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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Michigan

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says the company behind the "Golden Arches" has a golden opportunity to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. Photo credit: MickyC/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - The company known for its "Golden Arches" is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated that nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more th...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Rick Snyderís plans to combine the departments of Community Health and Human Services  are raising concerns about what it will mean for agencies, workers and the delivery of services at the local level. Photo courtesy of Gov. Snyder's office.

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder is expected soon to sign an executive order that will create the state's largest agency. Officials say the merger of the departments of Community Health and Human Services will save costs and better meet the needs of an underserved population. Maxine Thome, executi...Read More

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PHOTO: A new coalition including the National Organization for Women, American Civil Liberties Union, and League of Women Voters hopes to change the tone of women's issues at the state capitol. Photo credit: Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to the health, safety and economic security of women in Michigan, a new coalition says it's time for a change in direction. The new nonpartisan group is called MI Lead, and is made up of civil rights, health, labor and advocacy organizations from across the state. MI ...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan's growing solar industry is one analysts say will benefit from a recent $48 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners to help states meet new carbon emission targets and transition to cleaner energy sources. Photo credit: Jusben/

LANSING, Mich. - Every state is different, and every state's response to the nation's energy problems will be different. That's why one group is investing in state-based clean-energy solutions to the tune of $48 million. The Clean Energy Initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners was la...Read More

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PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat...Read More

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PHOTO: Independent spenders poured money into the last Michigan governor's race at unprecedented levels, which one analyst says can be attributed to the 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC ruling. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

LANSING, Mich. - We're now five years and several elections into the new era of campaign spending ushered in by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The ruling tossed out limits on how much wealthy interests can contribute to political campaigns, a...Read More

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PHOTO: Even in winter, Michiganders are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors with children with disabilities, as experts say there are benefits for the entire family. Photo credit: jkr/

LANSING, Mich. – In Michigan and across the nation, the get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator is asking families to think about the power of nature, even as they're busy dealing with the schedules of a child with a d...Read More

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PHOTO: People come from around the country to enjoy Michigan's Au Sable River, which is why one group wants the federal government to study the potential risks of a 60-year-old oil pipeline that runs beneath it. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

LANSING, Mich. - How do you know it's safe if you've never studied it? That's the question environmental advocates want answered in response to the government's decision to allow oil to flow through an old pipeline under some of the state's most pristine areas. The Enbridge Energy pipeline runs acr...Read More

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