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    PNS Daily News - February 26, 20150 

    No turning back on net neutrality, the FCC takes a big vote today; also on our nationwide rundown; updates on child poverty, voting rights, and a look at whether the American Kennel Club is fighting against puppy mill laws.

Public News Service - Michigan

PHOTO: The picture of child poverty in Michigan and across the nation isn't accurately reflected with the current government measuring tool, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: gracey/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Most people agree children should not grow up in poverty. How to measure what constitutes poverty, and how to best tackle it, is the subject of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The current official measure of poverty dates back to 1960 and doesn't take into account...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: The IRS is warning Michiganders of tax-related scammers who attempt to obtain personal information. Any incident of identity theft should be reported to the IRS. Photo credit: Internal Revenue Service.

LANSING, Mich. - Tax season is under way, with Forms 1099 and W-2 already in mailboxes and the Internal Revenue Service has also issued its annual list of the most common tax-related scams, called the dirty dozen. At the top of the list is identity theft, followed by potential tax swindles pitched...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Childhood is less fun and games and more of a struggle for nearly one-quarter of the state's kids, who are growing up in impoverished households, according to the 2015 Kids Count in Michigan report. Photo credit: gleangenie/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – Nearly one-in-four Michigan children is growing up in poverty, an increase of 35 percent over the past six years, according to the latest Kids Count in Michigan report. The 2015 report finds that the economic recovery is not reaching the state's youngest and most vulnerable r...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: The subprime auto-financing market has seen strong growth over the last several years, but a new report finds the trend is a growing risk to the economy. Photo credit: Pippalou/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Trends have been noted in auto lending that look an awful lot like the mortgage market prior to the meltdown that resulted in the recession. Those trends are featured in a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending, which focuses on the growth of subprime lending, or loans ...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: A simple test that is now required for all newborns in the state places sensors on a baby's skin in order to measure oxygen levels, and can detect serious and even fatal heart defects. Photo credit: ameestauffer/morguefile

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Failing a test has turned out to be a lifesaver for some Michigan babies, whose doctors were able to detect heart defects thanks to new state-required screenings. The test, which takes just two minutes and costs less than $10, is called pulse oximetry screening, and checks the ox...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal would improve access to dental care to nearly one million low-income adults and children in the state. Photo credit: cohdra/morguefile

LANSING, Mich. - Thousands of Michiganders will have something to smile about if Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal, which takes steps to improve access to dental care, passes through the Legislature. Snyder wants to expand the state's Healthy Kids Dental program to the three most populous counties...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Portable breakfast options, or "Grab and Go" meals, are helping Michigan schools ensure that more kids from high poverty areas start the day with something in their stomachs. Photo credit: gracey/morguefile

LANSING, Mich. - It's the most important meal of the day, and a new report finds that more Michigan children in high-poverty areas are starting the school day with a healthy breakfast. According to the Food Research and Action Center, nearly 330,000 kids across the state took part in the federal Sc...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Michiganders needing to obtain or renew health insurance for plans offered under the Affordable Care Act must do so by this Sunday or risk paying a penalty. Image courtesy of

LANSING, Mich. – With just days to go in the open enrollment period, a record number of Michiganders have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the latest data from the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 300,000 Michigan residents have ...Read More

Public News Service - MI

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