PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2018 

Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on a domestic violence charge. Also on the Thursday rundown: More testimony on Ohio's "anti-protest" bill; and we'll take you to the Dakotas to celebrate American Education Week.

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Public News Service - MI: Housing/Homelessness

Fair Market Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Michigan is $661 per month. (Kurt Bauschardt/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – A new report finds minimum wage earners in Michigan need to work the equivalent of nearly two full-time jobs to have enough money to pay for a two-bedroom apartment. The annual "Out of Reach" report shows the wage needed to afford a modest and safe rental home without spendi

Michigan is getting more than $3.5 million as part of a national settlement with mortgage lender HSBC. (Tabor Andrew Bain/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan homeowners who suffered a financial blow during the mortgage crisis may get some relief. The state will receive over $3.5 million as part of a $470 million national settlement with mortgage lender HSBC. Megan Hawthorne, deputy press secretary with the Michigan Attorn

During Get Organized Month in January, experts recommend starting with closets. (emma kate/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Getting organized is the second most common New Year's resolution, but it can be a hard goal to meet in a house full of clutter. Professional organizer Betty Houtari with Logical Placement in southeast Michigan says when trying to de-clutter, do a clean sweep of rooms, either in a

Advocates are confident that more policies to help older Michiganders will be coming in 2016. (Carlton Browne/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - As they applaud successes this year in supporting older adults, some Michigan policy advocates are looking ahead to 2016's legislative priorities. A recent victory, says Melissa Seifert associate state director for government affairs with AARP Michigan, was the unanimous passage of

Credit unions hope to share and further their good works through a contest now under way. Courtesy: Michigan Credit Union League

LANSING, Mich. - Credit unions have a long history of involvement with community causes, and a contest under way aims to showcase that and make more charitable work possible. "Share The Love" is a nationwide contest, in which credit unions are being asked to create a short video showcasing their g

Domestic violence occurs regardless of age, race or economic backgrond. Credit: Helga Webber/Flickr Creative Commons.

LANSING, Mich. – It's often a hidden problem, but domestic violence occurs in Michigan homes more often than some may realize. Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October is being used to highlight misconceptions about domestic violence. As a social worker with the National Association of So

PHOTO: Michigan needs to find more ways to keep kids in families, either their own or foster, according to a new report that looks at the consequences of group settings and emergency shelters on child development.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to connecting kids in the child-welfare system with loving, supportive families, Michigan's track record is among the worst in the nation, according to new data out today. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds nearly one in five of these kids living in

PHOTO: Women will take the lead at dozens of Habitat for Humanity sites statewide this week as part of the annual Women Build Week. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County.

LANSING, Mich. – With Mother's Day right around the corner, Michigan women have the chance to give a gift to themselves and to some of the many women across the state who need housing. It's all part of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Week. Whether a pro with a hammer or having never hel

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