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Heads Up in Mall Parking Lots

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Heads Up in Mall Parking Lots INDIANAPOLIS – Although the search for the perfect gift at the mall can be vicious during the holiday season, the parking lot outside the mall actually is much more dangerous. Parking lots already are dangerous, leading to more than 50,000 crashes and 500 deaths around the country each year, according to the National Safety Council. With increased traffic from holiday shoppers, accidents rise this time of year. ...(Read More)


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The Grinch Could be Lurking Online This Holiday Season

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The Grinch Could be Lurking Online This Holiday Season INDIANAPOLIS – It's the time of year when many of us are in holiday mode, but unfortunately thieves and scammers don't take any time off. As a matter of fact, they step up their game because they know people are spending more money than usual and may be rushed and not paying close attention to details. As more of us shop online, Jason Tomcsi, communications director for AARP Indiana, says stay vigilant, because cyber thieves can cleverly disguise emails and websites to look legitimate. ...(Read More)


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Report: Pay Gap Widens in Indiana

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Report: Pay Gap Widens in Indiana INDIANAPOLIS – The wage gap between men and women in Indiana has grown again, and that gap in the Hoosier State is now sixth highest in the nation. A report called "Wages, Wealth and Poverty" found the difference in pay in the Hoosier State is 26 percent. Erin Macey, policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families says financial security for women needs to be at the forefront of conversations at the Statehouse, and policymakers need to find a way to level the playing field. ...(Read More)


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Engaging Spanish Speaking Parents

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Engaging Spanish Speaking Parents INDIANAPOLIS – As schools in Indiana become more educationally and culturally diverse, educators say there's a growing need to reach out to parents who may not be familiar with the American education system, or the English language. The Indiana Youth Institute sponsored workshops this past week on the topic and recruited elementary school principal Melanie Pearch to share her experiences. Pearch has been an educator for a quarter of a century, and a for a majority of those years she has been a principal at schools that have a population of almost 98 percent first-language Spanish speakers. ...(Read More)


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Critics: GOP Tax Plan Would Hurt Many Hoosier Families

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Critics: GOP Tax Plan Would Hurt Many Hoosier Families INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition representing 25 different groups in Indiana is speaking out against a congressional tax plan that could be approved this week. The Indiana Coalition for Human Services says the plan being considered by the U.S. Senate would likely force deep cuts to programs that expand economic opportunity and provide no benefit to most low-income Hoosiers. ...(Read More)


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Hoosier Hunters Asked to Help Feed Hungry

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Hoosier Hunters Asked to Help Feed Hungry INDIANAPOLIS – There is a way for Hoosiers who love the outdoors to help those who don't have enough to eat during the holidays. Hunters often spend sunrise to sunset stalking deer for sport and for food, and many end up with more than they need. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund pays for deer to be processed into venison burgers, and those are then donated to local food banks. ...(Read More)


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Conference to Tackle Foster-Care Issues

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Conference to Tackle Foster-Care Issues INDIANAPOLIS — As the number of children in foster care in Indiana continues to increase, the 2017 Because Kids Count conference in downtown Indianapolis will bring experts together next week to discuss the problem. One of the event’s keynote speakers is intimately connected to the issue. Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent much of her childhood in foster care, and now is a parent to foster children herself. ...(Read More)


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Report Shows Climate Change Being Fueled by Ethanol

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Report Shows Climate Change Being Fueled by Ethanol INDIANAPOLIS – The federal mandate to add ethanol to fuel has led to a big increase in climate-disrupting pollution, according to a new study. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires about 17 billion gallons of ethanol, derived mostly from corn, to be blended into gasoline every year. Since 2007, that has led to the conversion of more than seven million acres of grassland and forest to agricultural production. ...(Read More)


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Advocates: Updated Building Codes Would Save Hoosiers $

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Advocates: Updated Building Codes Would Save Hoosiers $ INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana came in pretty low this year on a state scorecard for energy efficiency, and advocates of improving that ranking say consumers are missing out on savings. They contend the Hoosier State is using outdated building compliance codes, and that modernizing them will help the environment and reduce utility bills. The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Committee is meeting this week to consider updating those codes. ...(Read More)


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Advocates Plead for Utility Relief

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Advocates Plead for Utility Relief INDIANAPOLIS – Advocacy groups in Indiana are asking state regulators to reject a rate-hike request by Indiana Michigan Power, and they want a low-income assistance program set up to help Hoosiers who are struggling to make ends meet. I&M has requested an increase in the monthly fixed charge from $7.30 to $18. Beverly Torres is a case manager with Stone Soup Community in South Bend, which helps people who need help paying rent, utility bills or buy needed medications. ...(Read More)


