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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.

2020Talks - October 20, 2020 

Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - IN: Consumer

54% of Hoosiers have health-insurance coverage through their employer. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS - COVID-19 has elevated the importance of quality health care, and Hoosiers with employer-sponsored insurance coverage are encouraged to carefully review their options for 2021. Now is the time of year that open enrollment for private health-insurance plans is offered for the upcoming

Indiana distributed nearly $144 million in SNAP benefits in July, more than twice the amount than in July 2019. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's hunger-fighting network is applauding congressional leaders for boosting food assistance in the latest COVID-19 relief proposal. The U.S. House approved an updated Heroes Act late yesterday, which includes a 15% benefit increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pr

A majority of returning college students stay continuously enrolled until they finish their degree. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS - The road to a college degree isn't always a direct path, and new research suggests adult students who are "giving it another go" are finding it worth the effort. A report from think-tank New America and the Graduate! Network examines so-called "comebackers " - returning college stud

Dust can absorb potentially harmful chemicals found in disinfectant cleaners. (Adobe Stock)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Some disinfecting cleaners being used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 actually could leave behind potentially dangerous chemicals. Scientists from Indiana University compared dust samples collected from residential homes in June 2020 with previous samples collected in 2018 an

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commissions is requiring utilities to offer six-month payment plans for customers who have fallen behind on their bills during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Unless the governor takes prompt action, some Hoosier households struggling in the pandemic could soon be faced with a utility disconnect notice. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said it will not extend the emergency moratorium on utility shutoffs, which ends today. Pres

A new online COVID-19 symptom checker tool may help patients decide on their next course of action.  (Wavebreak/iStockophoto)

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you're feeling ill, there's a new symptom tracker tool from UnitedHealthcare available online to help you figure out if you might have COVID-19. The free COVID symptom checker, available at, will be updated as CDC guidelines evolve. Dr. Ty Sullivan, chief medical officer

Consumer groups say a $500 thermometer is just one example of price gouging. (M. Kuhlman)

INDIANAPOLIS - As if protecting oneself from the new coronavirus isn't daunting enough, consumer watchdogs say Hoosiers also need to guard themselves against price gouging. Adam Garber, consumer watchdog with U.S. PIRG Education Fund, says their research found that after the World Health Organizat

Do you know what's in your home's drinking water? (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Next time you turn on the faucet for a drink of water, researchers suggest letting the water run for a bit before filling the glass. A year-long investigation found the water quality in homes can differ in each room and change between seasons. Researcher Andrew Whelton, an associ

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