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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


2020Talks - September 18, 2020 


Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - MI: Civic Engagement

Voters age 50 and older accounted for 56% of the ballots cast in the 2016 election. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- With the nation heading into an especially divisive election, there are some key matters older Michiganders care about that transcend partisan politics. In a new AARP election survey of Michigan voters age 50-plus, 54% said they support Joe Biden and 40% support Donald Trump. Howe

Some experts say the pandemic has uncovered multiple systems of segregation that have shaped the lives of communities of color. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Two weeks after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared racism a public health crisis, there are calls for Michigan lawmakers to make it even more official. A concurrent resolution, SCR 0027 and HCR 0025, introduced in early June, would make the same declaration and commit the Legislature

Opponents say increasing the capacity of a toxic-waste facility puts the health of 10,000 Detroit-area residents at even greater risk. (Coalition to Oppose Expansion of U.S. Ecology)<br />

LANSING, Mich. -- Despite losing their battle against the expansion of a toxic waste facility in Detroit, opponents of the project say they will persist. Community members and elected leaders from Detroit and Hamtramck fought for several years to prevent U.S. Ecology from increasing the amount of ha

The cities of Somerville, Mass., and San Francisco recently have forbidden local law enforcement from using facial-recognition surveillance.(Metamorworks/AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. – Privacy advocates spoke out Wednesday at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security against the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. It comes after revelations that both the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcemen

A U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow Michigan's gerrymandered districts to stay in place for 2020, but an independent citizens' commission will be redrawing them for 2022. (Voters Not Politicians)

LANSING, Mich. – Despite a blow from the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-gerrymandering groups are pressing on to implement the Michigan voter initiative that gives redistricting power to an independent citizens' commission. The high court ruled late last week that federal judges can't interfere wi

Igor Volsky with the group Guns Down America spoke at a town hall meeting Monday night in Flint. (Sam Inglot/Progress Michigan)

LANSING, Mich. — The public is invited to a town hall meeting about reducing gun violence scheduled tonight in Lansing. It's part of a 20-city nationwide tour hosted by a group called Guns Down America, which stopped in Flint Monday night. State Rep. Kara Hope, D-Holt, will be there to discu

So-called

LANSING, Mich. - People fanned out across the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest two bills that would prevent Michigan cities and counties from passing ordinances that limit cooperation with federal immigration agents. House Bills 4083 and 4090 would ban so-called "sanctuary city" policies that in

Michigan got an

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

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