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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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Mayor Mark Kruzan Endorses John Gregg

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan has joined 35 other Indiana mayors to officially endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg. The Gregg campaign made the announcement in a press release this afternoon. The endorsements come just a week after Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, who was possibly Gregg’s biggest Democratic rival, dropped out of the race. Ritz had struggled with fundraising, …

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Ellettsville’s Heritage Trail Project Is Well Underway

The formal eastern entrance to Ellettsville’s Heritage Trail is about to be completed. The town’s Utility Superintendent, Michael Farmer, provided an update and description of the work. He stated that some progress has been made in many areas of the trail and that everyone was excited about the completion. This gateway is for the east-side of the first section of …

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Severe Crop Damage Loans Will Be Available To Indiana Farmers

Earlier today the the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a formal Disaster Declaration for fifty-three Indiana counties, including Monroe and Brown counties. The request was made by Governor Mike Pence and other state officials in response to Indiana farmers suffering severe crop damage. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Due to record setting rainfall and the resulting floods that began at the …

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Electronic Cigarettes Are Popular With Indiana Youth

A survey out of the Indiana University School of Public Health found youth in Indiana are increasingly using electronic cigarettes. The Indiana Youth Survey studied youth in grades 7 through 12. It found e-cigarettes are more popular than traditional tobacco products among that population. About a quarter of 12th graders reported using e-cigarettes, considerably higher than the national average of …

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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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