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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 The chamber submitted a list of regulations they want repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration, because they argue they are “detrimental” to Hoosier businesses.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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Wet spring prepared the city for a dry August

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Despite rising temperatures and high humidity, the city is in good shape when it comes to the water supply thanks to a wet spring. According to Dan Considine, spokesperson with Citizens Energy Group, residents should not expect to see any kind of water restrictions, such as limitations on watering […]

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Stay safe and reduce costs as temps rise

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Higher temperatures across the state can lead to serious health complications and higher electric bills. While Hoosiers cannot control the weather, residents can take steps to stay safe and better manage electricity use and its cost. The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief […]

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Indiana State Museum buzzing with new educational opportunity

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An audible buzz can now be heard around the Indiana State Museum. The beehive arrived in June of last year. Since then, the museum has even expanded honey beehive locations to state historic sites like Angel Mounds in Evansville and the Gene Stratton Porter Memorial site in Rome City. […]

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Knozone Action Days declared for weekend, Monday

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is forecasting high ozone levels for the weekend and into Monday, and in turn, has issued Knozone Action Days for parts of Indiana. Ground level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine to bake vehicle and factory emissions and gasoline vapors. While […]

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Hoosiers encouraged to walk or bike to school on May 4

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Community service organizations are encouraging Hoosiers walk or bike to school and work on May 4 to promote healthy transportation options. Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Health by Design want schools and parents to participate in the National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 45 schools […]

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Nominations open for environmental excellence award

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nominations are open for Hoosiers who positively impact the environment. “Indiana businesses have demonstrated that determination and ingenuity can benefit the environment while boosting the bottom line,” Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Carol S. Comer said in a statement. IDEM, the state agency that implements federal and state environmental regulations, […]

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Hoosiers urged to prepare for flooding

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— Hoosiers are urged to prepare for the upcoming flood season and might want to consider flood insurance. According to the Indiana Department of Insurance, the state had record rainfall last year in June and above average precipitation in July that led to many flash flood watches and warnings across […]

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