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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Public News Service - IN: Animal Welfare

Hoosiers are speaking up about confined feeding operation rules. (hecweb.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana's laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake

Animal shelters across the nation are participating in an adoption drive this weekend called Clear the Shelters. (Herb Carter)

MUNCIE, Ind. – Facebook is taking the Pokemon Go craze all the way to the bank, or in this case all the way to the animal shelter. Facebook has hired a production company to shoot a video to encourage Pokemon Go players to walk an adoptable dog, and the production company focused on the Munc

A new bill puts no limits on how much

INDIANAPOLIS - Senate Bill 109, the so-called "Canned Hunting" bill, was sent to Gov. Mike Pence last week. He can sign it or take no action, which allows it to go into law. It sets up new regulations for owners of fenced-in properties where people pay to hunt. The legislation removes the Departme

The smooth green snake is a tiny nonvenomous snake found in Indiana. It's getting extra attention from conservation groups in the Midwest because its habitat is threatened. (Chicago Wilderness)

INDIANAPOLIS – Twelve animal species that call the Midwest home are being championed by Chicago Wilderness, which is made up of more than 200 conservation groups in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Scientists, educators and ecologists spent months deciding which would be added to t

Of the 125,000 animals that end up in Indiana shelters, about 40 percent are euthanized. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is one of the few states without a mandatory spay and neuter law for cats and dogs, and those pushing legislation to make it happen say it would save thousands of animals from being euthanized every year. The Indiana House has approved House Bill 1201, which now heads to the

Four captive-hunting preserves in Indiana are operating under a court injunction. Credit: Eric Berthe/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – The killing of a beloved lion by an American hunter in Africa sparked global outrage this summer, and it's also bringing to light the issue of captive, or canned, hunting in Indiana and other states. In these hunts, shooters pay to kill animals trapped behind fences. In other

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast-food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – The company known for its Golden Arches is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated that nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than 1

PHOTO: Under Senate Bill 226, exhibitors and breeders of such animals as bears, wild cats and wolves would be required to obtain a state permit that includes annual inspections. Photo credit: J. Durham/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana lawmaker wants to rein in owners of dangerous animals in the state. Senate Bill 226, proposed by Senator Michael Crider (R-Greenfield), would require all owners of what are known as "Class Three" animals, such as bears or tigers, to abide by state regulations. Crider says c

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