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Bloomington Firefighters to Receive Backlogged Overtime Pay

Bloomington city officials announced in a press conference last week that the city is preparing to pay over $200,000 in back pay to city firefighters following a change in how the city calculates overtime pay. Previously, the city used a system called “fluctuating workweek overtime.” Under that arrangement, employees are paid a fixed salary per week, and any overtime pay for …

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City to Hold Public Forum on Water Rate Increase

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission  will hold a public hearing on the City of Bloomington’s proposed water rate increase at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night at the Tri-North Middle School Auditorium. That’s at 1000 West 15th Street in Bloomington. Citizens will be able to speak directly to the Commission regarding the proposed rate increase. The increase would bring average residential water …

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Event Planned to Care for Homeless and Their Animal Companions

An organization dedicated to preserving the bonds between homeless people and their pets is holding a one-time event at Shalom Community center this weekend. The organization, My Dog Is My Home, aims to provide free services for companion animals of the homeless. Free basic veterinary care, animal care supplies and dog and cat grooming will be offered. Animal guardians may …

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Advocacy Groups Hold Protests for Communities Affected by President-Elect

Bloomington and Indianapolis both saw protest activity over the weekend in reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election. A rally held at the Sample Gates on Sunday, billed as “Community Defense and Resistance”, drew between 100 and 200 attendees. The event was sponsored by the Indiana Recovery Alliance and several other area groups including PRISM, Students Against State …

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Authorities Release Statement on Weekend Ambulance Crash

A Bloomington woman was killed in a crash on Highway 37 on Saturday, and a Monroe County accident investigation team has placed the fault on the driver of the ambulance that hit her. That’s according to a statement released today by the Sheriff’s Department. The ambulance, driven by 35-year-old Joshua Davis, was headed north on 37 and approaching the intersection …

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2016 Election Sets State Record for Early Voting

664,000 Hoosiers have voted early as of Friday, setting a new record for the state’s early voting turnout. The previous record of 662,000 was set during the 2008 election. Nationwide, over 30 million Americans have voted, and early ballots are expected to be one-third of overall turnout this year. Indiana’s early voting period ran from October 12th to November 7th, …

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Monroe Sheriff’s Department Plans for Southside Substation

The Monroe County Sheriff’s department is planning to open a substation on the south side of town. The substation would be located on Dillman road, on a piece of property currently owned by The Monroe County Parks Foundation. The foundation came into ownership of the Dillman Road property as the result of an agreement to resolve a property dispute, as …

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Locals Protest Pipeline

Twenty protesters gathered yesterday in front of the South Walnut Street Sunoco gas station to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. A Sunoco clerk called the police once the protesters refused to move out of one of the lot’s entrances, according to the Herald-Times. Protesters were reportedly blocking traffic. Protesters said that the event was in response to the 141 …

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Indiana Voters to Decide Whether or Not Hunting and Fishing Should Be Protected by the State Constitution

This year’s November ballot comes with an unusual  proposition: an amendment to Indiana’s constitution. Question Number One on the ballot asks Hoosiers whether the state should incorporate hunting and fishing as a right in the state constitution, in the same article as freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial. In addition to assigning constitutional protection to hunting …

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Monroe County Looking for Volunteers to Work Polls

Monroe County is in need of volunteer poll workers for the November 8th election. At an Election Board meeting last week, Election Supervisor, Laura Dahncke; and Board Chair, Carolyn VandeWiele, reviewed the number of poll workers needed, and how volunteers can sign up. Dahncke went into specifics as far as what was needed: “As of yesterday, our Democratic recruiter had …

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