PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 

West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - IN: Poverty

INDIANAPOLIS - "Customer choice" may sound like a good thing, but according to some experts, Hoosiers need to be aware of the risks of deregulation. Efforts are underway to develop a new energy plan, and one idea being tossed around is the "customer choice" option, where retail customers choose thei

PHOTO:With winter approaching and consumers across Indiana turning up their furnaces, experts say itís a good time to consider how your home can be more energy efficient.

INDIANAPOLIS - Snow, sleet, and ice have many Hoosiers turning up their thermostats, and those natural gas and electric bills can be expensive. According to Anthony Swinger, director of external affairs at the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, a home energy audit can help residents red

PHOTO: It's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and students in Indiana are among those learning more about ways to advocate for and help those in need. Photo courtesy of ardelfin.

INDIANAPOLIS – Students in Indiana are among those nationwide who are bringing awareness to pressing social issues as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. An estimated 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, including many who seek shelter or have a difficult time finding

Photo: Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess says an Infant Mortality Summit will help to focus efforts on reducing unnecessary infant deaths around the state. Photo courtesy ISDH.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, according to the latest statistics. Indiana ranks 45th out of 50 states – with more than seven deaths per every 1,000 babies born. State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess said an Infant Mortality

INDIANAPOLIS - Cutting enrollment is the way most of Indiana's Head Start programs are dealing with the nearly 5.3 percent in cuts to funding resulting from the federal sequester. According to Cheryl Miller, executive director of the Indiana Head Start Association, that means hundreds of Hoosier y

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Gov. Pence is against expanding Medicaid to help cover some 400,000 uninsured Hoosiers. He is banking on federal government approval of the expansion of the already existing Healthy Indiana Plan, known as HIP. Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), chair of the Public Health Committee, h

Photo: Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush has been appointed by the high court to the proposed Commission on the Status of Children.  Courtesy Indiana Supreme Court.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indiana's newest Supreme Court Justice, Loretta Rush, has a long history on the bench in Tippecanoe County of taking action to make the lives of Hoosier kids better. In the 1980s and 1990s when she would get a "Child In Need of Services" case, it was because of a filthy house, R

Photo: woman answers questionnaire.  Photo credit: AARP Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - More than 11,000 surveyed Hoosier seniors want their political candidates to leave Social Security and Medicare pretty much intact. June Lyle, director of AARP Indiana, says the organization has been talking with seniors across the state since March, and AARP is presenting their

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