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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Indiana

Contact lens wearers need good hygiene habits to avoid bacteria that can blind a person. Credit: J Durham/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indiana contact lens wearers, and others around the country, are encouraged to practice the best possible hygiene habits in order to avoid bacteria that can blind a person. That's the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during this "Contact Lens Health ...Read More

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Kristin Garvey, executive director of the Indiana Commission for Women, encourages more women to run for office on the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Credit: Indiana Commission for Women

INDIANAPOLIS - The 19th Amendment was signed 95 years ago today, giving women the right to vote. The law was a powerful springboard for women to become more involved in the political process, said Kristin Garvey, executive director of the Indiana Commission for Women. While women have made great st...Read More

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SNAP recipients must now have an in-person assessment to determine eligibility for the program. Credit: BPSUSF/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – About 50,000 Hoosiers could lose food assistance in the next few months if they do not meet work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A federal waiver that allowed adults without dependents to forgo work requirements during the recession is exp...Read More

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A new study finds a later school start time for students results in better overall health. Credit: snowbear/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Getting more sleep will likely help middle and high school students in Indiana and across the country do better in school, be healthier and make healthier choices, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiologist Anne Wheaton with the CD...Read More

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Indiana corn growers are taking a hit this year after rains dampened the planting season. Credit: butkovicdub/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - The sun is not shining on Indiana's corn growers this summer. This week, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour estimated corn yields across six regions of the state at 142 bushels per acre, which is below Indiana's three-year average. And a U.S. Department of Agriculture report this mont...Read More

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Indiana's Lifeline law allows minors who have witnessed a crime, a medical emergency or sexual assault to call for help without getting into trouble. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana college students headed to campus are being reminded of an important number that could save a life: 911. Indiana's Lifeline law helps to remove barriers that may otherwise prevent a person from calling to report a crime or seeking medical assistance for someone who is intoxic...Read More

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PHOTO: The 25th Indiana Youth Survey found an alarming rate of Hoosier students in grades seven to 12 are using e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An annual survey highlighting the risky behaviors of Indiana kids finds electronic cigarettes are becoming a popular item. The 25th Indiana Youth Survey of sixth through 12th graders examines substance use, mental health, gambling and other factors that can have negative conseq...Read More

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With a 26 percent increase in the number of children entering into the Indiana Department of Child Services this year, Gov. Mike Pence has announced the hiring of an additional 113 caseworkers. Photo credit: NoirKitsune/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Child Services is looking for more people qualified to work with some of the state's most vulnerable children. Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday that the state would authorize the hiring of 113 additional caseworkers following a 26 percent increase in cases...Read More

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