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Senate Bill Proposes to Limit Funding for Waste Management Through Property Taxes

Monroe County officials are keeping an eye on proposed legislation that would severely limit a county’s ability to fund solid waste management districts through property taxes. Solid Waste Management Director Tom McGlasson said Senate Bill 465 has been assigned to a committee but hasn’t yet had a hearing. “That bill sought to eliminate taxing authority of solid waste management districts, …

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Interchange – Populism Against the “Center”

Today our guest, Thea Riofrancos, suggests populism is the not the problem, as so many in the “center” (left and right) fear, but the answer to the decades-long program of neoliberal policies that have created a politically disengaged citizenry. But what flavor of populism? On the left, populism lays bare the class antagonisms that already structure social, economic, and political …

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Everyday People – Tim Clougher of Community Kitchen

Tim Clougher of Community Kitchen joins Stacey and Courtney to discuss resources offered by that organization. Everyday People is a weekly segment aimed at improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in Monroe County. Produced by Courtney Stewart and Stacey Goffinet.

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Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization Holds Policy Meeting to Discuss Mayor John Hamilton’s Proposed Annexation

Earlier this month Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton announced his proposal to annex about 10,000 acres of land into the city. Most of the affected property is located just beyond the city limits in unincorporated areas of Monroe County. In a meeting last week, officials expressed concern particuarly about the effects on the County government, which is currently responsible for propviding …

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Daily Local News – February 14, 2017

An online petition aimed at getting Indiana Senator Todd Young to hold a town hall meeting with his constituents has garnered more than 12,000 signatures; Monroe County officials are keeping an eye on proposed legislation that would severely limit a county’s ability to fund solid waste management districts through property taxes; The Bloomington Police and Fire departments discussed efforts to …

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Bring It On! – February 13, 2017

William Hosea and Amrita Myers host a long-overdue discussion on current event happenings in the world of entertainment, politics and local events.  Joining are regular crew members Jim Sims, Clarence Boone and special contributor Eric Love. And the show ends with Valentine wishes.   PART ONE William Hosea and Amrita Myers host a long-overdue discussion on current event happenings in …

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Daily Local News – February 13, 2017

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; Indiana transportation officials have announced yet another change to the Interstate 69 construction schedule; The city of Bloomington hired an interim director of planning and transportation two weeks after the departure of the former director; …

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Local Groups Hold LGBTQ Youth Assistance Training

According to the Centers for Disease Control, LGBTQ high school students experience higher rates of certain health risks than heterosexual youth. Sam Harrell is a county services specialist with Middle Way House, and an adult leader with Prism Youth Community. PRISM is an inclusive group offering social support for LGBTQ+ youth. Harrell and the Indiana Youth Institute are partners in a …

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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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