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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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Advocacy Groups Hold Protests for Communities Affected by President-Elect

Bloomington and Indianapolis both saw protest activity over the weekend in reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election. A rally held at the Sample Gates on Sunday, billed as “Community Defense and Resistance”, drew between 100 and 200 attendees. The event was sponsored by the Indiana Recovery Alliance and several other area groups including PRISM, Students Against State …

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Authorities Release Statement on Weekend Ambulance Crash

A Bloomington woman was killed in a crash on Highway 37 on Saturday, and a Monroe County accident investigation team has placed the fault on the driver of the ambulance that hit her. That’s according to a statement released today by the Sheriff’s Department. The ambulance, driven by 35-year-old Joshua Davis, was headed north on 37 and approaching the intersection …

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