PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - MI: Livable Wages/Working Families

Last year, 300,000 Michiganders applied for assistance with home heating bills. (Dennis Murphy/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. — Many Michiganders are experiencing a bit of sticker shock as they open their energy bills after a few bitter cold months, but assistance is available to help keep the light and heat on this year. The state is now processing home-heating credit applications for low-income house

More than 1,000 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will help prepare taxes across Michigan this season. (DuBoix/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Tax season is here and so is free help from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Last year, the program helped more than 66,000 people in Michigan file their federal and state income tax returns, and receive more than $26 million in refunds, including nearly $3 million in E

Connecting with free help to file taxes could help some people in Michigan access credits. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich – Tens of thousands of Michiganders who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit leave millions of dollars on the table by not claiming it, which is why advocates are urging people to get their documents in order and take advantage of available resources. The EITC helps

Michigan's average weekly unemployment benefit will not keep a family with children out of poverty while job hunting. (jppi/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – If you find yourself unemployed and you live in Michigan, it's a double whammy, according to a new analysis that finds the state falls far short of its neighbors when it comes to providing a safety net to those looking for jobs. The report from the Michigan League for Public

Michigan's $.35-per-hour minimum-wage increase adds $14 per week before taxes to the paychecks of those working full-time. (markgraf/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan rang in 2018 with a 35-cent hike to the minimum wage, but some say that doesn't go far enough and want voters to have the final word. This week marked the last of three scheduled increases under a law passed in 2014, taking the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour.

Participants in Show Me the Money Day events will get tips on how not to break the bank in 2018. (finance/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- For those who list getting into better financial shape among their goals for 2018, experts are coming to communities across the state to help connect people with the resources they need to be financially fit. The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is organizin

Experts say early planning can alleviate income tax errors and stress. (noderdog/iStockphoto)

LANSING, Mich. – It's not the most festive topic, but experts are urging Michiganders to use this time of year to get ready for tax season, and to know what resources are available to help. Ross Yednock, program director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition at the Community Economic Dev

Heating bills are a major expense for many Michiganders, but help is available. (hilarycl/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – With summer's warmth now just a memory, many homeowners are reaching for the thermostat, and the push is on to make sure all Michiganders are aware of the resources that can help them keep the heat on this winter. Whitney Skeans with Consumers Energy says there are income-ba

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