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Hospital Re-utilization Steering Committee to Hold Third Public Meeting

This coming Monday the Hospital Site Reutilization Steering Committee will be holding its third public meeting. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Bloomington City Council Chambers. With the Bloomington Hospital moving to a new location, the current hospital grounds will have to be repurposed. Nothing is currently set in stone as the project of determining what should be …

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Jail Requests Extra Money To Pay Staff

The Monroe County Jail is asking for $145,000 in extra funding to pay employees for working overtime. The Monroe County Council considered the request last night. Jail Commander Sam Crowe explained the request stating that the jail is having overtime issues with a shortage of staff to handle the flux of inmates. County Council member Lee Jones questioned the wisdom …

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Proposed College and Career Preparation Models Are Deemed To Restrictive For Students Age And Understanding

The Indiana State Board of Education has unanimously rejected a proposal to have Indiana high school education move toward college and career preparation models. The Republican-appointed panel declared the new diploma plan is not ready to be implemented. School board members had numerous questions on how this legislation would affect teacher staffing, arts education, disabled and special education students, foreign …

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Legislation Seeking How To Attract Teachers

A legislative panel has suggested 11 fixes to Indiana’s teacher shortage. According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, the General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Education believes these fixes will not immediately get teachers into classrooms. But they think the ideas will encourage recruitment and retention of teachers. The committee is calling for strong mentoring programs for new teachers, higher …

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Bloomington City Council Discusses Future Use of Jill’s House Property

Last night the Bloomington City Council grappled with the future use of the now-empty Jill’s House on the north side of town. The Council was asked to amend the ordinance governing how the Jill’s House property can be used. This request had previously been supported at by the Bloomington Plan Commission and a committee of the City Council. Planning Department …

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Indiana University’s Fifth Annual Traditional Powwow

Indiana University’s Fifth Annual Traditional Powwow is this Saturday at noon. The event will take place in the Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union. The event is free and the doors will open at 11 am. A free community meal will be held at 5:30 pm. According to a press release from IU, the Head Lady dancer will be …

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Water Quality and Coal Ash Lagoons to be Discussed at Environmental Forum

An upcoming environmental forum will delve into state environmental issues like water quality and coal ash lagoons. The 8th annual Greening the Statehouse will be held Saturday, November 14th at the University of Indianapolis. This year’s keynote speaker is Attorney Lisa Evans. Evans has 25 years of experience working in hazardous waste law. She represented multiple public interest groups when …

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Report Exposes Troubling Facts Regarding Federal and State Funding to Charter Schools

A new report issued by a non-partisan national watchdog group of investigative journalists charges there is a lack of federal and state accountability for public money used to fund charter schools. In contrast with public schools’ accountability for expenditures to elected school boards, the Center for Media and Democracy, or CMD, likens government spending on charter schools to a “black …

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Upward Trend of DBP’s Found in Water Causes Concern

The Utilities Department of Bloomington has been given the go-ahead to pay for a study into the rising levels of disinfectant byproducts, or D.B.P.’s, in the local drinking water. These D.B.Ps form as the chlorine used to purify the water at the utility treatment plant breaks down as the water makes its way to consumers’ taps. The Utilities Department was …

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John Hamilton Wins Mayoral Race as Democrats Sweep Bloomington City Elections

Democrats swept the city elections in Bloomington yesterday. The Democratic nominees won races for mayor, city clerk and all nine spots on the City Council. Perhaps the most closely watched race was between John Hamilton and John Turnbull, who were both seeking the job of mayor. Hamilton, the Democrat, received a total of 77% of the vote. Turnbull ran as …

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