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Too Much Screen Time to Blame for Sleepy Kids

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Too Much Screen Time to Blame for Sleepy Kids INDIANAPOLIS – If your children are falling asleep watching TV or with a cell phone tucked under the covers, they're probably going to bed later and getting much less sleep than children without access to electronic devices. Monique LeBourgeois, lead author of a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, says children are uniquely vulnerable to sleep disruption from electronic screens. She explains because the eyes of young children are not fully developed, the light from a screen has a bigger effect on their internal body clock. ...(Read More)


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Critics: President's Opioid Approach Should Include Treatment

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Critics: President's Opioid Approach Should Include Treatment INDIANAPOLIS -- Now that President Donald Trump has declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency, those working the front lines want to see an actual increase in funding. Last week the president promised to loosen regulations and increase flexibility on funding for states. He also unveiled a TV ad campaign designed to warn Americans of the dangers of drugs. ...(Read More)


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Old Trees Targeted in Upcoming Timber Sale

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Old Trees Targeted in Upcoming Timber Sale BROWN COUNTY, Ind. – As the date approaches for the start of logging of 300 acres in the Yellowwood Backcountry Area of Indiana, Brown County residents are hoping to stop it. The trees are set to be sold off next week in an area that covers Brown and parts of Monroe counties, and some of the trees are more than 150 years old. ...(Read More)


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Call for Hoosier Women to Run for Office

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Call for Hoosier Women to Run for Office INDIANAPOLIS – Women historically are reluctant to run for political office in the Hoosier State, but there's a movement under way to change that. After the election of Donald Trump as president last November, a group formed called Women for Change Indiana, and now it has more than 15,000 members. Jennifer Williams, the group's co-founder, says the political climate in the state and nation has touched a nerve with women and they are ready to step up to make their voices heard. ...(Read More)


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Challenge Under Way to Protect Monarchs

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Challenge Under Way to Protect Monarchs BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – If you've ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a vividly colorful Monarch butterfly, you probably have an appreciation for a challenge being issued by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge calls on everyone from horticulture professionals to schoolchildren and volunteers to help create and register one million pollinator gardens by the end of this year. ...(Read More)


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Indiana Needs to Improve Well-Being for Children

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Indiana Needs to Improve Well-Being for Children INDIANAPOLIS – A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Indiana has to work harder to improve outcomes for African-American and Hispanic kids in order to make sure they have successful futures. The "2017 Race for Results" report scores states on how different racial/ethnic groups of children are progressing when it comes to education, health and economic well-being. ...(Read More)


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Trump Budget Called Threat to Indiana Waterways

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Trump Budget Called Threat to Indiana Waterways INDIANAPOLIS -- An effort to save Indiana's waterways is under way. It's part of a push by the National Wildlife Federation to combat negative impacts under budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The agency is conducting a campaign to educate people about what decreases in funding for habitat, wildlife and water programs could mean for the state. ...(Read More)


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"Bird Friendly" Legislation Pending in D.C.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

"Bird Friendly" Legislation Pending in D.C. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Millions of birds die every year because they can't tell reflections from reality, which means they smash full speed into windows. Lawmakers in Washington D.C. ...(Read More)


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Report: Indiana Part of "Tobacco Nation"

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Report: Indiana Part of "Tobacco Nation" INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is part of a "Tobacco Nation," a nickname for the dozen states where smoking rates are the highest in the country. A new report from the Truth Initiative, a group established as part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement, highlights the swath of contiguous states that are bucking the national trend of a substantial decline in smoking. Robin Koval, president and CEO of the Truth Initiative, says such a significant portion of the country shouldn't be left behind as national progress is made to curb tobacco use. ...(Read More)


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Report: Midwest Climate Change to be Severe

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Report: Midwest Climate Change to be Severe INDIANAPOLIS – Parts of the country along the coasts have been battered this year by Mother Nature, and a new study from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute warns that the threat of climate change extends much farther inland and could wreak havoc on transportation and infrastructure systems across the Midwest. Study author Mary Craighead says policymakers need to understand the potential costs and consequences of climate change, and adds they need to be proactive to protect communities and the economy. Her report says the average air temperature has increased by more than 4 degrees since the 1980s, and there's been a 27 percent increase in the number of days of very heavy rain since the 1950s. ...(Read More)


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Vegas Shooting Leads to Uptick in Anti-Violence Memberships

