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Limited budgets force parks to survive on user fees

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least once a week Daniel May, a pastor at Church on the Rock in Dillsboro, sits under a park shelter prepping passages for his sermon or hiking one of the many trails at Versailles State Park. “My wife and I go to a state park every week,” said […]

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Wind turbines spur property rights debate

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some companies and citizens are at odds when it comes to who should have the power to determine where wind turbines are built. “I’ve lived in the same house for 60 years and I like to get to get up and see the sunrise not a bunch of metal […]

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Car Free Day inspires eco-friendly transportation

By Makenna Mays TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every day is Car Free Day for Michael Gatto, who rides his bike to work and runs at least five times a week. “Exercise and the environment, those are the main ones,” he said when explaining the reasons why he avoids using a car. More Hoosiers will be joining […]

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Air quality warning for Wednesday

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers in parts of the state are being encouraged to avoid or reduce exertion and heavy work outside Wednesday. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality action day in southwest, southeast and central Indiana for Wednesday. “Knozone Action Days are days when levels of ozone […]

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Wet May not expected to stop Memorial Day fun at Indiana State Parks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a soggy May, all DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for the holiday weekend.  Across the state, eight state parks are experiencing closures of beaches and/or boat ramps because of recent heavy rainfall. According to Christie Sorrels, […]

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Fiercely debated solar bill passes through the House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would eventually reduce the reimbursements solar panel users receive for the extra energy they generate passed the Indiana House Tuesday. Senate Bill 309, a controversial energy bill that addresses net metering, a billing mechanism that credits individuals who generate more solar power than they need back […]

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Both sides make sacrifices on solar energy bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who invest in solar energy and big utilities that hold the energy industry’s reins will each have to make sacrifices with the version of the solar bill that passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Committee chairman, Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, said he found virtue on both sides […]

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Bill would restrict management of old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill designed to protect older areas of state forests set off passionate debate between those who say forests need to be managed and those who argue they need to be left alone. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources on Monday heard Senate Bill 420, which requires the Department of […]

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Indiana Chamber submits list of repeal requests to Pence

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With a Hoosier connection to the White House, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is leveraging their Indiana ties. The chamber submitted a list of regulations they want repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration, because they argue they are “detrimental” to Hoosier businesses. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar […]

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Eagle Creek Park considering hosting fall managed hunt

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— As hunting season approaches, Eagle Creek Park officials in Indianapolis are considering a second controlled hunt to regulate the rising deer population. Indy Parks implemented a long-term plan known as the White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Eagle Creek Park, provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture. The goal there is to reduce […]

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