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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

Public News Service - Michigan

PHOTO: Supporters of a measure to ban fracking in Michigan have until Nov. 11 to obtain the 252,523 valid signatures required to put the issue on the November 2016 statewide ballot. Photo courtesy of Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. - Michiganders could have the chance to decide whether or not hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should be legal in the state, if activists are able to collect enough signatures in the coming months. In 2012 and 2013, groups opposed to fracking attempted to gather enough signatu...Read More

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PHOTO: As Medicare celebrates 50 years of providing health care to millions of Americans, the Michigan Nurses Association is among those calling for an expansion of the program to all U.S. residents, not just those age 65 and older. Photo credit: drummerboy/morguefile.

DETROIT - It's a big birthday today as Medicare turns 50 and advocates say the best way to celebrate the milestone would be to expand the program to all Americans. Medicare provides health care to 55 million people age 65 and older, including nearly two million in Michigan. John Armelagos presiden...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Michigan's new Justice Policy Commission is getting to work reviewing sentencing and release policies, and representatives from the mental-health community are among those bringing their expertise to  the table. Photo credit: Meesh/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. - A new commission is investigating criminal justice reform in Michigan, and mental-health workers are among those weighing in on ways to revamp policies that keep nonviolent offenders unnecessarily locked up. Clinical social worker Jennifer Strange, among those on the Criminal Justi...Read More

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PHOTO: Two new reports debunk claims that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cost Michiganders in the form of higher energy bills. Photo credit: click/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - If lower electricity bills sound good to you, two new reports find that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is the way to get there. The plan is expected to be finalized this summer. Opponents claim it will lead to higher bills, but a new analysis from Synapse...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: Addiction experts say curbing Michigan's heroin epidemic will require multi-systemic solutions, including helping those in recovery become integrated into their community. Photo credit: Partha S. Sahana/Flickr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To combat Michigan's heroin epidemic, Governor Rick Snyder established the state's Prescription Drug and Opiate Abuse Task Force earlier this month. Robert Lathers, CEO of Ionia County Community Mental Health, is a member of the task force, and says individuals suffering...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: While childhood should be a time for fun and games, new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds too many Michigan children mired in poverty, despite the official end of the Great Recession several years ago. Photo credit: Enishad Hallwall/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – It's been six years since the official end of the Great Recession, but many Michigan families are still stranded in poverty, according to the latest data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The new Kids Count Data Book finds almost one in four Michigan children – 24 per...Read More

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PHOTO: AmeriCorps members spent months working on disaster relief following the floods that swept through Michigan last summer, but supporters say that sort of response would be greatly limited by proposed cuts to the program. Photo courtesy of

DETROIT, Mich. - Proposed cuts to federally-funded volunteer programs would hit home in communities across Michigan, according to supporters of the programs. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which operates AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps, and other community-b...Read More

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PHOTO: Red swamp crayfish, such as the one pictured here, recently were discovered near a popular fishing spot on Lake Macatawa in Ottawa County. Photo credit: Brome McCreary, U.S. Geological Survey.

LANSING, Mich. - Traps are being set and a criminal investigation is under way after invasive crayfish were found in a lake near Holland, Mich., where officials believe fishermen were using them for bait. Red swamp crayfish are native to the southeastern United States, but it's illegal to sell or p...Read More

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