4:11 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Chamber Report: Water, Water Everywhere, But How To Drink?

The report says sources such as the Ohio River mean the state has water to draw upon, as long as the infrastructure is there to transport it to Hoosiers.
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Indiana will face serious challenges when it comes to water resources within the next 20 years if the state doesn’t begin correcting its issues now.  That’s according to the lead researcher in an Indiana Chamber of Commerce report released Friday.

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3:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Report: Indiana Dumps More Pollutants Into Its Water Than Any Other State

The Wabash River (seen here) doesn't ingest nearly as much pollution as the Ohio River does near Rockport.
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A report out Thursday claims Indiana is one of the worst water polluters in the nation.

The analysis from the group Environment America shows Indiana dumped more than 17-million pounds of pollutants into its waterways in 2012 – more tonnage than any other state.

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4:29 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Pence Opposes New EPA Limits On Coal Power Plant Pollution

Coal-fired power plants are responsible for a large portion of the pollution generated in the United States each year. Indiana has nearly 30 such facilities.
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Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30-percent by the year 2030. 

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4:58 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Lion In Winter? Indiana Could See 'Cold Air Funnels'

A cold air funnel hovers over Oklahoma. A Purdue meteorologist says they only rarely contact the ground.
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Central Indiana’s rapid temperature shift this week has produced the possibility for a rare weather condition: the cold air funnel.

Mike Baldwin, a meteorology professor in Purdue University’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says it’s a type of weak tornado.

“During the day when the sun comes out, even a little bit of sunshine will warm up the surface and the low-level air enough for that air to become unstable,” Baldwin says.

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3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Harsh Winter Sapping State's Wine Grape Crops

Wineries around the state are importing more grapes this year to offset losses wrought by a long, cold winter.
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Indiana Vineyards are losing as much as 75-percent of their grape yields this year because of last winter's deep freeze.

Winemakers like David Simmons, co-owner of Simmons Winery near Columbus, knew they were going to take a hit, but are just now discovering exactly how much they’ve lost as their grape vines begin to bud.

"It's been a very difficult winter, we've had a lot of bud damage on the vines," Simmons says.

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11:55 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Peregrine falcon no longer on IN's watchlist

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Indiana has taken the peregrine falcon off the state endangered species list. The birds were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.

Habitat loss and pesticide use almost wiped out the peregrine falcon population in the 1960s. There weren’t any birds east of the Mississippi River by 1965. Indiana wildlife officials began trying to reintroduce the bird in the early 1990s.

Now those conservation efforts are paying off. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources removed the falcon from the state endangered species list this month.

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11:29 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Officials approve clean up plans for a downtown Lafayette property

Work will begin soon on a slum and blight spot in downtown Lafayette. The city and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) are moving forward with clean-up of the property once owned by Midwest Rentals. The 2.3 acre site sits along the river and is bounded by South Street, railroad tracks and Sycamore Street.

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11:53 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hoosier Environmental Council offers webinar for businesses

The Hoosier Environmental Council wants to help businesses reduce their energy costs. The group is hosting a workshop that also aims at green job creation.

Policy advisor Kris Wheeler hopes the online event gives business owners new resources to improve their operations. She says buildings consume about 40% of the energy we use, so finding efficiencies will save money.

“Lighting is about 30% of where your energy goes, so just using energy-efficient lighting can have a significant impact, or the business owner can do a top-to-bottom, full building retrofit.”

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4:53 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Downtown Lafayette "blight" to be cleaned up

The 2.3 acre site slated for clean-up was most recently a Midwest Portables property.
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A former industrial site in downtown Lafayette should be cleaned up later this summer. The 2.3 acres are just south of South Street along the river.

It was officially designated a slum and blight spot by the city council last year.

Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) executive director Stan Lambert says the organization bought the property in 2010.

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10:47 am
Wed May 29, 2013

SCOTUS rules against IN, Pence vows to fight

The U-S Supreme Court is declining to review a lower court decision that prevents the state of Indiana from cutting Planned Parenthood out of its Medicaid program.

Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill in 2011 that prevented Medicaid recipients from being reimbursed for health services at Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortions.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law in court.

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