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INDOT Releases New Estimate of I-69 Completion

Indiana transportation officials have announced another change to the Interstate 69 construction schedule. In today’s announcement, the Indiana Finance Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation said they expect Section 5 of the interstate to be completed by May of 2018. That’s seven months later than the date they announced in December; but it’s also three months earlier than the …

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COB Utilities Releases Statement on Soil Containing Lead

Trace levels of lead have been discovered in the soil at the site of a former water tank owned by the City of Bloomington Utilities. According to a press release from the city of Bloomington, these levels were higher than what is allowed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The tank was in use from 1954 – 2015 before …

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City Administrators Move Toward Greater Financial Transparency

City administrators are moving toward buying software they say will make almost every city financial transaction available to the public. IT Director Rick Dietz told the Utilities Services Board last night that the software module would make transactional information available to the public as well as to the city’s many departments, the city council, and boards and commissions. “Once it’s …

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Mayor Hamilton Proposes Annexation of Nearby Land

Bloomington Mayor, John Hamilton, is asking the City Council to annex more than 15 square miles of land into the City of Bloomington. Hamilton made this announcement on Friday: “City boundaries have been adjusted many times. Expanding the city limits to incorporate the urbanized areas surrounding the city. Despite the ongoing growth in those urbanized areas of the county since …

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Crane Ammunition Facility Not Affected by Federal Hiring Freeze

Employees at the Crane Army Ammunition Activity will be spared from the effects of President Trump’s federal hiring freeze. That’s according to announcement a half hour ago by Senator Joe Donnelly. The senator’s office says Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, was able to wave the hiring freeze as it would have applied to Crane. The ammunition facility has as many …

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City of Bloomington Accepting Public Input for Tech Park

The city of Bloomington is still taking public comment on its plans for a Tech Park. Although much of the design is finished, and there are already plans for at least two companies to build in the park, the city held a public input event last night at the atrium of City Hall. The public could view drawings of the …

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Indiana University Students and Faculty React to Immigration Order

Repercussions from President Trump’s executive order banning refugees, immigrants, and travelers from seven Middle Eastern countries are developing around the state. Indiana University released a statement advising international students that they should suspend plans to travel outside of the United States for fear of not being able to return. Stephen Katz, Chair of IU’s Near Eastern Language and Culture department …

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Indiana Recovery Alliance Voices Concern Over Proposed Legislation

The Indiana Recovery Alliance is expressing serious disapproval over Senate Bill 499. The bill, if passed, would allow individuals to be charged with possession of narcotics even  if they don’t have any on their person. If a person is either suffering symptoms of acute opioid overdose, or if they received an intervention drug to relieve their overdose, they could be charged …

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New Report Indicates Strong Correlation Between Poverty Rates and Housing Affordability

Bloomington’s high poverty rate and low housing affordability are closely linked, according to a new report. As of the most recent US Census data, the city of Bloomington holds a poverty rate of 38.3% and Monroe County stands at 23.5% – which is the highest rate for an Indiana county. A report by South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities details that …

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Post-Inauguration Protests Begin in Bloomington

A weekend of anti-Trump activities kicked off in Bloomington Friday, with workshops, marches and a standing-room-only rally at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. An effort called Inaugurate the Revolution led workshops throughout the day, covering subjects ranging from media literacy to public education to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. We’ll have more on the Standing Rock workshop later in the show. At …

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