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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

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LANSING, Mich. — A package of bills designed to improve government transparency went before the state House Government Operations committee on Tuesday. Michigan has the worst record on government transparency in the country, according to a 2015 report from the Center for Public Integrity. Th

The Federal Election Commission has not yet indicated if the donor disclosure rule will be applied retroactively. (Twenty20)

LANSING, Mich. — Voters may soon have a better idea of who's really behind all those political ads supporting or attacking candidates for President, the U.S. House or the Senate. The Supreme Court just let stand a lower court ruling which forces nonprofit groups to disclose donors who spend mo

If the bill giving industry oversight over the Department of Environmental Quality is signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, conservation groups fear that more injection wells such as this one in Osceola will be permitted across the state. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

LANSING, Mich. — Groups concerned about clean water and clean air are pressing Gov. Rick Snyder to reject several bills that would give industry new influence over the state Department of Environmental Quality. Senate Bill 652 would create an environmental rules review committee that could

State organizations say Michigan's open records laws need to be reformed. Credit: Brian Charles Watson/Wikimedia.

LANSING, Mich. – Not only did Michigan receive a failing grade in a new 2015 State Integrity Investigation, it came in dead last in ethics and transparency laws. The state failed in 10 out of 13 areas scored in the report released Monday by the Center for Public Integrity. Melanie McElroy, e

PHOTO: Though Michigan's lame duck legislative session lasts just nine days, Governor Rick Snyder says getting a road funding bill to his desk before January 1 is a priority. Photo credit: M. Shand

LANSING, Mich. - With the election results now in, Michigan's outgoing legislators only have a handful of session days left before the end of the year, but they're still expected to tackle a very big issue: finding a funding solution for the state's deteriorating roads. Marissa Luna, new media spec

WASHINGTON - A U.S. House committee today takes up a bill that would allow investment advisers to police themselves, through what's called a self-regulatory organization (SRO). Critics of the idea say that's like putting a fox in charge of the henhouse - and it's the same system that has failed to

DETROIT - A group of veterans wants to make sure that residents of Michigan have a sense of the true cost of the nation's dependence on imported oil. VoteVets has been running television ads across the state that feature veterans talking about the human, financial and environmental costs of oil. Vot

Lansing, MI – "A woman't place is in the House...and in the Senate!" This 1970s rallying cry is making a comeback, because women could be big winners in the Michigan House this fall, if the numbers of females running is any indication. About 100 women, a record number, filed for House seats;

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