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Overdose Lifeline —”‘Addiction is addiction no matter where you go’: Treatment center to open in Carmel”
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Overdose Lifeline —”‘Addiction is addiction no matter where you go’: Treatment center to open in Carmel”

“There is a major lack of facilities in the community,” said the Rev. Andrea Boutselis, who works with Overdose Lifeline and runs a weekly Parents of Addicted Loved Ones support group in a Carmel church. “There is nowhere that is not being affected by this problem and no town that has not been hit by this.”

Sierra Club — Rally targets NIPSCO’s plans to shift cost burden from industry to homeowners
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Sierra Club — Rally targets NIPSCO’s plans to shift cost burden from industry to homeowners

NIPSCO customers, the Sierra Club and NAACP plan to rally Thursday night in Michigan City against 19% cuts to industrial electricity bills at a time when NIPSCO is raising electricity bills for everyone else.

Sierra Club — “Park-Challenged Indianapolis Locks Up Its Nature Preserves”
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Sierra Club — “Park-Challenged Indianapolis Locks Up Its Nature Preserves”

Of the 40 most populous US cities, Indianapolis ranks in the bottom five for access to public parks, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.

AEP commits to retire large Indiana coal unit by 2028
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AEP commits to retire large Indiana coal unit by 2028

Sierra Club tracks Beyond Coal “victories” and now tallies 792 coal units retired — with 487 units remaining open.

Sierra Club — “AEP gains court approval for modified plan to retire Indiana coal-fired units”
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Sierra Club — “AEP gains court approval for modified plan to retire Indiana coal-fired units”

A Sierra Club report on Rockport several years ago called it the sixth largest carbon polluter in the nation, citing EPA statistics estimating some 5.8 million pounds of air and water pollution in 2013.

JCRC — “Indianapolis Jewish council applauds Brooks, Carson for vote condemning Trump statements”
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JCRC — “Indianapolis Jewish council applauds Brooks, Carson for vote condemning Trump statements”

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council released a statement applauding two Central Indiana representatives who voted to condemn President Trump’s recent statements about four Democratic congresswomen.

Overdose Lifeline — “‘Addiction doesn’t discriminate’: New addiction treatment facility to open in Carmel”
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Overdose Lifeline — “‘Addiction doesn’t discriminate’: New addiction treatment facility to open in Carmel”

The new services are vital to the state, as some people believe there are limited options for inpatient care. Kourtnaye Sturgeon is with Overdose Lifeline. After her son Ryan graduated high school, she discovered drug paraphernalia in his room.

Covering Kids and Families — “Indiana Is Latest State To Roll Out Medicaid Work Requirement”
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Covering Kids and Families — “Indiana Is Latest State To Roll Out Medicaid Work Requirement”

“We haven’t been having dozens of calls each day where consumers have said they’re confused, or they don’t know what to do, or should they participate?” Fairchild says. “In a lot of ways, we’re hoping that’s a good thing, but in some ways that can be concerning too.”

Sierra Club — “Duke Energy Indiana customers could see electricity rates climb by 15%”
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Sierra Club — “Duke Energy Indiana customers could see electricity rates climb by 15%”

“It is ridiculous that they even talk about clean energy as a rationale for this rate increase when they plan to burn coal for two decades and replace it with fracked gas. They should be ashamed of themselves,” said Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Indiana.

Sierra Club — “Groups happy Vectren open to renewable energy, but question bid process”
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Sierra Club — “Groups happy Vectren open to renewable energy, but question bid process”

Six organizations — among them Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Sierra Club and Valley Watch — sent the utility a letter last week raising concerns that Vectren did not give an opportunity to comment on its request for proposals and questioning its timing.