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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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PHOTO: The state's largest gathering of environmental advocates will be held at the statehouse with the focus on agriculture and the impact on the environment and public health. Photo courtesy of Scott Bauer.

INDIANAPOLIS – Environmentalists will gather in Indianapolis Saturday for what’s billed as Greening of the Statehouse, a day of learning and engagement about Indiana's most pressing environmental issues. This year's focus is on agriculture and safeguarding the state's air, water and q

PHOTO: An IU Law professor is questioning the constitutionality of Indiana’s so-called Ag-Gag bill - a measure supporters say will protect farmers from exploitation by activist groups.

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana University law professor is questioning the constitutionality of Indiana's so-called Ag-Gag bill, a measure supporters claim will protect farmers from exploitation by activist groups. Senate Bill 373 will be heard next on the floor of the Indiana House after passing a com

PHOTO: A bill before the Indiana legislature is trying to keep people from photographing or filming on farms without permission. Watch dog groups oppose it saying that it would hinder their efforts for public safety.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Senate Bill 373 - the so-called "Ag Gag" bill - is meant to keep people from videotaping or photographing on farms or businesses without prior permission from the owner. The bill's author, Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Dist. 19), said its purpose is to protect Hoosier businesses from b

INDIANAPOLIS - Every three years, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) updates its "Impaired Waters List," a summary of contaminated waterways in the state. Environmental groups say they are very concerned about the list and revision process, as they believe more must be done to

INDIANAPOLIS - Water quality is something many people take for granted, but Aveda Salons and the Hoosier Environmental Council say, with April being "Earth Month," it's time to take notice. Renee Sweany, special events coordinator with the Council, says Indiana waterways need to be monitored becau

INDIANAPOLIS - Bills allowing telephone companies to stop providing service in areas which are not profitable are moving through both houses of the Legislature, but some lawmakers from both parties worry that residents of rural Indiana will be left with less-than-adequate service and at risk in emer

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's Water Pollution Control Board has updated rules and regulations for the kinds of large livestock farms known as CAFOs and CFOs: concentrated animal feeding operations and confined feeding operations respectively. Indiana environmental organizations are concerned that the u

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has an excess of unwanted horses. Horse rescue facilities are 'maxed out,' people say they can't afford to feed them, and the animals grow old or become ill. Dr. Tim Bartlett, director of equine programs for the Indiana Board of Animal Health, says several equine organizatio

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