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Bloomington Utilities Has Designed Water Stations

For the last couple of years, the Bloomington Utilities Department has set up water stations at IU’s major sporting events. Utilities Director, Patrick Murphy, described the program to the Utilities Service Board last week. He said that the utilities department has had a unique history in developing this type of thing. Murphy told the Board members they could see the …

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Freedom Indiana Is Seeking More Legal Protections

The statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a constitutional marriage amendment and campaigned against the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act has a new legislative project. Freedom Indiana has launched a new campaign to update the state’s existing laws against discrimination. Updates would include prohibitions on discrimination against gay and transgender Hoosiers. Chris Paulsen is the new campaign manager of the …

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Confusion Over Law Could Delay A-F School Grades

The Indiana State Board of Education voted today to instruct state officials to issue a new batch of A through F grades to each school in the state. That’s despite the fact the legal status of the school grading system has been called into question in recent weeks. According to the Journal Gazette, the Indiana Department of Education is leading …

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Former County Council Member Critical of Process and Data Used for Addressing Pay Raise Request

Former Monroe County Council member, Scott Wells, is critical of both the process and the data used for addressing a recent request to raise the pay of the County Commissioners. The Commissioners had requested a roughly 24 percent pay increase next year. The Council rejected the request last week. Wells addressed the County Council on Tuesday. He first addressed the …

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IU to Invest $300 Million to Develop Solutions for the Planet’s Most Pressing Problems

In other university news, IU has announced it plans to invest $300 million over the next five years to develop solutions for QUOTE “some of the planet’s most pressing problems” UNQUOTE. A press release called the new Grand Challenges program the most ambitious research program in the university’s history. The university has not decided which issues it hopes to address. …

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Students Against State Violence Rally

A student organization at Indiana University is rallying tonight against what they call an extreme rape culture in Bloomington. The group Students Against State Violence organized the event after a rape was reported behind Kilroy’s Dunnkirk on August 29th. An Indiana Daily Student article about the incident states that an IU police officer witnessed two people behind the bar at …

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Sander’s Ballot Arrives In Bloomington

With the presidential election looming, many candidates are turning to grassroots efforts on college campuses. Students have formed Indiana University Students For Bernie Sanders. Freshman Christian Pathic and one of the Co-Founders of the chapter says Sanders’s relatability is a key factor. Pathic Staties that Sanders is not here to criticize anyone running against him and that Sanders’s policies are …

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Film Director Spheeris to Appear at IU Cinema

Los Angeles based director Penelope Spheeris is coming to the IU Cinema this Friday for a 75-minute public interview. The event starts at 3. It is free, but ticketed. Spheeris’s documentaries highlight the evolution of the punk and heavy metal scene in LA over the years as well as the chaos that often comes with rock n’ roll. She was …

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More Information Is Necessary On Plastic Bags Ban

A proposal to ban single-use bags at stores in Bloomington has been delayed until more research can be done. The President of the Bloomington city Council, Dave Rollo, reported on the progress of the Bring Your Own Bag initiative last night during a meeting of the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. He said that the city council was sympathetic to the …

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Deal Made to Develop Trades District

The city of Bloomington has reached a deal with a firm to develop about half of what the city calls The Trades District. Last night Mayor Mark Kruzan told the City Council that officials have signed a deal with the Indianapolis-based company, Flaherty & Collins. The business has agreed to develop a six-acre piece of land just east of Rogers …

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