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EcoReport – August 13, 2015

Later today the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors will discuss the future of Monroe County’s newest recycling facility. Progress on the materials recovery facility, or MRF, has been slowed over the last few of months. Last summer, the Board and the County Council approved the project, which is intended to process the county’s recyclables for sale. …

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Ellettsville’s Heritage Trail Project Is Well Underway

The formal eastern entrance to Ellettsville’s Heritage Trail is about to be completed. The town’s Utility Superintendent, Michael Farmer, provided an update and description of the work. He stated that some progress has been made in many areas of the trail and that everyone was excited about the completion. This gateway is for the east-side of the first section of …

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Severe Crop Damage Loans Will Be Available To Indiana Farmers

Earlier today the the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a formal Disaster Declaration for fifty-three Indiana counties, including Monroe and Brown counties. The request was made by Governor Mike Pence and other state officials in response to Indiana farmers suffering severe crop damage. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Due to record setting rainfall and the resulting floods that began at the …

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Better Beware! – Scamtracker

The Better Business bureau has a cool new feature on their website – an interactive map that shows what scams have been reported from where…all over the world! Here’s a look at how it works for us right here.

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Daily Local News – August 12, 2015

A survey out of the Indiana University School of Public Health found youth in Indiana are increasing using electronic cigarettes; Earlier today the the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a formal Disaster Declaration for fifty-three Indiana counties, including Monroe and Brown counties; The formal eastern entrance to Ellettsville’s Heritage Trail is about to be completed; The Monroe County Board of …

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An IU Professor’s Upcoming Book Is On Low-Wage Worker’s; A Conversation With A Home Health Care Worker In Indianapolis

A professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has published a book telling the stories of low-wage workers, such as janitors, fry cooks, and health care aides, trying to fight their way to middle-class incomes in Indianapolis. Professor Fran Quigley also writes about the struggles of union organizers with whom he says the workers have found …

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Electronic Cigarettes Are Popular With Indiana Youth

A survey out of the Indiana University School of Public Health found youth in Indiana are increasingly using electronic cigarettes. The Indiana Youth Survey studied youth in grades 7 through 12. It found e-cigarettes are more popular than traditional tobacco products among that population. About a quarter of 12th graders reported using e-cigarettes, considerably higher than the national average of …

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Standing Room Only – Medicare Turns Fifty

On July 30, 2015, the Indiana chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan hosted a local event honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare. Dr. Rob Stone, director and founder of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan, reviewed the history of Medicare and discussed data supporting the need to protect the …

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Interchange – Keeping a Hand in Mind: Reading and Writing in a Digital World

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Should we try to understand reading and writing as primary ways of making a particular kind of human; a way we embody consciousness. Are you “formed” in the forming act? For example, with your hands you made letters and words–you write (not type) a self–you are embodied in the language you craft. Memory lives in the act. Without the act …

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Daily Local News – August 11, 2015

Two nurses at IU Health have been acquitted of the disciplinary actions the hospital corporation issued earlier this year after they attempted to unionize the nursing staff; The Monroe County Public Library has teamed up with the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters on a project aimed at educating local citizens about elections; The City of Bloomington Parks and Rec …

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