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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2018 


The Waffle House shooter had an earlier weapons arrest near the White House. Also on our Monday rundown: new eviction data underscores America’s affordable-housing crisis; plus we will take you to a state where one county is putting juvenile justice under public health.

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Public News Service - IN: Consumer Issues

Pear trees have been showing up in places where they weren't intentionally planted. (in.gov)  Pear trees have been showing up in places where they weren't intentionally planted. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Drive around Indiana, or anywhere in the Midwest, and you're likely to see some trees that turn green early and have a beautiful white bloom early in spring. They're likely Bradford pears, but state officials aren't big fans and are asking residents to avoid planting them. Meg

Shredding events and financial literacy classes are being held across Indiana in the next month. (aarp.org)

INDIANAPOLIS — Operation Stop Scams kicks off in Indiana and across the nation today. The campaign is sponsored by AARP and features a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast to fight fraud. They include paper shredding opportunities and fraud education programs. Jason To

The State of Indiana considers interest rates on loans above 72 percent felony loansharking. (wa.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for lower-income Hoosiers are celebrating the defeat of a payday-lending bill in the Indiana Legislature. House Bill 1319, which passed in the House earlier this month, would have allowed payday lenders to charge interest on small loans at rates more than triple what

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

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

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

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.

Plastic waste is broken down by currents and sunlight and is often ingested by wildlife. (usgs.gov)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Clean-water advocates say they’re are hoping 2018 will be a year of better water quality in the Great Lakes and oceans. Carolyn Box, science program director at 5 Gyres, warns that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the water than fish, with 95 percen

Indiana has the nation's sixth highest wage gap between men and women. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The wage gap between men and women in Indiana has grown again, and that gap in the Hoosier State is now sixth highest in the nation. A report called "Wages, Wealth and Poverty" found the difference in pay in the Hoosier State is 26 percent. Erin Macey, policy analyst for the

Many Hoosiers still haven't recovered from the stall in the economy a few years ago. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition representing 25 different groups in Indiana is speaking out against a congressional tax plan that could be approved this week. The Indiana Coalition for Human Services says the plan being considered by the U.S. Senate would likely force deep cuts to programs that e

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