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Local Biologist Explores The Battle Between Microorganisms For Better Health

In a recent study Indiana University biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms. The study focuses on the various interactions between certain microorganisms and their implications to human health. Health experts have long been concerned about bacteria evolving to resist drugs and antibiotics but Bashey-Visser’s research exposes a different, related concern. Certain bacteria are not …

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Monroe County’s Homelessness Numbers Appear to Rise

A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homeless in Monroe County. The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless count found a total of 329 Monroe County residents living without permanent housing. That’s up from 302 people last year and 304 the year before. The increase comes as numbers continue to fall slightly across Indiana. The Point-in-Time count is performed …

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Emptied Water Storage Tank Causes Pipe Breaks

The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today. The Utilities Department said in a press release that the breaks appear to be related to a change in conditions brought about by emptying a large water storage tank. The tank is being emptied so it can be painted. Other issues such as fluctuating …

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Lane Closures on 2nd Street for I-69 Development

Crews were scheduled today to begin closing single lanes on 2nd Street in Bloomington between Liberty Drive and Oakdale Drive. Contractors working on Interstate 69 announced the closures would continue through Saturday. Crews are verifying the locations of utilities along the future path of the Interstate. Additional lane closures are scheduled to begin on Wednesday night along State Road 37. The …

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Indiana Specialty Surgery Center Requests More Time to Respond to Overbilling Lawsuit

A Bloomington surgery center joined ten other Indiana-based medical facilities today to ask a judge for more time to respond to an overbilling lawsuit. Indiana Specialty Surgery Center is one of eleven centers accused of overbilling an insurance company by a total of $6 million. The Bloomington center itself is charged with overbilling $590,000. Cigna Health and Life Insurance filed …

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Financial Consulting Is Proposed For Ellettsville Town Hall

The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall. While the Town has worked toward rehabilitating the flood-damaged Town Hall, officials say they don’t intend to use it for government offices again. Instead, a new Town …

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New and Improved Monroe County Website Is On the Way

The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade. That’s according to Eric Evans, the County’s Chief Technology Officer. Evans made the announcement at  a work session of the Monroe County Council yesterday. Evans says the current website is about two years past due for an update and should have been replaced a long time ago as it is now very …

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Bloomington to host National Softball Tournament

This weekend Bloomington is scheduled to host the National Softball Tournament. The event will be for the sixteen and under girls division for the Midwest region 10. It is scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday. Bloomington Parks and Recreation Sports Division Director, John Turnbull, described the event last week to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners. “We’re going to …

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Considerations for a Needle Exchange Program in Monroe County

Monroe County health officials are exploring whether to begin operating a needle exchange program. The news follows the implementation of needle exchange programs in Scott and Madison counties earlier this year. Indiana State Department of Health data shows the number of reported Hepatitis C cases in Monroe County increased by 55% from 2009 to 2014. Health officials are also concerned by …

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RBB Schools Explore Testing Alternatives

The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten. The test attempts to identify students who need remediation in math and English. This is the first time the Indiana Department of Education will allow school corporations across the state …

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