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Hoosier Hills Food Bank Provides Monthly Food Boxes To Low-Income Seniors

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Starting in June, Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) will begin providing monthly boxes of food for up to 100 low-income senior citizens in Monroe County. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is already operational in Brown, Crawford, Orange, and Martin counties.

Potentially eligible seniors must complete a program application and will be scheduled for an interview to document their eligibility. Casey Steury, the Director of Programs for HHFB, says to be eligible, they must be 60 and over, live in Monroe County and be 130% of the poverty level or less.

Funding for the program is  provided by the US Department of Agriculture and Indiana State Department of Health, but Steury says that volunteer power is really what runs the program, and that without volunteers getting the word out about the program, many eligible seniors who don’t have access to internet or newspapers wouldn’t know that help was available.

The HHFB provides food for soup kitchens and shelters but the monthly food delivery program is the one time they get to interact directly with the people who benefit from their work.

“This senior program is the one program where we actually get to hand boxes directly to these seniors,” Steury says. “Because they get this food they don’t have to decide between buying food or medicine this month.”

The seniors then provide feedback on how this program has helped to improved their lives.

About 7% of Monroe County’s senior population are living below the poverty level.

Indiana Board of Pharmacy Bans Synthetic Drug Compounds

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The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has banned four compounds that are used to make the synthetic drugs K2 and spice. The board is working closely with Indiana State Police to pass emergency rules to battle the ever-changing chemical formulas.

These synthetic drugs are extremely dangerous because the majority of users are youth that may think these are natural substances. K2 and spice are synthetic forms of with highly unpredictable effects. Communications Director for the Indiana Board of Pharmacy Nick Goodwin reflects on the dangers of these synthetic drugs.

“The dangers are widely documented,” Goodwin says, “Recently, 4 kids from Columbus, IN were hospitalized and were on synthetic drugs.”

Goodwin says there are misconceptions to the legality and safety of these kinds of synthetic drugs.

Reported effects of synthetic cannabinoids include increased heart rate, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, and chest pain. No official studies have been conducted, but data show that 11,000 people ended up in the emergency room in 2012 from smoking these substances.

Goodwin says this emergency rule will go into effect next Friday.

Once this rule is in effect, Indiana State Police will begin to prosecute providers of these synthetic drugs if the banned compounds show up in the lab tests of their products.

Local Police Recieve Grant To Buy New Audio & Video Equipment

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Local police are planning to spend a $29,000 grant on new audio and video recording equipment. The Monroe County Commission accepted the County’s portion of the funding at a meeting May 30.

County attorney Jeff Cockerill said the money would be split between the County Sheriff’s Department and the Bloomington Police Department.

“This fund is to prevent violent crime,” Cockerill says. “The city will use their portion to install audio and video equipment in their  interview rooms and the county will use its portion to continue the in-car video system purchases.”

The grant money comes from a federal grant program through the Department of Justice. The Commission voted unanimously to approve the expenditure.

Brown County Hour – Episode #27

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Cheeky Rose.

First aired Sunday, May 5, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB (Spring Fund Drive Special)

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Jim Schultz of the Salt Creek Preservation Project gives us an update on developments
  • Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/artist Kara Barnard
  • Bill Miller shares his memories of Brown County, including a history of Elkinsville, a small town that disappeared with the creation of Lake Monroe
  • Mike Hater, on ukeleles and the Ukelele World Congress event held every year in Needmore
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another fine essay
  • a Brown County News Update by Rick Fettig
  • and an interview with our musical guest, Kara Barnard, including some outstanding songs featuring her fingerstyle guitar, mandolin, banjo and singing.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Activate! – City of Bloomington Animal Shelter: Jenny Gibson & AJ Ginther

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Jenny Gibson and AJ Ginther from the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter on their experiences working with adoptable pets and the need for more volunteers at and donations to the Shelter to Fill the Gap this summer, on Activate! our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

Bring It On! – June 2, 2014

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On a special episode of B.I.O., Bev Smith and Clarence Boone welcome Dr. Osita Afoaku (from IU SPEA) and Roberta Radovich from the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. Later in the show, Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter, director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and Dr. Audrey McCluskey, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies at IU reflect on the passing of Dr. Maya Angleou

PART ONE
Dr. Osita Afoaku (from IU SPEA) and Roberta Radovich from the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs join Bev and Clarence to discuss the political, social and contemporary reality of the Boko Haram, along with a follow-up to the recent “Bring Back Our Girls” community forum of concerned citizens of Bloomington, Indiana and Indiana University.

PART TWO
Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter and Dr. Audrey McCluskey join Bev and Clarence to offer a tribute to the memory of Dr. Maya Angelou.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and Clarence Boone
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – June 2, 2014

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The city of Bloomington is expected to award its largest social services grant this year to the its own police department; The Bloomington City Council postponed a discussion May 28th on chain restaurants downtown; The Town of Ellettsville will take applications from its own employees before considering outside candidates for its new town manager position; Indiana University President Michael McRobbie McRobbie ranked sixth in ranking of pay for heads of public universities in the country;A team of Indiana University scientists have received a 6 point-two million dollar grant from the U S Army Research Office over the next five years to study bacterial evolution.

FEATURE
Senator Donnelly Introduces Military Suicide Prevention Act
Last week Senator Joe Donnelly held a press conference about his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. Presenting with him were members of Indiana military families that had lost loved ones to suicide. Highlights from the talk here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

ACTIVATE!
Jenny Gibson and AJ Ginther from the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter on their experiences working with adoptable pets and the need for more volunteers at and donations to the Shelter to Fill the Gap this summer, on Activate! our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
the executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Senator Donnelly Introduces Military Suicide Prevention Act

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Last week Senator Joe Donnelly held a press conference about his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. Presenting with him were members of Indiana military families that had lost loved ones to suicide. Highlights from the talk here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

Hola Bloomington – May 30, 2014

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Hosts Luz Maria Lopez and Carlos Bakota talk to Lehua Aplaca and Guadalupe Lopez about summer programs for kids and families at the NW YMCA.  Minerva Sosa interviews visiting reporter, Vicente Crespo about his travels and work in Spain in her segment “La Mesa Redonda”.  Also, sports and updates on summer events around town!

Books Unbound – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Part 1

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James Joyce was a pioneering writer of modernist fiction and poetry, known for his innovative prose style and complex wordplay. Born in 1882 in Dublin, Joyce left Ireland at the age of twenty to study in Paris. Within months, he started his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Published in 1914, A Portrait established Joyce as both an experimental stylist and a pusher of boundaries who questioned religious and nationalist orthodoxy.

A Portrait was received as a bold achievement by most of Joyce’s literary peers, but some critics dismissed its realism as a dirty obsession with sex and sewage. These controversies were soon eclipsed by Joyce’s monumental Ulysses. Today regarded as the definitive modernist novel in English, Ulysses was officially banned as obscene in both Britain and the United States, earning Joyce a perennial place among literary masters whose works were suppressed.

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