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Governor Pence Reinstates Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Offenders

Governor Mike Pence signed into law a reinstatement of mandatory minimum sentencing for dealing methamphetamine and heroin. Those with a prior conviction for dealing drugs will now face a mandatory ten year sentence. The law passed both chambers of the Legislature with overwhelming support. Representative Matt Pierce of Bloomington voted against the bill and Senator Mark Stoops abstained. Some changes …

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Increased Driving Fatalities Linked to Cell Phone Use

Driving-related fatalities are on the rise in Indiana and across the United States. From 2014 to 2015,  Indiana saw an 8% increase in driving fatalities. A large contributing factor in these fatalities is thought to distracted driving. According to the National Safety Commission, one in every four car accidents are caused by distracted drivers. In Indiana this has seemed to …

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller Urges the Legal Community to Join Competition to Help Feed Indiana’s Hungry

Indiana’s Attorney General Greg Zoeller urges the legal community to join a competition to help feed Indiana’s hungry. In a press release, Zoeller calls on lawyers for their help to gather non-perishable foods and monetary support for South Central Indiana’s 10 food banks. The competition lasts through the end of March. He say “Lawyers are always called upon to help …

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“Canned Hunting” Bill Sent to Gov. Pence to Sign this Week

A new bill allowing “canned hunting” facilities in Indiana has been sent to Gov. Pence this week to sign — or take no action, which allows it to become law. Canned hunting refers to fenced-in properties where people pay to hunt. Supporters of the bill point out there are new regulations on such sites, like fences that must be at …

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IU Freshman Claims Sexual Assault Case was Mishandled by Students Ethics Panel

Indiana University freshman Haley Rial got a rough start to her college career. According to a Herald Times report, Rial alleged she was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party last September and filed a complaint a few days later. The former head of student ethics, Jason Casares, called her on January 27th to report the accused person was found “not …

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Bloomington Water Treatment to Step Up Testing

The City of Bloomington will be testing more regularly for cyanobacterial toxins caused by harmful algae blooms beginning this summer. Water Quality Coordinator Rachel Atz told the Bloomington Utilities Service Board last night that harmful algal blooms were spotted at the point where water enters the Lake Monroe treatment plant. Atz said data from recent testing for cyanobacterial toxins showed …

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Monroe County Westside TIF District Amendment

On Friday March 4th, the Monroe County Commissioners heard a request to amend the development plan for the Westside TIF district. The request will add two projects to the existing TIF plan. The intent is to improve traffic flow in the area roads of the Westside TIF. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:07 — 1.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | …

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Monroe County Traffic Safety Partnership to Increase Education and Enforcement Against Dangerous Driving

Car accidents resulting from dangerous and impaired driving are preventable. That’s why the Monroe County Traffic Safety Partnership joins 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies this month to increase education and enforcement of dangerous driving. Starting tomorrow and extending through the 27th officers will conduct high-visibility patrols designed to identify and intercept aggressive or intoxicated drivers. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute …

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller Hopes to Help Hoosiers Collect Unclaimed Savings Bonds

A News Release from Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller expresses concern over unclaimed savings bonds. According to the release, savings bonds are becoming a thing of the past. Zoeller hopes to help Hoosiers collect matured Saving Bonds that are most likely being held by the United States Treasury. Some of the bonds are as old as 70 years, and it …

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Purdue University Researchers See Hemp as a Crop with Great Economic Potential

Hemp from marijuana plants can be used in a variety of eco-friendly ways: for fiber, food and other products. Purdue University researchers see it as a crop with great economic potential. Last year they planted the state’s first legal hemp crop in decades as a result of a 2013 federal farm bill, that allowed universities to grow hemp for agricultural …

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