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PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2017 


Hurricane Maria now a category five; another GOP attempt to end Obamacare; and the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly met with protests. Details on those stories and more.

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Public News Service - IN: Family/Father Issues

On Labor Day, union membes and low-wage workers in Indiana and across the country rallied for a better deal. (SEIU)

INDIANAPOLIS – The nation just celebrated working people in America on Labor Day, but advocacy groups say workers themselves aren't appreciated nearly enough in Indiana. Many in the state make only minimum wage, which is the same as the federal rate of $7.25 an hour - and often, these worker

A majority of those receiving SNAP benefits in Indiana are seniors and children. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates are hoping to convince lawmakers that there's a real need for food-assistance programs in this country. President Trump's budget proposal would shift a huge chunk of the cost of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) to the states, and for the first

This summer, a study will get under way on the potential effects of a paid family leave policy for Indiana. (Kimberlyn Thresher)

INDIANAPOLIS - Advocates for Indiana's working families say this legislative year was both good and bad. Lawmakers approved a plan to expand a pre-kindergarten program and raised the asset limit for people receiving SNAP benefits. Gov. Eric Holcomb also announced Tuesday that, although he's signing

Indiana's food banks provide meals to more than 1 million people each year. (feedingindianashungry.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering several bills this legislative session dealing with hunger issues in Indiana. Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on SB 9, which would remove a lifetime SNAP benefit ban on anyone who's been convicted on felony drug charges. Emily Weikert Brya

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

Experts suggest finding a nice balance when it comes to giving children what they want for the holidays. (V. Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Retail Federation says American consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the 2016 holiday shopping season this year, and a big chunk of that will be on children. The Indiana Youth Institute has a warning: Going overboard can have long-term consequences

Research shows victims of human trafficking don't always look the way Hollywood portrays them, which makes it harder to spot this crime or its perpetrators. (Michael Carter)<br /><br /><br /><br />

INDIANAPOLIS – As its first year draws to an end, the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program is crunching numbers to determine what needs more focus in 2017. Robin Donaldson, CEO of the Indiana Youth Services Association, says her organization worked with 168 young people who have bee

Singer and songwriter Jimmy Wayne, on stage in Indianapolis, spreads the message about the thousands of children in foster care, and what others can do to help them. (Jimmy Wayne)

INDIANAPOLIS – Country singer Jimmy Wayne has a message he's sharing across the country – thousands of children need help, and he was one of them. Wayne was a keynote speaker at the Because Kids Count conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday, and wants to recruit more foster parents.

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