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NTSB Suggests Stricter Restrictions for Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunk driving. The current national standard is .08 ; The NTSB wants to drop that to .05. According to the NTSB, more than a 100 countries already use the .05 standard for drunk driving. They estimate deadly crash numbers in U.S. would be reduced by half if …

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Daily Local News – February 22, 2016

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department reports there was an accidental chlorine release into Clear Creek last week; The Monroe County Board of Commissioners approved an education and job training agreement between the Monroe County Jail and the non-profit organization, New Leaf New Life; The Indiana Right to Life organization announced that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is suing Planned Parenthood …

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Hoosier Veterans Are Struggling to Access Their Benefits from the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act

In August of 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act was signed into law with Senator Joe Donnelly’s full support. But today, the Senator says the results are, “Completely unacceptable.” Last week, Senator Donnelly spoke on the Senate Floor about Hoosier veterans who are struggling to access their benefits from the Choice Program. He says many are suffering from …

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National Survey Shows Public Opinion on Federal Sentencing Laws is Changing

The results of a recent national survey show that public opinion of Federal sentencing laws is changing. The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies survey finds that nearly 80 percent of participants strongly support sentence flexibility, as opposed to mandatory terms—especially with regard to drug offenses. The companies surveyed twelve hundred registered voters. Four out of five respondents say sentencing …

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Interview with Monroe County Board of Commissioners Candidate Rick Dietz

After almost three decades on the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Iris Kiesling has announced she won’t run for reelection this year. That has prompted several ambitious local residents to announce plans to compete for her position. The three members of the Commission function collectively as the executive of the Monroe County government, which has a 65 million dollar budget …

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Daily Local News – February 18, 2016

Earlier today, a man with a hatchet reportedly attacked a Brown County High School student in downtown Nashville; Last night Bloomington City Council President Andy Ruff shared a letter of protest he wrote to the state legislature regarding House Bill 105; Yesterday, Sarah Hempstead of Schmidt Associates presented what was called a place-making proposal for the Westside Economic Development area; …

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Voices in the Street – “Black History Month: African-American Heroes”

February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes. Podcast: Play in …

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“You Can. Go Back” Program Encourages Hoosiers with some College Credit to Finish their Degrees

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education plans a campaign targeting former Hoosier college students who have earned some college credits, but for a variety of reasons haven’t finished their degrees. In an article from the Tribune-Star, the Commission states the campaign—“You Can. Go Back”—offers special programs and incentives to encourage up to 200,000 Hoosiers to earn degrees by 2020. The …

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EcoReport – February 18, 2016

In today’s Eco-Report feature, Janet McCabe, from the Environmental Protection Agency, talks at the Clean Power Plan Forum Monday night in Bloomington, about the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and it’s potential impact on Indiana. EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and …

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IN Nature – Sandhill Cranes

Today’s EcoReport IN Nature report features Sandhill Cranes. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:06 — 1.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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