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PNS Daily Newscast - May 23, 2018 


The Mueller probe lands another cooperating witness. Also on the rundown: The GAO gives a green light for CHIP cuts; and hurricane experts say – don’t let down guard down.

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Early tax filers will have to wait for refunds this year. It's the result of new anti-fraud measures being taken by the Internal Revenue Service. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – It's just about time to give Uncle Sam his share, and some changes this year could affect when those who often rely on tax refunds will get their money back. The IRS will begin accepting 2016 income tax returns on Jan. 23, but because of new anti-fraud measures, taxpayers fi

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

Using cash for holiday purchases can help avoid the debt cycle. (cohdra/morguefile)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – While red is one of the colors of the holiday season, it's not a good look for a bank account, and experts say racking up holiday debt can lead to a cycle that's hard to break. The average American will spend $936 on holiday gifts this year, the second highest amount on reco

Experts say mentoring can help boost educational outcomes and behavior for teens. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Being a teen is tough enough, especially without a supportive adult around to offer guidance through life's challenges. Around Michigan, the GoodGuides youth mentoring program is working to help at-risk youth get on the right track for future success. Kim Owens, branch man

Research shows racial disparities exist in Michigan in reading proficiency, school discipline, and graduation rates. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

LANSING, Mich. – As hundreds of Michiganders gathered at a forum Monday to discuss poverty and racial inequity, a new report examines persistent racial disparities in educational opportunities for Michigan kids. The forum was sponsored by the Michigan League for Public Policy, which also rele

Credit union memberships have surged in the past year, according to recent data. (ronnieb/morguefile)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Another round of scandals in the banking world has many in Michigan rethinking their accounts. Credit union membership in the state now stands at close to 5 million – or roughly half the population – with one of the highest membership gains in recent histor

The average retirement income for Americans age 65 and older is about $31,000 a year. (Tax Credits/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - More than half of Michiganders are retired by age 62, but experts say it's never too early to begin plotting a path for retirement. Help is available through a series of Securing MI Financial Future workshops in October. AARP Michigan is among the sponsors, and associate state dir

In Michigan, 62 percent of university students are graduating with debt averaging close to $30,000. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan college students are digging into the fall semester, but eventually many will be digging themselves out of a mountain of debt. A report released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows 62 percent of university students in Michigan are graduating with de

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