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“Worse than doing nothing” – that’s how critics describe Indiana’s new energy efficiency effort crafted by Governor Mike Pence and the General Assembly. 

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups say the new energy efficiency program is going to drive up costs for residential consumers. 

Under the approved legislation, each utility company must develop its own energy efficiency program…and they can raise rates to cover any revenue they lose because of decreased energy usage. 

Revamped State Board Of Education Begins Work June 1

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The reboot of the State Board of Education is set for next week.

Monday is the deadline for Governor Pence, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President David Long to make their appointments to the state board.

The new law ending state school superintendent Glenda Ritz‘s automatic chairmanship of the state board also terminates the appointments of the other 10 members, in an effort to defuse the long-running battle between Ritz and the rest of the board.

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The City of Lafayette is putting the finishing touches on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

City planner Margy Deverall says the document took more than a year to complete.

She says officials are still seeking input from various stakeholders before finalizing the plan and prioritizing projects.

“We’re getting a lot of input from people who ride and who walk looking at routes that they are currently using that they would like to see improved," says Deverall. "Or routes that they would like to use that aren’t necessarily safe.”

An Indianapolis 500 Quilt Tradition Continues

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Besides his likeness on the Borg Warner trophy and $2.4 million prize, Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, will be going home with a custom made quilt.  

The "Quilt Lady", Jeanetta Holder, has been making quilts for Indy 500 winners since 1976, when she first presented one to Johnny Rutherford.  She’s a long time race fan and says she’s quilted a couple of extras for a few of her favorite drivers.

"I’ve also gone back and done one for Andretti, Jim Rathmann and one for Parnelli Jones, so this really makes 43 quilts," said Holder.

Elle Moxley / indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact

State superintendent Glenda Ritz announced at the end of this year’s legislative session she might consider a run for governor.

It’s looking like that announcement might be coming soon.

After a legislative session full of education bills, including a bill that originally aimed to remove Ritz from her role as chair of the State Board of Education, Ritz expressed frustration with Governor Pence and said she might run for his office to make the education changes she wants.

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Legislation to eliminate Indiana’s straight ticket voting system – or even to study its elimination – failed to clear the General Assembly this session. But some lawmakers – including legislative leaders – say a study committee on the issue is still possible.

Straight ticket voting allows people to vote for every candidate from one party with one check of a box on their ballot. A bill eliminating the practice cleared the House.

Claire McInerny / http://indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact/

For years, Indiana lagged behind other states when it came to educating three and four year olds. But that’s changing quickly. The state recently launched a pre-k pilot program in five counties, including Marion County, where the Indianapolis mayor’s office also started a scholarship program to enroll more low-income kids in pre-k. 

As dozens of preschoolers run around the fenced in playground at Francis Bellamy, a preschool within the Indianapolis Public Schools system, principal Linda Hogan explains why recess is especially important for these children.

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will be the Grand Marshal at this year’s Indianapolis Pride Parade. The Republican two-term incumbent says his jaw dropped when he was asked, but the group’s president says Ballard’s positions during the kerfuffle over the state’s religious objections law made him a natural choice.

Indy Pride President Chris Moore says he was impressed Ballard supported the LGBT community, despite his party affiliation. But Ballard says being a Republican is irrelevant to his stance on LGBT equality.

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Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler is on a wild goose chase, literally. Canada geese are flocking to the town in hordes and occupying parkland. Tyler hopes to evacuate the avian infestation with the help of Muncie Parks Superintendent Harvey Wright, who has a plan to ship the geese to another location.

"If we get the 800 caught, then we will take them up north and release them," Wright says.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently sat down with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra to talk about the orchestra's "Shredding with the Symphony" concert, Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette.

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