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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - MI: Education

Some Michigan students lack the technology needed at home for distance learning. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's new MI Safe Schools Roadmap is providing a clearer picture of what districts can expect in the fall, but Michigan educators still are facing a good deal of uncertainty. As a middle-school teacher in Crawford County, Craig Hofman sees funding as a major con

Some analysts contend Michigan lawmakers need to address unresolved funding issues after the winter recess. (Phillip Hofmeister/Wikimedia)

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan heads into 2020 with a months-long budget impasse behind it, but some analysts contend unresolved funding issues still need attention. Recently signed supplemental spending bills restored budget dollars from K-12 and higher education, public safety and rural health care.

Michigan state legislators have been unwilling to make the tough choice to raise taxes to boost much-needed revenues. (Adobe stock)

LANSING, Mich. – As the Michigan Legislature continues to negotiate the state budget Thursday, lawmakers are being urged to address the need to create revenue to tackle shortfalls in areas such as infrastructure and education. In fiscal year 2019, Michigan had less money coming into its coff

Vaping fluid marketed to teens comes in flavors such as mango, mint, cotton candy and gummy bear. (Zamuruev/Adobestock)

LANSING, Mich. – Public health groups are applauding a first-in-the-nation move by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in order to curb teen use of e-cigarettes. Statistics show that from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school st

Nationwide, almost 300,000 students grades K through 12 attend school entirely online. (Jdurham/Morguefile)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Thousands of K-thru-12 students in Michigan never set foot on campus – they take all their classes online via two virtual charter schools. But some new policy briefs give virtual charter schools overall a failing grade. Researchers with the National Education Poli

Hannah Gilliam is featured in a Michigan League for Public Policy video about the importance of access to affordable child care. (MLPP)

LANSING, Mich. – Affordable, quality child care helps parents stay in the workforce and earn money to provide for their families. But for some Michigan families, it's a difficult balance to achieve. When Hannah Gilliam of Grand Rapids had her first child at a young age, she says she couldn

Michigan lawmakers have about three months to reach agreement on the fiscal year 2020 budget.  (Brian Rawson-Ketchum/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – With the state budget process kicking into high gear, some policy groups are praising the governor's proposals to improve the lives of Michiganders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first executive budget recommendation totals $60.2 billion for fiscal year 2020, more than 3 percent h

Eight in ten African-American children in Michigan doesn't read proficiently by the end of third grade, according to a new report. (USAG-Humpreys/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – From cradle to career, a new report finds, children of color in Michigan face some tough barriers to educational success. The report from the Michigan League for Public Policy revealed that more than eight in 10 African-American students and two-thirds of Latino students aren

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