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The Environmental Protection Agency has found unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water of some homes in East Chicago, Indiana. The city is already grappling with high levels of lead and arsenic found in the soil around homes inside its EPA toxic waste clean-up site, or Superfund . That contamination came from a former smelting plant in the area. But an EPA spokesman says its not possible for lead from contaminated soil to get into your tap water. Instead, he says the lead in the water...

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2016’s Statehood Day celebration looked a lot like those in years past: there was the choir singing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” an actor playing President Benjamin Harrison, and a student reading her winning submission from the annual essay contest. This time, it was Jillian Stemler of New Albany, for her entry “Bicentennial Travels.” “It was fun to celebrate Indiana’s birthday by traveling," Stemler says. "In the future, there might be a new state park to explore or maybe Indiana’s first...

Indiana Commemorates Bicentennial Statehood Day

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Governor and Vice President-elect Mike Pence celebrated Indiana’s 200th birthday at the annual Statehood Day event at the Statehouse. 2016’s Statehood Day celebration looked a lot like those in year’s past: there was the choir singing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” an actor playing President Benjamin Harrison, and a student reading her winning submission from the annual essay contest. This time, it was Jillian Stemler of New Albany, for her entry “Bicentennial Travels.” “It was fun to...

Indiana School District Is Going Completely Solar

Dec 9, 2016

Budgeting is one of those necessary evils. Its tough, but youve got to do it. And for school districts, with growing costs and fixed funding, its increasingly crucial. So Sheridan Community Schools, a small, rural district in the heart of central Indiana, has taken a unique approach to managing energy costs: Theyre now one of the state’s first completely solar powered school systems. At Sheridan Community Schools, a district of a little over 1,000 students, we’ll save somewhere in the...

President-elect Donald Trump attacked the United Steelworkers union president who represents workers at Carrier in Indianapolis on Twitter Wednesday night . Chuck Jones heads up Steelworkers local 1999, which includes the Indianapolis Carrier and Rexnord factories. Both have come under fire from Trump for sending some jobs to Mexico. But now, Trump is blaming workers and union dues for that decision. He tweeted , If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in...

Michianas Native American tribe has begun construction on the first tribal casino in Indiana, just days after receiving sovereign status on 166 acres of land in South Bend. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians plans to build tribal housing and government facilities on its new land, too. But tribal chair John Warren says the casino will play a central economic role when it’s completed in early 2018. Its just like Indiana – they have the lottery system to fund their programs,” Warren says. ...

As part of its deal with President-elect Donald Trump to retain some Indiana jobs, Carrier pledged to invest $16 million dollars in its Indianapolis factory. But that investment will go toward automation, according to Carrier parent company CEO Greg Hayes. In an interview with CNBC , Hayes said investing in machines and robots to replace some jobs people used to do will help make up some – though not all – of what Carrier would have saved by moving operations to Mexico, where labor is cheaper...

Fewer jobs will be saved at Indianapolis Carrier factory than originally announced. The United Steelworkers union told members in a letter Monday that the number of jobs saved is actually 800, not more than 1,100 as President-elect Donald Trump said last week. Steelworkers Local 1999 vice president Robert James says it means 500 union members will still lose their jobs. Its just something that the company decided, that these are the numbers theyre going to run with, he says. And hopefully by...

A new report focuses on food allergies as a public health concern. The 18-month study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine examines public health policies and makes recommendations for more research and education. Assistant professor of communication studies at IUPUI Jennifer Bute serves on a national food allergy board and says the report is encouraging. The report explicitly says that this is a chronic health condition that has been ignored for far too long,...

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There are more than 140 Roman Catholic womenpriests worldwide. But the Catholic Church doesn’t recognize them because of a longstanding policy that forbids the ordination of women. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Barbara Brosher reports, some hope a new commission Pope Francis formed will lead to change. Indianapolis Congregation Embraces Inclusive Church At first glance, the Sunday mass at Indiana’s Interchurch Center in Indianapolis may not appear much different than those you’d see in...

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