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PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 


New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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Public News Service - MI: Livable Wages/Working Families

Hiawatha National Forest has 8,000 inventoried roadless acres. (Bob Nichols/USDA)

LANSING, Mich. - The Trump administration wants to reverse roadless protections for the country's largest national forest, and opponents fear pristine land in Michigan and other states could be next. A U.S. House committee holds a hearing today on a proposal to fully exempt the Tongass National For

The percentage of Michigan workers entitled to overtime pay has declined for decades. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is joining the list of states making moves to expand overtime pay. Yesterday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a proposal to increase the threshold for overtime pay to salaried workers who earn less than roughly $51,000. The current overtime pay threshold is about $2

Free income tax preparers can help Michigan residents determine if they're eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – The 2020 tax season isn't far away, and free income tax filing programs are looking for Michiganders willing to give their time to help others. The Consumers Energy Foundation has provided a $200,000 grant to support the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

About 46,000 Michigan workers are employed at Ford auto manufacturing plants in the state. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Congressional leaders are still trying to hammer out a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and there's a lot on the line for workers in Michigan. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would replace the 1994 agreement known as the North American Free Trade

Water justice advocates are coming together after the Global Climate Strike. (Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

LANSING, Mich. – Great Lakes residents concerned about water justice are gathering in Ontario next week. The 2019 Water Is Life Alliance Summit is on Sept. 28 and this year's theme is "Water Justice in a Climate Emergency." Diane Weckerle, a board member with Michigan Citizens for Water Co

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

Workers' rallies against the federal government shutdown continue as the stalemate has now entered its second month. (Tim Hatt/AFGE)

DETROIT – Exasperated workers are rallying again in front of the Federal Building in Detroit today for the third Friday in a row. They say they're doing their part to drive home the point that the government shutdown is causing enormous pain for the 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or

Groups rallying against big changes during the lame-duck legislative session made their point at a rally in front of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday. (Sam Inglot/Progress Michigan)

LANSING, Mich. — It may be cold outside, but the temperature is rising in Lansing as protesters say they don't want the Legislature to undercut the will of the voters, made clear during the election a month ago today. Groups including Good Jobs Now, We the People and the Sunrise Movement are

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