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44 Americans infected but not all show signs of sickness of coronavirus; and NC counties declare 2nd Amendment sanctuaries.

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - MI: Youth

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

Unaccompanied youths are vulnerable to physical victimization, sexual exploitation and untreated mental health issues. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. — Growing up in homelessness is tough for any child, and thousands of kids in Michigan are navigating the streets without the care of a parent or guardian. There are more than 4,800 "unaccompanied youth" in Michigan's K-12 schools. And a new report said they are vulnerable to

Michigan state legislators have been unwilling to make the tough choice to raise taxes to boost much-needed revenues. (Adobe stock)

LANSING, Mich. – As the Michigan Legislature continues to negotiate the state budget Thursday, lawmakers are being urged to address the need to create revenue to tackle shortfalls in areas such as infrastructure and education. In fiscal year 2019, Michigan had less money coming into its coff

Nationwide, almost 300,000 students grades K through 12 attend school entirely online. (Jdurham/Morguefile)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Thousands of K-thru-12 students in Michigan never set foot on campus – they take all their classes online via two virtual charter schools. But some new policy briefs give virtual charter schools overall a failing grade. Researchers with the National Education Poli

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says about 30% of teens who vape start smoking within six months, compared with about 8% of non-users.(Vaping 360/Creative Commons)

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Supporters are speaking out this week in favor of a pair of controversial anti-vaping bills - with opponents saying they don't go far enough. Senate Bills 106 and 155 would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products to minors and impose fines of up to $2,500 on retai

Michigan is one of only four states that automatically prosecutes all 17-year-olds as adults.<br />(Wokandapix/Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – With time short in the lame-duck legislative session, some policy groups and youth advocates are hopeful lawmakers will pass Raise the Age legislation. Michigan is one of only four states that automatically prosecutes all 17-year-olds as adults. Companion bills that would ch

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

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