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Hoosier Volunteers To Help South Carolina Flood Victims

Oct 5, 2015
Phil Roeder /

Indiana Red Cross volunteers are going to South Carolina to help flood victims.

The rainfall has set records over the state, flooded entire towns and killed at least six people.

Indiana Red Cross spokeswoman Ann Gregson says the volunteers are on the way.

“The majority of folks that are going today and tomorrow are shelter workers,” Gregson says. “Some of them are seasoned veterans and some of them are brand new.”

Gregson says volunteers will help with some very basic tasks the rain has made harder.

Bill Stanley

 This week, the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns conference in French Lick will cover how the state’s municipalities are balancing ways to provide services for their citizens while reducing spending.

IACT Executive Director Matt Greller says the issues are the same for every community--big and small.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

A 3-megawatt energy park has opened in Crawfordsville.

The Indiana Municipal Power Agency -- a group started by cities such as Crawfordsville which own their own utilities -- has installed 20 acres of solar panels on the city’s northeast side. Crawfordsville proposed a good location, driving some of the cost down.

Crawfordsville mayor Todd Barton says the park also helps the city’s tax base.

Lynn Friedman /

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in eight years last month.

The unemployment rate fell by one-tenth of a percent to 4.6-percent in August; that’s the lowest level since 2007. 

Yet the state’s private sector lost 5,500 jobs last month, the first drop since February.  Still, the Hoosier State remains at peak employment, with the most Hoosiers employed at any time in Indiana’s history. 

And the state’s labor force expanded – that’s the number of people working or actively looking for a job. 

Sean MacEntee /

Telecommunications companies are beginning a six-year push to make broadband connections more widely available in Indiana.

Four-percent of Indiana homes and businesses, mostly in rural areas in the southeast part of the state, don't have broadband.

Three telecom providers will receive $51-million a year from a new federal grant program earmarked for bringing broadband to hard-to-reach areas. They'll wire up 135,000 homes and businesses by 2020. That'll cut the number of homes and businesses without broadband roughly in half.