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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - IN: Social Justice

Indiana is one of five states without hate-crime laws in place. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The push to get hate-crime laws on the books in Indiana has been vigorously renewed because of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. A 32-year-old woman died when a car plowed into a crowd of people, and two state troopers were killed wh

The lesson learned in the water crisis in Flint, Mich., is that it could happen in Indiana, or anywhere. (cityofflint.com)

LEBANON, Ind. – One of the women who has played a leading role in bringing international visibility to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., brought her message to Indiana over the weekend. Melissa Mays, founder of the advocacy group Water You Fighting For, is traveling the country telli

Free blood testing is being offered to more than 1,000 people being moved out of a housing complex because of toxic soil around their homes. (epa.gov)

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – Clinics are being offered for East Chicago residents affected by contaminated soil from an old lead and smelting plant. More than 1,000 mostly low-income people have been told they'll have to move because of toxic levels of lead and arsenic in the soil around their homes

Two scholarships in Indiana have the goal of recruiting more minority students to become teachers. (Michael Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Two scholarship deadlines are approaching for minority students in Indiana who want to become teachers. The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship and Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities offer financial aid for minority students who meet academi

A federal judge has blocked a new Indiana law that would have banned some abortion procedures. (co.wichita.tx.us)

INDIANAPOLIS – Pro-choice advocates say they're ecstatic about Thursday's ruling blocking a new Indiana law that bans abortions based on fetus abnormalities. The law, HEA 1337, would have gone into effect today (Friday), but U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunct

Couples across the country are celebrating wedding anniversaries this month and next, one year after the Supreme Court decision that legalized their unions. (Jeremy Womack)

INDIANAPOLIS – There are a lot of first wedding anniversaries being celebrated in the next few weeks by couples who raced to the altar after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of that decision. Evan Wolfson, former p

Organizers of this year's Black Women's Expo express concern about the hostile tone of the presidential election so far and the effects it could have on African Americans. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – With all the attention on this year's presidential race, many people say its outcome could have a negative effect on particular communities. The topic will be front and center at this week's The Black Women's Expo in Chicago. Expo founder Merry Green calls herself an activis

Indiana's official language would become more gender neutral under a bill that's been approved by the House.

INDIANAPOLIS – Women elected to statewide office in Indiana get referred to as "he" in the laws that spell out their duties. Some female lawmakers are now seeking to change that. When State Auditor Suzanne Crouch took office in 2013 she noticed her job description read "he" or "his." She s

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