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Vectren Energy Requests Gas Line Easement

This week the Bloomington Board of Public Works heard a request from Vectren Energy for a 948 square foot permanent easement across the lot at 810 N. Woodlawn Avenue where Fire Station #3 is located. Transportation Project Manager Roy Aten said the easement was needed in order to relocate a steel gas pipeline to accommodate upcoming road grading. “Vectren Energy …

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American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is Filing a Lawsuit to Challenge the State’s New Abortion Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s new abortion law. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. They say the law is unconstitutional. The law bans abortions if the doctor believes the woman is only seeking an abortion because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, …

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security is Urging Hoosiers to be Vigilant about Potential Safety Risks in their Surroundings

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is urging Hoosiers to be vigilant about potential safety risks in their surroundings and to identify possible actions they can take to increase their personal safety in the event of an emergency. This preparedness program, “Ready: Whenever, Wherever,” offers a Web page with resources, links, and fact sheets on travel safety, home protection, large …

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Monroe County Commissioners Support Alternative to Jail for Juveniles

The Monroe County Commissioners are supporting day reporting programs for youth as an alternative to secure detention. The day reporting program is implemented in conjunction with the local non profit Family Solutions. County Chief probation officer Troy Hatfield tells the Commissioners that the Monroe County Public Library is an invaluable partner with the County’s Juvenile Alternative Detention Initiative. “One of …

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No Bias Found in Sexual Misconduct Cases Heard by Dismissed Associate Dean of Students

Indiana University says it will not redo any of the sexual misconduct hearings performed under the supervision of Jason Casares, who resigned from the university in February after being publicly accused of sexual misconduct. Casares had been the Director of Student Ethics before he resigned. In a statement released this morning, the university said that former IU law professor Julia …

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Combine Technology Conference is Coming to Bloomington

The annual Combine technology conference is coming to Bloomington next week. The event explores both the creative and business sides of technology. It features workshops, speakers, and networking events. We spoke to co-organizer Mike Trotzke about his hopes for this year’s conference. “The main goal is to bring together creative designers, developers, investors and sort of community leaders and put …

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Construction Begins Tomorrow on an 8-foot Wide Side Path on West Bloomfield Road

Work is scheduled to begin tomorrow on the construction of an 8-foot wide side path on West Bloomfield Road, beginning slightly west of Landmark Avenue and extending to Basswood Drive. The I-69 project will extend the path further to Liberty Drive. Bloomington’s Public Works Director, Adam Wason, told the Board of Public Works that the side path will provide great …

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Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission Calls Meeting to Decide the Fate of the Chocolate Moose

The Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission has just begun a meeting in which they’re scheduled to decide the fate of the Chocolate Moose ice cream stand. The business has been on South Walnut Street since the 1950s. The owner of the property, Doran May, wants to sell it to Pavilion Properties, which would demolish the restaurant to make room for a …

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Indiana Department of Transportation Chooses Route for Final Leg of I-69

The Indiana Department of Transportation has chosen the route for the final leg of I-69. INDOT informed residents in a meeting this morning that the new highway will be built on the existing highway 37 route, all the way to I-465 in Indianapolis. INDOT decided against several competing routes, which would have had I-69 diverging from highway 37 and going …

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Bloomington City Council Opposes Pence’s Stance Against Syrian Refugees

City Council members unanimously approved a resolution opposing Governor Pence’s actions to withhold support for Syrian refugees. City Clerk, Nicole Bolden, read the resolution aloud: “The measure opposes Governor Pence’s actions to withhold support from Syrian refugees; and welcome Syrian refugees to our state and our community. The resolution documents the widespread suffering of Syrians, the unconstitutional nature of the …

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