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Indiana Forest Conservation Legislation Denied

A piece of legislation presented by the Indiana Forest Alliance to protect forests was denied a hearing last week. The proposed act would have made 10 percent of Indiana’s forests off-limits to timber harvest, to preserve the land for wildlife and for people to enjoy. This is the third time IFA has been unsuccessful in passing legislation of this kind, …

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Period Ends January 31st

The Affordable Care Act enrollment period will end on January 31st when the Health Insurance Marketplaces closes. The next open enrollment period will not be until the end of the year. Hoosiers are urged to take advantage of options from eight different issuers with an average of 61 different plans that can lower insurance costs by an average of 12 …

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Bill 377 to Ease Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Hoosiers may no longer have to drain their bank accounts to receive food stamps. That is the aim of Senate Bill 377, which is working its way through Indiana Statehouse. Authored by Republican Senators Vaneta Becker and Ronald Grooms, S.B. 377 would ease access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by removing the value of assets, such as …

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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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