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PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 


Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 


The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Public News Service - MI: Health

Safe, clean tap water is out of reach for thousands of Detroit residents. (AdobeStock)

DETROIT -- Hand washing is an important practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it's a measure that thousands of Michiganders are unable to do in their own homes. Despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's March 9 call for restoration of water and sanitation services for 9,500 disconnected Detroit hom

The average cost of prescription drugs increased nearly 60% between 2012 and 2017. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- High costs are preventing nearly 1 in 3 Michigan adults from taking needed medication. However, solutions to help bring down the price of prescription medication could be around the corner. The new Prescription Drug Task Force established by Gov. Whitmer is starting its investiga

Policy analysts say paid parental-leave policies would benefit new moms and their infants. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. - Like many states, Michigan struggles with dismal infant and maternal mortality rates. However, a new report provides a blueprint for ways to help turn the tide. The "Right Start 2020" report released by the Michigan League for Public Policy notes that despite improvements in outco

A work requirement for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries is set to go into effect Jan. 1. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers are being asked to put the brakes on the implementation of work requirements for Healthy Michigan enrollees. A coalition of health-care and anti-poverty organizations filed a lawsuit last week challenging the Trump administration's approval of the state's Me

It is estimated that one in three people in Michigan is not taking prescribed medications because they canít afford it. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. – People in Michigan troubled by the high cost of prescription medications are encouraged to help turn up the heat on drug manufacturers. AARP Michigan is hosting a Stop Rx Greed rally on Monday along the Detroit River to spread awareness about the problem and call for solutio

A new report finds that 130 million Americans depend on water systems that have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Earl 53/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Low-income communities of color – such as Flint, Michigan, or Newark, New Jersey – are much more likely than white, more affluent towns to suffer with polluted water for years, according to a new report. The study, called Watered Down Justice, analyzed Environmen

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

Soon after taking office, the Trump administration announced plans to weaken tailpipe emission and fuel-economy standards. (jppi/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – General Motors and other automakers are debating whether to join a deal to keep clean car standards high – an agreement between the state of California and VW, Ford, BMW and Honda. The deal would conform closely to current Obama-era targets and would block a rollback b

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