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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Most payday loan borrowers in Michigan re-borrow within 60 days. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. — Consumer advocates say strong reforms are needed to better regulate the payday lending industry in Michigan, and they just might have the data to prove it. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending found that in the past five years, payday lenders have taken more ...Read More

The average student loan debt for a four-year degree from a public university in South Dakota was roughly $28,000 in 2016. (usd.edu)

VERMILLION, S.D. – Another semester has started at South Dakota's six public universities with many students aware that upon graduation, they will face the highest level of student loan debt in the nation. The unwelcome news from a recent study is not a surprise to administrators at the stat ...Read More

The Berkeley Pit in Butte is one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in the country. (NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

BUTTE, Mont. – A new study finds death rates are higher in two Montana counties that are home to some of the most polluted sites in the country. Researchers compiled death certificates from 2000 to 2015 in all Montana counties and compared causes of death from cancer, stroke and other diseas ...Read More

Some short-term plans restrict prescription drugs and don't include the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Groups fighting to keep California's health care system on track are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 910 which would limit short-term insurance plans. The Trump administration finalized new rules in August to allow so-called skinny plans to remain in forc ...Read More

Oregon sheriffs disagree about how the state's sanctuary law effects crime. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Tensions are building among law enforcement in the fight over Oregon's sanctuary law, which voters could decide to repeal in November. Recently, 16 county sheriffs announced support for Measure 105, which would get rid of the state's 31-year-old statute that prohibits use of ...Read More

Psychologists say volunteering can create a

DES MOINES, Iowa – Each year, 62 million Americans – 1 in 4 – volunteer in their communities, and Tuesday’s National Day of Service and Remembrance acknowledges what a difference those contributions make. The remembrance day began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks took the l ...Read More

A new survey of North Dakota voters age 50 and over shows more than half disapprove of the job performance of both Democratic and Republican members of Congress. (Twenty20.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Older North Dakota voters are united in their concerns over health care and personal finances, according to a new poll out today. State Director of AARP North Dakota Josh Askvig said older Americans vote in larger numbers than any other age group, so a survey was commissione ...Read More

North Carolina's outdoor recreation industry is largely reliant on public lands across the state that are protected from development. (NC Wetlands/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — There are 20 days left before the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires if it is not reauthorized by Congress. The fund has supported land acquisition for more than 50 years, and is funded with fees paid to the federal government for off shore and land drilling leases. Sin ...Read More

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