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Vegas Shooting Leads to Uptick in Anti-Violence Memberships INDIANAPOLIS – Groups promoting peace and urging that gun-control measures be put in place are seeing a spike in membership, an effect that's not unusual after a mass shooting. Comments from Lee Goodman organizer with Peaceful Communities. As the country continues to mourn the loss of life at the hands of a gunman in Las Vegas this month, and the debate rages about gun control, some anti-violence groups are seeing an increase in membership. ...(Read More)


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Public Hearing Tackles Factory Farms

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Public Hearing Tackles Factory Farms INDIANAPOLIS — The question of what to do about runoff from concentrated animal-feeding operations, known as CAFOs, continues to be a topic of debate in Indiana. Environmental groups and farming activists have clashed over how much regulation the industry needs, and a public hearing on the topic will be held next week. State Sen. ...(Read More)


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Report: White Americans Most Likely to Get Mortgage Approvals

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Report: White Americans Most Likely to Get Mortgage Approvals INDIANAPOLIS – Achieving the American dream often comes down to access to capital, and a new report finds that racial disparities continue when it involves home loans. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) analyzed 2016 mortgage lending data and found African-Americans and Hispanics received just 9 percent of the country's conventional loans last year, while their white counterparts were approved for 70 percent of the loans granted. Nikitra Bailey, executive vice president for the Center for Responsible Lending, explains what an impact it has on people as they try to advance themselves economically. ...(Read More)


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Antibiotic Scorecard Rates Food Chains

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Antibiotic Scorecard Rates Food Chains INDIANAPOLIS – A new nationwide report ranks the top 25 restaurant chains for their antibiotics policies and practices. At issue is the misuse of antibiotics in meat production, which experts say puts human health at risk by breeding drug-resistant bacteria. Shelby Luce, Antibiotics Program fellow at the U.S. ...(Read More)


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New Census Figures Pinpoint Indiana Hunger, Poverty

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600

New Census Figures Pinpoint Indiana Hunger, Poverty INDIANAPOLIS – While the number of people applying for federal nutrition assistance has dropped slightly in Indiana, more than 14 percent of Hoosiers are still living in poverty, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 950,000 are food insecure – meaning they're not always sure they'll have enough to eat – and one-third of those are children. ...(Read More)


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Online Program Offers High-Quality Free College Courses

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Online Program Offers High-Quality Free College Courses INDIANAPOLIS -- Many parents struggle every month to make payments for their child's education, and every year the cost of college goes up. That means many young people never get the opportunity to go on past high school. Tuition plus fees at four-year public colleges jumped by more than 70 percent over the last decade. ...(Read More)


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Rural Hoosiers Would Lose Under FCC Broadband Plan

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Rural Hoosiers Would Lose Under FCC Broadband Plan INDIANAPOLIS -- The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to redefine broadband by lowering the standard for speed - a move advocates for affordable access say will hurt many folks in Indiana. The agency currently defines home broadband at 25 megabits per second, but FCC chair Ajit Pai wants to allow cellular service at ten megabits a second. Kate Forscey, associate policy counsel with the group Public Knowledge, said mobile isn't a substitute for fixed broadband service to the home. ...(Read More)


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Strap Kids In Safely, Advocates Urge

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Strap Kids In Safely, Advocates Urge INDIANAPOLIS – The majority of forward-facing car seats aren't being used properly despite a lot of education on the topic, and a desire by parents and caregivers to keep children safe. Safe Kids Worldwide has launched a campaign called "Take Time to Tether" to get everyone to use the strap on the back of a forward-facing car seat that secures the top of the seat to an anchor. Since 2001, every car seat has included the tether, but Lorrie Walker, training manager at Safe Kids says a study last year showed sixty-four percent of children were in seats that didn't have the tether attached. ...(Read More)


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Students Petition for Removal of KKK Painting

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Students Petition for Removal of KKK Painting BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At a time when people across the country are calling for the removal of Confederate statues and artwork because they're seen as divisive, a petition drive is underway to remove a controversial painting at the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Students taking classes at Woodbury Hall see a large mural depicting Hoosier history. ...(Read More)


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Legal Climate Sends Business to IN from IL

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Legal Climate Sends Business to IN from IL INDIANAPOLIS – A new report says if Illinois wants to stop losing business to Indiana, it needs to lose the reputation of having an open door to out-of-state attorneys with big litigation cases. A Harris poll that ranks states on their lawsuit climate, including unfair litigation and large verdicts, has put Illinois almost at the bottom. It came in 48th, while Indiana was ranked 15th. ...(Read More)


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Website Matches Those With Criminal Records to Jobs

