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Printpack Tax Abatement: Pro and Con

Bloomington Economic Development Corporation director Ron Walker and local resident Chris Foster present different views on a tax abatement for Printpack, a packaging company shuttering its Bloomington facility while fishing for a good deal to build a much larger plant. The company wants Monroe County to grant it $2.8 million in tax abatements. What will the county council offer to …

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IU Tuition Rebates for Good Grades

Indiana University president Michael McRobbie announces a plan to give “incentive grant” tuition rebates to in-state undergraduate students who maintain good grades. The announcement appears to be tied to state senator Luke Kenley’s threat to withhold capital project funding if IU does not rescind its recent tuition hike. Kenley is using his position as chair of the state budget committee …

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Interchange – Mike O’Connell: Tennis, “The Sport of Kings”

Host Dave Stewart talks with IU Tennis Center Head Professional, and U.S.T.P.A. Master Professional, Mike O’Connell. In the first segment, the basics of the game of Tennis are discussed, including places to play here in Bloomington. In the 2nd segment, Mike O’Connell answers questions on what a ‘tennis lesson’ is like, and in the 3rd segment, Mike O’Connell discusses ways …

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Twin Lakes Recreation Center Opening

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department unveils a new look for the former Bloomington SportsPlex, purchased by the city and renamed the “Twin Lakes Recreation Center”. IU men’s basketball coach Tom Crean and Bloomington native and basketball star Jared Jeffries of the New York Knicks were the celebrity guests at Saturday’s ribboncutting ceremony. We take you on-location to …

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Youth Services Bureau: Iris Kiesling

The Youth Services Bureau is a county shelter and counseling program that houses troubled teens. Monroe County Commissioners want to move YSB into the county court system. This will put the shelter into a different part of the county budget, under the leadership of juvenile court judges, and would make the shelter eligible for more grant money to expand its …

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Chris Gaal: Sexual Assault Response Team

Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Gaal announces the creation of the new Sexual Assault Response Team designed to improve the community’s response to sexual assault incidents. For the last two years, Gaal has spearheaded an effort to draft a written protocol and led fundraising efforts to assist in the creation of a new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program at Bloomington …

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Freshman Frenzy! Welcome Ceremony

It’s Move-In Day for the 7,000 freshmen arriving in town, as Bloomington residence halls opened at 8 a.m. for these new IU students. Today IU President Michael McRobbie and Provost Karen Hanson greeted students and their families in McNutt, Briscoe and Foster residence halls, then presided over the official freshman induction ceremony at 3 p.m. Our news team went on-location …

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Everybody’s Bloomington: Arts and the Economy

Bloomington city officials have launched a new monthly talk show to explore B-town news and events. The half-hour program is called “Everybody’s Bloomington”, produced at the studios of our media partner CATS, Community Access Television Services. The latest episode features the two top figures in the mayor’s office of economic development: Danise Alano and Miah Michaelsen. We feature an excerpt …

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Interchange – Larry Pejeau: The Art of Stone Belt

Potter and local businessman Larry Pejeau explains how his work as an artist prepared him for a career helping people with disabilities find meaningful and rewarding work. Pejeau is the director of business development for Stone Belt, and co-owner of the home furnishings and design store Elements.

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Community Action Program Anniversary

The South Central Community Action Program and Monroe County United Ministries celebrate the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. That act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson, created community action agencies and several other War on Poverty programs. MCUM, then called the Christian Center, sponsored the origins of the Monroe County Community Action Agency. Community …

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