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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - IN: Toxics

Free blood testing is being offered to more than 1,000 people being moved out of a housing complex because of toxic soil around their homes. (epa.gov)

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – Clinics are being offered for East Chicago residents affected by contaminated soil from an old lead and smelting plant. More than 1,000 mostly low-income people have been told they'll have to move because of toxic levels of lead and arsenic in the soil around their homes

Residents of a housing complex in East Chicago say they're angry because they should have been told much earlier about lead contamination in the soil. (epa.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS - Environmental groups have been stepping up pressure on federal agencies over coal-ash pollution in the state, and now there is another public health issue. The EPA has ordered the demolition of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago after high levels of lead and arsenic were

Advocates say Hoosiers need to voice their opinions about the state's cleanup plan for coal ash. (Greg Stotelmyer)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is finalizing plans on how to deal with coal ash around the state. Indiana has 84 coal ash lagoons, more than any other state, and is second only to Texas for its dependence on coal energy. Jodi Perras, the Sierra Clu

Gov. Pence will soon have bigger fish to fry than the Regional Cities Initiative Project, which he helped kick off back in May. (Office of Gov. Pence/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – Candidates on both sides of the aisle are chomping at the bit in Indiana to run for governor, once that seat officially becomes vacant. A Donald Trump/Mike Pence candidacy for the White House means an end to Pence's reelection campaign in Indiana. Marion County Democratic Party

The coal industry's challenge to the Clean Power Plan will be heard in federal court in Washington on June 2. (morguefile.com)

INDIANAPOLIS – A few weeks from now, environmental groups will be going up against the coal industry in the U.S. District Court in Washington over President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which placed the first ever limits on heat trapping carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. The U.

Poison-control centers across the country get about 30 calls a day about children accidentally ingesting colorful laundry or dish-detergent pods. (Chris Thomas)

INDIANAPOLIS - A new study shows a 17 percent increase in calls to poison-control centers across the nation in the last couple of years because of kids eating laundry or dishwashing soap. Study co-author Henry Spiller, director of the Central Ohio Poison Control Center at Nationwide Children's Hosp

The first study of flame retardants showing up in human nails resulted in positive results in every test subject, and women had higher concentrations. (Christine Marie Fletcher)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Flame retardants save lives by preventing fires, especially in the home, but scientists at Indiana University say more study needs to be done on what kinds of damage they're doing to the environment, and possibly to humans. Researchers collected hair, toenails and fingernails f

Environmental advocates say Indiana's governor and Department of Natural Resources need to make sure Peabody Energy has set money aside for mine cleanup in the state. (Environmental Law and Policy Center)

INDIANAPOLIS - Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company, with customers in 25 countries on six continents. But it's now in financial trouble and has said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it's likely to file soon for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pe

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