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    PNS Daily News - August 5, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains uncertain as another political showdown looms; and America’s failing roads are costing drivers hundreds of dollars in extra vehicle service and maintenance expense each year; and we report on a major wilderness designation in Idaho.

Public News Service - Indiana

PHOTO: Last year, the eight Planned Parenthood health centers in Indiana and Kentucky saw 15,244 patients and distributed nearly 75,000 contraceptives, but some fear those services could be in jeopardy in the organization's current political battle. Photo courtesy Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The fate of federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and across the nation still is up in the air, and that has some women concerned about access to the health-care services they rely on. In Bloomington, Lyndsey Schmid, 33, had been going to Planned Parenthood r...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: The stress of daily life and news can easily dampen anyone's mood, but Indianans are being encouraged to bring more happiness into their lives during Happiness Happens Month in August. Photo credit: Breezy Baldwin.

INDIANAPOLIS – Looking at the brighter side is not always easy when things get you down, but during August Hoosiers and others around the country are being challenged to find ways to incorporate more happiness into their lives. August is Happiness Happens Month, established by the Secret Soci...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: State health officials are reminding Indiana families about immunization requirements as they get ready for back-to-school. Exemptions are allowed based on medical conflicts or religious objections. Photo credit: queensu/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – As Indiana families prepare to send their children back to class, state health officials say immunizations should be on the back-to-school checklist. For entrance into kindergarten, students must show proof of vaccinations against several diseases, including diphtheria, tetanu...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: As Medicaid turns 50 this week, a new report highlights the difference the health-insurance program has made in the lives of low-income children in Indiana including better health, education and financial outcomes as adults. Photo credit: Chris O'Brian/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Medicaid program marks its 50th year this week, and a new report examines the lifelong benefits the program has provided to some of Indiana's most vulnerable children. According to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, kids in the Medicaid program become he...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency is due to finalize the Clean Power Plan this summer, and two new reports find lower electricity rates for consumers and reduced emissions could be the result. Photo credit: Jennifer Keirnan/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and two new reports refute opponents' claims that it will increase electric bills for consumers in Indiana and around the nation. Synapse Energy Economics developed a scenario that includes investments in renewable energy and ene...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Indiana's new Farm to Food Banks program allows growers to sell extra produce to food banks. Photo credit: JZ Lomeck/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort to get more fresh produce on the tables of struggling Hoosiers is coming to fruition. The Farms to Food Banks program is kicking off this summer. It allows food banks to purchase surplus or number-two grade produce at below market rates from local growers. Bob Whit...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Photo credit: Tim Lindenbaum/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to keeping small streams and wetlands clean, there's little controversy among hunters and anglers. A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation finds that 83 percent surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Pollster Lori ...Read More

Public News Service - IN

PHOTO: Indiana ranks 32nd nationally for child well-being in the 2015 KIDS COUNT data book, which finds a high percentage of Hoosier children living in poverty. Photo credit: Seema Krishnaukumar/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – A new national snapshot of child well-being finds Indiana continuing to struggle with high rates of child poverty. According to the Anne E. Casey Foundation's 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, one in five children in the Hoosier State lives in poverty, and 12 percent live in 'high pov...Read More

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