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Bloomington Parks Department seeks public input

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan. The forum will be held from six-thirty to eight-thirty p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. Parks Department Director Mick Renneisen says some key themes for the plan have already …

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Indiana is 8th most obese state in U.S.

A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US. That puts Indiana four spots higher than the previous year’s ranking. 31.4% of Hoosiers were reported as obese last year, up from 29.9% the year before. The study utilized phone surveys of 176,000 adults across the US. Respondents were asked about …

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Nick’s English Hut hosts meeting to discuss panhandling

The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington. Susan Bright and her husband, Gregg Rago, are hosting a meeting tomorrow afternoon at their restaurant with city officials and other business owners. A message that Bright sent seeking support for the effort was titled, “Bum Commerce …

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Annual Beanblossom Festival celebrates legacy of John Hartford

The Bill Monroe Music Park in Beanblossom was host this past weekend to a festival celebrating the music of folk and bluegrass legend John Hartford. Hundreds of people attended the event, which featured three stages and dozens of bands. Hartford released twenty-six albums before passing away in two-thousand-one at the age of sixty-three. He is credited with helping found a …

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Monroe County Council Gives More Life to West Side TIF District

The Monroe County Council voted four to three Tuesday night to support extending the life of the West Side TIF district by 15 years. The Council also showed approval for issuing a $3.5 million bond to pay for road projects there. A TIF district allows the local government to spend property tax collected within the district exclusively on projects in …

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Cancer Charities Accused of Fraud; 137 Million Dollar Settlement Already Agreed Upon

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined a national lawsuit against four cancer charities accused of scamming millions of dollars from donors. That’s according to a press release from the AG’s office. The plaintiffs include the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The FTC has accused the charities of squandering donations …

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Bloomington City Council Borrows $48 Million Dollars for TIF District

The Bloomington City Council voted last night to borrow up to forty-eight million dollars for the city’s Redevelopment District, also known as the downtown TIF district. The bond funds are to be used to finance infrastructure work in the district. Mayor Mark Kruzan lobbied for the measure at the May 13th meeting of the council. Kruzan spoke again last night. …

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iCan Bicycle Camp Rides into Bloomington

A bicycle camp for disabled children and young adults is coming to Bloomington this August. The deadline to sign up for the iCan Bike Camp is June 15th with ten spots left. Organizing Committee Member Deborah Meyerson explains the basics of the program. “It’s designed to help kids with disabilities to ride a two wheeled bike”, Meyerson explains. Professionals of …

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Purdue and IU freeze tuition

Last week, Purdue University announced it would freeze tuition for a fourth year in a row. And today, IU indicated it would follow suit. IU president Michael McRobbie recommended in a statement today that IU not increase tuition for in-state students for the next two years. The IU Board of Trustees will make a final decision on that request June …

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IU Sociology Professor releases study contradicting previous claims

An Indiana University Sociology professor has just released a study contradicting previous claims that lesbians and gay men make bad parents. Professor Brian Powell partnered with the sociology department at the University of Connecticut to reanalyze the claims that children of same-sex parents have negative social, emotional and relational outcomes. The original study is known as the Regnerous Papers. It …

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