General News

The Push For Solar Energy In Indiana (Repeat)

Jul 20, 2020

Advances in solar technology have come a long way in the last few years, making solar an increasingly viable energy option in Indiana. But initial installation costs remain high.

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. 

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. 

In honor of National Pollinator Week, Indiana company Inovateus Solar will build a pollinator habitat around its planned 80-acre solar farm in Logansport. The farm is expected to generate almost as much power as a former coal plant which shut down in 2016. 

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Indiana’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children will adopt an equity guide in the coming weeks that will help steer its decision-making.

The commission, comprised of many state agencies and officials, aims to study and recommend improvements for child welfare.

 

Glenn Gass has had a legendary career in rock 'n' roll. Not by selling out stadiums, but by filling up lecture halls. The Indiana University professor, known as “Doctor Rock,” created the first rock history course to be offered at the school. The class lasted decades, introducing over 60,000 students to the music that defined a generation.

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A week of protests in Lafayette continued Saturday afternoon as several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. People came forward to address the crowd from a microphone about protest, police reform, the need to vote -- and holding public officials accountable.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

 

Late Sunday night in downtown Lafayette, a few small groups were still gathered at the intersection of 3rd and Main Streets, quietly talking and watching the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and surrounding streets. They were piecing together the past few hours.

Grant Vasquez was still holding on to a brightly colored sign. He and his friends described what they experienced as a mostly peaceful evening of protest that turned chaotic. 

“No one’s breaking anything right now,” Vasquez said. “It’s all peaceful right now.”

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