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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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IU School Accepts More Koch Brothers Cash

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, or SPEA, recently announced that it will continue its close financial relationship with right-wing philanthropist Koch brothers. In December SPEA Dean John Graham announced that a professor at its IUPUI wing will receive a $210,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation. According to Greenpeace the Koch brothers have spent at least $79 …

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Switchyard Park Designs Presented to Commissioners

City officials have offered mostly praise for a new set of conceptual designs for the Switchyard Park. Designers made a presentation yesterday to the Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners. Once completed, the Switchyard Park is expected to stretch over 57 acres south of Grimes Lane. Kevin Osborn presented the plan to the Board. Osborn works for Rundell Enstberger Associates, the …

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MCCSC Board Frustrated by Faulty ISTEP Scoring

Monroe County Community School Corporation board members lambasted the state legislature at the end of a meeting last night. Members of the board demanded apologies from the state legislature for recent failures in statewide examinations. The comments came during the final minutes of the two hour session and after a report by the Indianapolis Star found computer glitches have caused …

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Indiana University Study Finds News via Social Media Creates “Information Bubbles”

A recent study by Indiana University researchers has found that people who access their news via social media are measurably more at risk of exposing themselves to what co-author Fil Menczer calls information bubbles. “An information bubble is a metaphorical term to refer to the fact that they may be exposed to a set of news or informations that my …

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New Senate Bill Excludes Certain Segments of LGBTQ Community

A recently filed bill, Senate Bill 100, seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s nondiscrimination laws. However, many more bills like this may come through soon. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce supports such a bill but has yet to endorse any specific proposal. Senate Bill 100 was created by Republican Senator Travis Holdman with language that …

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I-69 Development Continues to Cause Environmental Concerns

Earlier today Governor Mike Pence joined state and local leaders opening section 4 of Interstate 69. Afterward Pence led a caravan to open the new 27 miles between U.S. 231 and State Road 37, just south of Bloomington. Purdue University researchers estimate that commuters will save about 18 minutes of travel time with this new stretch of highway. One of …

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Monroe County Government Loses Tax Court Battle With CVS

The Monroe County government has lost another tax court battle with CVS. This second ruling in less than a year could save the corporation tens of thousands of dollars a year on its property taxes. County Assessor Judy Sharp says other taxpayers will probably have to make up the difference. “Any time that someone gets their property assessments lowered- and …

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