to Purchase Night Moves, Other South Walnut Properties

The City of Bloomington is exploring the possibility of purchasing the city’s only strip club, Night Moves, as well as other nearby properties on South Walnut Street. The properties are adjacent to the planned Switchyard Park. Bloomington Parks Department Operations Director Dave Williams spoke to the city’s Redevelopment Commission about the possibility last week. Williams did not mention the strip …

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Bloomington Police Still Searching for Perpetrator in Home Invasions

The Bloomington Police Department has yet to catch the masked man who terrorized Bloomington women in their homes and broke in through unlocked doors in the middle of the night last week. There were five reports of home invasions and attempted sexual assaults in Bloomington last week — although one of the home invasions was not included in the initial …

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CDC Funds Opioid Overdose Prevention Program in South Central Indiana

In a growing struggle to address high drug overdose rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $520,000 to the Indiana State Department of Health to expand overdose prevention outreach. An IU news release reported that 12 Indiana counties with high overdose rates are targeted for education about the drug naloxone and the role it plays in opioid-overdose …

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Google Offers Trekker Camera Rig to Record Trail Systems

A 50-pound, 15-lens Google Trekker backpack camera is on loan to Brown County this fall, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau has a long list of volunteers to wear it on hiking trails, including around Yellowood Lake. According to the Herald-Times, Bloomington officials loaned the camera this summer, capturing footage on local trails and the B-Line – and now that …

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90% of Syringe Exchange Participants Based in Southern Indiana

Five Indiana counties have established syringe-exchange programs, also known as SEPs, following a change in Indiana law last year. The State Department of Health reports that while Fayette, Madison, and Wayne counties have SEP programs; the vast majority of participants, nearly 90 percent, are in Scott and Monroe Counties. That’s according to a story by Indiana Public Media. Scott County …

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Third Suspect Arrested in Murder Investigation

Police arrested a third suspect today in an apparent robbery that ended in the killing of a 26-year-old Bloomington woman. This morning, Dennis Webb was taken into custody in Indianapolis, according to a statement from Bloomington Police. Two other suspects, Johnny Moore and Billie Jean Edison, were arrested yesterday. Police have accused the three of attempting to rob 26-year-old Brittany …

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Mike Pence Releases Tax Information in Financial Disclosure

Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Mike Pence, has released new information about his personal finances as part of a financial disclosure report. The disclosure documents reveal that Pence’s household is almost entirely dependent on his salary as governor, which has generated $174,000 since early 2015. Pence’s wife lists her occupation as a self-employed artist, but her business brought …

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Extreme Weather Named as Cause of Reduced State Fair Attendance

The final numbers for attendance for the 2016 Indiana State Fair showed a 20% decrease in attendance from last year. Officials blamed a heat index of near 90 degrees, followed by several continuous days of rain for keeping Hoosiers at home. However, Sunday’s clear weather and comfortable temperatures drew a record-setting 83,000 attendees. The grand total for the 17-day event …

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