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Locals Protest Pipeline

Twenty protesters gathered yesterday in front of the South Walnut Street Sunoco gas station to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. A Sunoco clerk called the police once the protesters refused to move out of one of the lot’s entrances, according to the Herald-Times. Protesters were reportedly blocking traffic. Protesters said that the event was in response to the 141 …

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Indiana Voters to Decide Whether or Not Hunting and Fishing Should Be Protected by the State Constitution

This year’s November ballot comes with an unusual  proposition: an amendment to Indiana’s constitution. Question Number One on the ballot asks Hoosiers whether the state should incorporate hunting and fishing as a right in the state constitution, in the same article as freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial. In addition to assigning constitutional protection to hunting …

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Monroe County Looking for Volunteers to Work Polls

Monroe County is in need of volunteer poll workers for the November 8th election. At an Election Board meeting last week, Election Supervisor, Laura Dahncke; and Board Chair, Carolyn VandeWiele, reviewed the number of poll workers needed, and how volunteers can sign up. Dahncke went into specifics as far as what was needed: “As of yesterday, our Democratic recruiter had …

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Student Organizations Stage Demonstration to Protest Recent Violence

Students Against State Violence and the Black Student Union at Indiana University are holding a demonstration at the Sample Gates this evening beginning at 6:30pm. The event will include speakers from student organizations and Indy10 Black Lives Matter, and is intended as a protest against racialized police violence and institutional racism. The demonstrators will be marching from the Sample Gates …

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Monroe County Accepts Grant Money; Plans for Unexpected

Last week the Monroe County Commissioners accepted more than $15,000 in grant funding for the county’s Futures Family Planning Clinic. The money comes from the Indiana Family Health Council. The Futures clinic provides family planning services on a sliding fee scale. County Health Administrator Penny Caudill said the clinic is receiving slightly less money than in last year’s grant cycle. …

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Officials Meet for Discussion of Public Safety Tax

An unusually large group of local government officials are meeting tomorrow to decide whether Monroe County will keep its new public safety income tax. Officials have described tomorrow’s meeting as historic, because it brings together members of the Bloomington Common Council, the Monroe County Council, the Ellettsville Town Council, and the Stinesville Town Council. All four bodies must vote on …

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November Election Begins Individual Voting Procedures

Starting in the November election, Indiana voters will have to individually elect at-large county and town council seats. Although the straight party voting will still be an option for other races, voters will have to elect these specific positions individually. Senate Bill 61 was passed earlier this year, putting the changes into law.

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City Looks to Purchase Night Moves, Other South Walnut Properties

The City of Bloomington is exploring the possibility of purchasing the city’s only strip club, Night Moves, as well as other nearby properties on South Walnut Street. The properties are adjacent to the planned Switchyard Park. Bloomington Parks Department Operations Director Dave Williams spoke to the city’s Redevelopment Commission about the possibility last week. Williams did not mention the strip …

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Bloomington Police Still Searching for Perpetrator in Home Invasions

The Bloomington Police Department has yet to catch the masked man who terrorized Bloomington women in their homes and broke in through unlocked doors in the middle of the night last week. There were five reports of home invasions and attempted sexual assaults in Bloomington last week — although one of the home invasions was not included in the initial …

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CDC Funds Opioid Overdose Prevention Program in South Central Indiana

In a growing struggle to address high drug overdose rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $520,000 to the Indiana State Department of Health to expand overdose prevention outreach. An IU news release reported that 12 Indiana counties with high overdose rates are targeted for education about the drug naloxone and the role it plays in opioid-overdose …

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