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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - MI: Poverty Issues

Protesters in Detroit have been pressing the Michigan Legislature to pass a water affordability plan that links rates to household income. (Valerie Jean)

LANSING, Mich. – The water shutoffs that have plagued Detroit are widespread across the country, according to a new report from Food and Water Watch. The group surveyed water companies and found that in 2016, some 15 million Americans had their water service shut off for nonpayment. In Detro

Local groups that see clean water as a human right are calling for creation of a fund to help people in Michigan replace lead pipes in their homes. (Earl53/Morguefile)

FLINT, Mich. – "Imagine a Day Without Water" is the name of a series of events taking place today in Michigan and across the country to shed light on water-quality issues and the critical importance of clean water. The reigning Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma, will be at First Trinity Baptist Chur

A new report shows that rural areas in Michigan have particularly benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. — The uninsured rate for low-income adults has plunged 22 points in rural areas of Michigan since the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act - dropping from 38 percent to 16 percent, according to a new report. Researchers at Georgetown University and the Univers

The average assistance for the Michigan Home Heating Credit last year was about $160. (ActiveSteve/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – There's not much time left for low-income Michigan families to apply for a credit that can ease the burden of their winter utility bills. Applications are being accepted for the Michigan Home Heating Credit until Sept. 30 for the 2017 filing season. Brian Wheeler, a spokes

Most payday loan borrowers in Michigan re-borrow within 60 days. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. — Consumer advocates say strong reforms are needed to better regulate the payday lending industry in Michigan, and they just might have the data to prove it. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending found that in the past five years, payday lenders have taken more

Michigan voters approved the School Aid Fund in 1994 to support K-12 education. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan children will be missing out on almost $1 billion in funding this school year, and a new report blames what it calls "state budgeting gimmicks." Voters approved the School Aid Fund more than two decades ago to support K-through-12 education. But research from the

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

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