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Voices in the Street – Celestial Discoveries, New Horizons: What the first images of Pluto mean for planet Earth

The New Horizons Satellite recently transmitted the first clear images of Pluto (a celestial body recently demoted to plantessimal-status due to its size and irregular orbit) back to earth. Pluto resides in the Kuiper belt and we are the first peoples ever to see high resolution images of its topography. In the wake of this mission, costing upwards of $700 …

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State Board of Education to Vote on Reducing Requirements for Teacher’s Licenses

Next Wednesday the Indiana Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new standards for how some teachers get licenses. The Department of Education has recommended lowering the testing requirements for early childhood educators. The mandatory test scores would be reduced in mathematics, science, social studies and English Language Arts. The vote comes amid a teacher shortage in Indiana. The …

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Daily Local News – July 30, 2015

The Indiana Health Department has wrapped up its investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities across the state; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted against the Senate’s six-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill today after an amendment he and Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced was not picked up as part of the bill; The Monroe County Council debated Tuesday where to find …

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EcoReport – July 30, 2015

In today’s EcoReport feature: On July 24th, the U.S. government charged two California activists with terrorism because of their involvement in releasing minks from fur farms. But private industries and the U.S. government have been active for decades trying to brand actions taken in defense of animals and the environment as criminal or terrorist acts. In September of 2012, EcoReport …

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Daily Local News – July 29, 2015

Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood; The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade; The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall; Ivy Tech …

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Financial Consulting Is Proposed For Ellettsville Town Hall

The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall. While the Town has worked toward rehabilitating the flood-damaged Town Hall, officials say they don’t intend to use it for government offices again. Instead, a new Town …

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New and Improved Monroe County Website Is On the Way

The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade. That’s according to Eric Evans, the County’s Chief Technology Officer. Evans made the announcement at  a work session of the Monroe County Council yesterday. Evans says the current website is about two years past due for an update and should have been replaced a long time ago as it is now very …

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Senator Coats Proposes A Bill To Remove Funding for Planned Parenthood After the Release of Controversial Videos

Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. The bill would prohibit any federal funding from going to the organization. Just yesterday, Coats released a video in which he accuses Planned Parenthood of profiting from abortion through organ harvesting. Planned Parenthood rejects the claim. The controversy began as …

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Extended Interview: Cook Medical Board Chairman on Medical Device Tax

The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman …

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Standing Room Only – What Makes Food Edible?

Science Café Bloomington brings scientists and the public together to consider science research of general interest. The group recently hosted sociocultural anthropologist Rick Wilk of Indiana University, who researches  why certain foods are considered edible in some eras and cultures, but inedible in others. Wilk specifically addressed fish, using carp and fish considered by-catch as an example.

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