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City of Bloomington Open Tuesday, January 28

The City of Bloomington Sanitation Division announced a three-hour delay for sanitation services, due to the National Weather Service’s Wind Chill Advisory. City administrators and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union representatives decided the best solution for the safety of workers and for sanitation services was to delay rather than to cancel. Services will begin tomorrow at …

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Amended HJR-3 passes

BREAKING: An amendment striking the second sentence of HJR3 is approved, and moves on to the Senate. It is dissimilar enough from HJR6 that a 2014 referendum is most likely off the table. EARLIER: Citizens are crowding the Indiana Statehouse today in anticipation of a second reading of House Joint Resolution Three, and a vote by the Indiana House of …

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HJR-3 Advances Through The Indiana House

This morning the Indiana House of Representatives adopted the committee report from yesterday’s Elections and Apportionment Committee meeting, during which House Joint Resolution 3 passed, 9 to 3. The proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution, which explicitly states that same sex couples do not have the right to get married, may now continue through the legislative process, and is expected …

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New Cell Tower To Be Built Near Bloomington

The Monroe County Plan Commission gave its approval January 21 to a company seeking to build a new cell tower southwest of Bloomington. County Planner Jackie Scanlan told the commission there are no other towers near the proposed site, which is on East Lane, just west of State Road 37. Scanlan responded to a question from commission member Scott Wells. …

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Tips To Safely Deal With Winter Weather

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, has issued a press release detailing ways to deal with winter weather while staying safe and environmentally friendly. If you use chemical salts to melt ice off your sidewalk, be sure not to over apply or allow the salts to fall on your lawn or garden, since excess salts can be damaging …

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Shooting at Purdue University leaves one dead and one suspect in custody

Purdue University officials confirmed today that one man was fatally shot and one suspect was taken into custody following a shooting that occurred on campus around noon. The suspect in custody has been identified as 23-year-old Cody Cousins and the shooting victim as 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, Purdue senior and teaching assistant. Police say Cousins had a prior criminal record. Following …

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Jury Selection Started for 2009 Little Nashville Opry House Arson

Jury selection started today in the trial of the former manager of the Little Nashville Opry House, which burned down in 2009. James Bowyer has been charged with arson in the case. He was the business and personal partner of Esther Hamilton who, with her late husband, opened the facility in 1974. Brown County Prosecutor James Oliver and Defense Attorney …

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New Monroe County Recycling Facility Plans Still Uncertain

The citizens advisory committee to the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District discussed plans last week for supporting a new recycling facility. The District’s Board of Directors has been split on the issue of whether to build a materials recovery facility, or MRF, to process recyclables. But the advisory committee has supported the initiative, going so far as to form …

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Monroe County Library Suffering From Paying Parking Meters

Last week the Monroe County Public Library’s Board of Trustees discussed the negative effect parking meters are having on library patrons. Board member Stephen Moberly referred to the library’s circulation numbers, which have declined since the downtown meters were installed in August. “Looking at the chart, we had a slight decrease last year of half of one percent. This year, …

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Bloomington Transit Contracts Local Artists To Beautify New Downtown Transit Center

Bloomington Transit announced it has awarded contracts for exterior design and art work for the new Downtown Transit Center, which is currently under construction on Third and Walnut in downtown Bloomington. Local architect Matt Ellenwood was selected for the facility’s exterior benches and bicycle racks. His design was selected as the winning entry from among thirteen entrants in a national …

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