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Bloomington City Council Takes a Stand Against New Indiana Bill

The Bloomington city council took a stand against the Religion Freedom Restoration Act last night. The entire Council co-sponsored a resolution opposing the law. Council member Darryl Neher read the resolution aloud during the meeting. He called for it to be sent to state leaders, including Governor Pence and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie. Michael Mcrobbie, reading the resolution, states …

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A Case Is Made For A New School Referendum Based On The Success Of The Past

Property owners will again be asked to pay additional taxes to help support the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Last week the League of Women Voters hosted a talk by MCCSC Superintendent Judy DeMuth regarding the use of the funds received after voters passed the funding referendum in 2010. League President Doris Wittenburg said Monroe County students were fortunate, because …

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Public Opinion Of Gay Marriage Continues To Grow In Favor

The American public is growing more supportive of same-sex marriage. That’s according to Indiana University Sociologist Brian Powell, who published a paper recently about public opinion and gay marriage. Powell’s team interviewed and re-interviewed people around the country and found that overall Americans have become more and more accepting of gay marriage. And despite the fact that some lawmakers continue …

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An Appeal Fund Is Established For The Woman Convicted Of The Indiana Feticide Law

The family of a Northern Indiana woman has set up a crowd funding campaign to help appeal her 20-year prison sentence. Purvi Patel is the first woman to be convicted under Indiana’s feticide law, which makes it illegal to knowingly or intentionally terminate a pregnancy. The issue began in July of 2013, when Patel says she had a miscarriage. When …

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Audra McDonald Performing at Indiana University

Six time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald will be performing at the Indiana University Auditorium next Thursday as part of her 32-city concert tour. McDonald has performed in numerous Broadway productions such as Porgy and Bess, Carousel and A Raisin In the Sun. She has also appeared in several operas, including City of Mahagonny, for which she won two Grammys. …

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Improvements Planned For Dangerous Area Of Old State Road 37

A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures. On March 24th the Board of Public Works approved a project at the intersection of Dunn Street and Old State Road 37. Roy Aten, Senior Project Manager with the city’s Planning and Transportation Department, explained the required improvements to enhance the safety of the …

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Governor Pence Plans To Sign The Religious Freedom And Restoration Act As Many Call For Him To Veto The Bill

Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. If signed into law this bill would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone based on personal religious beliefs. Some fear the bill would also allow police officers and doctors to neglect their duties for the same …

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Local Organizations Collecting Camping Gear for Homeless Residents

Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter. Next Wednesday, the Interfaith Winter Shelter will officially cease its operations for the season. Each year after the shelter closes, dozens of homeless residents are left to sleep outdoors, typically in camps that are technically illegal. Forrest Gilmore, the executive …

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Panel Chosen to Make IU School of Education Recommendations

The members of a so-called blue ribbon panel to make recommendations on the future of the IU School of Education have been chosen. IU President Michael McRobbie announced his intention to establish the panel last year in the wake of declining enrollment in the school.  The members of the panel are Carole Ames, former dean and professor emerita at the …

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Plan Commission Mulls New Parking Garage

The Monroe County government is still waiting for a verdict on their plans to build a parking garage after more than two hours of debate Monday night. The eight-story garage would be next to the County jail on Morton Street. It would have 268 spaces reserved for county employees. The County needs approval from the Bloomington Plan Commission, which heard …

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