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Pride Festival Is The Most Popular To Date

An estimated 6,000 people attended Pride Summerfest in downtown Bloomington this past Saturday, according to organizers of the event. That’s more than three times as many attendees as last year. The group made the announcement this afternoon. This was the second annual Summerfest. The event included workshops, live performances, dance parties, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a foot parade on …

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Lotus Music and Arts Festival Parade Street Closures

The parade for Bloomington’s annual Lotus Music and Arts Festival is expected to be bigger than ever this year. On Tuesday, Lotus asked the Bloomington Board of Public Works to approve additional street closures for the parade route. Miah Michaelson, from the city’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, presented the request. “We’re asking for approval of a parade parade …

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Monroe County Needle-Exchange Program

The Monroe County Council has passed a resolution in support of establishing a needle-exchange program in the county. County Health Department Administrator, Penny Caudill, explained that this program is needed to respond to a Hepatitis C epidemic in the county. ” It’s proved very successful in getting people in, getting them into treatment, they found that they needed a whole …

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CVS Property Tax Cut

A state tax court has ruled in favor of a Bloomington CVS store that was seeking to cut its property taxes. The Indiana Board of Tax Review says the store’s assessed value should be reduced by $1.3 million, which will significantly reduce the amount it pays to the Monroe County government each year. The County will also have to pay …

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Park Workers Receive Raises in 2016 Budget

Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise. These proposals were part of the 2016 budget request presented by the Director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Mick Renneisen. Renneisen spoke to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners yesterday.  He first …

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Heroin Use on the Rise in Monroe County

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says there has been a startling increase in heroin and opiate related deaths in Monroe County. Meyer was quoted in an article in the Herald-Times. Overdose deaths have surpassed even that of car accidents. Between the years of 2012 and 2014 the number of heroin overdoses that made it to the IU hospital increased from …

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MCCSC Board Fields Complaints About Start Times

A student and a parent raised complaints last night about the start time for middle and high school students at local public schools. The Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard first from the Senior Class President at Bloomington High School North, Adrian Thompson.  The school day at Middle and High Schools in the district begins at 7:40 …

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Senator Donnelly Has Issued His Tie-Breaking Support For The Iran Nuclear Deal

Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has announced he will support the nuclear deal with Iran. Donnelly made the announcement in a press release this afternoon. He is expected to hold a potentially tie-breaking vote when the issue comes before the Senate next month. On August 9th,  several local peace organizations held a rally urging Donnelly to support the deal. David …

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A Proposal To Eliminate Plastic Bag Use Is Addressed By The Bloomington City Council

A local group calling itself Bring Your Bag Bloomington is asking the Bloomington City Council to address the issue of plastic bag use at grocery stores and other businesses in Bloomington. BYBB has spent the past year investigating ordinances in as many as 130 cities, two states, and 70 countries that have banned the use of plastic bags in stores. …

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John Gregg Is The Last Democrat Standing In The Governor’s Race

In the race for governor, John Gregg is now the only remaining Democratic candidate. On Monday, State Senator Karen Tallian dropped out of the race and said she would support Gregg’s nomination.  Talian quit just days after State Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz ended her campaign for governor.  Ritz has also endorsed Gregg, who has led the other candidates …

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