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Interview with Anna Maidi of the “Open Hearted Campaign”

A new campaign to foster understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans was launched in January by Bloomington resident Anna Maidi. The Open Hearted campaign is a just one of Maidi’s efforts to promote religious tolerance and cultural understanding. Maidi, who is the president of the Islamic Center of Bloomington, also co-produces “The Hijabi Diaries” with Bloomington resident Aubrey Seader. The …

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Daily Local News – April 7, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s new abortion law;The Bloomington Utilities Service Board has been asked to partner with a team from IU’s School of Environmental and Public Affairs on a large scale water resource study; This week the Bloomington Board of Public Works heard a request from Vectren Energy for a …

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EcoReport – April 7, 2016

Today we have a special airing of a show called This Week In Water. The show is produced by H2O Radio, which has a mission to generate conversations about water issues both local and global to foster an appreciation for water and motivate audiences toward water conservation. Other episodes of This Week in Water are available at H2O Radio.ORG. EcoReport …

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Better Beware – Tax Time Part 2

The IRS is warning of a whole list of ever-more-sophisticated scams, some of which are up 400 percent this year! And a thought about what to do if you get one of those threatening calls — always a scam.

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Mayor Hamilton Discusses Efforts to Reduce DBP Levels in Local Water

The city of Bloomington is changing the way it treats water in hopes of reducing the levels of chemical byproducts that can be hazardous to human health. This afternoon, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton met reporters outside the Monroe Water Treatment Plant to talk about the city’s recent efforts to combat rising levels of disinfectant byproducts in the local drinking water. …

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Daily Local News – April 6, 2016

The Buskirk Chumley Theater is on track to implement more than $88,000 in audio equipment upgrades; The talk show host and Indiana University alumnus Tavis Smiley has established $50,000 in new scholarships for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; This Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will host the 31st Annual Children’s Expo. …

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Interchange – Gownsburg: The Messy Child Born of a Dysfunctional Couple

Student false alarm rates are an egregious cost that the city pays. Photo credit: David Snodgress for the Herald-Times

Universities are paternalistic and infantilizing and municipalities enable them. This translates loosely into “If you’re father says it’s okay…” Bringing a wealth of experience in Bloomington City Government to the topic, Geography scholar Stephen Volan will share his research into how college campuses function, for better and for worse, as municipalities. Indiana University has a complex relationship with the City …

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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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The Ins and Outs of Money – When My Money Becomes Our Money

Sharing a household with a significant other brings a lot of changes—and changes to your financial routine are no exception. Avoid common pitfalls with these tips.

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Democracy for Monroe County Hosts Monroe County Commission Debate

Last week, the organization Democracy for Monroe County hosted a debate featuring the Democratic candidates for an open seat on the Monroe County Commission. Audience members heard from three candidates: Amanda Barge, Rick Dietz, and John Whikehart. Among the many questions asked by moderator Scott Wells was a question regarding the coming expansion of I-69, and the benefits and disadvantages …

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