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Sierra Club, “Last chance for public comment on Vectren’s search for new power sources”
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Sierra Club, “Last chance for public comment on Vectren’s search for new power sources”

Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative covering Indiana and Kentucky for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said the group will deliver more than 500 petitions to Vectren at the Friday meeting.

Sierra Club — “IPL to retire two of its four remaining coal-fired power units by 2023”
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Sierra Club — “IPL to retire two of its four remaining coal-fired power units by 2023”

The Sierra Club hailed the Indianapolis-based utility’s announcement, but said it would push for IPL to stop using coal altogether.

VIPS — “Season for Sharing: Nonprofit provides preschool services to visually impaired Hoosiers”
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VIPS — “Season for Sharing: Nonprofit provides preschool services to visually impaired Hoosiers”

In 2012, Howell and her family became the 31st family VIPS served. Her daughter, Lola, was also diagnosed with cortical visual impairment. Now 8-years-old, Lola still struggles with things like depth perception and fatigue, but Howell said it would be difficult for a stranger to tell she’s visually impaired.

Overdose Lifeline — “New opioid library unveiled to help address epidemic”
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Overdose Lifeline — “New opioid library unveiled to help address epidemic”

“There is a lot of information, but unfortunately there’s also a lot of misinformation despite the fact that 43 million Americans are affected by this disease,” said Justin Phillips, executive director of Overdose Lifeline, a nonprofit she founded in Indiana after the death of her son from a heroin overdose in 2013.

Covering Kids & Families, “Trump Cuts May Hurt Enrollment In Health Insurance Marketplace”
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Covering Kids & Families, “Trump Cuts May Hurt Enrollment In Health Insurance Marketplace”

“They know the ins and outs, they know the process,” he says. “They’ve seen 100 of these applications, whereas for a consumer, it’s probably their first one and it looks very, very daunting. And they walk you through that process step by step.”

Earth Charter — “Lafayette to begin work on climate resolution in 2020, invites public to be involved in the process”
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Earth Charter — “Lafayette to begin work on climate resolution in 2020, invites public to be involved in the process”

Roswarski will enlist the help of Purdue student Iris O’Donnell Bellisario, who, through Earth Charter Indiana, has previously helped the cities of West Lafayette and Indianapolis develop and write their climate change resolutions.

CHIP — “They were spending $1,000 a day on crack and heroin. Then she cried out to God”
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CHIP — “They were spending $1,000 a day on crack and heroin. Then she cried out to God”

In September, Moran’s family watched from the audience as she accepted the Diamond Service Award from Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, which recognizes individuals who have overcome homelessness and is now giving back.

Faith Hope Love Community — “Souped up school bus aims to feed Indy’s hungry”
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Faith Hope Love Community — “Souped up school bus aims to feed Indy’s hungry”

Merlin Gonzales is President/CEO of Faith Hope and Love Community. It’s a non-profit that aims to help solve hunger in Indiana. “We want to be able to establish missionary hubs, resources hubs, including food in food desert areas, because you and I know food insecurity could be a symptom of other needs in the community,” said Gonzales.

Sierra Club: “Energy is changing; we must change too”
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Sierra Club: “Energy is changing; we must change too”

“I came to my work as Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Indiana because of my concern about the health impacts of the poor air quality in our region due to the high concentration of coal-fired power plants.”

Sierra Club — “Preparing for a post-coal world”
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Sierra Club — “Preparing for a post-coal world”

The EPA proposal would set back deadlines for companies to close improperly lined ash ponds, said Jodi Perras, deputy regional director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign