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Overdose Lifeline — “Exhibit on substance abuse opens Saturday at Indiana State Museum”
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Overdose Lifeline — “Exhibit on substance abuse opens Saturday at Indiana State Museum”

An exhibit dedicated to educating people on the drug epidemic in Indiana will open to the public Saturday at the Indiana State Museum.

Sierra Club — “The controversial ‘coal bailout’ bill could raise your rates. Here’s what you should know”
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Sierra Club — “The controversial ‘coal bailout’ bill could raise your rates. Here’s what you should know”

Ohio’s provides subsidies for a few coal and nuclear plants around the state, while also reducing requirements that utilities meet benchmarks for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Wyoming’s requires utilities to try to sell their coal plants before being able to close, but no one is wanting to buy them, according to Jeremy Fisher, an analyst in Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program.

Sierra Club — “Controversial coal bill passes off the House floor, heads to Indiana Senate”
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Sierra Club — “Controversial coal bill passes off the House floor, heads to Indiana Senate”

“The controversial Indiana bill that could delay closing coal plants and raise rates for customers is still alive and on its way to the Senate.”

Women4Change — “Letter: Indiana’s sex crime statute needs reform”
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Women4Change — “Letter: Indiana’s sex crime statute needs reform”

Currently, Indiana does not have a legal definition. In very basic terms, in our state, sex without consent is not a crime unless there is force, the threat of force or incapacitation.

Sierra Club — “Indiana utilities would be prevented from shutting down coal-fired plants under new bill”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana utilities would be prevented from shutting down coal-fired plants under new bill”

“This bill is bad for energy consumers, bad for our air and water, and bad for climate progress at a time when we need to accelerate the clean energy transition, not slow it down,” said Wendy Bredhold, senior representative for the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign” in Indiana and Kentucky.

Covering Kids & Families — “ACA enrollment slips in Indiana”
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Covering Kids & Families — “ACA enrollment slips in Indiana”

She said Covering Kids and Families has developed “more of a known presence” in northeast Indiana.

CIC — “Letters: Speak out against rising anti-Semitism, hate speech, bigotry”
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CIC — “Letters: Speak out against rising anti-Semitism, hate speech, bigotry”

“All faith traditions embrace the idea of peace,” said David Shaheed, Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s board chair. “None of us can be at peace if members of other faiths are living in fear of threats and attacks.”

Sierra Club — “Indiana utility to retire 2 of 4 remaining coal-fired units”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana utility to retire 2 of 4 remaining coal-fired units”

“It’s good that IPL is moving to get rid of two units at this outdated, massive Super Polluter, but we can’t tiptoe our way out of the climate crisis,” Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indian

OBAT Helpers — “Franciscan team provides medical care to refugee camp”
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OBAT Helpers — “Franciscan team provides medical care to refugee camp”

Since October 2017, OBAT Helpers has been working inside the camp to help improve access to health care, education and economic empowerment to the Rohingya population. OBAT Helpers is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit founded to care for refugees in Bangladesh.

Sierra Club — “Environmental groups want U.S. Steel to pay bigger fine for 2017 chemical spill”
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Sierra Club — “Environmental groups want U.S. Steel to pay bigger fine for 2017 chemical spill”

Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes are a treasured resource and drinking-water source and deserve the highest level of protection, Alliance for the Great Lakes president Joel Brammeier said in discussing the letter.