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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - MI: Civic Engagement

Groups rallying against big changes during the lame-duck legislative session made their point at a rally in front of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday. (Sam Inglot/Progress Michigan)

LANSING, Mich. — It may be cold outside, but the temperature is rising in Lansing as protesters say they don't want the Legislature to undercut the will of the voters, made clear during the election a month ago today. Groups including Good Jobs Now, We the People and the Sunrise Movement are

Groups supportive of the minimum wage claim it is unconstitutional to try to amend the bill during the end-of-year session. (One Fair Wage MI)

LANSING, Mich. - The group behind the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan is meeting with lawmakers today to push back against efforts to water down the new law during the lame-duck session. Legislators passed a bill to gradually raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, including for tippe

Supporters of Proposal 2 say they're now focused on a clean 2020 Census. (Voters Not Policitians)

LANSING, Mich. – Voters in Michigan did an end run around the Legislature this election, approving ballot measures on clean elections and legal marijuana, then they went on to force a change at the top, installing Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, as governor-elect. Lonnie Scott, executive direc

Supporters of Proposal 1 submitted 354,000 signatures to get it on the ballot. (Marijuana Policy Project)

LANSING, Mich. - With less than two weeks before the election, backers of Proposal 1 have released their first advertisement, hoping to convince voters to make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. The commercial, from the group MI Legalize, argued that the mov

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger helped pass anti-gerrymandering rules in the Golden State, and will rally for similar reforms in Michigan on Saturday. (Nate Mandos)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Actor and former California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline a rally on Saturday to promote Proposal 2, the anti-gerrymandering measure on the November ballot. Schwarzenegger, known for his starring role in "The Terminator" movies, will appear at Ann

Michigan voters have three Proposals to decide on the November ballot, including two that could impact future elections. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. — Election Day is just three weeks away, and with so much at stake, Michigan voters are encouraged to ensure they're fully prepared when they cast their ballots. For more than 100 years, Michiganders were able to vote “straight ticket,” choosing all the candidates

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

The fifth annual Coming Together For Our Communities Summit will convene activists from across the state at a community college in Belleville. (Welcoming Michigan)

BELLEVILLE, Mich. – Today, hundreds of people from across the state will gather in Belleville, just outside Detroit, for a conference dedicated to making immigrants and refugees feel welcome in the Great Lakes State. The idea of the "Coming Together for our Communities Summit" is to put the

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