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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Public News Service - Michigan

PHOTO: It's a topic with a great emotional divide: Do guns in schools increase the risk of danger or reduce it? A group of parents that believes the former has launched a petition to change state law. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Do guns have any place in Michigan schools? A group of concerned parents says the answer is 'no,' and it wants the state legislature to take action. Parent Sonya Lewis had no idea Michigan law allows people to openly carry guns on school grounds, until a man did so at her daughter...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan needs to find more ways to keep kids in families, either their own or foster, according to a new report that looks at the consequences of group settings and emergency shelters on child development.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to connecting kids in the child-welfare system with loving, supportive families, Michigan's track record is among the worst in the nation, according to new data out today. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds nearly one in five of these kids living in ...Read More

Public News Service - MI

PHOTO: A free app is available for iOS and Android users that can help Michiganders identify the warning signs of a stroke, and get to the closest treatment center. Image courtesy of American Heart Association.

DETROIT - A stroke is a medical emergency that can happen to anyone and can be fatal or leave a person physically or mentally impaired. That's why it's critical to know the warning signs and to act FAST. Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, vascular and interventional neurology with the Wayne State Physician Group,...Read More

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PHOTO: Bad investment advice can break the bank for Michiganders saving for retirement, which is why some consumer groups want to close a loophole in the regulations for investment advisers. Photo credit: MConnors/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Saving money for retirement is difficult, which is why consumer advocates want to make sure Michiganders don't lose any of their hard-earned savings due to bad advice. Today, more workers invest in 401K plans and IRAs, as opposed to traditional pension plans for retirement savings....Read More

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PHOTO: Close to 9 percent of Michigan's housing stock is multifamily rental units, and a new report suggests targeting those buildings for energy-efficiency upgrades would benefit building owners, renters and the environment. Photo credit: gracey/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to helping Michiganders save money and the environment, a new study finds that making rental units more energy efficient would go a long way. There are more than 400,000 units of multifamily affordable housing in Michigan, and Michael Bodaken, executive director of th...Read More

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PHOTO: Students from the Pinckney Coalition were among those who recently took part in Project Sticker Shock, a program aimed at empowering young people to change adult attitudes about teen drinking by labeling cases of beer with warning stickers about the dangers of providing alcohol to minors. Photo courtesy of Amy Johnston.

PINCKNEY, Mich. – Many Michigan students are off to prom, graduation parties and other festivities in the coming weeks. But with those events can come the temptation of alcohol, which is why advocates are working to empower students to help change adult attitudes about underage drinking. A...Read More

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PHOTO: Mallory Brown, shown here on a recent service trip to Mexico, is now headed to Nepal to work with different agencies on earthquake relief. Photo courtesy of Mallory Brown.

FERNDALE, Mich. – While thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu in the wake of last month's devastating earthquake, a 28-year-old Michigan woman is today on a plane headed there, determined to lend a hand. Mallory Brown of Ferndale already had plans and a plane ticket to travel to Nepal be...Read More

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PHOTO: It's a Mother's Day celebration of a different sort, as moms from across the state plan to meet in Lansing today to discuss the importance family-friendly policies with lawmakers. Photo courtesy Danielle Atkinson.

LANSING, Mich. - It's a "mom's day out" with a purpose as dozens of mothers will gather at the state capitol today to raise their voices about the issues facing women and families in Michigan. Danielle Atkinson, founding director with the group Mothering Justice, is the driving force behind the f...Read More

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