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City Council Approves Funding to Provide Training for City Employees

The Bloomington City Council approved funding last night in support of Mayor John Hamilton’s effort to provide training for City employees. City Controller Jeff Underwood, said the city held off on some training in response to the downturn in the economy. “It was a priority for the mayor coming into office was to increase the amount of funds available for …

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Indiana Teachers have Serious Concern Over Teacher-Pay Bargaining Bill

Indiana teachers are expressing serious concern about House Bill ten-oh-four, which is expected to get a final vote in the State Senate on Monday. The Bill was created to allow teacher-pay bargaining, specifically for teaching positions that are difficult to fill. The Indiana State Teacher’s Association says the measure could cause division among teachers. Teresa Meredith, the president of the …

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City of Bloomington Observes Rising Levels of Disinfectant Byproducts in Drinking Water

The Bloomington Utilities Department is collecting more data about disinfectant byproducts in the city’s water. The city has observed increasing levels of byproducts, which are linked to health problems including cancer. The interim director of the department, John Langley, told the Utilities Service Board last night that state environmental regulators requested the data. City officials are negotiating with the Indiana …

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NTSB Suggests Stricter Restrictions for Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunk driving. The current national standard is .08 ; The NTSB wants to drop that to .05. According to the NTSB, more than a 100 countries already use the .05 standard for drunk driving. They estimate deadly crash numbers in U.S. would be reduced by half if …

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Hoosier Veterans Are Struggling to Access Their Benefits from the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act

In August of 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act was signed into law with Senator Joe Donnelly’s full support. But today, the Senator says the results are, “Completely unacceptable.” Last week, Senator Donnelly spoke on the Senate Floor about Hoosier veterans who are struggling to access their benefits from the Choice Program. He says many are suffering from …

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National Survey Shows Public Opinion on Federal Sentencing Laws is Changing

The results of a recent national survey show that public opinion of Federal sentencing laws is changing. The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies survey finds that nearly 80 percent of participants strongly support sentence flexibility, as opposed to mandatory terms—especially with regard to drug offenses. The companies surveyed twelve hundred registered voters. Four out of five respondents say sentencing …

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“You Can. Go Back” Program Encourages Hoosiers with some College Credit to Finish their Degrees

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education plans a campaign targeting former Hoosier college students who have earned some college credits, but for a variety of reasons haven’t finished their degrees. In an article from the Tribune-Star, the Commission states the campaign—“You Can. Go Back”—offers special programs and incentives to encourage up to 200,000 Hoosiers to earn degrees by 2020. The …

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United Technologies Announces Closing of Two Major Plants

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is trying to reclaim grant money from two companies operating in the state. United Technologies announced the closure of two plants in Indianapolis and Huntington, outsourcing about 2,100 jobs to Mexico. Over the past nine years, the company received over half a million dollars in grants for training and development from the Indiana Economic Development …

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Water Contamination Problem Linked to Treatment Plant

Procedures at Bloomingon’s water treatment plant appear to be contributing to the high levels of disinfectant byproducts in the city’s water. That’s according to recent input from two outside agencies. Staff from the Bloomington Utilities Department met on Friday with officials at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and consultants from Black and Veatch, a company the city has …

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Bloomington Fire Department Tests New Software

The Bloomington Fire Department is beginning the beta testing phase of a new software designed to enhance the department’s response to emergency calls. Fire Chief Todd Easton and Deputy Chief Jayme Washel made the announcement during a town hall meeting on Friday. Named “Project Innovation,” the initiative is a collaboration between Bloomington Fire Department, Indiana University faculty, and a Danish …

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