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Poll Workers are Needed for Monroe County’s Primary Election on May 3rd

Voter turnout for Monroe County’s primary election on May 3rd is expected to be high. And election officials are still in dire need of poll workers to help assist voters and process returns. To work the polls in Monroe County, one must: be a registered voter of Monroe County; attend training provided by the Election Board; read and speak English, …

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Ellettsville Fire Department Acquires Back-Up Ambulance to Aid in Emergency Call Increase

Ellettsville Fire Chief Mike Corman says a back-up ambulance is helping with an increase in emergency service calls. In his yearly report to the Ellettsville Town Council, Corman said his department received more than eleven hundred EMS calls in 2015, and 468 separate calls requiring an ambulance, which was a dramatic increase from previous years. The back up ambulance is …

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Bloomington Utilities Names New Director

Former Monroe County Council president Vic Kelson has been named the new director of the City of Bloomington Utilities Department. Kelson is a professional engineer and a certified ground water professional, according to a statement from the city government. He served on the County Council from 2007 until 2013, when he resigned. At the time, he said he needed more …

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Monroe County Voter Registration Count Spikes – County Calls for More Poll Workers

There has been a spike in voter registration in Monroe County this year. Monroe County Election Supervisor Tree Martin says 2300 new voters have registered in Monroe County. Martin explained the logic behind the rise in registered voters, saying “This is the first time that you have the potential to have a female for president; this is the first time …

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Vectren Energy Requests Gas Line Easement

This week the Bloomington Board of Public Works heard a request from Vectren Energy for a 948 square foot permanent easement across the lot at 810 N. Woodlawn Avenue where Fire Station #3 is located. Transportation Project Manager Roy Aten said the easement was needed in order to relocate a steel gas pipeline to accommodate upcoming road grading. “Vectren Energy …

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American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is Filing a Lawsuit to Challenge the State’s New Abortion Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s new abortion law. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. They say the law is unconstitutional. The law bans abortions if the doctor believes the woman is only seeking an abortion because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, …

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security is Urging Hoosiers to be Vigilant about Potential Safety Risks in their Surroundings

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is urging Hoosiers to be vigilant about potential safety risks in their surroundings and to identify possible actions they can take to increase their personal safety in the event of an emergency. This preparedness program, “Ready: Whenever, Wherever,” offers a Web page with resources, links, and fact sheets on travel safety, home protection, large …

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Monroe County Commissioners Support Alternative to Jail for Juveniles

The Monroe County Commissioners are supporting day reporting programs for youth as an alternative to secure detention. The day reporting program is implemented in conjunction with the local non profit Family Solutions. County Chief probation officer Troy Hatfield tells the Commissioners that the Monroe County Public Library is an invaluable partner with the County’s Juvenile Alternative Detention Initiative. “One of …

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No Bias Found in Sexual Misconduct Cases Heard by Dismissed Associate Dean of Students

Indiana University says it will not redo any of the sexual misconduct hearings performed under the supervision of Jason Casares, who resigned from the university in February after being publicly accused of sexual misconduct. Casares had been the Director of Student Ethics before he resigned. In a statement released this morning, the university said that former IU law professor Julia …

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Combine Technology Conference is Coming to Bloomington

The annual Combine technology conference is coming to Bloomington next week. The event explores both the creative and business sides of technology. It features workshops, speakers, and networking events. We spoke to co-organizer Mike Trotzke about his hopes for this year’s conference. “The main goal is to bring together creative designers, developers, investors and sort of community leaders and put …

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