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Indiana passes bill to increase local recycling effort

A bill that will increase recycling efforts in Indiana was passed on Tuesday. Indiana State Senator Mike Stoops, who has supported House Bill 1183, talks about what spurred its creation. “The idea is to identify recycling that is being thrown away with trash,” Stoops says, “We had a study committee that identified a significant amount of recycling in Indiana being …

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Shallow lake fish affected by heavy ice and snow

As Spring approaches, owners of shallow ponds and lakes will have to watch out for fish kills due to the accumulation of snow and ice this winter. The lakes and ponds of Indiana are currently covered in up to twenty inches of thick ice. Neil Ledet, District Fisheries Biologist in northeastern Indiana, says this is a result of the long …

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“Not So Fast” Food: Mayor Attempts Limits on New Downtown Chain Restaurants

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is planning another attempt to limit the number of chain restaurants downtown. The mayor says he wants the City Council and the Plan Commission to approve an ordinance that would require an applicant wanting to open a standardized restaurant in two districts of the downtown to seek conditional approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. …

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‘Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense’ in Indiana Fight Bill That Would Allow Guns on School Property

The Indiana Chapter of an organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is fighting the passage of Senate Bill 229. The bill would allow the carrying of firearms on school property, including in buses. It would also allow for firearms to be carried to off-campus school events such as graduation, prom, and field trips. Nicki McNally, the …

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Habitat for Humanity Pushing to Develop on Controversial Land

The Bloomington Plan Commission voted February 24 to fast-track approval for a 35 home subdivision in what is currently an urban forest along the B-Line Trail. Habitat for Humanity is seeking to develop the wooded area north of downtown between the B-Line and Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park. Kerry Thompson, the president of Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, said her …

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New Area Code Coming to Bloomington Area

A new ten-digit area code system will be implemented for residents in Indiana’s 812 area code region on September 6, 2014. On March 1, residents will still be able to use the 812 area code, but should start using 10 digits when they make a call. Spokesman for the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor Anthony Swinger explains why a …

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IU Students Form ‘March Madness’ Volunteer Group to Spread Information on Obamacare

The Indiana University and Ivy Tech students of the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are starting a new campus organization. The group is launching a March healthcare campaign called “Madness” that will help students learn more about health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. David Meyer, president of the ACA Volunteers of Monroe County, says this campaign will …

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Aerial Photos of Bloomington Approved for Property Assessment

The Monroe County Commission approved a $271,000 contract on February 21 with a company that plans to take aerial photographs of the entire County. The company, Pictometry International Corporation, would fly over the area to take high-resolution pictures for the County Assessor’s office. Assessor Judy Sharp said one way her staff uses images like these is to detect changes in …

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Water Pumping Project Finishes $250,000 Under Budget

The construction of a new water pumping station came in at about $260,000 under budget, according to officials at a Bloomington Utilities Service Board meeting on Feb. 24. Michael Hicks, the Utilities Department’s capital projects manager, submitted a change order on the $6.5 million project. “The project is complete and with the approval of this change order we can close …

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MCCSC Board of Trustees open meeting to discuss local ‘F’ grade schools

Members of the public will get to hear and comment on proposals to address the “F” grades given by the state to Fairview and Highland Park schools. The opportunity will come this evening, when the Board of Trustees of the Monroe County Community School Corporation opens its regular meeting. The principals of the two elementary schools will present their proposals …

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