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State-Ordered Needle Exchange Program Opened

A state-ordered needle exchange program opened in Scott County over the weekend in response to a public health emergency there. An HIV epidemic in southern Indiana led Gov. Mike Pence to authorize counties at risk of outbreak to start needle exchange programs. In just over a month, the number of cases in southern Indiana has shot up–in late February, about 30 cases had been confirmed. Now that number is up to about 90, according to the Indy Star. This 30-day order provides an exemption from state law, which otherwise restricts needle exchange programs. Scott County’s program is located in what is called a Community Outreach Center in Austin, Ind. The program is only for Scott County residents. Cody Keith of the Indiana Department of Health says each person in the exchange program will receive a week’s worth of clean needles. Once used, those will be exchanged for a new supply.

Keith states, “And as far as that specific amount per person is concerned that is going to be worked out with the representatives in the Community Outreach Center in Austin. So there might be a difference between each individual with how many they get for that week, but all of that counseling will be taking place in the Community Outreach Center in Austin.”

Although Governor Pence has temporarily legalized this particular program, he says he generally opposes these kinds of initiatives. Indiana is one of 23 states that effectively outlaw needle exchange programs. Daniel Raymond, the policy director at the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York City, says those prohibitions have negative effects on public health.

Raymond says, “Where we don’t have needle exchange programs, we don’t have that early intervention strategy to reach people who are at risk and get them help… in New York we have seen a 75% decline in HIV amongst drug injectors since we passed our law enabling needle exchange programs.”

Laws like Indiana’s date back to the beginning of the War On Drugs in the early 1970s. Raymond says Indiana is one of many states that outlawed possession of paraphernalia such as syringes.

He continues, “Way before anybody ever dreamed of needle exchange, states passed these laws to attempt to cut down drug use… They ended up with more HIV and Hepatitis C.”

In states that have legalized needle exchange, the programs often offer other public health services as well. Alisa Solberg is the executive director at the Point Defiance Aids Projects in Tacoma, Washington.

Solberg states, “We link people with health insurance, we connect people with medical coverage and care with legal services… I think it may be difficult in Indiana where this type of intervention has not been considered previously so it may be difficult to see that.”

Injection of the painkiller Opana has been cited as a potential cause of the epidemic in Scott County. The needle exchange program there is scheduled to expire April 25th unless the governor issues another executive order.

Daily Local News – April 6, 2015

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A state-ordered needle exchange program opened in Scott County over the weekend in response to a public health emergency there; WIUX is hosting Culture Shock, its annual music festival, this Saturday, April 11; Today marks the 4th day of WFHB’s 2015 Spring Pledge Drive; Last week the City Council approved changes that will increase parking and eliminate green space at a building at the corner of 10th and College; A new Department of Defense report records that 434 service members took their lives in 2014.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Josh Byron, Joe Crawford and Emily Beck.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Activate! – My Sister’s Closet: Laura Robinson

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Laura Robinson explains the nature and rewards of working as a volunteer at My Sister’s Closet, recently relocated in a beautiful new building on S College. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
My Sister’s Closet
Global Gifts
Opportunity House

EcoFeature – Joe Duff

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In this EcoReport Feature, Bob Kissel interviews Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff about an experimental Whooping Crane reintroduction program.

bloomingOUT – April 2, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, and Jeff Poling interview our guest Frankie Price-Preslaff, a Speaker and organizer at Tuesday night’s R.F.R.A Rally in Bloomington. Our music tonight was “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert.The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to our guest Frankie Price-Preslaff for joining us tonight.

Credits
Hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, and Jeff Poling
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

Healthy Monroe County Outbreak sponsors awareness event for PCB

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Next Saturday an organization called Healthy Monroe County will sponsor an event aimed at informing local residents about the current effect of PCBs in Bloomington. PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, are highly toxic chemicals that were banned in the U.S. in 1979. But before that, they were dumped in locations throughout the city. WFHB correspondent Emily Beck looked into the current status of the cleanup efforts. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

The event next Saturday is titled, “Bloomington’s PCBs and the Current state of Cleanup.”

Daily Local News – April 2, 2015

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4/2/15
Republican leaders pledged today to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The Bloomington city council took a stand against the Religion Freedom Restoration Act last night; In the brief time since Indiana Senator Dan Coats announced his retirement, three Republican Party veterans have shown interest in taking his seat.

FEATURE
Next Saturday an organization called Healthy Monroe County will sponsor an event aimed at informing local residents about the current effect of PCBs in Bloomington. PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, are highly toxic chemicals that were banned in the U.S. in 1979. But before that, they were dumped in locations throughout the city. WFHB correspondent
Emily Beck looked into the current status of the cleanup efforts. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about Bloomington’s favorite springtime activities.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and David Murphy
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Emily Beck.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Bloomington City Council Takes a Stand Against New Indiana Bill

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The Bloomington city council took a stand against the Religion Freedom Restoration Act last night. The entire Council co-sponsored a resolution opposing the law. Council member Darryl Neher read the resolution aloud during the meeting. He called for it to be sent to state leaders, including Governor Pence and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie.

Michael Mcrobbie, reading the resolution, states that “The Bloomington City Council opposes and urges repeal of RFRA”.

The council also expressed concern that the law defines “individual” to include corporations and businesses. There are clauses in Bloomington’s human rights ordinance regarding sexual orientation and gender identity but no statewide protected class measures. Several citizens spoke during public comment to thank the council for the gesture. Melanie Davis said she recently moved to Bloomington with her daughter and appreciates the cultural acceptance she has found locally.

Melanie expressed her gratitude with the following statement, “I’d always heard what a wonderful this was,and its turning out to be just such a place and I want to say how proud I am of all of you and of the city and the people in it for their celebration and true inclusion of diverse groups people”

While Pence has been on the national news circuit to say that RFRA has a perception problem, Bloomington resident C.W. Poole said that he believes the law was intentionally discriminatory. Poole said it is right for the council to put pressure on the Governor to repeal the law.

“I think it was written exactly what they wanted to do” Poole expressed passionately. He continued by saying “The intent was to discriminate”.

Many of the Council members referred to the national media response to the law, saying it has shed an unfair negative light on the state. Councilmember Susan Sandberg scolded Hoosiers for their apparent apathy when it comes to electing their leaders.

“Its been embarrassing”, Susan Sandberg disdainfully exclaimed about the amount of negative light Indiana has been receiving in lieu of the new bill.

There was clapping throughout the council chambers as the resolution passed unanimously.

EcoReport – April 2, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Bob Kissel interviews Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff about an experimental Whooping Crane reintroduction program.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Dan Young and Alyce Miller.
This week’s news stories were written by Josh Byron, Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones, and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

IN Nature – Indiana Bat

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April 2 – IN Nature – Indiana Bat

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