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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - IN: Consumer

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

Roughly $68 out of $100 spent at a local business stays in the local economy. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS – Once the Black Friday dust settles, Indiana shoppers are encouraged to show some love for their nearby mom-and-pop stores. This Saturday is the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, highlighting the power of shopping at locally owned stores – and in Indiana, 99% of all bu

More than 650 colleges in the United States report having a food pantry for students facing hunger. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS – Anecdotes about starving college students are actually no laughing matter, as research reveals hunger on campus is not uncommon. In a national survey released early this year, 45% of student respondents said they had experienced food insecurity. Ty Davis is assistant dean of

Researchers say trade frictions will contribute to slower economic growth for 2020. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS – New research predicts both the Indiana and U.S. economies will continue to grow in 2020. The Indiana University Kelley School of Business presented its annual Business Outlook forecast in Indianapolis yesterday, which expects the national economy to expand at a rate of about 2

Indiana has an estimated $7 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. (Pexels/Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Water is an essential part of life, and an observance Wednesday reminds folks about the importance of protecting one of our most valuable resources. Water utilities, city leaders, civil engineers, and environmental groups are among those promoting "Imagine a Day Without Water"

The birth of a child or surgery could increase the total cost of a health-care plan and not just the monthly premium. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS — Fall is an important time for the millions of Hoosiers with health insurance. Not only does the Medicare Annual Enrollment period start Tuesday, but many employers are setting aside a two-week period for workers to choose their health-care coverage for 2020. Vice President of

Much of the food bought by the United States government from farmers to reduce the impact of trade disputes ends up going to food banks. (Greg Vojtko/U.S. Navy/Wikipedia)

INDIANAPOLIS – International trade fights are having an unexpected upside for Indiana programs that focus on feeding the hungry. To make up in part for the lost overseas markets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying much more food from producers, and that food ends up at food banks a

The abundance at a well-stocked grocery store is only an ideal for some parts of Indiana. (ElasticComputeFarm/Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Congress is considering steps to bring healthy groceries to food deserts in Indiana and across the country. Grocery stores work on a notoriously thin margin. And as Kate Howe, managing director of the Indy Hunger Network, points out, when some grocers close, the folks in impov

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