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Annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

Bloomington’s annual pumpkin launch is coming up. This annual team competition is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th. The Community Events Co-ordinator for the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Bill Ream, presented the details on the event at the September 22nd meeting of the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners. Ream says the pumpkin launching competition is judged on both accuracy and …

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Education Committee Endorses Ritz

A State Campaign Committee of Educators has endorsed Glenda Ritz. According to a press release the Indiana Political Action Committee for Education has endorsed Ritz’s re-election bid as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction. In related news, a state task force is going to work on a plan of action for Indiana state lawmakers surrounding teacher shortages. Ritz co-chairs the task …

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Panel Discusses Sustainability Tomorrow at IMU

A panel discussion titled “Who’s responsible for Sustainability?” is planned for tomorrow in Bloomington. The event will be held at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union on IU’s campus. According to a press release, the panel will discuss economic, social, and environmental factors that contribute to sustainability and how that all affects the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. …

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CEEP Assists with Saudi Education Reform

The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at IU’s School of Education will focus on designing and conducting a series of evaluation projects for the Saudi government. These projects will help that government’s 45 school districts evaluate leaders, principals, teachers and …

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County Plan Commission has Recommended Approving Communication Tower Near Airport

The Monroe County Plan Commission has recommended approving a controversial wireless communications tower near the county airport. At its meeting on Tuesday, the Commission had its final hearing on the request from Verizon to build the tower on a small parcel of land, currently zoned residential. The Commission had heard this request previously, first, in April, then in July and …

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Local Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County is hosting three local candidate forums starting Monday, September 28. The first event will start at 7pm at the City Council Chambers and will feature the Mayoral candidates and the City Council at-large candidates. On September 29 the forum will also take place at the City Council chambers at 7pm …

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Promotion of Anti-Discrimination Laws in Indiana

The former CEO of Angie’s List says he is forming a coalition aimed at promoting anti-discrimination laws in Indiana. The Indianapolis Star reports today that Bill Oesterle is starting a group called Tech For Equality, which he says will advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. In many parts of Indiana, there are no laws barring …

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Bloomington Utilities Has Designed Water Stations

For the last couple of years, the Bloomington Utilities Department has set up water stations at IU’s major sporting events. Utilities Director, Patrick Murphy, described the program to the Utilities Service Board last week. He said that the utilities department has had a unique history in developing this type of thing. Murphy told the Board members they could see the …

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Freedom Indiana Is Seeking More Legal Protections

The statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a constitutional marriage amendment and campaigned against the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act has a new legislative project. Freedom Indiana has launched a new campaign to update the state’s existing laws against discrimination. Updates would include prohibitions on discrimination against gay and transgender Hoosiers. Chris Paulsen is the new campaign manager of the …

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Confusion Over Law Could Delay A-F School Grades

The Indiana State Board of Education voted today to instruct state officials to issue a new batch of A through F grades to each school in the state. That’s despite the fact the legal status of the school grading system has been called into question in recent weeks. According to the Journal Gazette, the Indiana Department of Education is leading …

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