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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - Indiana

PHOTO: Today is International Stand Up to Bullying Day. The observance comes on the heels of a recent study that shows bullying is seen as more of a problem for youth today than ever. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - As some Hoosiers observe today's International Stand Up to Bullying Day, a recent survey finds the majority of adults believe bullying is more prevalent than ever. The poll was released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environment...Read More

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PHOTO: By using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that those programs kept nearly one-quarter million Hoosier children out of poverty between 2011 and 2013. Photo credit: heyjude/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - A new tool is painting a clearer picture of poverty in Indiana and around the country. An Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday finds the measure, developed in the 1960s, fails to include all the factors that contribute to a family's economic well being. Jessica Frase...Read More

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PHOTO: The Indiana Senate on Tuesday failed to advance a resolution that would have embedded a  so-called right to farm in the state Constitution. Opponents argued SJR 12 would have given agribusiness protection from regulations. Photo credit: jackske/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - It was presented as a right to farm, but opponents of Senate Joint Resolution 12 in Indiana say it would have created a constitutional right to pollute. Supporters of the measure, which was voted down 28-22 by the state Senate on Tuesday, said it would stop future laws that unnecessa...Read More

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PHOTO: Gas prices may be low, but a new survey shows motorists don't believe prices will stay that way, and want their next vehicle to get better gas mileage. Photo credit: Clara Natoli/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Gas prices will go up again. That's the expectation of consumers, according to a new survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), which also found car buyers continue to have an eye on better gas mileage. Mark Cooper, director of research at CFA, says nearly 86 pe...Read More

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PHOTO: The Indiana House is expected to vote on the CARE Act this week, legislation to better integrate the family caregiver into their loved one's hospital discharge process. Photo credit: Rosie O'Beime/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Family caregivers face a taxing and often complicated job as they navigate the medical needs of a loved one. The Indiana House is expected to vote on a measure this week that could make life a little easier. The CARE Act would help to better integrate a person's caregiver into their...Read More

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PHOTO: On College Goal Sunday, Indiana students and their families can get free assistance filling out the FAFSA form, which is necessary to be considered for grants, scholarships and student loans. Image credit:ArenaCreative - Fotolia.com

INDIANAPOLIS — This weekend, financial aid experts are lending a hand to Indiana's college-bound students. During College Goal Sunday, volunteers at three dozen sites statewide will help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Statewide coord...Read More

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PHOTO: Severe winter weather has cancelled blood drives in Indiana and around the nation. But while donations are down, the Indiana Blood Center reports supplies currently are stable. Photo credit: Herkie/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The snow, ice and freezing temperatures that recently descended upon Indiana and other parts of the country are having a serious impact on the nation's blood supply. Blood donations are down by about 10 percent across the country, said Rodney Wilson, a communications manager for the ...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: In Indiana, 22 percent of children live in poverty, according to the 2015 Kids Count Data Book compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute. Photo credit: Tamckile/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Poverty is among the biggest challenges faced by children in Indiana, according to the results of an annual Indiana Youth Institute summary. Although the economy is rebounding from the recession, the 2015 Kids Count Data Book finds 22 percent of children in the state are living in po...Read More

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