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Daily Local News- November 18, 2013

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Weekend storm updates; Laury Flint has assumed the position of Chief of the IU Police Department; Hoosier Hills Food Bank has distributed over three-point-two million pounds of food so far in 2013, already exceeding what they distributed last year; “Medora,” a new documentary about small-town Medora Indiana’s high school basketball team, will make its premiere at The Indiana University Cinema this month.

FEATURE
Last week the city of Bloomington announced new, extra patrols will be assigned to the downtown area, as well as along the B-Line Trail. Police Chief Mike Diekhoff also says surveillance cameras will be used more extensively, although he wouldn’t say where the cameras will be placed. The new measures are targeted at panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Police Chief Diekhoff about the changes, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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June Taylor of the American Red Cross tells her story and talks about the holiday basket fundraising campaign, for 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, Yvonne Cheng, and Yin Yuan.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineers are Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Police Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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The Bloomington Police Department will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 26th. Department personnel will collect old, unwanted, and unused prescription drugs to be safely disposed.

Joe Qualters, captain of the Department’s Detective Division, says this is a bi-annual event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“The goal is to get all those unneeded and unwanted prescriptions out of the home to avoid the possibility of abuse or theft,” Qualters says, “Many times it’s difficult to find a place to dispose of these types of drugs and this provides an initiative to provide a collection point for those drugs.”

“I think it’s important to know that since the DEA has intitiated this, they have collected over 2.8 billion pounds of drugs,” Qualters says, “We in Bloomington have participated three times before and we’ve collected over 500 pounds of prescription drugs for disposal.”

The event will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The collection site will be set up on South Lincoln Street, on the east side of the Bloomington Police Department.

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