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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - IN: Poverty Issues

Last January, the official point-in-time count of homeless people totaled about 5,500 in Indiana (V. Carter)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Cold weather continues to grip much of the Midwest, and thousands of people don't have a warm place to stay on a regular basis. The federal government does an annual homeless count each year, and on one night in 2017, it found about 5,500 people on the streets in Indiana.

One in 10 Hoosier kids reportedly lives with someone who's dealing with substance abuse. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book for Indiana is out, and it shows the state has made some strides, but the Indiana Youth Institute says there's still a big problem that needs to be addressed. The group's president, Tami Silverman, says the impact the opioid epidemic is having o

The federal budget plan would reduce money to the main food-assistance program in the country. (usda.gov)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Many of us ate too much, spent more than we should have and ended up with gifts we don't even need this holiday season. But there are also many Hoosiers who struggle every day, including through the holidays. Food bank workers say, while donations go up at this time of the

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

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

Many Hoosiers still haven't recovered from the stall in the economy a few years ago. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition representing 25 different groups in Indiana is speaking out against a congressional tax plan that could be approved this week. The Indiana Coalition for Human Services says the plan being considered by the U.S. Senate would likely force deep cuts to programs that e

Hoosiers aren't always able to get meat when they visit local food pantries. (feedingindianashungry.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – There is a way for Hoosiers who love the outdoors to help those who don't have enough to eat during the holidays. Hunters often spend sunrise to sunset stalking deer for sport and for food, and many end up with more than they need. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Increases in utility bills hit many of Indiana's older folks hard because they're on a fixed income. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Advocacy groups in Indiana are asking state regulators to reject a rate-hike request by Indiana Michigan Power, and they want a low-income assistance program set up to help Hoosiers who are struggling to make ends meet. I&M has requested an increase in the monthly fixed charge

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

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