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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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Public News Service - IN: Consumer Issues

Environmental groups say Indiana waterways polluted by runoff from factory farms are just one reason they're pushing for tougher regulations. (hec.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Environmental groups in Indiana have spent years filing lawsuits and sponsoring legislation against factory farms. Now, they're switching gears. The groups say their current focus is on educating community members about the health risks associated with confined animal feeding proce

A clearcut in Pike State Forest in southwestern Indiana. (Greg Clarke)

INDIANAPOLIS – States that neighbor Indiana are protecting their old forests, and conservation advocates want to know why the Hoosier State isn't doing the same. Michigan has designated more than 116,000 acres of state forests off limits to logging. In 1972, Ohio set aside nearly 8,000 acres

In the U.S., 30 million children rely on Medicaid. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort is under way to convince lawmakers to become champions for children's health. President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but advocates are crying foul because they say it will hurt the most vulnerable Americans. Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star

The Veterans Administration recently backed off of a plan to cut down ancient trees in Indiana to make way for a memorial. (Virginia Carter)

NASHVILLE, Ind. – An effort is under way to designate an old-growth forest in every county in the United States that has forestland. The Old-Growth Forest Network is spearheading the effort, and the group’s executive director, Joan Maloof, will speak on the topic in Indiana next month.

Indiana has seen historic low rates of teen pregnancy, but critics of the revised American Health Care Act say cutting Planned Parenthood funding could change that. (Amberlynn Banks)

INDIANAPOLIS – Patients and health-care advocates say they're fighting back against two Indiana lawmakers who voted to block access to care at Planned Parenthood. Both voted in favor of the revised American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Rallies are bei

Water quality testing for the more than 4,000 public water systems in Indiana has dropped with years of budget cuts. (cityoffortwayne.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A spill at a U.S. Steel plant last week that sent wastewater containing potentially toxic chemicals into a tributary of Lake Michigan in Northern Indiana is the latest example of why constant water quality testing is important, according to Tim Maloney, senior policy director fo

There's a racial disparity in Indiana when it comes to who owns homes. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Since 2004, home ownership has been on the decline for African-Americans in Indiana and across the country. Several groups have teamed up to try to reverse that trend, including the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. That grou

Legislation that would phase out net metering in Indiana could come up for a committee vote this week. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers are getting an earful about legislation that would phase out the financial incentives given to homeowners, businesses, schools and churches that install solar panels. Senate Bill 309 would overhaul the practice of net metering, which allows those with solar pan

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