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Thumbs up: Bisard to face booze charges

Nice to see the law can't escape the long arm of itself. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry has re-filed DUI charges against IMPD officer David Bisard, the so-called civil servant who mired himself in controversy when he allegedly, drunkenly crashed his police car into a group of motorcyclists back in August. Blood tests indicating Bisard was drunk were thrown out by former prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who said the tests were improperly administered and dropped all alcohol-related charges. Curry, making good on a campaign promise, said he believes the evidence must be evaluated by a judge in order to resolve the case. A second hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 31.

Thumbs up: Hungry for success

Good news, Indianapolis. On Jan. 12, Gleaners Food Bank announced they had exceeded fundraising goals set in April by nearly one million dollars. An impressive $12.3 million was raised over the course of the past nine months. The money will be used to move the local non-profit organization to a new location nearly three times the size of its current location – an upgrade the agency hopes will allow them to serve a growing number of clients. Gleaners provided 19.5 million meals and fed over 160,000 central Indiana residents in 2010.

Thumbs up: NIPSCO and EPA reach settlement

A $13 million settlement has been reached between the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) and the EPA. The EPA accused NIPSCO of violating the Clean Air Act in 2004 after the company failed to obtain permits before installing subpar equipment in several power plants back in the 80s and 90s. As part of the arrangement, NIPSCO must close its Gary-based power plant and invest an additional $600 million in pollution controls. NIPSCO is also required to purchase and restore lands surrounding the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore before donating said acreage to the park.

Thumbs up: Recycling try-outs

No excuses now, folks. Republic Waste Services of Indiana is providing some Indy residents with the opportunity to participate in a free three-month recycling trial period. A joint study with Columbia University has shown that Indiana has the highest per capita residential waste in the nation. As a countermeasure, thousands of recycling containers will be delivered to driveways across the Northeast side of the city in the coming month. Republic typically charges $6 a month for recycling, a fee many consider too costly. The program hopes to change those mindsets by introducing the practice of recycling to resident's daily routines.

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