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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - MI: Housing/Homelessness

Folks who live in low-income housing like Jefferson Oaks in Oak Park are hard hit by the pandemic lockdown. (Community Housing Network)

LANSING, Mich. -- Housing advocates predict a massive wave of evictions and foreclosures once the moratorium on evictions is lifted, unless the state puts together a comprehensive program to assist families thrown out of work by the COVID-19 crisis. Michigan is home to more than 2.5 million renter

Unaccompanied youths are vulnerable to physical victimization, sexual exploitation and untreated mental health issues. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. — Growing up in homelessness is tough for any child, and thousands of kids in Michigan are navigating the streets without the care of a parent or guardian. There are more than 4,800 "unaccompanied youth" in Michigan's K-12 schools. And a new report said they are vulnerable to

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

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