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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: Consumer Issues

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

Advocates say if Hoosiers have to pay more to smoke, they're more likely to quit. (acsan.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers in Indiana are being asked to bump up the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack this legislative session. House Bill 1380 is authored by Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary, who says the idea is to make smokers feel, in their wallets, the urgency of quitting a very unhealthy habit.

Plastic waste is broken down by currents and sunlight and is often ingested by wildlife. (usgs.gov)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Clean-water advocates say they’re are hoping 2018 will be a year of better water quality in the Great Lakes and oceans. Carolyn Box, science program director at 5 Gyres, warns that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the water than fish, with 95 percen

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

About 48,000 Hoosiers are employed in the clean-energy sector. (energy.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana came in pretty low this year on a state scorecard for energy efficiency, and advocates of improving that ranking say consumers are missing out on savings. They contend the Hoosier State is using outdated building compliance codes, and that modernizing them will help th

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

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