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Bob Martin: Hormone Use in Food Animals

Bob Martin is a senior officer at The Pew Environment Group and former Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, investigating the problems associated with industrial farm animal production operations and to make recommendations to solve them. The Commission has released a report with no less than 24 primary recommendations. The Commission was so concerned about …

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Local ISTEP Scores: Cameron Rains, Jan Bergeson

ISTEP stands for Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus, an annual standardized test designed by the Indiana Department of Education. ISTEP scores directly influence state funding of local schools and students cannot graduate from an Indiana high school without passing the final grade ten ISTEP exam. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year the test was moved from fall to spring, …

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Printpack Tax Break Approved

Last night Monroe County Council members approved a ten year, $2.8 million tax abatement plan that everyone HOPES will keep an international packaging manufacturer in town, and its 150 jobs safe. Printpack is a packaging manufacturer, with 26 facilities in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. One of its plants has been on North Curry Pike, …

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Rafia Zakaria: Women in Pakistan

Pakistan is in the news, but how much do we really know about this country and its people? Rafia Zakaria is a Bloomington doctoral student working on a dissertation about the plight of women in Pakistan, caught between terrorism and fundamentalism. Zakaria is an attorney for the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and a consultant for Amnesty International. She takes us …

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Injustices Suffered by American Women in a Broken Healthcare System

Hoosiers across the state took part in dozens of meetings this weekend to set in place plans to move forward the President’s plan for health insurance reform. Organizing for America is the Democratic National Committee’s grassroots project to support Obama’s agenda. The OFA meeting yesterday in Bloomington focused on the need for women in particular to get real reform. According …

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Penny Caudill: H1N1 Prevention

State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe yesterday announced that 28,700 doses of the nasal mist version of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine are expected to start arriving in Indiana early next week. Sharp could not tell us exactly how many of those doses will make their way to Monroe County, saying only that it will be metered out in accordance with …

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If Only Libby Had Insurance: Real People Without Healthcare

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan holds a press conference in Bloomington to respond to a new study released by Harvard University. The study will appear in the December edition of the American Journal of Public Health and claims that one person dies in America without health care every twelve seconds – more than 45,000 people each year. We hear …

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Tom Alcamo: Westinghouse Cleanup Update

EPA project manager Tom Alcamo updates us on the progress of the massive cleanup going on at Bloomington’s former Westinghouse plant at 300 North Curry Pike. CBS now owns the site and a remediation workplan has been moving forward this summer to purge the property of PCBs, a toxic byproduct from electrical capacitors. An Indiana company called “Focus Contracting” is …

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Tom and Sandra Tokarski: Fighting I-69

Local resistance to the construction of Interstate 69 has been in the headlines these past few weeks after the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization defied state demands to amend our local transportation plan to include a local property as I-69 right-of-way. Where the state wants to put an interchange for I-69, the city will develop an affordable housing project. It …

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Levin V. Love: True State of Diversity at IU

Cultural centers at Indiana University have joined efforts to create a brown bag discussion series this fall, “Choice of Colors,” which will address issues of diversity, identity and cultural awareness. The first event, “Diversity at IU: What It Is, What It Is Not and What It Should Be,” took place Thursday at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Panelists included Eric …

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