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Hola Bloomington- October 20, 2017

Host Maria Auxi Viloria, interviews our guest Monay Cavazos and Rachel Gray about the All Options Pregnancy Resource Center. Locutora, Maria Auxi Viloria, entrevista a nuestras invitadas Monay Cavazos y Rachel Ronquillo Gray sobre el centro de recursos de embarazo, All Options.

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Duke Energy Releases Records of Indiana Coal Ash Ponds After Environmental Groups Threaten Legal Action

Duke Energy is releasing records of its Indiana coal ash ponds after being threatened by legal actions from environmental groups. According to a statement issued by Wabash Riverkeeper, The Waterkeeper Alliance and the Hoosier Environmental Council, the dump sites contain hazardous amounts of chemicals that can cause brain damage and cancer. Duke Energy previously refused requests to release the information. …

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Ellettsville FD Now Answering Only Life-Threatening Calls

The Ellettsville Fire Department will now only respond to life-threatening calls. Ellettsville Fire Chief Mike Cornman says he needs to reduce  the number of calls his fire department responds to in order to stay within its budget and current staffing levels. Cornman’s remarks were made during the Ellettsville Town Council meeting last week. During the meeting, Cornman told the town …

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MCCSC Using Janitors, Maintenance Workers as Bus Drivers

The Monroe County Community School Corporation is using Janitors and Maintenance personnel as bus drivers. MCCSC Spokesman Andrew Clampitt says the school district faces a driver shortage, after bus service company Auxilio Services failed to fulfill the terms of its contract. He says the staff members go through “the same training and background checks as bus drivers.” Auxilio Services officially …

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IU to spend $50 Million in Addiction Research

Indiana University will spend 50 million dollars in researching addiction over the next five years, IU President Michael McRobbie announced this afternoon. At a joint press conference with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, McRobbie said the funding will come from the University’s 300 million dollar ‘Grand Challenges Initiative.’ In a Facebook Live video, McRobbie told the …

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Mural Depicting KKK Stays at IU’s Woodburn Hall

A controversial mural at Indiana University depicting Ku Klux Klan members burning a Christian cross and carrying the American flag during a Klan gathering will remain in Woodburn Hall. IU Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel said the mural cannot be removed due to the type of paint used. The mural has created controversy over the past 70 years. …

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Indiana Seeks Changes to 2015 Waters of the US Bill

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has joined 24 other states in support of editing and amending the 2015 Waters of the United States bill. The bill is an effort by the Environmental Protection Agency designed to help protect and better manage American waterways. The Waters of the US bill added language to the 1972 Clean Water Act that helped specify …

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City of Bloomington Rolls Out New Recycling and Waste Disposal Program

The City of Bloomington rolled out its new recycling and waste disposal program this morning. City residents will no longer have to separate out their recycling, or buy garbage tags for garbage bags. According to the city’s website, the new measures are being taken to reduce the, “high number of injuries and subsequent workers compensation costs.” Director of Public Works …

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Housing Choice Voucher Program Begins Tomorrow

The Bloomington Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program will open for applications tomorrow. According to Housing Choice Voucher Program Manager Daniel Harmon, in order for the city’s Housing Authority to provide voucher assistance, a family may not have income which exceeds  50 percent of the area’s median income. Bloomington’s median income is $49,900. To qualify, applicants must make half the …

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Indiana Again Considering Sunday Alcohol Sales

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR) has reaffirmed support for legislation that would permit the carry-out sale of alcohol on Sundays. The support comes weeks before the Indiana General Assembly’s Alcohol Code Revision Commission is scheduled to convene for its fourth meeting of the 2017 session. According to IARB chairman Jon Sinder, the prohibition of alcohol on Sundays is …

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