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Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - IN: Community Issues and Volunteering

Indiana ranked last among states in voter turnout in 2014. Credit: jdurham/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's November election is fast approaching, as is the voting registration deadline of Oct. 5. Erin Kelley, co-president, League of Women Voters of Indiana, says voter registration is crucial to civic engagement. But she explains Indiana's voter turnout is notoriously poor, rank

Every dollar donated buys nine meals at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Courtesy: Food Bank of Northern Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Imagine not knowing where your next meal will come from. Getting enough food to eat is a daily battle for one in six Hoosiers, including more than 340,000 children. Today is Hunger Action Day, and hunger-relief groups in Indiana are shining a light on the problem of food ins

Indiana family caregivers can gather, share, learn and laugh at a new event. Credit: The Arches/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS – A little laughter can go a long way, and family caregivers in Indiana have a new opportunity to ease the stress of their demanding lives. AARP Indiana is hosting a first-of-its-kind gathering where family caregivers can share, learn and yuck it up together. There are nearly

Indiana's new Farm to Food Banks program allows growers to sell extra produce to food banks. Credit: JZ Lomeck/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort to get more fresh produce on the tables of struggling Hoosiers is coming to fruition. The Farms to Food Banks program is kicking off this summer. It allows food banks to purchase surplus or number-two grade produce at below market rates from local growers. Bob Whit

Indiana ranks 32nd nationally for child well-being in the 2015 KIDS COUNT data book. Credit: Seema Krishnaukumar/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS – A new national snapshot of child well-being finds Indiana continuing to struggle with high rates of child poverty. According to the Anne E. Casey Foundation's 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, one in five children in the Hoosier State lives in poverty, and 12 percent live in 'high pov

PHOTO: This summer an Indiana General Assembly interim study committee will examine policies regarding smoking bans, and other tobacco-related matters impacting Hoosiers' health. Photo credit: Pedro J. Perez/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's public smoking ban has been on the books for three years, and this summer legislators will explore the law's benefits to determine whether it can be expanded. When the law was passed, it exempted certain bars, taverns, private clubs and casinos. Brianna Herndon, India

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at

PHOTO: Court Appointed Special Advocates in Indiana advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children whose families are involved with the child welfare system. Photo credit: Stephan Hochhaus.

INDIANAPOLIS - Special volunteers in Indiana are helping to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. The Indiana Supreme Court's state director and court-appointed special advocate Leslie Dunn says there are thousands in the child welfare system who go to court alone with no

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