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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.

Public News Service - MI: Family/Father Issues

About 2,000 children are adopted in Michigan each year. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – November is National Adoption Month, and courts around Michigan are celebrating people who open their hearts and homes to children in need of a "forever family." Ceremonies finalizing adoptions are being held throughout the month in more than 30 courts in the state to build

A new package of bills on LBGTQ adoption would reverse laws passed in 2015. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. — LGBTQ advocates are speaking out in favor of three bills just introduced in the state Legislature that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of religion or sexual orientation by state-funded adoption and foster-care agencies. The bills would reverse laws passed in 2015 th

About 800 social workers filled the Lansing Center on Thursday to tackle the big issues of 2018. (Duane Breijak/NASW-MI)

LANSING, Mich. – Hot-button issues like immigration and the opioid epidemic headlined a huge conference of social workers in Lansing on Thursday. The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers hosted 800 people at its Legislative Education Day. And just before the midterm

Programs are available that can help low-income Michiganders who are behind on their electric bills. (Images Money/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. — While spring has arrived in Michigan, some folks still are trying to catch up on their heating costs from winter. And there is still one month left to apply for energy bill assistance through the State Emergency Relief program. Customer assistance manager with Consumers Ener

Participants in Show Me the Money Day events will get tips on how not to break the bank in 2018. (finance/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- For those who list getting into better financial shape among their goals for 2018, experts are coming to communities across the state to help connect people with the resources they need to be financially fit. The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is organizin

Deporting DACA recipients would be felt across Michigan's economy, according to a new report. (Moonlightway/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders prepare for joyful days ahead, the holidays will be filled with uncertainty for thousands of young immigrants whose lives are in limbo, and their advocates say their loss would be felt by all. Nearly 600,000 young people – including 5,400 in Michig

Stress can take the sparkle out of the holidays. (davidpwhelan/morguefile)

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. – While images of joy and celebration fill storefronts, magazines and TV screens this time of year, the reality of the holidays isn't always so cheerful, and experts say avoiding holiday traps and knowing where to find help are critical. Whether it's the stress of an overboo

Michigan ranks 41st in the nation for education, according to a new report. (kconnors/morguefile)

Lansing, Mich. — As Michigan continues to slide toward the bottom of the nation when it comes to education and child poverty, a new report offers a blueprint for policymakers to begin to turn things around. According to the 2017 Kids Count report, Michigan ranks 32nd in the country for overa

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