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Bloomington to host National Softball Tournament

This weekend Bloomington is scheduled to host the National Softball Tournament. The event will be for the sixteen and under girls division for the Midwest region 10. It is scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday. Bloomington Parks and Recreation Sports Division Director, John Turnbull, described the event last week to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners. “We’re going to …

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Considerations for a Needle Exchange Program in Monroe County

Monroe County health officials are exploring whether to begin operating a needle exchange program. The news follows the implementation of needle exchange programs in Scott and Madison counties earlier this year. Indiana State Department of Health data shows the number of reported Hepatitis C cases in Monroe County increased by 55% from 2009 to 2014. Health officials are also concerned by …

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RBB Schools Explore Testing Alternatives

The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten. The test attempts to identify students who need remediation in math and English. This is the first time the Indiana Department of Education will allow school corporations across the state …

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Monroe County Energy Mobile Promotes Conservation

The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood. Bloomington Commission on Sustainability member Molly O’Donnell made the announcement last week just prior to the visit. “We’ve designed signs that can go from one area to another…just saying ‘Energy Mobile Coming to You Soon,'” O’Donnell said at a Commission meeting. “If we go to houses…and …

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Indiana’s Child Well-Being Rank Drops

Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But Indiana’s new rank is not necessarily the result of worsening conditions in Indiana. According to the report, other states like Missouri and New York have improved over the past year, leaving Indiana behind. Hoosier …

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IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link

IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of …

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Single-Use Bag Ordinance

Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee. “We’re going to vote on whether or not to support the single-use bag ordinance that’s being proposed. We’re going to send out the actual ordinance to members and …

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Google Contributes $150,000 to I.U. for STEM Research

Google has contributing $150,000 to a study by two Indiana University researchers who want to understand the connection between early childhood experiences and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM. Adam Maltese and Kylie Peppler, associate professors at IU’s school of education, will study how putting things together and taking them apart can promote a …

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Lotus Foundation Buys Old Fire Station For $1.00

Last night the Bloomington Board of Public Works approved selling the old Rogers Street fire station to the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation for one dollar. Over the years, staff have consulted with other arts groups and artists interested in the building. The former fire station is at 105 South Rogers Street. Economic and Sustainable Development Director, Miah Michaelson noted …

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Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Seeks Nominees

The Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Awards is looking for nominees for their 5th annual awards ceremony. Viable candidates must be advocates in the Latino Community and exemplify leadership, initiative, advocacy, and dedication in Monroe county.There will be four categories of awards: The Latino Leader Award, Outstanding Latino High School Senior Award, Community Organization/Agency Award and The Latino Community …

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