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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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The latest report by the Indiana Youth Institute says kids are still smoking and drinking too much, but the teen birth rate continues to decline. (inatashko/morguefile)

INDIANAPOLIS - More children in Indiana live with adults who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues than their peers nationally. That's one finding of the 2016 Kids Count report, compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute. It shows more than 13 percent of Indiana's children have l

Efforts last year by the Indiana Higher Education Commission increased the number of students applying for financial aid by five percent (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Thousands of students miss out on the chance to go to college every year because they don't file for financial aid in time, so this year there's a big push to get them to meet the March 10 deadline for FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Kaylee Showers,

It's estimated one in five Indiana kids has been contacted by a predator on social media, and many of them have no idea it's happened. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - Social media is here to stay and, while there are many positive aspects of being online, there are also some dangers especially for children. In Indiana, it's estimated that one in five children has been contacted online by a sexual predator. Those statistics come from the Morgan Cou

More than one-third of Indiana's counties are now participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which gives judges more choice in sentencing young people. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David calls the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative the "greatest reform" he's ever seen and now, one-third of Indiana's counties are participating. The Annie E. Casey Foundation model is based on the assumption that sometimes, a young per

The Freedom to Marry campaign is closing up shop in the U.S., but organizers say they'll now focus on ensuring equal treatment for all. (Derek Paulson)

INDIANAPOLIS - The goal of the campaign known as "Freedom to Marry" was simple: to allow a couple to legally dedicate their lives to each other regardless of their sexual persuasion. The group's founder, Evan Wolfson, says he's been campaigning for it for more than three decades. He says today, al

The average Earned Income Tax Credit refund in 2014 was $2,400, but one in five tax filers aren't aware they're eligible for it. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Not many want to be reminded, but tax day is coming. Those who are getting money back from Uncle Sam this year probably already are getting their papers in order to file so they can get their refunds as early as possible. If you run into trouble, help is available. Lucinda Nord, vice

Indiana families need to make a lot more money in order to make ends meet without government help (kamuelaboy/morguefile)

INDIANAPOLIS - The amount of money it takes to survive keeps going up in Indiana, but wages aren't. The 2016 Self Sufficiency report is out and its author, Dr. Diana Pearce, director of the Center for Women's Welfare at the University of Washington, says the difference between what someone needs to

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

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