PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 

President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - IN: Poverty Issues

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


PORTAGE, Ind. - A Portage woman couldn't be more grateful for the Weatherization Assistance program that helps keep her home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The 2009 Little Calumet River flood destroyed the insulation in the crawl space of Cindy Markley's home. "The insulation that's

INDIANAPOLIS - There's been a surge in the use of kinship care in Indiana; that's the term when relatives or family friends are raising a child, rather than the child's parents. 59,000 children in Indiana are such care, according to the new Annie E. Casey Foundation report called "Stepping Up For

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