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Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - MI: Children's Issues

Michigan lawmakers have about three months to reach agreement on the fiscal year 2020 budget.  (Brian Rawson-Ketchum/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – With the state budget process kicking into high gear, some policy groups are praising the governor's proposals to improve the lives of Michiganders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first executive budget recommendation totals $60.2 billion for fiscal year 2020, more than 3 percent h

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

Support for stricter gun laws has grown following the latest mass shooting. (davidpwhelan/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. — It's been eight days since 17 people were killed at a Florida high school, and today many Michiganders will rally at the Capitol to demand policy solutions to the problem of gun violence facing the nation. Since the beginning of 2017, dozens of bills that would either expand

The fallout of the Nassar sexual-abuse scandal goes far beyond Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. (lovelac/wikimediacommons)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Disgraced Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison this week for sexually assaulting dozens of athletes in his care. One psychologist says the case speaks to a much bigger cultural crisis. Many of the 156 women who came for

Doing chores is a typical piece of childhood learning many foster kids may not have experienced. (anitapeppers/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – While many discussions of the needs of foster children often focus on the very young, a new report looks at what adolescents in the system need to thrive. The Road to Adulthood report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation takes a look at ways caregivers and foster-care professi

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

Kids will consume as much as three cups of sugar on Halloween. (menstatic/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. — As goblins and ghouls prepare to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, health experts say it's important to think about just how much sugar they're consuming on the holiday and every day. Added sugar is hiding in many of the processed foods and beverages kids and adults eat

Racial barriers are robbing many Michigan kids of a traditional childhood and of future opportunities. (ladyheart/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is failing its children, according to a new report that finds all kids in the state struggling academically, and African-American children ranking worst in the nation on key indicators of health, economic security, education and community. The "2017 Race for Results

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