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Interchange – Red Rosa: Eagle of the Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg and other international socialist leaders, including Karl Kautsky (German), Victor Adler (Austria), Georgii Plekhanov (Russia), Edouard Vaillant (France) and Sen Katayama (Japan).

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day (originally called International Working Women’s Day) and who better to honor on this day than Rosa Luxemburg? A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To quote Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich, Luxemburg was A courageous leader of the …

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Bloomington Water Treatment to Step Up Testing

The City of Bloomington will be testing more regularly for cyanobacterial toxins caused by harmful algae blooms beginning this summer. Water Quality Coordinator Rachel Atz told the Bloomington Utilities Service Board last night that harmful algal blooms were spotted at the point where water enters the Lake Monroe treatment plant. Atz said data from recent testing for cyanobacterial toxins showed …

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Invasive Species Threatens Existence of Ash Trees in the Midwest

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle attacking Ash trees across the Midwest. The beetle first showed up in Bloomington in 2008, with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirming its presence within city limits in 2012. And now the city’s urban forester says this may be the final year for landowners to save their ash trees. WFHB’s Joshua …

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The Ins and Outs of Money – Are You Compulsively Impulsive?

Everybody knows what it’s like to be tempted by something in a store that they don’t need. Find out what’s behind our impulse to buy, and how to manage it.

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Daily Local News – March 8, 2016

The City of Bloomington will be testing more regularly for cyanobacterial toxins caused by harmful algae blooms beginning this summer; Jails in Southern Indiana struggle to house higher numbers of female inmates than they were originally designed to accommodate; Area schools are taking the ISTEP test this week; Last Friday Governor Mike Pence signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 91. …

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Monroe County Westside TIF District Amendment

On Friday March 4th, the Monroe County Commissioners heard a request to amend the development plan for the Westside TIF district. The request will add two projects to the existing TIF plan. The intent is to improve traffic flow in the area roads of the Westside TIF.

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TIF District Analysis Provides Surprising Results

Tax Increment Funding Districts, commonly known as TIF districts, were originally created to boost economic development in areas where businesses and the community itself, were struggling to thrive. Assistant News Director Sarah Vaughn spoke with author Michael Hicks of Ball State University about a newly released report on TIF districts. Our feature was produced by Sarah Vaughn.

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Activate! – Lotus Blossoms : Loraine Martin

Glimpse behind the scenes with Loraine Martin as she describes Lotus Blossoms program for children. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks with help from Christine Brackenhoff, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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Daily Local News – March 7, 2016

Although it’s been a relatively mild flu season in Indiana, the state is currently seeing an upswing in cases. On Friday, the Monroe County Commissioners heard a request to amend the development plan for the Westside TIF district. Indiana University police took action last week when a suspicious package was found outside the Student Services Office at 408 N. Union …

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Voices in the Street – “Bloomington’s heroin problem. What can we do to help stop the epidemic?”

In case you weren’t aware, Bloomington has a heroin problem. A man was arrested in January with over $12,000 in heroin and cases of Hepatitis C have exploded so much as a result of intravenous drug use that the state of Indiana declared a public health emergency for Monroe County last December. Voices in the Street hit the streets to …

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