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Construction Begins on Downtown B-LINK Trail System

Construction began three weeks ago on a new trail in Bloomington. The trail, called the “B-Link,” connects Henderson and Walnut streets. It leads to what will become Switchyard Park, and is expected to be finished in November of this year. The total cost estimate is over $770,000. According to an article in The Herald Times, nearly $338,000 of the project …

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Bloomington Utilities Begin 2-Month Process of Flushing Fire Hydrants

The City  of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) begins its regular summer fire hydrant flushing today—a program that continues through early August. From today through Friday, June 10th the area affected will be from West Gifford Road, south to West Leonard Springs Road. The eastern boundary is State Road 37 and the western boundary will be West Airport Road.  Customers may experience …

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IU Files Lawsuit Challenging Fetal Tissue Regulation

Indiana University filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging fetal tissue regulation in House Enrolled Act 1-3-3-7. The legislation states “a person who intentionally acquires, receives, sells, or transfers fetal tissue commits unlawful transfer of fetal tissue.” The offense is a level five felony. IU challenges this claim due to the fact that the university performs scientific research on aborted and miscarried …

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Bloomington City Council Met to Discuss New Local Income Taxe

Last night the Bloomington City Council had its first public conversation about whether to support a new local income tax. The point-two-five percent tax would provide more funding to the Monroe County 911 Dispatch Center. Some of the money would also theoretically go to police, fire departments and courts throughout the County. But it’s not clear exactly how the majority …

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Purvi Patel Case Returns to Courts for First Appeals Hearing

Purvi Patel’s case was back in court this week as judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals held the first hearing in her attempt to challenge the state’s conviction and prison sentence. Patel was convicted of feticide and neglect of a dependent in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. The charges were filed under two separate and seemingly contradictory …

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Indiana University Joins ACLU in Fetal Tissue Lawsuit

Indiana University is joining a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s new abortion law, saying it could jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding, as well as threaten researchers with felony prosecution. The law, House Enrolled Act 1337, mandates that all fetal remains be cremated or buried, as well as criminalizing any transfer of fetal tissue. IU conducts research into neurological …

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Redevelopment Commission Approves “Branding” Plan for Westside Area

Yesterday the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission gave its approval to a final report on how to brand the westside TIF district, also referred to as the WEDA, or Westside Economic Development Area. The Indianapolis-based design firm Schmidt Associates was contracted for the study, but has not been engaged to do any actual design or implementation. Sarah Hemptead of Schmidt and …

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Recent Court Ruling to Require Email Records From State Legislators Discussed

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled last month that the court could not require state legislators to release email records, and today some Hoosiers are asking for the court to reconsider. This ruling is the result of a case involving Indiana State Representative Eric Koch from Bedford. According to the Herald Times, Representative Koch was corresponding with “lobbyists concerning House bill …

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Michael Hicks Discusses the Relationship between Economy and Jobs

Michael Hicks, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, says many people have the wrong idea about the relationship between the economy and jobs. In a recent study, Hicks says it is not that jobs are moving out of the country. That accounts for only 4 percent of manufacturing losses over the last …

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Bloomington Man Indicted After Being Linked to Bank Robberies

A Bloomington man has been indicted in connection to five different bank robberies. According to the Herald Times, Stephen M. Lee, has been indicted for robbing two banks in Columbus, one bank in Terre Haute, and two banks in Bloomington. Lee is accused of robbing both the People’s State Bank on Kirkwood in December and the Regions Bank on West …

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