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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


2021Talks - April 9, 2021 


A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Public News Service - MI: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- The voices of expectant and parenting youths are being amplified by the first-ever Michigan Young Parent Advisory Council. Diamond Weakley is among the 13 teens on the council, which is based in Saginaw. She said the group is reducing the stigma and isolation she's experienced as

Sex education covers healthy relationships, body autonomy, consent, hygiene and elements of social/emotional learning. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Virtual learning could prove to be a benefit for teaching Michigan kids about sexual health. The Michigan Department of Education worked this summer on a series of sex-education webinars for educators. Brittany Batell, program and engagement manager for the Michigan Organization

PHOTO: Would you receive the same care at a Catholic hospital as at an independent one? It's a question advocates for patients' rights want to make sure Michiganders think about, as a potential merger between Crittenton Hospital and Ascension Health is in the works. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.

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ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – As another Michigan hospital plans to merge with a Catholic healthcare provider, health advocates are hoping to raise awareness about the repercussions the deals can have on the health and well-being of the entire community. Oakland County's Crittenton Hospital is one

PHOTO: Giving Michigan babies the right start is the focus of a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy, which finds major disparities between babies born in the state's city compared with outlying areas. Photo credit: Paul Anderson / Morguefile.com.

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LANSING, Mich. - Planning for a better future for Michigan means investing in the state's kids before they're even born. That's according to a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy, which looks at maternal and infant well-being across the state. Jane Zehnder-Merrell, director of Kid

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has provided a veto-firewall for legislation that would limit women's reproductive rights. The Democrat has been a safeguard for pro-choice advocates. Depending on the outcome of tomorrow's primary, however, that could change significantly. Only one o

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LANSING, Mich. - Transitioning from the teen years into adulthood presents challenges for most young people, but for those in foster care the hurdles can sometimes be insurmountable. Michigan teens in foster care get a leg up this week when they meet at Central Michigan University for the annual Tee

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LANSING, Mich. - As the health care debate continues in Washington, legislators in Lansing are expected to take up a package of bills this week focused on health care for women and teens. One of the measures would require hospitals and urgent care clinics to offer emergency contraception. Rep. Alm

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LANSING, Mich. - As Michigan lawmakers consider legislation that would require school districts to put in place sex education classes, federal lawmakers are working to fund both abstinence-only and sex-ed curriculum through health care reform proposals. Jennifer Martin, education task force chair

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