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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - MI: Immigrant Issues

Racial barriers are robbing many Michigan kids of a traditional childhood and of future opportunities. (ladyheart/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is failing its children, according to a new report that finds all kids in the state struggling academically, and African-American children ranking worst in the nation on key indicators of health, economic security, education and community. The "2017 Race for Results

Increased truck traffic is among the concerns of residents near the U.S. Ecology plant. (D. Weckerle)

DETROIT - For nearly 30 years, the U.S. Ecology toxic-waste facility in Detroit has received waivers from the state for conducting annual soil tests, and as the plant prepares to expand, residents and local leaders have had enough. The plant stores and treats solid and liquid waste from heavy indus

Some Michigan lawmakers say immigration enforcement activities should be planned in a way that promotes detainees' access to counsel. (Fibbonaci Blue/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan lawmakers are demanding that immigrants held in detention are ensured better access to justice. Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, is one member of a bipartisan group of state representatives that she describes as "troubled" that so many people taken into custody by Imm

Volunteers are needed to help refugees adjust to life in Michigan. (Samaritas)

DETROIT – With President Donald Trump's travel ban currently on hold and refugees once again allowed to resettle in Michigan, those who work with them hope people will channel their efforts into helping the refugees adjust. The faith-based, human services organization Samaritas has been help

Many immigrants in Michigan are confused and fearful in the wake of President Trump's order. (Welcoming Michigan)

DETROIT -- With one of the largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants in the nation, Michigan is feeling the ripple effects of President Trump's recent executive orders. Christine Sauve is the senior program coordinator at the Welcoming Michigan project at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Cente

Amnesty International, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children are among the humanitarian organizations working around the world. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Aid workers in Michigan and around the globe work on many levels to end the suffering of those in need. Today's observance of World Humanitarian Day is a time to honor their commitment. According to the United Nations, which established the annual observance in 2003, about 130 mill

Michigan researchers say racism permeates all aspects of the nation's food system, from farm workers to food preparation and service. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - People don't often think of racism when they think of how food gets from the field to the table, but experts say it's an issue all along the nation's food supply chain. From farm workers to food processors, to restaurant servers, the need to embrace racial equity along with sustai

Central American refugees in the United States flee war-torn countries full of poverty and violence. (John Pavelka/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Ahead of his final State of the Union address, some Michigan groups are calling on President Obama to end immigration raids of Central American refugee families. The demand comes from 40 organizations representing faith, labor and civil-rights organizations in the state. The raids,

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