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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Michigan

PHOTO: Members of the cast of Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit and their families recently spent a day volunteering at Cass Community Social Services, the show's designated charity. Photo courtesy Angela Youngblood.

DETROIT - Flowers are nice and brunch is lovely, but how about giving mom a chance to be heard this Mother's Day? That's the goal of "Listen To Your Mother," a live stage storytelling show which will be held in two Michigan cities this year. The Metro Detroit show will feature 13 local readers shar...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: A controversial package of bills that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to serve those who violate there religious beliefs is headed to the state Senate for a vote. Photo credit: acrylicartist/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - As 3,000 Michigan children sit waiting for adoptive families, legislation which would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to serve those that violate their religious beliefs, such as same-sex or unmarried couples, has advanced in Lansing. Randy Block, director with the M...Read More

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PHOTO: Conservation groups say the "Pure Michigan" way of life is at risk, giving Congress a failing grade for its lack of effort to protect the environment in the first 100 days of the session. Photo credit: ktweather2003/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - On this Earth Day, environmental groups are giving Congress a failing grade for not taking sufficient steps to protect and preserve the planet for future generations - and even trying to roll back some protections. Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, sai...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan is one of the only states in the nation to have a female director of its police agency, and is currently seeking more women to join the ranks of the MSP. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

TROY, Mich. - They've found "a few good women," as the saying goes – and Michigan State Police (MSP) say they're looking for even more as they continue to work to increase the number of women and people of color in their ranks. Trooper Marjorie Richardson has been with the MSP for 26 years, a...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Experts say the H3N2 strain of canine influenza is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in situations where animals are in close contact with each other. Photo credit: puravida/morguefile.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fears of the flu for Fido are running high with many Michigan dog owners, thanks to a rare strain of canine influenza that has sickened an estimated 1,100 dogs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Thomas Mullaney, acting director of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal ...Read More

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PHOTO: Financial Reality Fairs, such as this one that took place in Springport, give teens the chance to get their feet wet when it comes to budgeting and living within their means. Photo courtesy Beth Troost/MCUL.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not taught in very many schools, but knowing how to live within one's means is a critical life skill. That's why credit unions are giving Michigan teens a dose of financial reality this month. By giving teenagers a chance to simulate having a full-time job and paying bills, sa...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Women are not worth less. That's the message supporters of equal pay legislation will once again bring to the Michigan Capitol today, wearing red to symbolize the fight to get women's salaries out of the red. Photo courtesy of Michigan Equal Pay Coalition.

LANSING, Mich. - It will be a sea of red Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol, as organizations from across the state rally together and wear scarlet to denote the fight to get women's wages "out of the red." Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men e...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Many groups are unhappy with the Obama administration pushing for fast-track authority for multinational trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give Congress the ability to put it to an up-or-down vote with very limited debate. Photo credit: chelle.morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - A growing coalition of American food and farm groups is calling for rejection of a plan to give President Barack Obama fast-track negotiating authority on foreign trade agreements. The proposal may be introduced as early as this week and would allow the administration to negotiate t...Read More

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