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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - IN: Civil Rights

Indiana's official language would become more gender neutral under a bill that's been approved by the House.

INDIANAPOLIS – Women elected to statewide office in Indiana get referred to as "he" in the laws that spell out their duties. Some female lawmakers are now seeking to change that. When State Auditor Suzanne Crouch took office in 2013 she noticed her job description read "he" or "his." She s

There's a big difference between how many students in America's classrooms are of minority races, and the number of teachers who are, but in Indiana the gap isn't as severe. (Tatiyana Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers in the United States don't necessarily look like their students, and there's an effort underway to change that. In the fall of 2010, then U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted the problem and the government launched an initiative, to recruit what he called the

Indiana's governor sided with religious groups but supporters say they'll keep fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community (Freedom Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS - Eyes were on Gov. Mike Pence this week as he announced his stance on civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In his State of the State address, Pence urged lawmakers to protect religious freedom and said he wouldn't vote for any legislation that d

2016 will see renewed efforts to protect the LGBT community in Indiana. (Freedom Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS - The new Indiana legislative session kicks off with another debate about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and the group Freedom Indiana says its task is to convince policymakers that protecting all segments of society is what people want. The Hoosier State got a lot of f

PHOTO: Indiana House lawmakers soon could vote on Senate Bill 101, which supporters say would strengthen freedom of religion and protect religious rights. But opponents argue it grants individuals and business a license to discriminate. Photo credit: pippalou/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - State lawmakers return to Indianapolis on Monday, and the House soon could vote on a controversial bill involving gender and religious rights. Supporters of Senate Bill 101 say it would strengthen religious-freedom protections in state law by essentially prohibiting governments from

PHOTO: Negotiations are expected to resume Tuesday between oil companies and the union representing striking Workers. About 1,000 workers at the BP Whiting facility have joined thousands of colleagues across the country in calling for safety improvements. Photo courtesy of United Steelworkers.

INDIANAPOLIS - It's back to the bargaining table. The union representing striking Indiana BP oil workers will resume talks with oil industry negotiators Tuesday in the largest national oil strike in 30 years. On Sunday, more than 1,000 employees at BP's Whiting refinery joined others at facilities

PHOTO: Efforts in Indiana and around the nation have intensified to help victims of human trafficking and catch offenders. Photo credit: Bret Jordan/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Human trafficking is often a hidden crime, but it is one of the fastest growing in Indiana and around the nation. Some 27 million people around the globe are said to be victims, forced to work at manual labor or in the sex industry. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says

PHOTO: Service projects are being held around Indiana to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of the City of Bloomington.

INDIANAPOLIS - The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and honored today through acts of service in Indiana and around the country. The federal holiday became a national day of service in 1994. Samantha Warfield, spokesperson with the Corporation for National and Commun

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