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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - IN: Consumer Issues

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

Hoosiers are speaking up about confined feeding operation rules. (hecweb.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana's laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake

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

Experts suggest finding a nice balance when it comes to giving children what they want for the holidays. (V. Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Retail Federation says American consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the 2016 holiday shopping season this year, and a big chunk of that will be on children. The Indiana Youth Institute has a warning: Going overboard can have long-term consequences

The lesson learned in the water crisis in Flint, Mich., is that it could happen in Indiana, or anywhere. (cityofflint.com)

LEBANON, Ind. – One of the women who has played a leading role in bringing international visibility to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., brought her message to Indiana over the weekend. Melissa Mays, founder of the advocacy group Water You Fighting For, is traveling the country telli

Two scholarships in Indiana have the goal of recruiting more minority students to become teachers. (Michael Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Two scholarship deadlines are approaching for minority students in Indiana who want to become teachers. The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship and Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities offer financial aid for minority students who meet academi

AARP Indiana says legislation by a lawmaker from Indiana helps older Americans across the country. (toddyoung.house.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – A lawmaker from Indiana is being honored for authoring a bill that benefits older Americans and their families. U.S. Rep. Todd Young of Bloomington helped to sponsor the bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama, that requires hospitals to inform patients and their famil

Research says making it easier for workers to get by isn't the only reason to increase wages. It would also work to fight crime. (The All-Nite Images/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – Over the weekend, workers calling for a $15 hourly minimum wage held a national march and rally in Virginia – and research is showing a higher wage could have benefits that reach far beyond families' monthly budgets. The idea that increasing the minimum wage can reduce c

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