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More Information Is Necessary On Plastic Bags Ban

A proposal to ban single-use bags at stores in Bloomington has been delayed until more research can be done. The President of the Bloomington city Council, Dave Rollo, reported on the progress of the Bring Your Own Bag initiative last night during a meeting of the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. He said that the city council was sympathetic to the …

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Deal Made to Develop Trades District

The city of Bloomington has reached a deal with a firm to develop about half of what the city calls The Trades District. Last night Mayor Mark Kruzan told the City Council that officials have signed a deal with the Indianapolis-based company, Flaherty & Collins. The business has agreed to develop a six-acre piece of land just east of Rogers …

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Veteran and Housing Status Now a Protected Class In Bloomington

The Bloomington City Council has officially added Veteran Status and Housing Status” to the list of protected classes in the Bloomington Human Rights Ordinance. City Clerk, Regina Moore, provided a synopsis of the motion. The sponsor of the ordinance, Council member Dorothy Granger, is a staff member at WFHB. “The term Veteran Status is defined as a veteran of the …

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Venison Exchange Program Begins Soon

With hunting season approaching, Indiana has started up its venison exchange program which allows hunters to donate their game. This is the fifth year for the program, which is called Give In Game. The program is conducted by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division. It is a program that anyone in Indiana can sign up for. Every …

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Indiana University Explores The Future Of Labor In Fall Courses

Work and labor will be the focus of this Fall’s “Themester” at Indiana University. A variety of courses and themes will focus on the theme, which is “At Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” One of the co-chairs of the committee overseeing this year’s Themester is professor Ben Robinson. He says the idea behind Themesters is to …

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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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