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City of Bloomington Offers to Purchase Local Strip Club

The city of Bloomington has added $50,000 to its offer to purchase Night Moves, the lone strip club located within city limits. The Bloomington Redevelopment Commission approved the offer yesterday. The city is now offering $775,000 for the Night Moves property on South Walnut, which is currently owned by Larry and Cathy Holtz. The club itself is co-owned by Rodney …

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Proposed Travel Taxes Increase Transportation Costs for Hoosiers

State Republicans are kicking off Eric Holcomb’s first term as Governor with a new road funding plan that would mean higher transportation costs for most Hoosiers. The bill, authored by Representative Ed Soliday of Valparaiso, would raise $1.2 billion per year by increasing gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees. It would also require the state to seek approval from the …

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Citizens Voice Concerns Over Tech Park and Housing Cost

A local group voiced concerns this weekend that Bloomington’s planned technology park will cause major problems for working class residents of the city. The Bloomington Solidarity Network hosted an event at the public library on Saturday. Members argue the plans to build a tech park north of city hall will drive up housing costs in the Maple Heights neighborhood and …

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Indianapolis Area Cities Continue to Challenge Lawsuit

Four Indiana cities are continuing to challenge a lawsuit by conservative groups seeking to have the cities’ human rights ordinances overturned. The lawsuit, filed by the Indiana Family Institute and several other affiliated groups, names Indianapolis, Columbus, Carmel, and Bloomington as defendants. Officials from the four cities first challenged the lawsuit in Hamilton County, where they argued that the plaintiffs …

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Syringe Exchange Program Expands Service Area

The Indiana Recovery Alliance, which started its needle exchange program in February of this year, is expanding its services into Lawrence County starting tomorrow. The Alliance was also recently re-approved by the state to continue the needle exchange program in Monroe County for another year. Needle exchange programs provide drug users with clean needles and prevent the spread of Hepatitis …

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Window Open for “Women’s” Award Nominees

The Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women released a call for nominees for their 2017 Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader, and Lifetime Contribution Awards. The Woman of the Year Award is for a woman who has improved the quality of life for other women and serves as a role model for them by her outstanding contributions to the …

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New Nature Preserve Opens on Shores of Lake Monroe

The Sycamore Land Trust has opened a new nature preserve on the shores of Lake Monroe. The Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve, which covers 48 acres, was acquired in 2015. The land was purchased with funds donated by several members of the Weingartner family in memory of their daughter, Amy, who died of brain cancer in 2012. Additional funding was …

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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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