PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 

Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 

Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - IN: Energy Policy

IPL and NIPSCO ratepayers could see a big jump in their bills. Credit: David Wilkenson/morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – Consumer groups are sounding the alarm about attempts by electric utilities in Indiana to increase their fixed monthly charge. It's the base rate customers pay even before using any electricity. NIPSCO's request to regulators would increase the base rate from $11 to $20 a mo

The Outdoor Wood Boiler Replacement Program could help to clear the air in Indiana. Credit: Michael Hoy/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS – A new grant opportunity is expected to clean up some of Indiana's smoky communities. A $500,000 dollar grant from the Outdoor Wood Boiler Replacement Program will fund the replacement of outdoor wood boilers, or OWBs, with solar, geothermal or combination systems. There are

PHOTO: New solar projects are popping up around Indiana, thanks to the Solar Uniting Neighbors Grant Program. The goal is to help communities understand how to use and deploy solar technology to save energy and money. Photo credit: Ruairi/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Grant money is helping to spark new solar projects around Indiana. The Solar Uniting Neighbors grant program is awarding more than $300,000 to a diverse group of businesses and organizations. At the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, a solar array will be installed to off s

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at

PHOTO: Ceiling fans are a good option for staying cool in the summer, but experts says it's a waste of energy to use them when you are not in the room. Photo credit: Pippa Lou/Morgufile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Summer is officially here, and warmer weather typically translates into higher energy bills. But experts say some simple measures can go a long way toward reducing energy costs. Anthony Swinger, director of external affairs with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor,

PHOTO: A year after state lawmakers cancelled the Energizing Indiana program, a new report says it reduced energy consumption, saved ratepayers money, and resulted in job creation. Photo credit: shoothead/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – The verdict is in on the impact of the Energizing Indiana program. A new report from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says the state is missing out by canceling the energy efficiency program. According to the findings, Energizing Indiana created more than 18,000 job

PHOTO: Supporters of clean energy say a decline in jobs in Indiana's solar industry highlights the need to protect the industry from policies that could hinder its growth. Photo credit: Marufish/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – A new report indicates the Hoosier state is falling behind its neighbors when it comes to solar power. According to the Solar Foundation, Indiana lost 100 jobs in 2014, a year after gaining 1,000. Chris Rohaly, who owns a solar installation and design firm in Kokomo, says sol

PHOTO: Negotiations are expected to resume Tuesday between oil companies and the union representing striking Workers. About 1,000 workers at the BP Whiting facility have joined thousands of colleagues across the country in calling for safety improvements. Photo courtesy of United Steelworkers.

INDIANAPOLIS - It's back to the bargaining table. The union representing striking Indiana BP oil workers will resume talks with oil industry negotiators Tuesday in the largest national oil strike in 30 years. On Sunday, more than 1,000 employees at BP's Whiting refinery joined others at facilities

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