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Purdue University Researchers See Hemp as a Crop with Great Economic Potential

Hemp from marijuana plants can be used in a variety of eco-friendly ways: for fiber, food and other products. Purdue University researchers see it as a crop with great economic potential. Last year they planted the state’s first legal hemp crop in decades as a result of a 2013 federal farm bill, that allowed universities to grow hemp for agricultural …

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Bloomington Police Department offers Rape Aggression Defense Course

Starting at the end of March, the Bloomington Police Department(BPD) will be hosting a Rape Aggression Defense Course. It consists of both lectures and physical training. BPD is teaming with Indiana University Police for the project. The course is free. It is restricted to women. Registration deadline is March 22, 2016. About 35 percent of Indiana University women have been …

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Indiana State Department of Health Works to Reduce the State’s Infant Mortality Rate

The Indiana State Department of Health launches a new hotline service this week. It’s aimed at reducing Indiana’s infant mortality rate. The MOMS helpline connects new parents with prenatal and child health services around the state. In addition to providing educational resources, the hotline includes certified navigators to assist parents with applying for public assistance programs like WIC, SNAP, and …

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Committee Pushes for Measures To Restrict Methamphetamine Production Through Pharmaceutical Restrictions

A committee in the Indiana legislature has sent two bills aimed at preventing methamphetamine production to the full House of Representatives for a vote. With Senate Bill 80 pharmacists will be able to establish some customers as “patients on record,” meaning a patient who has a relationship with the pharmacy. New customers would have to have a prescription if they …

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Indiana House of Representatives Approves Resolution that Encourages Civility in Public Life

The Indiana House of Representatives has approved House Resolution 17, a measure that honors and encourages civility in public life. The resolution was passed by unanimous vote, just as a similar bill—Resolution 6— previously passed in the Indiana Senate. The resolution states “All citizens must be better so we can all live in a civil manner and in a civilized …

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City Council Approves Funding to Provide Training for City Employees

The Bloomington City Council approved funding last night in support of Mayor John Hamilton’s effort to provide training for City employees. City Controller Jeff Underwood, said the city held off on some training in response to the downturn in the economy. “It was a priority for the mayor coming into office was to increase the amount of funds available for …

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Indiana Teachers have Serious Concern Over Teacher-Pay Bargaining Bill

Indiana teachers are expressing serious concern about House Bill ten-oh-four, which is expected to get a final vote in the State Senate on Monday. The Bill was created to allow teacher-pay bargaining, specifically for teaching positions that are difficult to fill. The Indiana State Teacher’s Association says the measure could cause division among teachers. Teresa Meredith, the president of the …

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City of Bloomington Observes Rising Levels of Disinfectant Byproducts in Drinking Water

The Bloomington Utilities Department is collecting more data about disinfectant byproducts in the city’s water. The city has observed increasing levels of byproducts, which are linked to health problems including cancer. The interim director of the department, John Langley, told the Utilities Service Board last night that state environmental regulators requested the data. City officials are negotiating with the Indiana …

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NTSB Suggests Stricter Restrictions for Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunk driving. The current national standard is .08 ; The NTSB wants to drop that to .05. According to the NTSB, more than a 100 countries already use the .05 standard for drunk driving. They estimate deadly crash numbers in U.S. would be reduced by half if …

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Hoosier Veterans Are Struggling to Access Their Benefits from the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act

In August of 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act was signed into law with Senator Joe Donnelly’s full support. But today, the Senator says the results are, “Completely unacceptable.” Last week, Senator Donnelly spoke on the Senate Floor about Hoosier veterans who are struggling to access their benefits from the Choice Program. He says many are suffering from …

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