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Website Matches Those With Criminal Records to Jobs INDIANAPOLIS – It can be hard to find a job, but imagine doing it with a criminal record. An estimated 70 million people have records – and they often struggle to find companies willing to hire them. That's why Richard Bronson started 70 Million Jobs, a website that works with employers who understand the applicants have records and are ready to give them a second chance. ...(Read More)


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Trump Would Cut Hurricane-Tracking Agencies

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Trump Would Cut Hurricane-Tracking Agencies INDIANAPOLIS – President Trump's proposed budget would cut nearly a billion dollars from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That could hobble hurricane tracking and prediction. The administration wants to cut NOAA funding by more than a sixth - which would hit the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. ...(Read More)


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Connection Between Farms, Schools Would Grow Under New Legislation

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Connection Between Farms, Schools Would Grow Under New Legislation INDIANAPOLIS -- New legislation would boost a program that connects students in more than 1,400 Hoosier schools to local farmers. The Farm to School Act of 2017 would expand the existing USDA Farm to School Grant Program by improving access to local foods at schools. Maximilian Merrill with the National Farm to School Network called it a win-win: Farmers source their food to schools and students learn about agriculture. ...(Read More)


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Comment Period Open on Plan to Reverse Fuel Standards

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Comment Period Open on Plan to Reverse Fuel Standards INDIANAPOLIS – Attempts to reverse course on vehicle fuel-efficiency standards are drawing strong opposition. Health, consumer, science and environmental groups were among those present at an EPA hearing this week to review Obama-era fuel standards that require cars and light trucks to average about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Director of the nonprofit group Ceres' Transportation Program, Carol Lee Rawn, was at the hearing and says the standards are driving innovation and keeping the U.S. ...(Read More)


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Report: Hoosiers Would Suffer Under EPA Cuts

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Report: Hoosiers Would Suffer Under EPA Cuts INDIANAPOLIS – The quality of Indiana's air and water would diminish if President Donald Trump's proposed 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget were approved, according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund. It says in the past five years, Indiana has received more than $750 million in grants from the EPA to protect the state's environment. Kristin Todd Frank lives in East Chicago, Ind., where the discovery of toxic chemicals at an old Superfund site has forced hundreds of people to flee their homes. ...(Read More)


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Report Cites Weaker Voice, Less Pay for Working Hoosiers

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Report Cites Weaker Voice, Less Pay for Working Hoosiers INDIANAPOLIS – The nation just celebrated working people in America on Labor Day, but advocacy groups say workers themselves aren't appreciated nearly enough in Indiana. Many in the state make only minimum wage, which is the same as the federal rate of $7.25 an hour - and often, these workers are trying to support a family. Many of the surrounding states have higher minimum wages. ...(Read More)


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Trump Administration Rolls Back Some Consumer Protections

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Trump Administration Rolls Back Some Consumer Protections INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Just a few days before Labor Day, the Trump administration has announced two policies that consumer advocates say hurt the average worker and favor Wall Street and big business. On Wednesday, the Labor Department said it is delaying by 18 months enforcement of key parts of the Obama-era Fiduciary Rule, which requires financial advisers to put clients' interests above their own when recommending investments. ...(Read More)


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Midwest Research Focuses on Racial Discrimination

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Midwest Research Focuses on Racial Discrimination INDIANAPOLIS – For many minorities, the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and the response to them come as no surprise. Other Americans have interpreted the events as isolated and rare. But a researcher in the Midwest is working to resolve the disconnect and provide tools to reduce inequality. ...(Read More)


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Plea: Don't Cut Our Old-Growth Forests

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Plea: Don't Cut Our Old-Growth Forests NASHVILLE, Ind. – When people are asked to name the most beautiful area of Indiana, Brown County is the answer most often given. People who live there and others who want to preserve its scenic beauty are fighting back against a plan to log in the Yellowwood State Forest. ...(Read More)


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Report: Farm Bill Programs Helping Indiana's Birds

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Report: Farm Bill Programs Helping Indiana's Birds INDIANAPOLIS – The 2018 Farm Bill soon will be debated in Congress, and advocates say not only is it crucial for agriculture, it's also key for birds in this nation. The State of the Birds 2017 report from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative says conservation programs have been helping farmers and ranchers keep their land productive, and at the same time has led to some species rebounding. Steve Holmer, vice president for policy for the American Bird Conservancy says that's been very evident in the Midwest. ...(Read More)


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Many Refugee Children Aren't in School

