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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - IN: Poverty Issues

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

Women learn to build homes for the needy through the Women Build program in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – A group of women from Indiana is returning home from a week in Canada on Prince Edward Island where they built homes from the ground up. It's part of Habitat for Humanity's Global Village project. Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of the Women Build program, says volu

Nine Indiana counties are participating in a pilot program to reduce or eliminate bail for people who aren't considered a flight or safety risk. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – While advocates are calling for reforms in the criminal justice system across the nation, Indiana is taking some steps in that direction. The Indiana Supreme Court recently approved reforms to the state's bail system, including the prompt release of those arrested that don't

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