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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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Congressional Delegation is Asking President Obama to Intervene in Democratic Republic of Congo Adoption Issue

Indiana’s congressional delegation is asking President Obama to directly intervene in an ongoing issue involving adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of the children are not making it to their new homes in the United States. According to a letter from members of Congress to the President, Indiana has the highest number of Congolese children who have …

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Maurer Law and Kelley Business Students are Helping Residents with Taxes

Indiana University students from the Maurer School of Law and Kelley School of Business are helping local residents with their taxes. Local taxpayers who have an annual income of less than $54,000 are eligible for help filing state and federal tax returns. This is a part of the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Until March 26th, a …

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources is Seeking Volunteer Campground Hosts

The Indiana of Department of Natural Resources is seeking campground hosts at Indiana State Parks. Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week in exchange for free camping during their service. Volunteers are needed for Brown County, Clifty Falls, Ouabache, Pokagon and Potato Creek parks as well as Monroe and Hardy Lakes. A volunteer application is available at stateparks.in.gov. …

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League of Women Voters and Monroe County Hold Legislative Update Session

The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County held its last update for the 2016 legislative session on Saturday. State Senator Mark Stoops along with State Representatives Matt Pierce and Jeff Ellington reported on the status of several bills at the halfway point in the legislative session. Stoops reported that Senate Bill 128 to expand access to mass …

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Plastic Waste Bill Moves Through General Assembly

A bill is moving through the Indiana General Assembly that could stop an initiative to ban single-use plastic bags in Bloomington. House Bill ten-fifty-three, authored by Representative Ronald Bacon, would prohibit the local government from regulating the distribution and manufacture of single-use plastic containers. The bill would also prohibit local government from imposing restrictions or fees concerning such containers. This …

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