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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2017 


Attorney General Sessions tight-lipped before the Senate Judiciary Committee; a new report says bith-control access is critical for both health and economic security; and expect a personal touch to finances as today marks Credit Union Day.

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Public News Service - IN: Energy Policy

The amount utility companies have to pay for excess energy decreases after this year. (ipl.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Across Indiana, there's a rush to install solar panels before the end of the year, because legislation passed this year lowers the amount utility companies have to pay for excess energy produced by home solar systems. Senate Bill 309 reduces the payback through net metering ov

Coal ash from the bottom of the Dan River near the site of Duke Energy's spill. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke Energy has a plan to dispose of millions of gallons of coal ash waste, but environmental groups are asking policy makers to reject it, saying it poses a health hazard. Indiana is requiring Duke to prepare closure plans for 20 coal ash lagoons, many of which are leaking an

Legislation that would phase out net metering in Indiana could come up for a committee vote this week. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers are getting an earful about legislation that would phase out the financial incentives given to homeowners, businesses, schools and churches that install solar panels. Senate Bill 309 would overhaul the practice of net metering, which allows those with solar pan

An Indianapolis coal plant in operation for nearly a century has converted to natural gas, but local residents want assurances that the coal-waste cleanup will be thorough. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS – After decades of burning coal, the Harding Street Station in Indianapolis was converted to natural gas in February, but coal ash and other waste remain. Under federal rules, Indianapolis Power and Light is required to develop a plan to close the ash ponds and protect public heal

Grants are being given out to study toxins that end up in the Great Lakes. (michigan.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is looking for groups to study the Great Lakes. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is giving out grants as part of the Great Lakes Air Deposition program (GLAD). The idea is to see where toxins are being deposited and understand how they advers

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.

The drinking water for 900,000 Indiana residents is threatened by contamination from coal-ash lagoons, according to the Hoosier Environmental Council. (Nick Katula)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has the highest number of coal-ash lagoons in the country, and a series of films documenting the threat they pose if a toxic spill occurs is being shown in various locations around the state this month. The movies paint a grim picture of what life looks like in communities th

Indianapolis came in 13th out of 25 major cities in a study of how ready they are to accommodate a surge in numbers of electric vehicles on the road. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Gas prices are pretty low right now, so there hasn't been a big uptick in interest in electric vehicles, but economists think that will change once prices start to climb again. Indiana University has studied whether the nation's largest cities are ready for an increase in ele

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