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Many Refugee Children Aren't in School INDIANAPOLIS – While children head back to school in Indiana and around the country, many who are victims of the crisis in Syria are unable to attend classes. According to the United Nations, many of the children who have had to flee their war-torn countries with their families are not getting an education. Lina Sergie Attar, co-founder and CEO of the Karam Foundation, says there are so many other issues capturing public attention that the plight of Syrian refugees has been pushed out of the spotlight. ...(Read More)


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New Net-Metering Law Sparks Rush to Install Solar

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

New Net-Metering Law Sparks Rush to Install Solar INDIANAPOLIS – Across Indiana, there's a rush to install solar panels before the end of the year, because legislation passed this year lowers the amount utility companies have to pay for excess energy produced by home solar systems. Senate Bill 309 reduces the payback through net metering over time. Environmental groups and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (IPL), a faith-based organization that works to educate people about the need to conserve energy and go green, vigorously opposed it. ...(Read More)


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Hoosier State Lacking Hate-Crime Laws

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Hoosier State Lacking Hate-Crime Laws INDIANAPOLIS – The push to get hate-crime laws on the books in Indiana has been vigorously renewed because of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. A 32-year-old woman died when a car plowed into a crowd of people, and two state troopers were killed when their chopper went down on the way to last weekend's rally. David Sklar, director of government affairs for the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, says although making hate crimes illegal won't stop racism, it does give prosecutors the legal tools they need and thinks not having laws in place gives the state a black eye. ...(Read More)


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Total Eclipse Viewing? Wear Protective Glasses

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Total Eclipse Viewing? Wear Protective Glasses INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, the moon will block the sun from view in a total solar eclipse, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow by slipping between Earth and the sun. The total eclipse is causing a lot of excitement because it's the first one in 99 years. While there is no risk to health just by being outside during a total eclipse, there is danger from looking directly at the sun with the naked eye, and special safety glasses are necessary. ...(Read More)


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Back-to-School Time Can Be Stressful to Kids

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Back-to-School Time Can Be Stressful to Kids INDIANAPOLIS - The start of another school year, just a couple weeks away, can trigger some anxiety among younger students, but there are things you can do to help minimize your child's concerns. Dr. Marcia Slattery, director of the UW Health Anxiety Disorder Program, said you'll likely notice that younger school-age children may become more irritable as the onset of school approaches. ...(Read More)


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Tamping Down North Korean Threats, U.S. Stress Levels

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Tamping Down North Korean Threats, U.S. Stress Levels BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Sunday morning political talk shows were full of U.S. officials playing down the possibility of a nuclear conflict with North Korea. ...(Read More)


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Groups Ask Indiana to Reject Duke Energy Plan

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Groups Ask Indiana to Reject Duke Energy Plan INDIANAPOLIS — Duke Energy has a plan to dispose of millions of gallons of coal ash waste, but environmental groups are asking policy makers to reject it, saying it poses a health hazard. Indiana is requiring Duke to prepare closure plans for 20 coal ash lagoons, many of which are leaking and are in the Wabash and Ohio River floodplains. These lagoons aren't lined, and Duke has proposed a plan to "cap in place" in some areas, and to excavate in others, and the company calls those plans "clean closures. ...(Read More)


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Hoosiers Can Help with Asian Carp Problem

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Hoosiers Can Help with Asian Carp Problem INDIANAPOLIS - As Asian carp make their way ever closer to the Great Lakes, prize money is being offered for a solution. In the new "Invasive Carp Challenge," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is opening up the state coffers to anyone who can help prevent the movement of big-head, silver and black carp into the Great Lakes, with one or more solutions sharing up to $700,000. ...(Read More)


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Change in Approach to Fighting Indiana Factory-Farm Pollution

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Change in Approach to Fighting Indiana Factory-Farm Pollution INDIANAPOLIS -- Environmental groups in Indiana have spent years filing lawsuits and sponsoring legislation against factory farms. Now, they're switching gears. The groups say their current focus is on educating community members about the health risks associated with confined animal feeding procedures at Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, and how to voice their concerns. ...(Read More)


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Indiana Encouraged to Follow Illinois' Lead on Prison Reform

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Indiana Encouraged to Follow Illinois' Lead on Prison Reform INDIANAPOLIS – A publication that takes a look every year at legislation debated across the nation is highlighting Illinois as an example of good laws put on the books, and suggests other states including Indiana could follow suit. In an effort to reduce recidivism, Illinois enacted laws that help former inmates reintegrate into society. Scott Greenberger, executive director of Stateline, says one law on the books is "ban the box," which means offenders aren't asked to check the box on an employment application indicating they've served time in prison. ...(Read More)


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