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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Indiana

PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to help the next generation in Indiana and around the nation get into farming and ranching, as the current "crop" of farmers ages. Photo credit: Cindy Cornett Seigel/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The average age of Indiana farmers is 56, and as their retirement nears, there is a need to get the next crop of farmers up and running. In Indiana and round the nation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $18 million to help educate and develop the next generation of agr...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Indiana is now the 28th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The program will be run under the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan, and expands eligibility to those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Photo credit: MDGboston/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Within days, hundreds of thousands of people could be covered by Indiana's newly expanded Medicaid program. Immediately after Gov. Mike Pence announced federal approval of the expansion through the Healthy Indiana Plan on Tuesday, the Family and Social Service Administration began ta...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast-food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – The company known for its Golden Arches is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated that nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than 1...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Five years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Indiana has made no reforms to its campaign finance and disclosure laws. Photo credit: Daderot/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - It's been five years since the Supreme Court's decision in the "Citizens United" case paved the way for unlimited corporate spending in elections. The court ruled that restricting campaign spending by outside groups is unconstitutional because it hinders their freedom of speech. Many...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Indiana House Bill 1320, introduced by Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), would allow utilities to set fixed charges for solar electricity users, which opponents say would shift profits from homeowners to utility companies. Photo credit: Ben Grader/Morguefile.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Clean-energy supporters and utilities are at odds over a new bill at the statehouse. Electricity customers in Indiana who use solar power receive credits for selling excess power back to the grid, but HB 1320 would minimize those credits, and allow utilities to set fixed charges ...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Service projects are being held around Indiana to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of the City of Bloomington.

INDIANAPOLIS - The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and honored today through acts of service in Indiana and around the country. The federal holiday became a national day of service in 1994. Samantha Warfield, spokesperson with the Corporation for National and Commun...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo credit: A. Currel /Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year compared with 2013, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children under age 6 were the victims in more than half the cases. The ris...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: The "get outside" message for children is being extended to those with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator cites benefits for a child's development, as well as stress relief for the whole family. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS - In Indiana and across the nation, the "get outside" message for children is being extended to kids with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator is asking families to think about the power of nature, even as they're busy dealing with the other priorities of a child with a disabil...Read More

Public News Service - IN

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