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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: Environmental Justice

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

Environmentalists call HB 1082 a huge threat to Indiana because it would tie the hands of local governments in dealing with air and water pollution. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – What some are calling the worst environmental bill Indiana has seen is coming up for a vote this week at the Statehouse. The idea behind House Bill 1082, also known as No More Stringent Than bill, is to keep environmental regulators from passing state laws that are more restri

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at

PHOTO: Just weeks after the midterm election, a new Sierra Club poll finds the majority of voters in some key battleground states want policymakers to support efforts to protect communities from climate change. Photo credit: MGDboston/morguefile.com

INDIANAPOLIS - Some of Indiana's leaders have voiced outspoken opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, but a new poll indicates a majority of voters don't share those views. Melissa Williams, national political director

PHOTO: A class-action settlement requires the owners of an industrial waste facility in Elkhart to cease operations and clean up the site within five years. Photo credit: Hoosier Environmental Council.

INDIANAPOLIS - A 14-year struggle to protect an Indiana community from a polluting waste dump is coming to an end. A federal judge has approved a final class-action settlement requiring Soil Solutions Co. to cease operations of its waste facility in Elkhart. Nearby residents have been exposed to da

James Benham joined the new Indiana Agricultural Council with HSUS. Photo Courtesy of James Benham.

VERSAILLES, Ind. – Indiana is the seventh state to join forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to form an agricultural council, designed to bring local farmers together with the Society to provide guidance and help foster better practices. James Benham, president of the In

GARY, Ind. - In a report about "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in the Great Lakes Compact, Indiana isn't looking too pretty. The report, issued by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as the compact reached the halfway point of its five-year life, looks at how states are addressing diversions o

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers hitting the state's Great Lakes beaches for the holiday weekend can do so knowing that Indiana's beaches are in better shape than half of states' beaches. However, at the same time, the number of beach closings and advisories has been on the rise. Total closing and advisory d

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