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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - IN: Health Issues

Coal ash from the bottom of the Dan River near the site of Duke Energy's spill. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke Energy has a plan to dispose of millions of gallons of coal ash waste, but environmental groups are asking policy makers to reject it, saying it poses a health hazard. Indiana is requiring Duke to prepare closure plans for 20 coal ash lagoons, many of which are leaking an

Environmental groups say Indiana waterways polluted by runoff from factory farms are just one reason they're pushing for tougher regulations. (hec.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Environmental groups in Indiana have spent years filing lawsuits and sponsoring legislation against factory farms. Now, they're switching gears. The groups say their current focus is on educating community members about the health risks associated with confined animal feeding proce

In the U.S., 30 million children rely on Medicaid. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort is under way to convince lawmakers to become champions for children's health. President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but advocates are crying foul because they say it will hurt the most vulnerable Americans. Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star

Hydration is the key to avoiding heat-related illness, especially in humid climates. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Right around the 4th of July holiday is one of the most popular times for vacations, when many families pack up and head to places around bodies of water, and where it's especially hot. Anyone can fall victim to a heat-related illness, especially those who aren't used to extre

One in four hospitals in Indiana is run by the Catholic Church. (Virginia Carter)

GARY, Ind. — A proposed takeover of Gary, Indiana's only hospital by a Catholic organization is raising some eyebrows. A merger would mean Gary's Methodist Hospital would be managed by Franciscan Health, which is run by the Roman Catholic Church. Hospital management have said they will follo

One in 30 baby boomers in the U.S. has Hepatitis C, which becomes a chronic condition when undiagnosed or untreated. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – One in 30 baby boomers has Hepatitis C – and most don't even know it. It's a chronic viral infection that affects about 3.5 million people, and is 10 times more infectious than HIV. Bob Rice, a former Hepatitis C patient, was diagnosed in 1992, and after several treatm

Indiana has seen historic low rates of teen pregnancy, but critics of the revised American Health Care Act say cutting Planned Parenthood funding could change that. (Amberlynn Banks)

INDIANAPOLIS – Patients and health-care advocates say they're fighting back against two Indiana lawmakers who voted to block access to care at Planned Parenthood. Both voted in favor of the revised American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Rallies are bei

Water quality testing for the more than 4,000 public water systems in Indiana has dropped with years of budget cuts. (cityoffortwayne.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A spill at a U.S. Steel plant last week that sent wastewater containing potentially toxic chemicals into a tributary of Lake Michigan in Northern Indiana is the latest example of why constant water quality testing is important, according to Tim Maloney, senior policy director fo

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