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Here's what we're covering.....Another Republican has come out against President Trump's healthcare bill, advocates across the country are speaking out about the new GOP plan for healthcare, and actor Johnny Depp is apologizing for joking around the President Donald Trump should be assassinated

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Public News Service - IN: Housing/Homelessness

Women learn to build homes for the needy through the Women Build program in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – A group of women from Indiana is returning home from a week in Canada on Prince Edward Island where they built homes from the ground up. It's part of Habitat for Humanity's Global Village project. Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of the Women Build program, says volu

Children's advocates hope more families will take in the growing number of kids in foster care in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Advocates for foster children say now is the time for people who may be considering becoming foster parents to step up - in Indiana, good homes for these kids are desperately needed. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) cites a big jump in the number of kids being removed

An Indiana family of four would have to have both parents working 64 hours a week to be considered self-sufficient if they were paid minimum wage. (Sierra Black)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. If you do the math, that's $290 a week, or roughly $15,000 a year. Jessica Fraser, program manager at the Indiana Institute of Working Families, says even if two parents work full-time at that wage, it still isn't enough income to meet basic

Thousands of Hoosiers aren't getting enough to eat because they can't qualify for SNAP benefits.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers are tackling a couple of bills this short legislative session that have to do with the access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry, says there are thousands of Hoosiers without enou

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

Some homeless teens

INDIANAPOLIS - Making varsity or finding a date for homecoming are the least of the problems faced by the more than 16,000 kids in Indiana without a place to call home. Data from the Indiana Department of Education shows homelessness among students in Indiana was 80 percent higher last school yea

PHOTO: A new report finds LGBT women in Indiana and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: Marius Boatca/Flickr.<br />

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, th

PHOTO: Indiana has the country’s second-highest rate of incarcerated parents, and there are efforts under way to better support these children and families and break the cycle of incarceration. Photo credit: larryfarr/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Prison bars separate nearly 1,900 Indiana kids and their parents. Experts say it's a situation that can leave a lifelong imprint on a child. Rachel Halleck, director of behavioral services with Volunteers of America, Indianapolis, says the challenges these children face often stem f

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