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PNS Daily Newscast - February 22, 2019 


North Carolina will hold a new election to fill the final disputed seat in the U.S. House. Also on our Friday rundown: Baltimore sues Monsanto and others for polluting city waterways. Plus, a public lands program moves towards permanent status.

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Public News Service - MI: Civic Engagement

Hundreds of Women's Marches are set to take place worldwide on Sat., Jan, 19. (Brian A. Jackson/iStockphoto)

DETROIT – Women's marches will take place in ten Michigan cities tomorrow. The third annual event began as a protest against administration policies on the day after President Donald Trump took office two years ago. The events in Adrian, Ann Arbor, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Douglas, East Lansi

Federal workers held a rally last Thursday against the shutdown and say they expect an even bigger turnout Friday. (T.J. Hitt)

DETROIT – Federal employees fed up with the government shutdown are planning to brave the cold and rally in front of the Federal Building in Detroit on Friday. About 2,000 Michiganders work for federal agencies, and a little more than half are working without pay, while the rest are locked o

A new executive order requires Michigan state employees to use official rather than personal email addresses, so the communications can be preserved for public record. (Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – Progressive clean-government groups are applauding new Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for taking action on ethics reform right out of the gate. Whitmer issued two executive orders on Thursday. They require state employees to use official email addresses while at work, and to

Opponents say Michigan lawmakers violated constitutional separation of powers when voting on Thursday to give themselves power to intervene in decisions made by the incoming attorney general. (SAN906/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – Citizens' groups are slamming the passage of a bill to give state lawmakers a say over legal decisions made by Michigan's next attorney general – and they want Governor Rick Snyder to veto it. The bill's supporters in the Republican-dominated legislature have said they

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

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