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Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill Along Party Lines

U.S. Senate Republicans advanced their proposed tax bill over the weekend. Votes largely came down along party lines, with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker being the only Republican to vote against the bill. On Saturday, 51 Republicans voted to pass the bill, and 48 Democrats voted against it. Reflecting the partisan atmosphere in Washington, Republican Indiana Sen. Todd Young voted in …

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Commissioners Hear Residents Protest Proposed Waste Transfer Facility

Monroe County residents continue to protest a waste transfer station proposed by Indiana Green Transfer and Recycling. Half a dozen area residents complained to Monroe County Commissioners last week about the smell and debris the North Angelina Lane facility would create as well as its potential impacts on water and air quality, traffic, and property values. Social worker Susan Burke …

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Enrollment Miscalculation Leaves Public Schools $9 Million Short

Miscalculation in enrollment is leaving a $9.3 million hole in state funding for public schools. The Indiana Department of Education’s annual student headcount shows some 6000 more students enrolled in public schools than lawmakers had budgeted for. According to state statute, in the event tuition support exceeds the state’s annual appropriation, the Department of Education must proportionately reduce the amount …

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Community Concern Over Proposed Waste Transfer Facility

The proposed plan to develop a waste transfer station on Bloomington’s Northwest side is stirring up controversy. County Councilmember Shelli Yoder originally sponsored the proposed transfer station’s Department of Environmental Management permit. Yoder has since stepped down from that role, and is succeeded by Bloomington engineer and architect Jeff Fanyo. The proposed Solid Waste Transfer station—which would accept garbage from …

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Hola Bloomington – November 17, 2017

Host Maria Auxi Viloria, interviews guests Doris Loayza and Mitch Teplisky.  They discuss their experiences with Quechua language living in Peru, New York. Locutora, Maria Auxi Viloria, entrevista a invitado Doris Loayza y Mitch Teplisky.  Hablan sobre sus experencias con la lengua Quechua viviendo en Peru y Nueva York.

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Night Owls Protest Yellowwood Logging

A group calling itself the ‘Night Owls, Paint and Exteriors,’ or NOPE, spray painted hundreds of trees in Yellowwood State Forest over the weekend in an attempt to thwart logging efforts. On Thursday, a bid to selectively log 299 acres of state forest was awarded to Hamilton Logging company. An anonymously published article in the online ‘Earth First Journal,’ by …

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Indiana Prosecutors Against Pot Decriminalization

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys is advocating against the decriminalization of marijuana in the state. Indiana prosecutors sent a letter to the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse earlier this month, urging the commission to quote, “resist the validation of marijuana in the state.” The letter stated the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys will ask legislators to move against policies …

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Judge Rules For Marion County Man Detained On Immigration Charge

A U.S. District Judge has ruled in favor of a man who was detained by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office under the request of the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled in favor of Antonio Lopez-Aguilar and the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union last week. Judge Barker’s decision upholds a prior …

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November 10, 2017 – Hola Bloomington

Host, Carlos Bakota and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, interview their guest John Nieto-Phillips. They also talk about Veteran’s Day. Locutor, Carlos Bakota y Luis Fuentes-Rohwer entrevistan a invitado John Nieto – Phillips. Vicepresidente de Diversidad, Equidad y Asuntos Multiculturales. Tambin comentan sobre el dia de Veteranos.

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DNR to close State Parks for Deer Hunting

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is closing 17 state parks in November for deer hunts. A press release issued yesterday listed McCormick’s Creek State Park—in Owen county, about 14 miles west of Bloomington—among 16 other state parks to close next Monday and Tuesday. Indiana DNR Chief of Natural Resources for State Parks, Anthony Sipes, says the deer culls are …

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