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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 


Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.


2020Talks - October 1, 2020 


Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Public News Service - MI: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

61% of SNAP recipients live in families with children. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michiganders convicted of drug offenses are facing lifelong punishments under the law that are not directly related to their crime. The state permanently bans those with felony convictions from two or more separate drug-related crimes from food assistance available under the

The federal CARES Act provided some additional funding for programs that provide meals for seniors, but it's important that people who need these resources reach out. (congerdesign/Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. -- Organizations throughout the state are trying to ensure no senior goes without food as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's stay-at-home order through May 15 - a move of special importance to older adults, who are at higher risk of com

A $28 box of food can provide 22 meals for an older adult in Michigan. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The COVID-19 outbreak is amplifying traditional barriers to food access in Michigan, and older residents are especially vulnerable. The Food Bank Council of Michigan and Area Agencies on Aging are working together to distribute quarantine food boxes to food insecure seniors who n

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.

Kids will consume as much as three cups of sugar on Halloween. (menstatic/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. — As goblins and ghouls prepare to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, health experts say it's important to think about just how much sugar they're consuming on the holiday and every day. Added sugar is hiding in many of the processed foods and beverages kids and adults eat

Many low-income Michigan children are not getting summer meals that are available. (charmaineswart/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- Nearly a half million Michigan children are missing out on summer meals, according to new data from the Food Research and Action Center. The report, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation," examined participation in the summer meal programs in July 2015 and found a slight increase in pa

Foods high in Vitamin C can help mitigate lead absorption. (Pixabay)

FLINT, Mich. - Many Flint residents are sticking to bottled water or only drinking filtered water to avoid lead that leached into the city's water system. But federal health leaders say the foods they choose to eat also can make a difference. Dr. Katie Wilson, deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Dep

New research says women living closer to high levels of green vegetation have lower mortality rates than do women living in

LANSING, Mich. - Eating lots of greens has been known to improve health, but a new report indicates living near green vegetation may help some people live longer lives. Dr. Bonnie Joubert, population health branch scientific program director for the National Institute of Environmental Health Scien

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