PNS Daily Newscast - November 18, 2019 

President Trump invited to testify in person or in writing, says Pelosi; a battle over the worth of rooftop-solar electricity when it's sold back to the grid; the flu gets an early start; and the value of Texas family caregivers.

2020Talks - November 18, 2019 

Former Pres. Barack Obama cautioned Democrats to be more moderate, and incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins over Trump-backed Republican opponent.

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Public News Service - IN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Education and nutrition leaders gathered in Indianapolis for a summit to explore ways districts can offer breakfast to more children in school. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

INDIANAPOLIS - A healthy breakfast has been shown to boost brain power, and Indiana is expanding efforts to ensure every student starts the day ready to learn. At a nutrition summit Wednesday in Indianapolis, teachers, administrators and food service directors brainstormed ways to get more kids to

PHOTO: According to the Food Research and Action Center, 213,000 Indiana children ate a free school breakfast last year, less than half of those who participated in the federal School Lunch Program. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana schools have been working to ensure that all children, especially those who are low-income, start their day with a healthy breakfast. But a new report shows there is room for improvement. The Food Research and Action Center found that less than half of the students who partic

PHOTO: The increase in charitable giving during the holiday season helps to meet the growing demand for donations in Indiana, but the need continues after the New Year. Photo courtesy of Hoosier Hills Food bank.

INDIANAPOLIS - With the spirit of the holiday season, food pantries and soup kitchens in Indiana see an abundance of donations to help the hungry. But it's a different story after the Christmas tree comes down. Julio Alonso, executive director and CEO with Hoosier Hills Food Bank, says in January a

PHOTO: A new report finds 1.1 million Hoosiers need assistance from soup kitchens and food pantries each year, and many are forced to make difficult choices to keep from going hungry. Photo credit: Max Straeten/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – A new report shines light on the face of hunger in Indiana, and finds many people are making difficult choices in order to put food on the table. One-in six Hoosiers turned to one of Feeding Indiana's Hungry 11 food banks over the past year, according to executive director Emi

PHOTO: According to the USDA, nearly 373,000 Indiana residents have struggled with hunger-related issues between 2011 and 2013. Photo credit: Keith Weller, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

INDIANAPOLIS - As Indiana observes Hunger Action Month, a new report highlights the critical need to address food insecurity in the state. The USDA Household Food Security in the United States report found 14 percent of Indiana households struggled with hunger between 2011 and 2013, slightly higher

PHOTO: Indiana ranks 27th nationally in an annual snapshot of child well-being. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkenson / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist. An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being, the 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks Indiana 27th nationally, up three spots from last year. Glenn Augustine, vi

PHOTO: A new report finds Indiana is making strides when it comes to ensuring that lower-income children are able to get nutritious meals during the summer months. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS - Hundreds of thousands of lower-income Indiana children eat free or reduced-priced lunch and breakfast during the school day. But when the bell rings for summer vacation, ensuring those same kids have access to nutritious meals can be a challenge. A new report by the Food Research and

PHOTO: Purdue professor Cary Mitchell and other researchers developed a technique that could allow some crops to be grown in caves or mines. Photo courtesy of Purdue University.

INDIANAPOLIS – Forget the field – caves and mines could hold the future of farming. Researchers from Purdue University have discovered that lowering temperatures for two hours each day reduces the height of corn crops without affecting their seed yield. It's a technique that could be us

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