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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass the so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 15, 2021 


With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - IN: Civic Engagement

Indiana's 100 State House districts were heavily Republican in the 2016 presidential election. (MGG Redistricting Lab)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Troubled by the lack of redistricting reform at the Statehouse, voting-rights advocates in Indiana are taking matters into their own hands. Julia Vaughn, policy director at Common Cause Indiana, contends a broad swath of the state is unrepresented due to unfairly drawn legislative d

Indiana attorneys are hearing more about landlord-tenant law and bankruptcy legal issues due to the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages of equality and justice, Indiana's legal community is offering free counsel today to those in need. The Indiana Bar Association has hosted its "Talk to a Lawyer Today" program for nearly 20 years as an annual tribute to Dr. King. At

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

Some experts say not only will election results not be available right away, they might also be disputed, which could further delay decisions in close races. (Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- By this time tomorrow, it's very unlikely Hoosiers will know who has won the White House. Historically high numbers of absentee ballots as a result of the pandemic mean ensuring all votes are properly tallied will take longer than usual. And there also are concerns that the election

A lawsuit contends the pandemic will make it more difficult for Indiana voters to comply with a noon Election Day receipt deadline for mail-in ballots. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Election Day ballot deadline is being challenged in federal court. A lawsuit filed by the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP and Common Cause Indiana seeks to block enforcement of the state's mail-in ballot return deadline, which is noon on Election Day. Julia Vaughn,

Fewer polling locations are open for Indiana's primary because of a lack of poll workers. (kgroovy)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's Primary Election Day is here, and election officials are stressing that voter safety is first and foremost. The election was delayed by four weeks because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Polls will be open to allow in-person voting, and all poll workers w

You might not be able to hug your neighbor, but you can still hug a tree. Studies suggest that people's access to trees helps reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure.  (Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Arbor Day looks a little different in Indiana this year - however, advocates of the annual event say the spirit of the day is still strong. Indiana has recognized Arbor Day since 1884, and typically schools and community groups host large tree-planting events. While those types o

In Indiana, possession of one ounce of marijuana or less carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. (Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Some Indiana lawmakers are continuing their push to relax the state's marijuana laws. At a news conference yesterday, Senate Democratic Chair Karen Tallian of Ogden Dunes promoted Senate Bill 114, which would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana - an amount t

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