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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 


Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

Public News Service - MI: Livable Wages/Working Families

A new coalition is launching a ballot initiative to help ensure that LGBTQ Michiganders are guaranteed safeguards in housing, public accommodations and employment. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- After years of inaction at the Statehouse, some Michiganders are taking bold action to expand the state's civil-rights law to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. A newly formed Fair and Equal Michigan ballot committee filed petition

Rural and high-poverty areas have the highest concentration of payday lenders, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Critics of a bill being considered by lawmakers that would allow payday lenders to offer longer term, higher dollar loans say the legislation puts the most vulnerable Michiganders at risk. House Bill 5097 would allow payday lenders in Michigan to make loans of up to $2,500 with n

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

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