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Firm Plans to Build Alongside Bloomington B-Line Trail

Last week the Bloomington Plan Commission heard a request to build a four-story building alongside the downtown B-Line Trail, to include thirty-five high-end apartments and condos. The building would occupy about half of a city block, and it would also include some space for businesses on the first floor. The owners currently run the private equity firm Elmore Companies, and …

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DNR Hosts Ice Safety Talk on Facebook

Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will have the chance to talk about ice safety with Lieutenant William Browne, of DNR Law Enforcement, this Friday on the DNR Facebook page. Dawn Krause, of the DNR Division of Communications, says these talks have been going on for two years, and serve as a link between the department and …

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Witmer Approved as Monroe County School Resources Officer

At the December meeting of the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees, Jim Witmer was approved as the inaugural School Resources Officer for the district. John Carter, director of planning for MCCSC, told us more on what he will do as school resources officer. “He’ll be providing resources to staff on mediation training and foster relationships with …

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Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Announces Opposition to HJR 6

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce just announced their opposition to HJR 6, the legislation in the Indiana State House altering the definition of marriage. The Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the official documentation of their opposition, saying instead legislators should work on legislation that will bring business to the state, not give them reason to leave. The Bloomington Chamber of …

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Monroe County Treasurer’s Office Late On Financial Reports.

Two Monroe County officials gave a presentation Tuesday in hopes of quelling fears about a looming financial dilemma. The officials spoke before the County Council about the fact that the County Treasurer’s Office has fallen several months behind on required financial reports. Without filing the monthly documents, the county would be unable to distribute tax money to other units within …

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IU Trustees Encouraging Development of Women and Minority Owned Businesses

Last Thursday, during a board meeting at Indiana University East in Richmond, IU trustees talked about the contracts awarded by the school to businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans. Governor Mike Pence set diversity targets for all state purchasing from the Indiana government. According to trustee Patrick Shoulders, IU considers those aspirational goals. The aim is to encourage the …

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Monroe County School Diversity Offical Declares Most Minority Employees ‘Satisfied’

On Tuesday a newly assigned diversity official at the Monroe County Community School Corporation said minority employees there are mostly pleased with their work environment. Diane Hanks, the corporation’s diversity and talent specialist, said her office held forums last month for employees from underrepresented groups. “Generally the employees were satisfied and feel comfortable in their respected environment,” Hanks said, “Their …

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Bloomington Telecomm Council Working to Fund Visit from Net Neutrality Scholar Susan Crawford

The Bloomington Telecommunications Council continued its discussions Dec. 3 about bringing telecommunications scholar Susan Crawford to Bloomington. The council has encountered issues getting funding for the visit, and last month it requested $5,500 dollars from the city Board of Public Works. New Council member Jo Throckmorton asked another member, Duane Busick, why the Council would push for the visit from …

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As Recycling Prices Go Up, City Votes To Fund Materials Recovery Facility

The Board president of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District announced plans Nov. 21 to renew discussion about a controversial recycling facility. At a meeting of the District’s Citizens Advisory Committee, Board President Steve Volan said he would reintroduce a measure that was voted down earlier this year. The measure would allocate $60,000 to study the feasibility of building …

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The Strike Mic – December 10, 2013

This week on The Strike Mic, Indiana University Assembly member Luke O’Donovan speaks about his fundraising efforts to help pay for an ongoing criminal trial, involving an alleged homophobic hate crime.

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