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There are five times as many people employed in the clean energy industry than in fossil fuel jobs in Indiana, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Clean Energy Trust. 

Riley doctor Blake Froberg comments on a recent report about toxins in school supplies. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A new report tested common school supplies like crayons and binders and finds a few products have toxins that are known to cause health problems.

Gov. Eric Holcomb pledged to work next session to ensure a hate crimes bill passes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Religious conservative groups that oppose hate crimes laws in Indiana say Gov. Eric Holcomb’s support for the measure won’t matter.

The state is moving forward with plans to stop posting air pollution notices in newspapers, despite opposition. The notices let people know if someone has applied for a permit to put contamination into the air. Now the majority of those would be online or sent via email. 

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Indiana native, B.J. Hollars, now a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, has a deep interest in the Americna civil rights movement and flair for creative nonfiction that have converged in a new book called "The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders."

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A Wisconsin-based company has acquired a growing Indiana paper straw manufacturer.

Aardvark Straws is located in Fort Wayne and claims to be the sole U.S. producer of paper straws. It’s owned by Precision Products Group, which this week sold the company to disposable tableware manufacturer Hoffmaster Group, Inc.

Some of potential "patients" for Purdue veterinarians at the Indiana State Fair.  (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

For the fifth year, Purdue veterinarian students have partnered with the Indiana State Fair. On a peak day, there are more than 1,000 animals at the Indiana State Fair. 

Ag Barometer Sees Record Decline In Producer Sentiment

Aug 7, 2018
(Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture)
Lauren Chapman

Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer, which measures producer sentiment, has seen record declines following establishment of the Trump administration’s tariffs. July’s declines were the biggest since the measure was first established in 2015.

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Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Superfund program says he’ll recuse himself from sites contaminated by his former employer DowDuPont — eleven of which are in Indiana.

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Boxes are piled high in Anne Hickman’s hallway. Family photos peek out from behind the stacks in her one-bedroom Indianapolis apartment.

Two State Agencies Add New Chief Medical Officers

Aug 7, 2018

Two Indiana agencies named new chief medical officers, or CMOs, to lead efforts to improve the health of Hoosiers.  

Donnelly, Braun Weigh In On Iran Sanctions

Aug 7, 2018
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and former state representative Mike Braun, a Republican, face off this fall in Indiana's U.S. Senate race. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he supports sanctions on Iran that just took effect.

But the Hoosier Democrat also defends the Iran nuclear deal entered into during President Barack Obama’s term – an agreement President Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this year.

Donnelly Touts Drug Enforcement, Treatment Efforts

Aug 7, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly says it’s important to balance enforcement and treatment in the fight against drug addiction. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Tuesday touted drug enforcement funding he’s helped secure for Indiana law enforcement agencies. 

More than $10 million will go to schools in Marion County to establish substance abuse prevention programs. The grants will support evidence-based prevention as well as social and emotional learning. 

Summer Study Committee Explores The Future Of Hemp

Aug 6, 2018
Elkhart-based FlexForm Technologies CEO Gregg Baumbaugh shows the study committee one of the car parts his company makes using hemp. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

The Indiana Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Study Committee took a field trip Monday visiting Purdue University’s Hemp research site and talking with experts about the plant.

Industrial hemp is still illegal to grow in Indiana outside of research. However, dozens of Hoosiers told the committee they think industrial hemp should be legal to be grown in-state.

Tritch Pushes Banks For Debates

Aug 6, 2018
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Rebecca Green

Democratic Indiana 3rd District House candidate Courtney Tritch said at the beginning of her campaign she wanted to challenge Representative Jim Banks to six debates before November’s midterm.

Indiana is one of several states experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak, and the state wants students to be better protected as they head back to school.

Susan B. Anthony List Indiana chair Sue Swayze Liebel leads a demonstration outside the Indianapolis office of Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Anti-abortion groups want to put pressure on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

There’s a door-to-door campaign effort in Indiana by national anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List. The group’s state chair Sue Swayze Liebel says the message is simple: Indiana is an anti-abortion state.

Rare child cancers in Franklin are getting more attention as a result of chemical testing organized by the nonprofit the Edison Wetlands Association. But state agencies expressed doubt at the validity of that testing at a community listening session on Friday. 

2018 Gen Con Rolls Out New Sustainability Efforts

Aug 3, 2018
One of the "Unboxing Stations" new to this year's Gen Con. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Gen Con – the largest table top gaming convention in North America – is expected to have more than 60,000 attendees playing hundreds of games over four days.

The heavy foot traffic can bring with it a lot of trash.

A new report says Indiana is making progress to close achievement gaps in higher education, but also shows that some groups still lag behind.

EPA Halts Obama-Era Clean Car Standards

Aug 3, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency is making good on plans to halt Obama-era fuel economy standards. It announced a new proposal Thursday that claims to prioritize safety over fuel efficiency. 

Indianapolis Teen Speaks Up Against Youth Violence

Aug 3, 2018

Brandon Warren is an 18 year-old from Indianapolis who became an anti-violence activist after he lost a friend.  He was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top youth volunteers.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan recently sat down with Warren to talk about the root causes of youth violence ahead of the second annual peace walk for his group We LIVE Indy.

Sheridan: You became involved in the youth violence effort, after a personal story.

Purdue Strips Papa John's Name From Economic Center

Aug 3, 2018
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The Purdue University Board of Trustees Friday removed Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name from its economic research center.

Donnelly, Braun Talk Health Care On Campaign Trail

Aug 3, 2018
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun speaks with supporters at the Indiana State Fair. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) talked about health care on the campaign trail Friday as he makes his pitch for re-election.

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New home construction in Indiana dropped last month as home builders grapple with the increasing costs associated with tariffs.

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, Indiana had nearly 1,500 single-family permits in June. That’s a 10 percent decrease from May and an eight percent drop from this time last year.

Gen Con's Sell-Out Crowds Tests Indy's Capacity

Aug 2, 2018
Table top game enthusiasts gather at the Indiana Convention Center. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

It's projected to be another record-breaking year for the annual Gen Con, gaming convention. Doors opened Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center for one of the largest conventions of its kind in the United States.

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The former Wabash County coroner faces a felony charge of official misconduct, accused of failing to complete proper documentation on more than 300 cases that came through her office.

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Bedford Utilities

The city’s utilities department says, in addition to treating water with chlorine and ultraviolet light, it tests water four times a week for indicators of E Coli.

More than 15 percent of families in Indiana struggle to afford enough food according to a new report. For households with children in Indiana, the rate is even higher at 18.9 percent.  

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