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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.

Covering Kids & Families — “People On HIP Need To Start Logging Hours To Comply Work Requirements”
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Covering Kids & Families — “People On HIP Need To Start Logging Hours To Comply Work Requirements”

Covering Kids and Families of Indiana helps organizations and consumers navigate health insurance. Policy director Mark Fairchild says they’ve heard little from people on HIP.

Sierra Club — “Duke Indiana IRP adds 2.35 GW wind and solar, keeps some coal online for almost 20 years”
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Sierra Club — “Duke Indiana IRP adds 2.35 GW wind and solar, keeps some coal online for almost 20 years”

The Sierra Club called on the coal-dependent utility to “reconsider” its plan, saying “Duke is still burning too much coal for too long, and those gas plants should never be built.”

Women4Change — “Federal, State Officials Urge Locals To Prep For Hate Crimes Responses”
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Women4Change — “Federal, State Officials Urge Locals To Prep For Hate Crimes Responses”

Federal and state officials urged local leaders to proactively create plans to address hate crimes in their communities.

Earth Charter — “Students working with Indiana cities to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions”
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Earth Charter — “Students working with Indiana cities to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions”

This summer as part of the Indiana Sustainability Development Program, Indiana University students are working with several local governments in Indiana to complete community-scale greenhouse gas inventories.