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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MI: Budget Policy & Priorities

The economic strains on workers stand to last long after the coronavirus outbreak is under control. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- As state leaders assess the evolving challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, some policy analysts want to do their part to help keep Michigan residents healthy and financially stable. Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the coronavi

One in five people eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit don't claim it. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Filing tax returns can be tricky business, and community organizations across the state are working to ensure Michigan taxpayers don't lose out on the refunds they may be due. Ross Yednock, program director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition at the Community Economic Develo

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.

General Motors is among 91 of the nation's largest companies that didn't pay any income taxes during the first year of President Trump's new tax law. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - A new report says 91 of the nation's largest corporations didn't pay any federal income taxes in 2018, the first year of the Trump administration's new tax law. The study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says even though the corporate tax rate was lowered to 21%, leg

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

Michigan state legislators have been unwilling to make the tough choice to raise taxes to boost much-needed revenues. (Adobe stock)

LANSING, Mich. – As the Michigan Legislature continues to negotiate the state budget Thursday, lawmakers are being urged to address the need to create revenue to tackle shortfalls in areas such as infrastructure and education. In fiscal year 2019, Michigan had less money coming into its coff

Soon after taking office, the Trump administration announced plans to weaken tailpipe emission and fuel-economy standards. (jppi/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – General Motors and other automakers are debating whether to join a deal to keep clean car standards high – an agreement between the state of California and VW, Ford, BMW and Honda. The deal would conform closely to current Obama-era targets and would block a rollback b

The average annual cost of a brand-name prescription medication has outpaced inflation by about 400% over the past decade. (Secondside/Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – The rising cost of prescription drug prices continues to make headlines, and Michiganders are encouraged to help find solutions. AARP Michigan is hosting two upcoming Prescription Drug Community Conversations next Monday. Associate State Director for Communications Mark Horn

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