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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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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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