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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - MI: Poverty Issues

An estimated 60 percent of working-age Medicaid enrollees are employed, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Goir/iStockphoto)

LANSING, Mich. – The old saying goes that sunlight is the best disinfectant - and a new bill in the Michigan Legislature would shine a light on big companies that pay their workers so little that they qualify for government-funded health care. House Bill 6146, the Fair Share Health Care Disc

Fair Market Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Michigan is $661 per month. (Kurt Bauschardt/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – A new report finds minimum wage earners in Michigan need to work the equivalent of nearly two full-time jobs to have enough money to pay for a two-bedroom apartment. The annual "Out of Reach" report shows the wage needed to afford a modest and safe rental home without spendi

Police arrested dozens of protesters Monday after they wrapped the MI DEQ building in crime scene tape following a march and rally. (Valerie Blakely/MI Poor People's Campaign)

LANSING, Mich. – About 500 protesters marched on the Capitol building and then wrapped crime tape around the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing on Monday to draw attention to environmental crises - part of a 40-city nationwide protest called the Poor People's Campaign. S

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

Last year, 300,000 Michiganders applied for assistance with home heating bills. (Dennis Murphy/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. — Many Michiganders are experiencing a bit of sticker shock as they open their energy bills after a few bitter cold months, but assistance is available to help keep the light and heat on this year. The state is now processing home-heating credit applications for low-income house

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

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

Payday lenders tend to set up shop in communities without access to traditional banking services. (krosseel/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- Thousands of Michiganders have become trapped in a cycle of debt after resorting to high interest, short-term loans to make ends meet, and advocates for the financially vulnerable say a new package of bills would make matters much worse. The state Senate is considering three bill

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