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Monroe County Courthouse Closed Temporarily

Monroe County has announced an impromptu closure of the County Courthouse tomorrow. Valerie Haughton, the presiding judge of the Monroe County Circuit Court, says a septic backup at the courthouse has forced the building to close down. Haughton says all court dates scheduled tomorrow are canceled. Anyone scheduled to attend court tomorrow should contact the Office of Court Services about …

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Bloomington Free Parking Happy Hour

Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day. The Council voted to start enforcing the meter rules at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. They also moved the end of parking enforcement up an hour, from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. Council member Steve Volan presented a proposal to …

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Law Limiting Plastic Shopping Bags

Momentum is building for a law in Bloomington that would seek to limit the use of plastic shopping bags. This week the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability urged the Bloomington City Council to draw up and enact such an ordinance. Andrea Jobe, a City council appointee to the Sustainability Commission, reported to the commission about the “Bring Your Own Bag” initiative, …

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The College Mall Is Getting A New Look; I-69 Interchange Site Grading Approved

The Bloomington Plan Commission has approved a redevelopment plan for the northeast corner of The College Mall. The proposal includes the new Wholefoods Market that is moving into the current Sears property. It also includes a Panera Bread outlet along 3rd Street and a B.J.’s Restaurant along College Mall Road. The owners of the mall, the Simon Property Group, had …

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Freedom Indiana Pushes For LGBT Nondiscrimination Law

Freedom Indiana announced a new campaign today, just less than two weeks after the group helped force state legislators to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The grass roots coalition is now focused on enacting protection in cities and towns protecting the LGBT community from further discrimination. In a press release today, the organization said it will work …

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Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Law Repeal Has Passed The State Senate

The state Senate today voted to repeal Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Law. For the past 80 years the law has established minimum pay rates for construction employees working on government projects in Indiana. Supporters of the wage law say it guarantees workers are paid a fair wage. They say it also helps protect Indiana contractors from losing business to out-of-state …

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Bloomington City Council Indicates Possible Significant Changes to Downtown Parking

The Bloomington City Council has indicated it may make significant changes to how it manages parking downtown. At a meeting last week there were two proposal packages. City Clerk Regina Moore summarized the first, from Council Member Steve Volan. Moore summarizes, “This is to improve parking management in the downtown by imposing a maximum charge for on-street metered parking, setting …

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Increasing Number of HIV Cases in Southeastern Indiana

The reported number of HIV cases in Southeastern Indiana has increased to 106. That’s up from 89 declared cases just four days earlier. Those numbers are all from the State Department of Health. The department has helped establish what it calls a One-Stop Shop in Scott County, where many of the cases have been discovered. There is also a new …

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Construction on I-69 Starts Soon

Construction of section 5 of I-69 on the west side of Bloomington will begin this month. In conjunction with this start, the Bloomington Board of Public Works was asked last week to grant a six-month noise permit to Isolux Corsan, for night-time work along Section 5 of the new interstate. Isolux Corsan is the lead contractor on the 21-mile section …

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Mayor Candidate John Hamilton Holds Fundraiser in D.C.

The race for mayor of Bloomington took one candidate six hundred miles from City Hall last night. John Hamilton, one of three Democratic candidates for mayor, held a fund raiser at Mandu Restaurant in Washington, D.C., about a mile from the U.S. Capitol building. The event was co-hosted by several prominent Democrats, including some high-profile lobbyists and public officials. Hamilton …

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