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Wear blue jeans and raise awareness about child abuse

This month, you can wear jeans to work to raise awareness about child abuse.  Holly’s House is partnering with local businesses and organizations in the “Blue Jeans for Prevention” campaign.  The plan is for businesses and other groups to dedicate specific days where employees and associates can wear blue jeans.  In return, employees are asked to make a donation to Holly’s House.  Holly’s House is also providing blue ribbon pins for those settings where jeans are not appropriate at work.

Evansville and federal officials work to curb sewer overflows

Evansville and federal officials are working on a deal to curb combined sewer overflows. Evansville and other cities have until May 31st to finalize a plan with the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA officials want 90% of the overflow eliminated in 20 years, but the city wants 30 years to keep sewer rates from increasing too rapidly. Water and Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts says they will hold public hearings to give updates about the project as the May deadline approaches.

Volunteers and financial support needed for annual Homeless Connect event

The annual event for those who are homeless, or at-risk of losing their home, will be held this Thursday at the Centre. Aurora leader Luzada Hayes says last year's Vanderburgh Homeless Connect attracted persons from more than 625 households. Volunteers and financial assistance are still needed to put on the event. Call Aurora at 428-3246 for details. The 5th Vanderburgh Homeless Connect takes place from 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon Thursday.

Local domestic violence shelter throws out its rule book and tries something new

A local domestic violence shelter is one of six pilot shelters in the state to throw out its rule book and try a new type of management. Albion Bacon Fellows Center's new model focuses on individual case management, replacing the punishment and demerit system for violating rules. Now residents no longer receive demerits for actions such as missing curfew, drinking alcohol, and failing to clean their bed spaces. Instead, shelter workers are developing a stronger partnership with residents and gaining valuable time that used to be spent on demerit paperwork and enforcements.

Warm weather is coming, so utilities can be disconnected for nonpayment

Citizens Energy has announced that the state moratorium on utility disconnection ends today. The moratorium protects customers who qualify for the Indiana Energy Assistance Program from being disconnected during the winter months. Customers not receiving state energy assistance can have their service terminated for nonpayment throughout the year.

Indiana Health Department launches website about HIV testing

 

Indiana’s Health Department is launching a website to encourage pregnant women to get HIV screenings as early as possible.  (www.1test2lives.org)  This campaign is part of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  Unless they receive appropriate intervention and therapy, state health officials say 25 percent of pregnant women with HIV will transmit the virus to their unborn children.  That number drops as low as 1 to 2 percent  if treated.  More than 800 children in Indiana have been infected this way since the 1980’s.  

File your FAFSA and enter to win cash

 

The deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is tomorrow.  Not only can college students qualify for state and federal grants and loans, they now have the chance to earn extra money!  All you have to do is enter the Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College contest to potentially receive $100 in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Saving Plan.  Visit http://www.in.gov/cashforcollege/index.htm for information on how to file your FAFSA and enter the contest.

Owensboro altercation leads to two hospitalizations

An altercation in an Owensboro apartment late last night led to two men being hospitalized. Police say the men knew each other. One man was shot multiple times and was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He remains in critical condition, while the other man was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Vanderburgh Human Society holds fundraiser dinner tonight

Vanderburgh Humane Society is raising funds for its Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at its 2nd Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Benefit Dinner. The Dinner at Milestones' Crescent Room is from 5 to 9 tonight with all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks, and dessert. Tickets for this family-friendly event are $10 each or $125 for a table of ten. The Clinic has spayed or neutered more than 30,000 animals in the last six years.

VA Medical Center resume inpatient care

More beds will be open next week at the VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne. According to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, it‘s part of the second phase of a program to resume inpatient care at the facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System announced yesterday afternoon that by Wednesday, six more beds will be available, and that they expect to have a total of 26 spaces available by the end of March.

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