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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - IN: Housing/Homelessness

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commissions is requiring utilities to offer six-month payment plans for customers who have fallen behind on their bills during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Unless the governor takes prompt action, some Hoosier households struggling in the pandemic could soon be faced with a utility disconnect notice. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said it will not extend the emergency moratorium on utility shutoffs, which ends today. Pres

About 108,000 Hoosiers receive help with heating bills through the Energy Assistance Program. (Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Winter weather is already here and Hoosiers who struggle to pay their heating bills need to take action now to ensure they aren't left in the cold this winter. The state's disconnect moratorium for electric and natural gas utilities starts starts December 1. However, it is onl

Eviction can not only create housing instability, it can also make it more difficult to apply for credit down the road. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS — A new analysis of eviction rates in Indiana's largest county provides insight into how the problem might be better addressed across the state. The data from the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's Center for Research and Social Policy reveals that Marion County accoun

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

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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.

Women learn to build homes for the needy through the Women Build program in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

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INDIANAPOLIS – A group of women from Indiana is returning home from a week in Canada on Prince Edward Island where they built homes from the ground up. It's part of Habitat for Humanity's Global Village project. Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of the Women Build program, says volu

Children's advocates hope more families will take in the growing number of kids in foster care in Indiana. (Virginia Carter)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Advocates for foster children say now is the time for people who may be considering becoming foster parents to step up - in Indiana, good homes for these kids are desperately needed. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) cites a big jump in the number of kids being removed

An Indiana family of four would have to have both parents working 64 hours a week to be considered self-sufficient if they were paid minimum wage. (Sierra Black)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. If you do the math, that's $290 a week, or roughly $15,000 a year. Jessica Fraser, program manager at the Indiana Institute of Working Families, says even if two parents work full-time at that wage, it still isn't enough income to meet basic

Thousands of Hoosiers aren't getting enough to eat because they can't qualify for SNAP benefits.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers are tackling a couple of bills this short legislative session that have to do with the access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry, says there are thousands of Hoosiers without enou

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