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Indiana University’s Fifth Annual Traditional Powwow

Indiana University’s Fifth Annual Traditional Powwow is this Saturday at noon. The event will take place in the Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union. The event is free and the doors will open at 11 am. A free community meal will be held at 5:30 pm. According to a press release from IU, the Head Lady dancer will be …

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Water Quality and Coal Ash Lagoons to be Discussed at Environmental Forum

An upcoming environmental forum will delve into state environmental issues like water quality and coal ash lagoons. The 8th annual Greening the Statehouse will be held Saturday, November 14th at the University of Indianapolis. This year’s keynote speaker is Attorney Lisa Evans. Evans has 25 years of experience working in hazardous waste law. She represented multiple public interest groups when …

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Report Exposes Troubling Facts Regarding Federal and State Funding to Charter Schools

A new report issued by a non-partisan national watchdog group of investigative journalists charges there is a lack of federal and state accountability for public money used to fund charter schools. In contrast with public schools’ accountability for expenditures to elected school boards, the Center for Media and Democracy, or CMD, likens government spending on charter schools to a “black …

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Upward Trend of DBP’s Found in Water Causes Concern

The Utilities Department of Bloomington has been given the go-ahead to pay for a study into the rising levels of disinfectant byproducts, or D.B.P.’s, in the local drinking water. These D.B.Ps form as the chlorine used to purify the water at the utility treatment plant breaks down as the water makes its way to consumers’ taps. The Utilities Department was …

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John Hamilton Wins Mayoral Race as Democrats Sweep Bloomington City Elections

Democrats swept the city elections in Bloomington yesterday. The Democratic nominees won races for mayor, city clerk and all nine spots on the City Council. Perhaps the most closely watched race was between John Hamilton and John Turnbull, who were both seeking the job of mayor. Hamilton, the Democrat, received a total of 77% of the vote. Turnbull ran as …

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Study Shows When Indiana Targets Economic Development at Small Businesses, Money Still Goes to Big Companies

A recent study by the research firm, Good Jobs First, has found that when Indiana targets economic development at small businesses, most of the money still goes to big companies. The organization studied 14 states, including Indiana. Overall, about 70 percent of the tax credit deals and 90 percent of the dollars ended up in the hands of big businesses. …

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Reverend William Barber to Speak About Moral Mondays

Next Wednesday, Bloomington will be visited by the Reverend William Barber to speak about the Moral Mondays movement. Barber is a leader of the Moral Mondays movement and the president of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP. Moral Mondays is a grassroots movement which formed in April of 2013. It started in North Carolina where seventeen peaceful protesters were …

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Governor Pence Hears Some Pushback from Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Orginization

Indiana Governor Mike Pence heard some pushback yesterday afternoon as he was celebrating what his administration calls economic successes. Pence spoke in Gary at a luncheon put on by the Gary Chamber of Commerce. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Pence focused his comments on the decreasing unemployment rate in Gary. He says the rate is currently 5.4 …

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Bloomington City Council Passes a Resolution in Support of Planned Parenthood

The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution last night in support of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The measure states that Planned Parenthood’s work saves money, saves lives and improves local quality of life. Council members Dorothy Granger, Tim Mayer and Susan Sandberg sponsored the resolution. Council member Granger is a staff member at WFHB. At the beginning of …

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CFC Properties President Speaks on Bird Overpopulation

The local property management company, CFC Properties, has taken a serious interest in the overpopulation of crows and other birds in downtown Bloomington in the past few weeks. During a panel discussion last week CFC addressed the issue of bird droppings causing problems near the courthouse and surrounding areas. The Maurer school of law and the SPEA building have also …

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