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MAI — “Victim’s family speaks out in ‘road rage hate crime'”
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MAI — “Victim’s family speaks out in ‘road rage hate crime'”

She asked people to use the social media hashtag #Justice4Mustafa. She is supported by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national organization who sent a representative to Indianapolis just for this criminal case.

Maria Pimentel-Gannon — “Indy group heads to the border to help migrant women”
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Maria Pimentel-Gannon — “Indy group heads to the border to help migrant women”

Maria Pimentel-Gannon said, “I realize I can’t give them anything, which is kind of sad but I can give them my love and listening and my best as an interpreter.”

Women4Change — “History In Four Bites: Women Behaving Badly”
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Women4Change — “History In Four Bites: Women Behaving Badly”

Indiana history is full of fascinating women whose famous last names overshadowed their own unique accomplishments. For one night only, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) brings to life their stories with the return of the popular Women’s History Month program, “History in Four Bites: Women Behaving Badly.”

JCRC — “Hollowed-Out Hate Crimes Bill Heads to House”
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JCRC — “Hollowed-Out Hate Crimes Bill Heads to House”

“The Indiana Jewish community established the JCRC in 1942, while the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe. The core of JCRC’s mission is to safeguard Jews by combating antisemitism and working in coalition with other groups that fight discrimination and bigotry through relationship-building and education.”

Overdose Lifeline — “‘Just a little bit will do ya’: Dangerous opioid creeping into street drugs causing unexpected overdoses”
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Overdose Lifeline — “‘Just a little bit will do ya’: Dangerous opioid creeping into street drugs causing unexpected overdoses”

A deadly opioid is finding its way into other drugs and causing unexpected overdoses in central Indiana.

Interchurch Community — “The Politics of Hummus: Jewish Voice For Peace and Allies Create Alternative Interfaith Spaces”
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Interchurch Community — “The Politics of Hummus: Jewish Voice For Peace and Allies Create Alternative Interfaith Spaces”

“We took that back to the committee, and we looked at it and agreed [it was problematic],” says Wiles. The JCRC and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana also concurred that the suggested film was problematic, and a different film was chosen.

Sierra Club — “Indiana Has ‘A Lot To Lose’ With Poor Ohio River Quality”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana Has ‘A Lot To Lose’ With Poor Ohio River Quality”

Water quality along Indiana’s southern border could be impacted by a long-awaited vote expected this week.

Overdose Lifeline — “Indy coffee shop is the newest place to offer life-saving drug naloxone”
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Overdose Lifeline — “Indy coffee shop is the newest place to offer life-saving drug naloxone”

“Our buddy, Justin Phillips over at Overdose Lifeline, lost her son Aaron Sims to an opioid overdose, and wrote this really, awesome piece of legislation that made it so everyone in the state of Indiana can access naloxone”

CHIP — “Indy counts its homeless population every year. 2019’s happened during a polar vortex”
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CHIP — “Indy counts its homeless population every year. 2019’s happened during a polar vortex”

“I can also tell you that some of the teams that went to the more established camps across the city did find people unsheltered that were hunkered down that night and did not go in,” Haring-Cozzi said. “So, even as frigid as it was, there were individuals found unsheltered that remained so on Wednesday night.”

CHIP — “IBJ Podcast: Deaths are increasing among Indy’s homeless population. What can be done?”
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CHIP — “IBJ Podcast: Deaths are increasing among Indy’s homeless population. What can be done?”

That was the largest number of deaths recorded by CHIP since it started tracking figures more than a decade ago, and it represented a 20 percent increase from 2017. Illness, injury, homicides and drug overdoses contributed to the number.