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Fair Labor Initiative Gains Support of Local Restaurants

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission is continuing to encourage fair labor practices in local restaurants. Since the Commission began the Fair Labor Initiative in December, the program has gained the support of more than 30 local eateries. Participating restaurants have pledged they will comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, including minimum wage, overtime, tip-paying and record-keeping requirements. They also …

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Stafford Family Donates To Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore Land Trust has just announced a new addition to its more than eighty-four-hundred acres of preserved land in southern Indiana. The organization has been preserving land and providing environmental education for 25 years. Their most recent project is the “Stafford Family Preserve,” which is a 46 acre nature preserve next to Brown County State Park. The land was donated …

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Experts Disagree On Effects of Fine Particles

In other environmental news, a study conducted at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, or SPEA, is calling air pollution regulations into question. The study focuses on Fine Particles, also known as Particulate Matter, which is linked to asthma, lung cancer, and other respiratory impairments. Among the researchers for this study was John D. Graham, the dean of …

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Gov. Pence Refuses To Comply With EPA

Earlier today Governor Mike Pence announced that Indiana would refuse to comply with the EPA’s proposed clean power plan. The Clean Power Plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide levels across the country by 2030. Pence says that would mean the premature closure of coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal, …

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Public Continues Discussion of Kirkwood Criminal Activity in City Council Chambers

A standing-room-only crowd gathered last night in the Bloomington City Council chambers to discuss recent concerns over crime on Kirkwood Avenue. The forum was a response to the owners of Nick’s English Hut and other downtown businesses who have complained about panhandling, drug use and other behaviors they say are bad for business. City Council member Steve Volan hosted the …

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New Marijuana Church To Test The Religious Freedom Act

Indiana’s  First Church of Cannabis has found a home, despite marijuana use still being illegal in the state. The new church announced last night it is opening a location on the eastside of  Indianapolis at thirty-four-hundred South Rural Street. The church’s founder, cannabis enthusiast Bill Levin, refers to himself as the Minister of Love and Grand Pooba of the Church. …

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Emily’s List And Glenda Ritz Are Out To Replace Mike Pence

The women’s political organization Emily’s List has announced that Governor Mike Pence is at the top of its twenty-sixteen election cycle targets.  Emily’s List seeks to get pro-choice Democratic women elected to office. The group has what it calls an On Notice list of sixteen incumbent Republicans at all levels of the government.  Pence is the first governor to be …

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Indiana Ranks 43rd In Economic Growth

Indiana has one of the weakest economies in the United States, according to figures released today by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The country as a whole saw its gross domestic product grow at two-point-two percent last year. But in Indiana, the GDP grew by just point-four percent. That puts Indiana behind forty-three other states in terms of economic …

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Local Businesses Meet to Discuss “Bum Commerce”

More than fifty people crowded into a room at Nick’s English Hut today to discuss what some downtown businesspeople have referred to as “bums”. The meeting drew attention on social media yesterday after Nick’s co-owner Susan Bright sent other business owners a letter titled, “Bum Commerce on Kirkwood.” Bright’s letter went on to address panhandling, petty theft and drug dealing …

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City Council Approves New Finacial Controls After Fraud

The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved new financial controls for the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission last night. City Clerk Regina Moore presented the synopsis of the motion to the Council. “This legislation is coming forth from the mayor in concert with the entire council” Regina says. “Its primary purpose is to strengthen the city of Bloomington’s financial policies and to ensure …

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