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Indiana University Students and Faculty React to Immigration Order

Repercussions from President Trump’s executive order banning refugees, immigrants, and travelers from seven Middle Eastern countries are developing around the state. Indiana University released a statement advising international students that they should suspend plans to travel outside of the United States for fear of not being able to return. Stephen Katz, Chair of IU’s Near Eastern Language and Culture department …

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Indiana Recovery Alliance Voices Concern Over Proposed Legislation

The Indiana Recovery Alliance is expressing serious disapproval over Senate Bill 499. The bill, if passed, would allow individuals to be charged with possession of narcotics even  if they don’t have any on their person. If a person is either suffering symptoms of acute opioid overdose, or if they received an intervention drug to relieve their overdose, they could be charged …

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New Report Indicates Strong Correlation Between Poverty Rates and Housing Affordability

Bloomington’s high poverty rate and low housing affordability are closely linked, according to a new report. As of the most recent US Census data, the city of Bloomington holds a poverty rate of 38.3% and Monroe County stands at 23.5% – which is the highest rate for an Indiana county. A report by South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities details that …

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Post-Inauguration Protests Begin in Bloomington

A weekend of anti-Trump activities kicked off in Bloomington Friday, with workshops, marches and a standing-room-only rally at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. An effort called Inaugurate the Revolution led workshops throughout the day, covering subjects ranging from media literacy to public education to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. We’ll have more on the Standing Rock workshop later in the show. At …

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Thousands of Hoosiers Gather to Participate in Indianapolis Women’s March

Anti-Trump events continued around the world on Saturday, including a major women’s rally in Indianapolis that was attended by many local residents. The event was held in solidarity with the women’s march in Washington. Thousands of people crowded into the lawn around the Indiana Statehouse for the event. A slate of speakers addressed the crowd, which was so large that …

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Vice President-Elect Pence Not Required to Disclose Immigration Policy E-Mails

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will not have to disclose the contents of   e-mails relating to the state’s legal challenge of President Obama’s immigration policy. The Indiana Court of Appeals decided yesterday that documents attached to e-mails exchanged with Texas governor Greg Abbott’s office are exempt from Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act. The e-mails included a political white paper that …

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City of Bloomington Offers to Purchase Local Strip Club

The city of Bloomington has added $50,000 to its offer to purchase Night Moves, the lone strip club located within city limits. The Bloomington Redevelopment Commission approved the offer yesterday. The city is now offering $775,000 for the Night Moves property on South Walnut, which is currently owned by Larry and Cathy Holtz. The club itself is co-owned by Rodney …

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Proposed Travel Taxes Increase Transportation Costs for Hoosiers

State Republicans are kicking off Eric Holcomb’s first term as Governor with a new road funding plan that would mean higher transportation costs for most Hoosiers. The bill, authored by Representative Ed Soliday of Valparaiso, would raise $1.2 billion per year by increasing gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees. It would also require the state to seek approval from the …

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Citizens Voice Concerns Over Tech Park and Housing Cost

A local group voiced concerns this weekend that Bloomington’s planned technology park will cause major problems for working class residents of the city. The Bloomington Solidarity Network hosted an event at the public library on Saturday. Members argue the plans to build a tech park north of city hall will drive up housing costs in the Maple Heights neighborhood and …

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Indianapolis Area Cities Continue to Challenge Lawsuit

Four Indiana cities are continuing to challenge a lawsuit by conservative groups seeking to have the cities’ human rights ordinances overturned. The lawsuit, filed by the Indiana Family Institute and several other affiliated groups, names Indianapolis, Columbus, Carmel, and Bloomington as defendants. Officials from the four cities first challenged the lawsuit in Hamilton County, where they argued that the plaintiffs …

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