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Bloomington Plan Commission Approves Downtown Development Limits

The Bloomington Plan Commission voiced its support last night for temporary changes to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would limit downtown development. Proposed amendments would change parameters for what’s termed as by-right developments. By-right projects are those that adhere to current zoning code and therefore don’t require Plan Commission review. According to Commission meeting documents, the proposed changes are …

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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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Monroe County Health Department to Renew Needle Exchange Program

The Monroe County Health Department is looking to continue operating its needle exchange program. County Health Department Director Penny Caudill says the program is up for re-approval by the Monroe County Commissioners tomorrow. Caudill says the first step in continuing the county’s nearly two-year old program is to ask Commissioners Julie Thomas, Amanda Barge, and Patrick Stoffers to allow the …

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Business Coalition Opposes New Tax Bill

A small business coalition is running attack ads against Sen. Todd Young for his support of the Senate tax bill. Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform has reportedly spent over six-figures on television commercials in Indiana. The group has spent more than $1 million on similar ads targeting Republican lawmakers in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Arizona. The group is now urging …

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Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill Along Party Lines

U.S. Senate Republicans advanced their proposed tax bill over the weekend. Votes largely came down along party lines, with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker being the only Republican to vote against the bill. On Saturday, 51 Republicans voted to pass the bill, and 48 Democrats voted against it. Reflecting the partisan atmosphere in Washington, Republican Indiana Sen. Todd Young voted in …

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Commissioners Hear Residents Protest Proposed Waste Transfer Facility

Monroe County residents continue to protest a waste transfer station proposed by Indiana Green Transfer and Recycling. Half a dozen area residents complained to Monroe County Commissioners last week about the smell and debris the North Angelina Lane facility would create as well as its potential impacts on water and air quality, traffic, and property values. Social worker Susan Burke …

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Enrollment Miscalculation Leaves Public Schools $9 Million Short

Miscalculation in enrollment is leaving a $9.3 million hole in state funding for public schools. The Indiana Department of Education’s annual student headcount shows some 6000 more students enrolled in public schools than lawmakers had budgeted for. According to state statute, in the event tuition support exceeds the state’s annual appropriation, the Department of Education must proportionately reduce the amount …

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Community Concern Over Proposed Waste Transfer Facility

The proposed plan to develop a waste transfer station on Bloomington’s Northwest side is stirring up controversy. County Councilmember Shelli Yoder originally sponsored the proposed transfer station’s Department of Environmental Management permit. Yoder has since stepped down from that role, and is succeeded by Bloomington engineer and architect Jeff Fanyo. The proposed Solid Waste Transfer station—which would accept garbage from …

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Hola Bloomington – November 17, 2017

Host Maria Auxi Viloria, interviews guests Doris Loayza and Mitch Teplisky.  They discuss their experiences with Quechua language living in Peru, New York. Locutora, Maria Auxi Viloria, entrevista a invitado Doris Loayza y Mitch Teplisky.  Hablan sobre sus experencias con la lengua Quechua viviendo en Peru y Nueva York.

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