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Scott County Enforcing Paraphernalia Laws in Spite of HIV Outbreak

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Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

The HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana continues to grow. So far there have been 143 new cases discovered as part of the outbreak. State health officials joined local authorities in Scott County this morning to discuss the situation. The outbreak has been linked to the use of intravenous drugs and Governor Mike Pence has suspended state law to allow for a needle exchange program there. But some say local police aren’t responding well to the legalization of drug paraphernalia. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Cast of Characters: Dave Debikey

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daveThe first segment in a new WFHB series called Cast of Characters. In this series, WFHB went looking for local characters with interesting personal stories. We bring you now the first installment of Cast of Characters with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino.

Filmmaker Hildegard Keller on Annemarie Mahler

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A documentary film that will play this Sunday at the IU Cinema at 6:30 portrays local artist and scholar Annemarie Mahler. Mahler was born in Vienna in 1926, and has been a resident of Bloomington since 1957. It is an intimate conversation with herself and her dog that unfolds in front of the camera. Doug Storm interviewed the film’s creator, Hildegard Keller, for WFHB’s Interchange. The following is an excerpt from that program which is scheduled to air on May 12th.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management Assures Improvement in Air Quality Despite Conflicting Reports

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As Indiana residents celebrate Earth Day this year, the state government says air quality throughout the state is improving. But that official line is complicated by reports from some other organizations. News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB community report.

IU’s New Engineering Department to open Fall 2016

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The fall of 2016 should see the new Engineering Department open at IU-Bloomington open for its first students. While the initiative still needs the approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, plans are well on their way for its start-up. The new program is to be housed in the School of Informatics and Computing. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke yesterday to Professor Robert Schnabel of the IU school of informatics., Schnabel is the dean of the school and chaired the IU faculty task force that made the original recommendation to IU President McRobbie to establish the engineering department. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

IU Prof: Mike Pence Could Still Run For President

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Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Bloomington Hospital Scheduled to Relocate Near IU Golf Course

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IU Health officials announced this morning they are changing the course of plans to relocate the Bloomington Hospital. The Hospital still plans to move out of its downtown location, a decision that has been unpopular with many Bloomington residents, but the new facility is now scheduled for construction at the IU Golf Course, located on the northeast side of town along the bypass. Before today, the plan had been to move the hospital west of city limits on North Park, where the hospital already owns land. Several officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health Bloomington President Mark Moore, praised the new plan this morning. We bring you some of those comments for today’s WFHB community report.

Bloomington Beer Fest

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The Brewers of Indiana Guild held the 5th annual Bloomington Beer Fest at Woolery Mill on Saturday. Representatives from many of Indiana’s most popular breweries attended the event to show off their recipes. Correspondent Michael Hilton attended the event to ask the breweries about the current competition in the local craft beer market, and what they think about the future.

Petition Calls for Audit at Bloomingfoods

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Late last week a petition began circulating in social media demanding an audit, or peer review, at Bloomingfoods, the food cooperative with four permanent locations in Bloomington. As of our deadline there were 127 signatures on that petition.

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.”

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