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School Shooting Threats Encompass National Debate – Gun Control, Public Safety, Racism

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The detention of an African-American family and two children in Bloomington over the weekend is spawning debate over active shooter threats to schools, community policing, and race. A Fairview Elementary School student and a Batchelor Middle School student posted threats against another Fairview student on Saturday, a day after a former high school student shot and killed 17 people in …

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City Council Hears Concerns Over Armored Car Purchase

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The Bloomington City Council is holding a Town Hall Forum tonight to address repeated outcry over the city’s decision to purchase an armored car for the Bloomington Police Department. Bloomington Chapter Black Lives Matter protesters and advocates are expected to voice their opposition to the nearly quarter million dollar purchase during public comment at this evening’s town hall. City of …

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City Council Moves to Restrict Downtown Development

Bloomington City Council members are working to limit the heights of new, downtown development. In their ongoing revision of the city’s comprehensive plan, council members voted unanimously to remove language that would increase building heights to achieve maximum residential density. In last night’s meeting, Council member Isabel Piedmont-Smith authored the amendment to strike the language from the plan. She says …

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Daily Local News – January 11, 2018

Bloomington City Council members are working to limit the heights of new downtown development, the Sophia Travis playground at Karst Farm Park is getting a makeover, the Indiana legislature is considering revising Indiana’s alcohol laws, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb addressed the state legislature in his State of the State address on Tuesday night. FEATURE Indiana’s legislature passed a law last session …

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Planning Director Accuses City Councilman of “Fear Mongering”

Last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting became heated, as city Planning Director Terri Porter accused a council member of abusing their authority while reviewing the city’s proposed comprehensive plan. Porter accused City Council member Chris Sturbaum of fear mongering when it comes to housing density. Last night’s session ends a first round of chapter- by-chapter amendments. Council members Steve Volan …

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Daily Local News – July 13, 2016

A new study from Indiana University has found that the allocation of police resources can affect the economic welfare and social inequality of a city; The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved a 22 percent increase in water rates in its meeting last night; An article in the Times of Northwest Indiana recently noted that an Indiana state commission is deliberating …

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Parking meter plan

The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd. Council members asked about the financial status of the meter project. The questions came up as the Council considered next year’s city budget. Council member Marty Spechler wanted to know if the meters are making money for city government. Kruzan did not directly answer the …

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IU, After Local Pressure, Alters Plan To Demolish 6 Historic Houses

Indiana University will be deciding this week on the fate of six historic Bloomington houses. Last year, IU announced plans to build a new law school facility on land currently occupied by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, commonly known as FeeGee. IU agreed to build a new facility for the fraternity on the 800 block of E 8th St which is …

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Interchange – Saving Place: Passion, Politics and Sustainability in Historic Preservation

This week on Interchange, Saving Place: Passion, Politics and Sustainability in Historic Preservation. Host Trish Kerle’ speaks with Bloomington city council member and small business owner, Chris Sturbaum, and Duncan Campbell, historic preservation consultant, retired associate professor of Architecture and director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Ball State University about current preservation challenges in Bloomington. Also discussed …

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Council Member Chases Down Alleged Burglars

Early this week Bloomington City Council member Andy Ruff accidentally found himself involved in an issue that confronts the city every holiday season: burglary. Police say the incident, and the foot chase that ensued, resulted in two arrests that appear to have solved a string of east side break-ins. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for a …

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