Annie Ropeik

Annie Ropeik reports on state economy and business issues for all Indiana Public Broadcasting stations, from a home base of WBAA. 

She has lived and worked on either side of the country, but never in the middle of it. At NPR affiliate KUCB in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, she covered fish, oil and shipping and earned an Alaska Press Club Award for business reporting. She then moved 4,100 miles to report on chickens, chemicals and more for Delaware Public Media. She is originally from the D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, but her mom is a Hoosier.
 
Annie graduated from Boston University with a degree in classics and philosophy. She performs a mean car concert, boasts a worryingly encyclopedic knowledge of One Direction lyrics and enjoys the rule of threes. She is also a Hufflepuff.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE

You might see smoke rising or trails blocked off in parts of the White Mountain National Forest over the next six weeks.

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Massachusetts energy officials have announced they're going with Plan B to bring Canadian hydroelectric power to the Bay State. They've selected a back-up project that runs transmission lines through Maine, after New Hampshire state regulators refused to allow Plan A – the controversial Northern Pass project. But the Maine project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, also faces an uncertain future.

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Residents of a Rhode Island apartment complex owned by Brady Sullivan Properties begged town officials Monday night to protect them from toxic mold.

Claudio Schwarz

Massachusetts is expected to finalize a contract Tuesday with a large hydro-powered transmission line through Northern New England. But, the question is – which one?

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Federal authorities said there’s no problem with how utilities like Eversource buy space on New England’s natural gas pipeline system. It counters a recent, controversial study by the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Eversource is asking New Hampshire regulators to reconsider their rejection of the Northern Pass project.

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Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years.

The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants.

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A Rhode Island man says a big New Hampshire-based developer let mold grow in his apartment for a year, giving him an incurable lung disease. The man, identified in court documents as Jeffrey Mastrubuono, is suing the developer, Brady Sullivan, for $60 million dollars.

The lawsuit alleges Mastrobuono lived for about a year in a converted mill apartment at the Harris Mill Lofts in Coventry. Brady Sullivan owns properties like it all over New England, and they've been cited for environmental issues before.

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The nine states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, including Rhode Island, have set a new, more ambitious goal for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

They want to cut pollution by 30 percent -- or more, if that proves too easy.

It's been a few weeks since President-elect Donald Trump celebrated the Carrier company's decision to keep some factory jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico. The deal hinged on $7 million in state tax credits — some of which came from a rarely used fund for job retention. And now it has manufacturers wondering what the deal might mean for them.

Indiana doles out tens of millions of dollars in tax incentives to companies like Carrier every year — but usually those are for creating new jobs, not retaining existing ones.