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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 

    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Public News Service - Michigan

PHOTO: President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration could bring millions of additional tax dollars and job security to the state, according to a new analysis. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Worker security, a larger tax base and increased productivity are just some of the benefits immigration experts say people across Michigan and the nation stand to gain from President Barack Obama's executive order to grant work permits to some undocumented immigrants. R...Read More

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PHOTO: A 'Dora the Explorer' backpack is among two dozen toys named as potential safety hazards for children in the latest edition of the annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

LANSING, Mich. - While the clock ticks down for shoppers, an annual report finds that when it comes to toys, there is still time and reason to take safety into account. According to the "Trouble in Toyland" report, a rubber duck, a shopping cart playset and a tambourine are among the toys on store ...Read More

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PHOTO: While it's hard not to let the children tear into the wrapping paper, experts say saving it for another use, or recycling it where possible, is just one way to reduce the impact of the holiday on the environment. Photo credit: earl53/

LANSING, Mich. - While many Michiganders are still hoping for a white Christmas, others would prefer folks keep it as "green" as possible by taking steps to reduce the holiday's impact on the environment. Kerrin O'Brien, executive director with the Michigan Recycling Coalition says no one wants thei...Read More

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MAP: A recent study identified 29 coal-ash sites statewide. Environmental advocates hope new regulations expected this week will help keep them in check. Map courtesy of Michigan Clean Water Action.

LANSING, Mich. - New federal regulations expected this week could change the way Michigan and other states deal with coal ash, which environmental advocates say is long overdue. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal and contains poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, lead and mercury, which are k...Read More

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PHOTO: Along with lights, trees and presents, the holiday season can be filled with stress, anxiety and even depression. As one antidote, experts recommend turning the focus to the kinds of gifts that money can't buy. Photo credit: M. Shand

TROY, Mich. – For those who have experienced losses, the less fortunate and everyday families overcome by stress, the holidays can be a challenging time. But experts say small changes can help people find the joy in the season. Psychotherapist Mary Michail sees the toll the holiday hustle ...Read More

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PHOTO: Time is running out for Michigan residents who wish to enroll in a health insurance plan or change their 2015 coverage to begin in January. Image courtesy of

LANSING, Mich. - 'Tis the season for shopping, and health experts hope Michiganders will seize the opportunity to purchase one of the most important gifts they can give themselves and their families: health insurance. Last year, more than 272,000 Michigan residents were able to obtain health insura...Read More

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PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: sgarton/

LANSING, Mich. – The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations and elected leaders has sent a letter...Read More

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PHOTO: As some civil rights leaders call for congressional hearings into the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a group of concerned Michigan residents heads to Washington to attend a national march against police violence on Saturday. Photo credit: nightfall/

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The recent lack of indictments in the police killings of young, unarmed black men in several states has raised strong emotions in Michigan and across the nation, and one group is turning the outrage into action. The Rev. Jamie Hawley is a chaplain for the University of Michigan H...Read More

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