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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Michigan

Older baby boomers may be more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups, according to a new report. Credit: gleangenie/morguefile.com

DETROIT - As the Baby Boom generation continues its march toward senior status, experts say particular economic and health factors make them more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups. According to the latest Feeding America report, 13 million adults age 50 and older now receive some sort of c...Read More

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More women serving in Lansing will result in policies that support more women in the state, according to the MI Lead coalition. Credit: acryllicartist/morgufile

LANSING, Mich. - It's been 95 years since women in Michigan and across the nation won the right to vote, commemorated today by Women's Equality Day. But a new report finds there still is a large gender gap to overcome in the state. Michigan ranks 35th in WalletHub's ranking of the Best and Worst St...Read More

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Older Michiganders contribute to the state's economy at a rate higher than their percentage of the population, according to a new report. Credit: finance/morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. - They've been called a burden or a drain on the economy, but according to a recent report, older Michiganders have much more economic clout than many believe. AARP's Longevity Economy Report shows that households headed by those age 50 and older contribute to the state's economy to ...Read More

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PHOTO: School supplies and backpacks aren't all kids need to get back in the swing of class. Experts recommend taking the time to begin adjusting to the school schedule to help ease the transition. Photo credit: Kevin Connors/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – With many Michigan school districts not set to begin classes until after Labor Day, families across the state are caught up in an end-of-summer frenzy of fun and back-to-school shopping – but experts say they should also start easing back into a routine. Dr. Donald Buck...Read More

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PHOTO: Healthy snacks, blood pressure screenings and school supplies are all part of a celebration of National Community Health Center Week at Cherry Health in Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of Gerrard Jolly.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – What began 50 years ago as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty is now a robust health care delivery system of Community Health Centers, serving 24 million patients nationwide. Gerrard Jolly, national director of Community HealthCorps, says health centers provide e...Read More

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PHOTO: Advocates of the EPA's Clean Power Plan say it will help Michigan save money by improving the health of residents with diseases linked to poor air quality, from asthma to lung cancer, particularly in low-income communities located near coal-fired power plants. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. – This year's State of the Air report from the American Lung Association finds nearly 138 million Americans, including tens of thousands in Michigan, live where air pollution can make it too dangerous to breathe. But advocates of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cle...Read More

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PHOTO: Matt Sherwood, a service-connected disabled veteran who now heads up VetBizCentral, says veterans across Michigan are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship and finding success in doing so. Photo courtesy of M. Sherwood.

FLINT, Mich. – They're used to taking orders in the military, but a growing number of Michigan veterans now are calling the shots with their own businesses, thanks in part to an agency that helps guide vets through the start-up process. Matt Sherwood is executive director of VetBizCentral, a...Read More

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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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