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    PNS Daily News - July 8, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the CDC reports that heroin use, abuse, and overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fast; a new national poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the Endangered Species Act; and a report details increased water use in fracking.

Public News Service - Indiana

PHOTO: With eight heatstroke deaths in the U.S. so far this year resulting from children left alone in parked cars, Indiana parents are being reminded to never leave children inside a vehicle unattended. Photo credit: Malinda Welte/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – With hotter temperatures forecast for later this week in Indiana, parents are being reminded of the danger of leaving children unattended in a vehicle. According to Janette Fennell, president and founder of, there have been eight heatstroke-related deaths in the...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: This summer an Indiana General Assembly interim study committee will examine policies regarding smoking bans, and other tobacco-related matters impacting Hoosiers' health. Photo credit: Pedro J. Perez/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's public smoking ban has been on the books for three years, and this summer legislators will explore the law's benefits to determine whether it can be expanded. When the law was passed, it exempted certain bars, taverns, private clubs and casinos. Brianna Herndon, India...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: On the roadways, the National Safety Council is expecting this Fourth of July weekend to be one of the deadliest holiday periods on record. Photo credit: William Brawley/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Fourth of July is almost upon us and, as some Hoosiers pack their cars for holiday travel, safety experts are reminding folks to be extra cautious on the roads. The National Safety Council is estimating 409 people will lose their lives and more than 49,000 will be injured nation...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of consumers. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/

INDIANAPOLIS – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of Americans. Ed Mierzwinski, senior fellow with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), advocated for the creation of the CF...Read More

Public News Service - IN

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...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Before hanging the Stars and Stripes to celebrate the Fourth of July, the United States Flag Code calls for specific procedures to ensure any flag displayed is shown respect. Photo credit: D.Medina/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Flags are popping up all over Indiana as the Fourth of July approaches. But there are some important dos and don'ts to consider before flying Old Glory. The U.S. Flag Code became public law in 1942 and specifies the exact rules for use and display of the flag. Mike Buss, deputy dir...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: New data from Families USA shows 160,000 Hoosiers stand to lose the financial assistance that enables them to afford health coverage. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Within the next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in a case that could impact the health coverage of tens of thousands of people in Indiana. In King vs. Burwell, the court will decide if premium subsidies should be withdrawn in states where the federal government is ru...Read More

Public News Service - IN

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,...Read More

Public News Service - IN

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