Environment

Long dry spell hurting Indiana corn, soybean crops

September 4, 2013
Associated Press
Two-thirds of Indiana's top soil is listed as short or very short of moisture.
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Duke Energy to retire five Indiana coal-fired plants by 2018

August 30, 2013
Associated Press
A state administrative law judge oversaw the settlement, which was signed Wednesday by Duke Energy, the Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Valley Watch and Save the Valley.
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Panel questions cuts to Indiana recycling programs

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators and recycling advocates asked the state environmental chief Wednesday why millions of dollars had been shifted out of recycling programs since the recession, saying the initiatives could have created thousands of jobs.
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Drought didn't stop Indiana farmland value growth

August 27, 2013
Associated Press
High net farm income, low interest rates and high farmland demand with supply combined to increase land values upward by 14.7 percent to 19.1 percent, depending on productivity, according to the study.
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Recycling group's leader changes mind about leaving

August 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Recycling Coalition said Executive Director Carey Hamilton, who announced she was leaving earlier this month, would remain with the organization in a restructured role.
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Legislators mull allowing farm wineries to sell direct

August 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana wineries complain that current rules about selling to retailers and dealers are onerous and can mean splitting up a family business.
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Chemical cleanup planned at old factory site

August 16, 2013
Associated Press
The trust created to revitalize and market former General Motors properties has set aside about $7 million to clean up a contaminated site in Kokomo where a factory stood from 1915 to 1993.
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Fort Wayne's ash tree removal bill nears $3 million

August 16, 2013
Associated Press
Fort Wayne's parks board on Thursday approved a new $450,000 contract for the removal of almost 2,500 trees infected by the emerald ash borer. When those ash trees are gone, nearly 13,000 trees will have been cut down from city property.
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USDA predicts corn-crop rebound in Indiana, nation

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts Indiana farmers will produce 979.40 million bushels of corn, a 64-percent increase from the 596.9 million bushels last year.
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State orders recycler to clean up its mess

August 12, 2013
Dan Human
In May, state inspectors visited the abandoned east-side site and found electronic waste they said could threaten both human and environmental health.
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Landfill operators explore energy-creation options

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
Gas produced by a southern Indiana landfill could be captured and used to generate revenue, but Cummins workers who studied the possibilities say local officials shouldn't take the idea to the bank just yet.
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Utility fined for sewage overflow in Geist neighborhood

August 9, 2013
Dan Human
The odor was so strong after the spill in December that residents in the upscale neighborhood called the gas company to report a leak.
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Leader of recycling group to step down in November

August 6, 2013
Associated Press
Carey Hamilton is moving on after five years leading the Indiana Recycling Coalition.
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Marion, four other Indiana counties exceed new EPA standard

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says parts of central Indiana's Marion and Morgan counties, southwestern Indiana's Daviess and Pike counties and western Indiana's Vigo County exceed the agency's beefed-up sulfur dioxide standard.
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Enviros: Proposed coal mine would threaten refuge

July 27, 2013
Associated Press
A proposed surface coal mine spanning 1,500 acres of southwestern Indiana's coal country would threaten an adjacent national wildlife refuge used by migratory birds, three environmental groups warn.
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Farmers like crop potential year after drought

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
Farmers are keeping an eye on the weather and searching for early signs of disease after a recent Purdue University Extension Service report suggested recent rains and high humidity could create more fungal and bacterial problems throughout the state.
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Logging plan for Indiana forest draws opposition

July 23, 2013
Associated Press
The group Hoosier Forest Watch maintains that the logging work would damage the 1,500-acre back-country section of Morgan-Monroe State Forest near Bloomington. The state disagrees.
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Huge greenhouse development planned for Haughville

July 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
New York-based BrightFarms Inc. plans to build a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse on a vacant 5-acre parcel of land at 2219 W. Michigan St. that will employ 25.
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Indiana crops look great after spring planting delays

July 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's corn and soybean crops are headed toward possibly record-breaking yields following one of the slowest and wettest planting seasons in a decade
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Large hog farm gets approval near Camp Tecumseh

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
A northern Indiana county has approved plans for a 9,200-hog farm near a youth camp whose leaders worry the farm's odors will affect life at the popular camp.
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Junkyard cleans up mess after IDEM finds violations

June 28, 2013
Dan Human
The state says a Hancock County salvage yard had made headway in fixing environmental violations found during a March inspection. The owner still faces an unrelated lawsuit from county officials.
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Camp Tecumseh fighting big hog-farm proposal

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
Leaders of an Indiana youth camp that serves thousands of students from central Indiana are arguing against a farmer's plans to start raising some 9,200 hogs about a half-mile away.
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Posey County backs bonds for $1.3B fertilizer plant

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county is issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for a fertilizer plant being developed by a Pakistan-based group after Gov. Mike Pence pulled state support.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana farmers who had worried that wet spring weather would prevent them from planting some of their corn fields are now ahead of schedule at getting the state's top crop in the ground.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. 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.

  5. 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..............

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