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Daily Local News – February 9, 2016

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellsperman announced this afternoon she is resigning from state government; Two bills are moving through the Statehouse that would allow pharmacists to deny pseudoephedrine sales to suspicious customers; The Indiana University Board of Trustees have approved a room and board price increase for the upcoming school year; The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe …

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Ins and Outs of Money – Get Saving Now!

Most experts say you need to have at least a year’s income in retirement savings by the time you’re 35. But it’s never too late to start, and there are options to help grow your nest egg if you’re starting late.

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Activate! – People and Animal Learning Services (PALS) : Emily Webster

Emily Webster shares her experience working with People and Animal Learning Services (PALS), a therapeutic program for people with disabilities that also provides opportunities for recreational riding. PALS helps particpants build strength and learn how to care for animals. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. LINKS Pet Therapy at Hospice Facility PALS New Volunteer Training …

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Mayor Hamilton Addresses Downtown Parking Meter Issues

Two and a half years after they were first installed, Bloomington’s parking meters are not working as advertised. Mayor John Hamilton held a press conference on Friday to discuss problems with the meters. The parking meters were strongly supported by the previous mayor, Mark Kruzan, who ended his third term as mayor in December. We bring you a portion of …

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Daily Local News – February 8, 2016

Indiana University’s Associate Dean of Students and Title Nine Director Jason Casares is on paid administrative leave following sexual assault allegations made by a colleague; A bill is moving through the Indiana General Assembly that could stop an initiative to ban single-use plastic bags in Bloomington; In its meeting last week, the Monroe County Election Board received an update on …

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Plastic Waste Bill Moves Through General Assembly

A bill is moving through the Indiana General Assembly that could stop an initiative to ban single-use plastic bags in Bloomington. House Bill ten-fifty-three, authored by Representative Ronald Bacon, would prohibit the local government from regulating the distribution and manufacture of single-use plastic containers. The bill would also prohibit local government from imposing restrictions or fees concerning such containers. This …

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Interview with Abby Lee and David Koté of IU’s Macbeth

A production of Macbeth by the Indiana University Theater Department opens tomorrow evening. The director and one of the actresses spoke earlier this week with Interchange host Doug Storm. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

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13 Counties to Join Indiana’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

A Judicial Branch of Indiana Courts press release announced that 13 counties will join Indiana’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) this year, bringing the total number of participating Indiana counties to 32. The JDAI, begun in 2006, is a national juvenile justice reform initiative that aims to improve outcomes for children in the justice system while ensuring public safety. The …

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Proposal to Lift Indiana’s Ban On Sunday Sales of Alcohol was Rejected

A proposal to lift Indiana’s 80-year-old ban on the sale of alcohol on Sundays was squashed last week by the House Public Policy committee in an 8 to 5 vote. Efforts to repeal these blue laws gain attention every year, but the bills have never made it far on the House floor. Those in the liquor business who oppose the …

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Senator Stoops’ Bill 128 Proposes Increased Funding for Monroe County Transportation System

State Senator Mark Stoops has authored Senate Bill 128, a proposal that would increase funding for the Monroe County transportation system and widen its scope. According to a press release, Stoops argued “The entire county needs transit to access jobs and services in Bloomington, as well as the employers and education opportunities located throughout the county”. Senate Bill 128 includes …

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