General News

Former Secretary of State Todd Rokita is the Indiana Republican Party’s nominee for attorney general.

The Indiana Latino Expo has canceled its annual event due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The expo was scheduled to take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Oct. 9-10. 

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to end its policy relaxing penalties for some violations during the pandemic. In an EPA memo, the agency said as states reopen, they're reducing the restrictions that make it difficult for industrial companies to comply with environmental laws. 

After more than a week of not being able to drink their water due to hazardous chemicals, residents of Andrews have been told it's safe again. But the northeast Indiana town’s water problems aren’t over yet. 

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created to help small businesses in response to the coronavirus is set to expire Tuesday. According to some advocates, most businesses owned by people of color did not get the chance to take full advantage of the program.

State Courts Work Toward An Awkward Reopening

Jun 29, 2020

The image of 12 people packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a jury box is a powerful one. Enshrined in the Constitution, and in countless hours on television.

 

But now? Court officials around the country are weighing their options while dealing with the looming threat of COVID-19.

 

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said Monday that many Hoosiers who are unable to pay their energy bills won’t face shutoffs for another 45 days. Utilities also won’t be able to charge customers for revenue they lost when buildings closed during the pandemic.

 

The state has approved Duke Energy’s rate increase, but for less than half as much money as the utility had requested. The utility had asked for $395 million last July and was approved for $146 million.

New claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana have continued to rise slightly for three weeks in a row. At the same time, the number of people continuing to get benefits is slowly decreasing.

The northern Indiana utility NIPSCO will postpone removing toxic coal ash from ponds near its Michigan City coal plant until next spring. Environmental activists agree with the delay, saying due to the pandemic, it’s not the right time to remove the waste. 

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