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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - IN: Poverty Issues

More than 300,000 Indiana children live in households considered food insecure. (V. Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – While the number of people applying for federal nutrition assistance has dropped slightly in Indiana, more than 14 percent of Hoosiers are still living in poverty, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 950,000 are food insecure – meaning

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

The need for free and reduced-price meals during school years has grown, but the number of kids participating in summer nutrition programs has dropped. (Lorie Tuter)

INDIANAPOLIS — While summer is a time for enjoying family and friends or taking road trips, hunger doesn't take a vacation in Indiana. A new report by the Food Research and Action Center says millions of children who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches lose access to t

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

Simiyu House in Kenya was built by volunteers through Indiana University at Bloomington. (Eric Smith)

KOUTS, Ind. – A student teaching project through Indiana University has turned into a quest to keep children in school in Africa. Eric Smith is a Portage High School graduate, attended IU Bloomington and now is a middle school English teacher in Kouts, but spends most of his free time workin

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

One in six Indiana residents is considered food insecure, and the statistics are even higher for families with children. (US Dept. of Agriculture)

INDIANAPOLIS – While many of us attend holiday parties that center around food this time of the year, and maybe worry about eating too much – it can be easy to overlook the fact that people around us may not have enough to eat. One in six Hoosiers doesn't always know where their next me

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