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Paper companies sue over Indianapolis recycling deal

September 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A lawsuit filed by two paper companies and an Indianapolis resident seeks to invalidate a city agreement with Covanta to build a $45 million recycling center.
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Indiana gives initial OK to off-site manure ponds

September 10, 2014
Associated Press
A state panel gave preliminary approval Wednesday to Indiana's first rules governing big stand-alone ponds and lagoons built to hold manure trucked in from livestock farms.
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Banner year for central Indiana crops nothing to bank on

September 10, 2014
Associated Press
Hoosier farmers are expecting a record haul in corn and soybeans this year, but crop revenue might fall below production costs.
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Renault teams with Bollore to promote electric cars

September 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Renault SA is teaming up with French billionaire Vincent Bollore to make electric cars as the two struggle to establish a market for the emission-free vehicles, including one in Indianapolis.
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Court: IURC erred in approving Duke fee hike

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that state utility regulators wrongly approved $61 million in ratepayer fees for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Pence fills opening on Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
James Huston fills a vacancy on the IURC created in May when James Atterholt, who had been the panel's chairman, stepped down to become Pence's chief of staff.
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Work progressing on eastern Indiana wind farm

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Dozens of 320-foot-tall towers are going up in an eastern Indiana county for what will be another wind farm in the state.
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Fee approved for Vectren to replace Indiana pipes

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gives Vectren permission to charge a monthly fee to cover 80 percent of the project's estimated $865 million cost. The fee will show up on customer bills starting in 2015 and continue through 2021.
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U.S. farm income seen falling from record 2013 levels

August 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lower prices for corn and soybeans will drive the profits of U.S. farmers down to an estimated $113.2 billion in 2014, a decline of 14 percent from last year’s record, according to the Department of Agriculture.
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New solar farm in Richmond begins generating power

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Municipal Power Agency said the 8-acre solar farm on the grounds of Richmond Power and Light contains about 4,000 solar panels. They will generate enough electricity to power about 200 homes.
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Coats: Planned reservoir can't rely on fed money

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said planners of a proposed central Indiana reservoir shouldn't look to the federal government for help in financing the $450 million project.
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Proportion of zero-car households rolls past 10 percent

August 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis experienced one of the fastest gains in car-less households of any major city in a recent five-year period, according to U.S. Census data compiled by a University of Michigan researcher.
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IPL moves to drop coal from Harding Street power plant

August 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' electricity utility plans to convert its aging Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016, after facing growing pressure to do so from environmental groups and politicians.
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Farmers on pace for record corn crop, report says

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn.
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Groups want Indianapolis utility to test water

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.
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Byproducts big business for Morgan County grain mill

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
It appears one man's bust is another's boom, because many of the reasons byproducts have become so popular are the same reasons you're paying historically high prices for beef.
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UPDATE: Cool summer sets hopes for record harvest

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.
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UPDATE: City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite heavy lobbying from opponents, the Indianapolis Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a contract extension with incinerator operator Covanta that will make the company the city's main household recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve Covanta as the city’s main residential recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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EPA coal-plant emission limits challenged by 12 states

August 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
A dozen states, led by West Virginia and including Indiana, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to block a proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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Church wants to put sewer-overflow plan on hold

July 29, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A Carmel church is asking a Clay Township utility to withdraw its offer to buy part of the church's land for a sewer-overflow tank so that church officials can conduct research and meet with neighbors for input.
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Not in my backyard: U.S. sending more coal abroad

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. power sector is burning less coal and is reducing carbon emissions, but a growing share is finding its way to the rest of the world.
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Judge rules against residents in suit over hog smell

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has ruled state law protects four large hog farms from lawsuits filed by residents of an eastern Indiana county who complained about waste and foul smells from their operations.
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Sierra Club wants Indianapolis coal plant closed

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club is pressing Indianapolis' local utility to retire an aging coal-fired power plant that's slated to continue burning coal for at least two more decades.
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Job fairs help Duke Energy fill its talent pool

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The average age of the line technicians who work for Duke Energy Corp. is between 50 and 55 years. Enduring an influx of retirements before it's able to restock its work force with field-ready technicians is a genuine concern.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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