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Daily Local News – February 23, 2016

IU Health has announced they are increasing the minimum wage for clinical and non-clinical employees at their hospitals to eleven dollars an hour; The Bloomington Utilities Department is collecting more data about disinfectant byproducts in the city’s water; The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recently fined the medical waste disposal company Medassure $11.250 for accepting containers of medical waste, some …

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Elementary Schoolers Research Bloomington African American Leader Elizabeth Bridgwaters


This year is the 100th anniversary of the original Banneker School, a segregated elementary and middle school in Bloomington. Elizabeth Bridgwaters was one of the major influences on Bloomington’s integration movement; she was a leader and Monroe County’s first elected African American elected official. Through the work of Bridgwaters and other remarkable African American leaders, Fairview School was integrated in …

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Activate! New Life New Leaf : Mary Goetze


Mary Goetze regales her experiences volunteering with New Leaf New Life, an organization using the framework of therapeutic justice to support incarcerated individuals in their efforts to make a successful transition back into the community. New Leaf New Life offers programs for both inmates and the formerly incarcerated, and also offers support to the families of the incarcerated. Listen to …

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IU Alum Evolves Poem from Personal Experiences

A poem is often a snapshot, a moment of life preserved in the pages of a book. But what happens when a poem becomes a tool for understanding the changes in the author’s life? Recent IU graduate Harlan Kelly has a poem that’s changed with him through a life experience we all face – growing up. Carter Barrett brings us …

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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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