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Director of Indiana Recovery Alliance Discusses Needle Exchange Program

State prosecutors and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill are mounting a concerted effort to close needle exchanges and harm reduction programs. In August, Madison County’s needle exchange program—one of the first in the state—was shut down. Attorney General Hill praised the decision in a widely distributed opinion piece sent to media outlets across the state. Hill also recently called into …

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City of Bloomington Rolls Out New Recycling and Waste Disposal Program

The City of Bloomington rolled out its new recycling and waste disposal program this morning. City residents will no longer have to separate out their recycling, or buy garbage tags for garbage bags. According to the city’s website, the new measures are being taken to reduce the, “high number of injuries and subsequent workers compensation costs.” Director of Public Works …

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Daily Local News – October 3, 2017

The City of Bloomington rolled out its new recycling and waste disposal program this morning; Utilities Director Vic Kelson says repairs to the railroad trestle at Lake Lemon will be completed this week, barring a rain delay; The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning commuters of the probability of heavily increased traffic along Highway 37 this weekend. FEATURE State prosecutors …

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Activate! – Monroe County United Ministries: Valerie Merriam

Air date: 10/09/2017 Valerie Merriam’s work with the food pantry at Monroe County United Ministries has been nothing short of foundational. Her tenure, efforts, and experience is second to none. Through more than a decade of institutional change, Valerie has been a constant, carrying forward programmatic and institutional knowledge that continues to inform their staff. Her service is almost immeasurable, …

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Opioid Epidemic Increases CASA Workload

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) represent the interests of children remanded to state custody. Due to the opioid epidemic, CASAs have seen a growing increase in the number of children needing representation. In this WFHB Community Report, WFHB Correspondent Cole Stinson speaks with CASA volunteer Les Wadzinski and Monroe County CASA Director Kristin Bishay.

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Housing Choice Voucher Program Begins Tomorrow

The Bloomington Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program will open for applications tomorrow. According to Housing Choice Voucher Program Manager Daniel Harmon, in order for the city’s Housing Authority to provide voucher assistance, a family may not have income which exceeds  50 percent of the area’s median income. Bloomington’s median income is $49,900. To qualify, applicants must make half the …

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Indiana Again Considering Sunday Alcohol Sales

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR) has reaffirmed support for legislation that would permit the carry-out sale of alcohol on Sundays. The support comes weeks before the Indiana General Assembly’s Alcohol Code Revision Commission is scheduled to convene for its fourth meeting of the 2017 session. According to IARB chairman Jon Sinder, the prohibition of alcohol on Sundays is …

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Daily Local News – October 2, 2017

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers supports legislation to permit carry-out sales of alcohol on Sundays; Bloomington Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program kicks off tomorrow; Three Fairview Elementary School students found with marijuana; Singer, songwriter, and frontman for the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty found dead this morning; City of Bloomington Utilities Department is doing maintenance work on fire hydrants; Indiana …

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Hola Bloomington – September 29, 2017

Host Israel Herrera interviews Lotus Artists PASCUALA ILABACA, LA DAMA PROJECT, and Guest Damian Solano talks about film series. Locutor Israel Herrera entrevista a los artistas del festival de Lotus PASCUALA ILABACA, LA DAMA, e invitados Damian Solano habla del ciclo de cine.

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Kite Line- September 29, 2017: Prison Imperialism

The phenomenon of mass incarceration has made the United States the world leader in carceral punishment. With only four percent of the world’s population, the United States accounts for 20% of the world’s incarcerated persons. In fact, the U.S. Is the pioneer of mass incarceration and the attendant police militarization and prison industry that are its foundation. Programs like “three …

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