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Government officials first found high levels of lead and arsenic at an East Chicago lead smelting plant in 1985. Thirty years later, after countless soil samples and elevated blood lead level tests, clean-up has begun. Why did it take so long?

Robert Kaplan oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s work in the Midwest – he’s the Region 5 Administrator.

“I’m showing you an overhead aerial flight from 1949, and you’ve got the DuPont facility over here, you’ve got some other facilities over here, you’ve got two pre-existing neighborhoods,” Kaplan says.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program was started in 1980, and since its inception, it has added 49 sites in Indiana to its National Priority List.

A Superfund is a site designation by the EPA to receive state and federal money to clean up hazardous waste that poses a threat to public health.

To determine if the threat level is high enough to warrant state and federal assistance, the EPA uses a Hazard Ranking System scored from 0-100. Sites ranking 28.5 and above are eligible for state and federal cleanup assistance.

Nick Janzen / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Wearing overalls and a John Deere baseball cap, 79-year-old Norman Greer stands on the front porch of his home, looking out at his property. There's a grain bin, some tractors, a barn, and rows of corn and soy beans.

"Where I live, right here, is 52 acres, and I farm 300 acres," Greer says. He's also raised hogs and cattle, but as he points out vacant animal pens, he says, "I've gotten too old to fool with it."

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

 

Still, Daniels, who has rheumatoid arthritis and is on disability, says she's worried.

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New census data puts Columbus, Ind. in the top 20 cities for start-up business growth nationwide.

Studies have been showing for years that this country's middle class is shrinking.

Now, the nonpartisan Pew Research Center has added another dimension to the story: Its examination of government data shows the problem is not confined to the Rust Belt or Appalachia.

In fact, the middle is shrinking from coast to coast.

Muslims In Indiana Discussion

Sep 19, 2016

What does it mean to be a Muslim and an American in Indiana? 

Residents are invited to participate in a community discussion on Tuesday, September 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.  

"People who come will be surprised at how long the history of Muslims in the Hoosier state is and how deeply apart of Indiana Muslims have been, especially since the 1920's" says Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, Dr. Edward Curtis.

Wisconsin Has An Unclear Route To Toll Roads

Sep 19, 2016

Wisconsin now has a transportation budget proposal on the table for 2017-18, which Gov. Scott Walker rolled out on September 14. But Walker and the Republican-led state legislature may not be any closer to agreeing on how to make up a $1 billion shortfall in transportation funding, which is mostly dedicated towards road repair and construction.

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Union County is small— only one Indiana county has fewer people. A block away from the courthouse in Liberty, a small building pulls double duty as the health department and area planning office.

Here, a young woman in pajamas is sitting with her head in her arms.  She’s here to be assessed for a new medical device that might give her almost instant relief from her painful drug withdrawal symptoms.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence is in "excellent general and cardiovascular health," according to a letter from his doctor that was released by his campaign, Saturday.

The letter, written by Michael Busk, a physician at St. Vincent Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Institute in Indianapolis, goes on to say that the 57-year-old Pence is "medically able to maintain [his] high level of professional work and [his] physical activity programs without limitations."

Not too long ago, Will Sheff found himself in a difficult place. His bandmates in Okkervil River were moving on from the beloved indie-rock group to other projects. Sheff, too, was restless — the rock 'n' roll lifestyle was wearing on him, and his grandfather, with whom he was close, had passed away.

Updated at 10:50 p.m.

Donald Trump refused to say whether he believes President Obama was born in the United States in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday.

But in a statement hours later from the GOP nominee's spokesman, the campaign claimed Trump does indeed believe the president was born in Hawaii.

The Obama administration wants the U.S. to increase the number of refugees it takes in next year to 110,000.

"Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers the administration wants to admit 110,000 international refugees in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1," as NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. "That's up from 85,000 refugees in the current year."

Kerry made the remarks to members of Congress on Tuesday, a senior administration official told NPR.

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