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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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Bloomington P.D. Releases New Information on Murder-Suicide Case

The Bloomington Police Department has released new information on the murder-suicide case involving an IU student late last month. Police believe the perpetrator, Chuanlin Xiao, stabbed the student, Yaolin Wang, to death before hanging himself at an east side apartment complex. Police now say Wang and Xiao met in the spring semester of last year at a community college near …

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State Board of Education Delays Vote on Passing ISTEP Scores

The State Board of Education delayed voting yesterday on cut scores that will determine which students pass this year’s ISTEP exam. According to a press release from the Board, members said more time is necessary to compare inconsistencies between online and paper tests. Members of the Board said they received information about the inconsistencies from the Department of Education late …

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Public Forum on Minimum Wage

A public forum this coming Monday will discuss how raising the minimum wage for low income workers has become more than just a political issue, but a battle with lives at stake. A press release about the event states that the current minimum wage of seven dollars and twenty-five cents per hour does not begin to cover the bills for …

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City Is Reminding Local Businesses Of Smoking Ordinance

Because of a growing number of complaints, smoking ordinance are reminding businesses about the city’s smoking ordinance. Citizens of Bloomington are reminded that smoking is not permitted inside businesses, or even on outdoor patios. The ordinance was first proposed in 2003 by Dr. Anthony Pizzo, a pathologist and former city council member. The ordinance is intended to protect citizens from secondhand …

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Conservative Group Plans John Kerry “Welcoming Party”

A group of local conservatives plans to protest a speech tomorrow by Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. tomorrow at IU’s School of Global and International Studies. The group, Young Americans for Freedom at IU, is organizing the protest. The group’s vice-chairman, Andrew Ireland, says he’s happy the Secretary of State is coming …

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