PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - IN: Health Issues

About 70 percent of parents and caregivers admit they've stored medications where children can see them. (

INDIANAPOLIS — Every nine minutes in this country, a child under the age of six has to go to the emergency room because of accidental medication poisoning - and every twelve days, the incident is fatal. The Indiana Poison Center receives about 60,000 calls for help a year. March 18-24 is Poi

Many babies die in Indiana because they're born pre-term or because of unsafe sleeping practices. (Carrie Cain)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's infant mortality rate is dismal, and advocates hope a new law signed by the governor will be a step towards lowering those numbers. Legislation guaranteeing consistent levels of care for all Hoosier mothers and infants goes into effect July 1. SB 360 creates a system

Studies show dogs can help relieve anxiety and stress in humans. (

INDIANAPOLIS – You may have seen therapy dogs at airports comforting passengers who have anxiety about flying, or at a local nursing home or hospital, but they're also being used in school settings in the wake of tragedy. Paws and Think is a Hoosier nonprofit organization that has 120 teams

Kids may react negatively to extreme stress because of other things that are bothering them, or because they don't know how to express how they feel. (

INDIANAPOLIS – As the nation still reels from the latest school massacre, young people are making their voices heard – in both good and bad ways. Many students are speaking out about the availability of guns and what they want lawmakers to do about it. Nancy Lindhjem, a school psycho

One in 10 Hoosier kids reportedly lives with someone who's dealing with substance abuse. (

INDIANAPOLIS – The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book for Indiana is out, and it shows the state has made some strides, but the Indiana Youth Institute says there's still a big problem that needs to be addressed. The group's president, Tami Silverman, says the impact the opioid epidemic is having o

The POST form allows people to choose medical care they will receive in emergency situations. (

INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to tweak a law that deals with the end of life is making its way through the Indiana Statehouse. In 2013, lawmakers approved the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment form, also known as the POST. It's different from a Do Not Resuscitate form in that it deals w

The elderly and small children are most at risk from the influenza virus. (

INDIANAPOLIS — This year, Indiana and the rest of the country have been hit hard by the flu. People with flu-like symptoms are filling doctor's offices and emergency rooms. Dozens of Hoosiers have died, including last week's death of a 37-year-old mother of two from Plainfield who was diagno

Advocates say if Hoosiers have to pay more to smoke, they're more likely to quit. (

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers in Indiana are being asked to bump up the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack this legislative session. House Bill 1380 is authored by Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary, who says the idea is to make smokers feel, in their wallets, the urgency of quitting a very unhealthy habit.

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