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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - IN: Disabilities

Some blind voters weren't able to vote in Indiana this year because they couldn't get an appointment with the traveling board of election officials due to the pandemic. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- A group of blind voters is suing to force the state of Indiana to make absentee balloting more accessible. Blind voters now have only two options in Indiana: They can vote in person, using voting machines that read their choices aloud as they are made; or they can ask a pair of bipa

Indiana ranked low in overall care for older adults. (Lorie Tuter)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has some improvements to make in the way seniors and adults with disabilities are taken care of, according to a new report. The latest Long-Term Services Supports State Scorecard gave the state a 51, while other nearby states fared better. Indiana scored low for affordability

Indiana lawmakers are being asked for more funding to protect the state's vulnerable elders, and to prompt more collaboration among agencies that work in this field. (Virginia Carter)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are being asked to provide more funding for Adult Protective Services, and there's an effort to get all the agencies involved to collaborate on how that money would be spent. A report by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the state's Pr

Election officials in Indiana are being encouraged to make sure polling places can accommodate people with disabilities before the November election. (in.gov)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 19 percent of America's population live with a disability, and this week the focus is making sure they get a chance to vote. It's National Disability Voter Registration Week. And Dawn Adams, executive director of Indiana Disability Rights, says her organization is tryin

The first study of flame retardants showing up in human nails resulted in positive results in every test subject, and women had higher concentrations. (Christine Marie Fletcher)

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Flame retardants save lives by preventing fires, especially in the home, but scientists at Indiana University say more study needs to be done on what kinds of damage they're doing to the environment, and possibly to humans. Researchers collected hair, toenails and fingernails f

Advocates for people with disabilities say their clients are being used as pawns in the fight against abortion. (Virginia Carter)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Legislation in Indiana would bar doctors from performing abortions for women who want them because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down Syndrome, or because of the race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the fetus. The legislation passed this session and is on th

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has launched a new MOMS Helpline to steer new mothers to the resources they need to keep their babies healthy. (Sierra Black)

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INDIANAPOLIS - There's a renewed effort in Indiana to prevent babies from dying before their first birthday. The state has one of the highest infant-mortality rates in the country, and has been near the top of that list for years. Now the Indiana State Department of Health's Maternal and Child Hea

Some homeless teens

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INDIANAPOLIS - Making varsity or finding a date for homecoming are the least of the problems faced by the more than 16,000 kids in Indiana without a place to call home. Data from the Indiana Department of Education shows homelessness among students in Indiana was 80 percent higher last school yea

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