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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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Construction Begins Tomorrow on an 8-foot Wide Side Path on West Bloomfield Road

Work is scheduled to begin tomorrow on the construction of an 8-foot wide side path on West Bloomfield Road, beginning slightly west of Landmark Avenue and extending to Basswood Drive. The I-69 project will extend the path further to Liberty Drive. Bloomington’s Public Works Director, Adam Wason, told the Board of Public Works that the side path will provide great …

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Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission Calls Meeting to Decide the Fate of the Chocolate Moose

The Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission has just begun a meeting in which they’re scheduled to decide the fate of the Chocolate Moose ice cream stand. The business has been on South Walnut Street since the 1950s. The owner of the property, Doran May, wants to sell it to Pavilion Properties, which would demolish the restaurant to make room for a …

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Indiana Department of Transportation Chooses Route for Final Leg of I-69

The Indiana Department of Transportation has chosen the route for the final leg of I-69. INDOT informed residents in a meeting this morning that the new highway will be built on the existing highway 37 route, all the way to I-465 in Indianapolis. INDOT decided against several competing routes, which would have had I-69 diverging from highway 37 and going …

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Bloomington City Council Opposes Pence’s Stance Against Syrian Refugees

City Council members unanimously approved a resolution opposing Governor Pence’s actions to withhold support for Syrian refugees. City Clerk, Nicole Bolden, read the resolution aloud: “The measure opposes Governor Pence’s actions to withhold support from Syrian refugees; and welcome Syrian refugees to our state and our community. The resolution documents the widespread suffering of Syrians, the unconstitutional nature of the …

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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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