PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - IN: Women's Issues

Many babies die in Indiana because they're born pre-term or because of unsafe sleeping practices. (Carrie Cain)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's infant mortality rate is dismal, and advocates hope a new law signed by the governor will be a step towards lowering those numbers. Legislation guaranteeing consistent levels of care for all Hoosier mothers and infants goes into effect July 1. SB 360 creates a system

Indiana has the nation's sixth highest wage gap between men and women. (

INDIANAPOLIS – The wage gap between men and women in Indiana has grown again, and that gap in the Hoosier State is now sixth highest in the nation. A report called "Wages, Wealth and Poverty" found the difference in pay in the Hoosier State is 26 percent. Erin Macey, policy analyst for the

Hoosier women make up less than a fifth of the Indiana state legislature. (

INDIANAPOLIS – Women historically are reluctant to run for political office in the Hoosier State, but there's a movement under way to change that. After the election of Donald Trump as president last November, a group formed called Women for Change Indiana, and now it has more than 15,000 me

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

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

Indiana's Supreme Court justices will hear the concerns and suggestions of Hoosiers about race and gender bias in a series of discussions open to the public. (

INDIANAPOLIS – Immigration issues, and accusations of race and gender bias, continue to be in the spotlight across the country. A series of forums to address those topics is being held around Indiana in the next few weeks, with the goal of gathering feedback for the state Supreme Court. Peopl

A controversial abortion measure will be before Indiana lawmakers within the next few days. (

INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial piece of legislation that would require doctors to inform women who want to have an early stage non-surgical abortion that the procedure may be "reversible" will likely end up in court, if approved by lawmakers. On a seven-to-six vote, the House Public Policy Co

Many women in Indiana go back to work early because they can't afford to stay home after a baby is born. (Sierra Neely)

INDIANAPOLIS – One in three Hoosiers struggles to afford the basic necessities, and those also are the workers least likely to have access to paid family and medical leave. A new report by the Indiana Institute for Working Families looks at what other states and countries are doing for workin

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