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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - IN: Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: With warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight, summer is prime time for the spread of blue-green algae that can threaten the health of Indiana's lakes and reservoirs. Photo credit: Willem van Aken, CSIRO/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS – With summer getting underway, experts say blue-green algae fueled by nutrient pollution are certain to return to lakes and streams in Indiana. Kim Ferraro, water and agriculture policy director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, says while some forms of algae are good for

PHOTO: The Indiana Senate on Tuesday failed to advance a resolution that would have embedded a  so-called right to farm in the state Constitution. Opponents argued SJR 12 would have given agribusiness protection from regulations. Photo credit: jackske/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - It was presented as a right to farm, but opponents of Senate Joint Resolution 12 in Indiana say it would have created a constitutional right to pollute. Supporters of the measure, which was voted down 28-22 by the state Senate on Tuesday, said it would stop future laws that unnecessa

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

PHOTO: While some Hoosiers voice concerns over health matters, those in favor of ordinances allowing backyard chickens say the birds are a sustainable food source and just as clean as any other pet. Photo credit: Jason Webber.

INDIANAPOLIS – Raising chickens in the city is becoming increasingly popular as more Hoosiers move toward eating locally. Goshen officials this week reversed an earlier decision and will allow residents to raise chickens at their homes. Karen Schulte-Coman helped get a similar ordinance pa

PHOTO: A hearing will be held today on Senate Bill 101, which could make felons out of whistleblowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Schatzmann.

INDIANAPOLIS - So-called "Ag-gag" legislation is once again on the table at the Indiana State House. A hearing will be held today on Senate Bill 101, which could make felons of whistle-blowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms. According to Matthew Dominguez, policy mana

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

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