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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Public News Service - MI: Consumer

Michigan State University's STEM Teaching and Learning Center is the first building in the state to use mass timber for its load-bearing structure. (MSU)

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan is in a unique position to capitalize on innovative building technology that can improve the environment. Mass timber is created from smaller pieces of wood, such as two-by-fours, that are glued together to create beams, floors and other load-bearing building structures.

Gas prices in Michigan are $2.10 on average, the same as the national average. (Adobe Stock)

Both sides of the pipeline were shutdown June 25th by court order. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the date was June 19th. (12:48 p.m., August 18, 2020) LANSING, Mich. -- Warnings that shutting down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline would cause gas prices to go through the ceiling ar

More Michiganders are experiencing financial crises because of the coronavirus pandemic, and for many, overdue utility bills are piling up. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - As families brace for further economic downturn, many are struggling to pay their utility bills. Some say the novel coronavirus pandemic is a rallying cry for integrating more renewable-energy sources such as solar and wind into the state's electric grid. The fossil-fuel industry

Folks who live in low-income housing like Jefferson Oaks in Oak Park are hard hit by the pandemic lockdown. (Community Housing Network)

LANSING, Mich. -- Housing advocates predict a massive wave of evictions and foreclosures once the moratorium on evictions is lifted, unless the state puts together a comprehensive program to assist families thrown out of work by the COVID-19 crisis. Michigan is home to more than 2.5 million renter

The Enbridge Line 5 replacement pipeline would be buried beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. -- Conservation groups are praising the state for handing the Line 5 pipeline replacement project another setback. The State Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has asked Enbridge to rewrite its permit application to rebuild an oil and gas pipeline underneath the Strai

People who advocate for income-based water rates see the current moratorium on water shutoffs in Michigan as only a temporary fix for lower-income households. (Becker1999/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified water-access issues for low-income families in Michigan, and a new report reveals that a hotly debated remedy is possible under state law. In response to years of ever-increasing water rates and shutoffs, consumer advocates in Michigan have call

The federal government has started sending stimulus checks as part of the CARES Act. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The federal government is starting to dole out some financial relief to Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic through stimulus checks. However, some people need to take action to ensure they receive a payment. Households without a federal tax filing requirement will not autom

A $28 box of food can provide 22 meals for an older adult in Michigan. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The COVID-19 outbreak is amplifying traditional barriers to food access in Michigan, and older residents are especially vulnerable. The Food Bank Council of Michigan and Area Agencies on Aging are working together to distribute quarantine food boxes to food insecure seniors who n

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