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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - IN: Water

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

The first application to divert water from Lake Michigan has been approved. (wi.gov)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – The first application to divert water from Lake Michigan has been approved, and a watchdog group in Indiana is praising the hard work that went into it, but says it will keep an eye on things to make sure all the rules are followed. The Great Lakes Regional Body and th

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

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

Invading species are picked up in one port by freighters, cruise and cargo ships and then the ballast water is dumped into another port. (usbr.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Great Lakes aren't normally a huge part of the nation's military footprint but there's a lot at stake for them in the defense spending bill under discussion in Congress. Last week the House voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, and one of the provisions in it r

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

Two Indiana universities are working to keep fertilizers from ending up in local waterways, and have gotten recognition for their research from the White House. (in.gov)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation's heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms has been recognized by the Obama Administration during the United Nations World Water Day Summit. The program is a collaborati

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