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New ‘no turn on red’ ordinance aims to protect cyclists and pedestrians in downtown Bloomington

April 21st, 2021

Jim Shackelford has lived and worked in Bloomington for the past 13 years. He walks, bikes, drives and uses public transportation in town. When the Bloomington City Council announced a new ordinance that would prevent right turns on red lights, Shackelford thought it was a small change that could prevent a lot of accidents. 

In October 2020, IU student Dan Plebanek was struck and killed by a turning vehicle while crossing the intersection at Third Street and Indiana Avenue. This was not the first time an accident like this occurred, so on April 7, the city council approved the ordinance that will add 78 ‘no turn on red’ signs to intersections that currently allow right turns on red.  

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Ken Nunn, from troubled teenager to law firm legend

April 1st, 2021

When Ken Nunn was a child in Jeffersonville, he was only able to feel completely warm while he sat in school, because many of his childhood homes didn’t have heat. More often than not, Nunn ate mayonnaise sandwiches at home.

Much of his time outside of school was spent caring for his little sister, while his mother worked two jobs to support them. His family was evicted from their homes 10 times in 12 years for non-payment of rent.

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The pandemic has made laptops a reporter’s best friend

March 25th, 2021

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was a breaking news reporter at the Indiana Daily Student. During the first weeks I wrote constantly about how the virus was affecting IU and its students, but it took a long time for me to realize the way I was going to conduct interviews was going to change. 

Before this, I usually did interviews in person; in offices, in comma areas, even in student’s homes a few times. I came to realize that while Zoom interviews are similar to the real thing, it was clear things were different, and I had to make accommodations.

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IU students’ civic habits have changed since the pandemic, voting and shopping from home.

March 11th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected some of the most normal routines, such as shopping and voting, according to three IU students interviewed at Teter Quad and Memorial Stadium. 

What’s happening: Vaccines are being introduced across Indiana, cases are dropping in Monroe County and local businesses are lifting restrictions on capacity and indoor activities. However, some routines have been permanently altered. 

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On The Beat Newsletter – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021

Feb. 9, 2020
Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jill Colvin, Associated Press.
Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began Tuesday and Democrats opened with video evidence of the Capitol Riot. He is the first president to be impeached and tried after leaving office. His lawyers will argue the Constitutionality of this trial. 

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Bio: Kyra Miller

Kyra Miller
Kyra Miller is a senior from Lafayette, IN, studying journalism with a concentration in news writing and editing and minoring in political science. Aside from the Bloomington Beat, she gained practical experience from the Indiana Daily Student as a campus administration and breaking news reporter and is currently a general assignments editor. For the last two years, she has interned at the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism. After graduation, she hopes to use her curiosity and passion for news to investigate and report all over the world. She gained her passion for journalism after watching “The Newsroom” as a teenager.