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Daily Local News – October 3, 2017

The City of Bloomington rolled out its new recycling and waste disposal program this morning; Utilities Director Vic Kelson says repairs to the railroad trestle at Lake Lemon will be completed this week, barring a rain delay; The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning commuters of the
probability of heavily increased traffic along Highway 37 this weekend.

State prosecutors and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill are mounting a concerted effort to close needle exchanges and harm reduction programs.
In August, Madison County’s needle exchange program—one of the in the state—was shut down. Attorney General Hill praised the decision in a widely distributed opinion piece sent to media outlets across the state. Hill also recently called into question the credibility the Centers for Disease Control, after they published a report stating that needle exchange programs are effective in combating the national opioid epidemic. Chris Abert, Founder and Director of the Indiana Recovery Alliance, says his group is encouraging supporters to show up to a Lawrence County Commissioners meeting later this month, where his needle exchange program is up for re-approval.

WFHB’s weekly community resources segment, Everyday People.

Anchors: Don Geyra and Erin Wager-Miller