skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Trump case expected to head to the jury today; IN food banks concerned about draft Farm Bill; NH parents, educators urge veto of anti-LGBTQ+ bills; Study shows a precipitous drop in migratory fish populations, in US and worldwide.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Actor Robert DeNiro joins Capitol Police officers to protest against Donald Trump at his New York hush money trial as both sides make closing arguments. And the Democratic Party moves to make sure President Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

IN Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure Plan Open for Public Comment

play audio
Play

Tuesday, July 26, 2022   

The Indiana Department of Transportation wants Hoosiers to weigh in on the state's proposed electric vehicle charging network.

The state is investing more than $100 million dollars in the new, multiyear project, with funding from last year's federal bipartisan infrastructure law.

Scott Manning, deputy chief of staff of the department, said the feedback the state receives will help it fine-tune the plan.

"We're very interested in hearing from communities around the state about everything within the plan," Manning stated. "And how we can best leverage the federal funding that's available for EV charging infrastructure to really maximize the impact and the benefit for Hoosiers."

The department is accepting written public comments on the draft implementation plan until August 20, but Indiana must submit its initial plans to the federal government by next Monday for final approval.

Manning described the plan as a "living document" and said public comments filed after the federal submission can be implemented in future updates. The department hopes to receive approval on the draft EV charger infrastructure plan by the end of September.

A 2021 report by market analytics group McKinsey and Company found the bulk of the nation's current EV chargers are located in high-income, urban areas, which were the first to adopt electric vehicles.

Manning pointed out part of the goal of the public comment period is to ensure electric vehicle chargers are fairly distributed. He added the state also is weighing workforce training programs for disadvantaged communities, so they can reap the economic benefits of building and maintaining the EV network.

"So we really want to be all-encompassing when we talk about equity," Manning emphasized. "It's not just the location of the stations, but it's really being mindful of equity in really every component of the program."

The Biden administration has set a goal of constructing half a million new electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors and in communities across the country, which will cost roughly $7.5 billion.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Estela Pineda is an undocumented immigrant with disabilities from Madera who is cared for by her daughter Mayde, through benefits from the California In-Home Support Services program. (Mayde Pineda)

Social Issues

play sound

Health care advocates are speaking out against proposed cuts to a California program that provides in-home care aides to low-income seniors and people…


Health and Wellness

play sound

Children's advocates are pressing California lawmakers to pass a bill that would increase oversight on health plans when they deny mental health servi…

Environment

play sound

A new World Wildlife Fund study shows since 1970, more than 80% of the global populations of freshwater migratory fish have declined significantly…


The 2024 hurricane season spans from June 1 to Nov. 30. Experts anticipate it will be among the most active seasons ever recorded. (Davivd/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The nonprofit Save the Children is working with child care centers along the Mississippi coast, with plans and tools to help them reopen or resume …

Health and Wellness

play sound

Four years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are still studying its effects on society. A new report focusing on domestic …

By 2060, nearly half the days in the year are projected to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Arizona is already warming up, and a new report sheds light on how climate change is intensifying that heat. Last year, just under 650 heat-…

Social Issues

play sound

Residents of north Texas continue to clean up after the latest in a string of deadly tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, an EF-2 …

Social Issues

play sound

Experts in the fight against the sexual exploitation of minors said there is a gap in highlighting how young men are targeted and new research said ma…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021