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Unsealed warrants show more than 1,000 phone and text contacts between Michael Cohen and a Russian business post-Election Day. Also on our Thursday rundown: More teachers moonlight due to low wages. Plus, get ready for Great Lakes Restoration phase three.

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Public News Service - IN: Poverty

Eviction can not only create housing instability, it can also make it more difficult to apply for credit down the road. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS — A new analysis of eviction rates in Indiana's largest county provides insight into how the problem might be better addressed across the state. The data from the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's Center for Research and Social Policy reveals that Marion County accoun

The Indiana Institute for Working Families says a bill in the Indiana House could allow small dollar loans that charge interest rates of up to 99 percent. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition is urging Indiana lawmakers to stop a bill that would significantly expand high interest loans in the state. Senate Bill 613 would allow loans with interest rates above 72 percent, which is currently considered felony loan sharking. Indiana veterans groups, faith

Smoking has increased in Indiana in the past two years, while decreasing in many other states. (Brun-nO/Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is facing serious health challenges, according to an annual state-by-state ranking of key health indicators. The America's Health Rankings 2018 report released on Wednesday places Indiana 41st among states, down from 38th in 2017. Dr. Rhonda Randall, senior medical a

Food banks say making SNAP benefits harder to get could increase demand at food pantries. (American Heart Association)

INDIANAPOLIS – A U.S. House and Senate conference committee is finalizing a huge farm bill. And state and national hunger groups want folks to speak up about how the competing bills handle food programs. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of the group Feeding Indiana's Hungry, says the

States that have tried adding tighter work requirements to SNAP programs report more families showing up at food pantries. (Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Possible changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress could overwhelm the faith groups that run some of Indiana's hunger fighting programs. Rules added to SNAP under a proposal in the House could include much tighter income and w

Food pantries in Indiana say proposed changes could get in the way of feeding children and families. (Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress could trigger what observers and a new report say is an explosion of red tape and bureaucracy for Indiana. Rules added to SNAP, formerly food stamps, could include much tighter income

Lower-income families often are faced with paying utility bills or buying food. (Juan Esteban Zapata)

INDIANAPOLIS – About a third of Hoosiers are often at risk of going hungry, but they aren't eligible for federal food assistance. According to the latest Map the Meal Gap report, 31 percent of state residents who are food insecure can't qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progr

Many babies die in Indiana because they're born pre-term or because of unsafe sleeping practices. (Carrie Cain)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's infant mortality rate is dismal, and advocates hope a new law signed by the governor will be a step towards lowering those numbers. Legislation guaranteeing consistent levels of care for all Hoosier mothers and infants goes into effect July 1. SB 360 creates a system

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