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New rule voted into affect to curb prescribing addictive pain medications

The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana voted last Thursday to adopt SB 246, a new rule for physicians who prescribe addictive pain medications to nonterminal patients. Starting December 15th this year, physicians will be required to monitor certain patient’s history via the state’s drug monitoring system called INSPECT. Dr. Deborah McMahan, health commissioner for the Fort Wayne Allen County Department …

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Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility present annual accessibility awards

The Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility presented their Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday night. The Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility present the awards every year to the people who helped make the community more accessible for people with disabilities. Craig Brenner, Special Project Coordinator at the Community and Family Resources Department, says he considers the ceremony to be an educational …

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IU Neal-Marshall Center to host Family Fun Night

The Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is hosting their annual Family Fun Night next Friday, Nov. 8. The event is geared towards students and individuals in the community who have children. Nichelle Whitney, an employee at the Culture Center, says that it started as a way to bring together students on campus. The Caribbean Islands is the theme this …

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Try hockey for free this Sunday at the Frank Southern Ice Arena

The Frank Southern Ice Arena and the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association is hosting ‘Try Hockey for Free Day’ this Sunday, Nov. 3. Try Hockey for Free USA and other local Hockey teams put on clinics around the country to encourage kids, ages four to nine, to try youth hockey at a local rink. Alyson Baer, Ice Scheduler for the …

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Gov. Pence names five women to serve on Indiana Commission for Women

Five women were named by Governor Mike Pence yesterday, to serve on the Indiana Commission for Women. Marta Pincheira of Franklin, Stephanie Moore of Newburgh, Kelly Perri of South Bend, Kayevonne Dailey of Fort Wayne, and the reappointed Patzetta Trice of Indianapolis will serve on the commission, effective immediately, until the summer of 2017. Established in 1996, The Indiana Commission …

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Rep. Todd Young says he is not in the Tea Party, but some say his actions belie his words

The finger of blame for the recent crisis in Congress, which caused a federal shutdown and a near debt default, has increasingly been pointed at Republican members of Congress, especially those associated with the Tea Party caucus. Todd Young, our local representative in Washington since 2010, has often been associated with the Tea Party due to his supportive votes for …

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The Strike Mic – October 29, 2013

This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police. Members of the group felt the police presence was unwarranted, and signals a growing trend of intimidation towards those who express dissent towards IU administration. Tune in every Tuesday for a …

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Local NAACP branch to sponsor open forum about the War on Drugs

Bloomington’s NAACP branch continues to take on the War on Drugs, and its effects on the local black community. The branch will sponsor a second public forum on the war a week from Tuesday. The NAACP of Monroe County sponsored a first forum in April, during which some three dozen suggestions were generated to solve some of the negative effects …

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Eight Medical Corp. relocates offices to Bloomington

Eight Medical Corporation has relocated its offices from St. Paul, Minnesota to Bloomington. The company is a medical device distributor. Its main device called the Recirculator Eight Point Zero, used to treat cavities. Dana Palazzo, project manager for Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, says quality of life was a huge factor for the corporation choosing Bloomington. “If the word gets out …

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Third Annual Bike Summit brings local bike community together to promote safety

The Third Annual Bike Summit, a yearly event the City of Bloomington holds to bring the local bicycle community together, takes place this Saturday. This year’s Summit will focus on education. Vince Caristo, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Bloomington says they’re trying to raise awareness about the Civil Streets Initiative. “We need help and participation to get the message out …

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