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13th Annual Pride Film Festival

Bloomington celebrates diversity this weekend with the 13th annual Pride Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley theatre. In a BCT press release the theatre announces the three day-event that begins tonight and runs through January 30th. Featured will be performances, public discussions, and 32 queer films that express a wide range of viewpoints and appreciate diversity. A festival pass provides entrance …

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Accountability Grades Released for Monroe County Schools

The Indiana Department of Education has released its A-F accountability grades for 2015. Monroe County Community School Corporation has maintained its overall A grade from last year, and Fairview Elementary has achieved a C grade after three consecutive years of F grades. Under recent changes enacted by the State General Assembly, no school was able to receive a lower grade …

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Conservation Group Is Cautious About Potential Alcohol Sales in Dunes State Park

A northern Indiana conservation group, Dunes Action, is warning the public about proposed legislation in the Indiana Statehouse. The organization fears that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is undermining the public’s control of the Indiana Dunes State Park. Dunes Action has been fighting Senate Bill 188. The bill would effectively grant an alcohol sales permit to Pavilion Partners LLC, …

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Bloomington Expected to Receive Grant Money from Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development

The city of Bloomington is expecting to receive $110,000 in grants from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Bloomington City Council member Susan Sandberg says while the grant allocations have not been approved yet, she expects the allocations to be distributed to five non-profit partners in the city. Sandberg said the agencies mentioned in the allocations have not …

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Indiana Given a D- for Reproductive Health and Rights

Indiana has been given a D minus for reproductive health and rights by the Population Institute in Washington DC. The Director of Public Policy for the Institute, Jennie Wetters, says too many residents do not have access to reproductive care and that sex education programs for youth are QUOTE “sorely lacking.” According to a press release from the Institute, 62 …

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Representative Lucas Proposes Bill to Prohibit Firearm Regulation and Backs Bill to Prohibit Government Issued Marriage Licenses

A bill in the Indiana Statehouse would prohibit state agencies including universities from regulating firearms and ammunition on their properties. House Bill 1055 was proposed by Representative Jim Lucas, from Seymour. Indiana law currently grants universities the ability to ban or allow guns on campus. Indiana University and Purdue University both ban firearms. The bill would not allow individuals involved …

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New Sessions of Bloomington Code School Announced

The Bloomington Technology Partnership has announced that the next session of Bloomington Code School will run from January 25 to April 13. The program is free for Monroe County residents and seeks to help residents learn web development and design skills to fill tech jobs. So far roughly 200 Monroe County residents have participated in the program since June of …

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Tavis Smiley to Release a New Book With Contributions from IU Faculty

IU alumnus Tavis Smiley is releasing a new book with contributions from IU faculty entitled “The Covenant With Black America: Ten Years Later”. The book is a follow up to one Smiley wrote in 2006 that laid out a plan to address 10 issues facing African-Americans. According to a press release from IU, Smiley concludes little has changed in terms …

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Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard to Start 2016 Events

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard has began its 2016 with a variety of events including a “Hub Family Lunch” on Thursday, January 21, 12:30-1:30pm. The lunch is open to all and sign up is not required. They are also holding an MLK Day event on Monday, January 18th, from 9-10:30. According to their press release, they are currently looking for volunteers and …

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Monroe Co. Planners Debate I-69 Hospital Access

In the closing remarks of the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s meeting on Friday, Plan Commission member Richard Martin brought up what he considered disconcerting news. Martin was alarmed by the fact that an alternative to the original plan for the I-69 interchange at Fullerton Pike seemed to be in the works. Martin said that alternative would limit access to …

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