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    PNS Weekend Update - Saturday October 3, 20150 

    Today’s rundown highlights several stories including: Americans aboard a missing cargo ship in Hurricane Joaquin’s path; new details in Thursday’s deadly shooting rampage at an Oregon college; and the effectiveness of talk therapy found to be overrated.

Public News Service - Michigan

The future of health insurance for the 600,000 Michiganders enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program is in the hands of the Obama administration. Courtesy: Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

LANSING, Mich. - They wait tables, build homes, care for loved ones and ring up purchases - and according to a new report, they make up the majority of enrollees in the Healthy Michigan program, the future of which currently is at stake. Contrary to the notion that the expanded Medicaid program is ...Read More

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The Michigan CARE Act is designed to keep caregivers informed and educated about their loved ones' needs. Credit: iStockphoto

LANSING, Mich. - More than 2 million Michiganders currently balance the demands of their own lives and jobs with caring for loved ones, and supporters of a bill making its way through the Legislature say it would help ease their burden while reducing costs all around. A Senate committee on Tuesday ...Read More

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As the state's fiscal year begins Thursday, a new report finds the budget lacking in programs to help lift families out of poverty. Credit: AcryllicArtist/morguefile

LANSING, Mich. – A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy is critical of the new state budget when it comes to helping break the poverty cycle that still plagues the state. The report acknowledges some positive elements, including an expansion of dental care for low-income chi...Read More

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Michiganders are listening as Pope Francis brings his message of social justice to the United States. Credit: Nico_Campo/iStockPhoto

LANSING, Mich. – With his humble ways and deep concern for social justice, some call Pope Francis “The Pope of the Poor," which Catholic leaders in Michigan say is a message the entire state needs to hear. Michael Diebold, director of communications of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, ...Read More

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Foster parents will be at the Michigan State Capitol today to share their experiences, and offer suggestions for improving the child welfare system with lawmakers. Credit: Rodney Campbell/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – It's welcome news for some of the state's most vulnerable residents, as advocates for foster children believe the political climate is favorable for making improvements to the child welfare system. Michele Corey, vice president with the independent policy organization Michiga...Read More

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The credit union member discount program, which will end Oct. 1, is credited with helping GM return to good health. Photo courtesy of GM.

LIVONIA, Mich. – It's been said that when the auto industry catches a cold, Michigan catches the flu. That's why, at the height of the financial crisis, credit unions quietly stepped in under their guiding philosophy of people helping people. David Adams, president and CEO of Michigan Cred...Read More

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The pesticide sulfoxaflor should not have been registered because it can kill bees and other pollinators, according to a federal court ruling. Credit: AcryllicArtist/

MIDLAND, Mich. - A pesticide that kills bees should not have been cleared for agricultural use by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Michigan-based Dow Chemical's sulfoxaflor was not thoroughly researched when it comes to impacts on bees. Michele...Read More

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With countless villages and cities in their native land destroyed, Michiganders of Syrian descent want to see a plan in place to protect civilians and rebuild the country. Courtesy: United for a Free Syria

FLINT, Mich. - A photo of a toddler who died trying to flee his war-torn home in Syria has sparked worldwide concern for refugees seeking safety in Europe. But members of Michigan's Syrian American community are urging the public and policymakers not to ignore the root of the crisis. Muna Jondy of ...Read More

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