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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2019 


A look at some of the big takeaways from the release of the redacted Mueller report. Also, on our Friday rundown: Iowa recovers from devastating floods and prepares for more. And, scallopers urged to minimize the threat to seagrass.

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Public News Service - MI: Consumer

A majority of Michigan voters age 45-plus are concerned about being able to afford prescription drugs for their families. (David Goehring/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – Older Michiganders outraged over the soaring cost of prescription medications are turning up the heat on lawmakers and drug companies. Lisa Dedden Cooper, manager of advocacy with AARP Michigan, says a new "Stop Rx Greed" campaign is calling for a crackdown on unfair drug pr

In recent years, Michiganders have gathered in the capital to advocate for clean drinking water on World Water Day. (Valerie Jean)

DETROIT – Michiganders plan to come out and show their support for the right to clean drinking water. Friday marks the 26th annual World Water Day, highlighting the importance of clean drinking water across the globe. Shannon Abbott, president of Grand Rapids Water Protectors and vice pres

Bullkill Marsh is about 200 yards from the proposed potash facility near Hersey in Evart Township, Osceola County. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

Updated 5:35 pm EST to include response from Michigan Potash Company CEO Ted Pagano. HERSEY, Mich. – The fight continues over a potash-mining facility that broke ground in the fall near the Osceola County town of Hersey. Recently, Michigan Potash Co. sent letters to several landowners, unil

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has settled multiple lawsuits with payday lenders for minimal fines since President Donald Trump's appointee took the reins last summer. (Krosseel/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – The federal government is proposing to change rules that protect consumers from those short term payday loan companies often referred to as predatory lenders. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection had already put the Obama-era Payday Lending Rule on hold, but on Wednes

Detroit was recently ranked ninth nationally for high numbers of water shutoffs. (Bryan Debus/Flickr)

DETROIT – New research is intensifying calls to stop water shutoffs in Detroit, and for the city to adopt a sensible water affordability plan. A 100-page report released by faith leaders and academics suggests the aging water and sewer infrastructure, increasing bills, shutoffs and service i

Starting in 2020, 650,000 Healthy Michigan beneficiaries will be subject to new work requirements. (click/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Policy groups are hopeful state lawmakers will learn from Arkansas' mistakes as work requirements for the Healthy Michigan Plan are implemented. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that nearly 17,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas already h

IRS-trained volunteers will be available to help with tax questions at community fairs across the state in January and February.  (CEDAM)

LANSING, Mich. – Find out how to save thousands of dollars on your taxes – and get financial advice at Show Me the Money Day – a series of free community empowerment fairs to be held across the state in January and February. There will be 38 events – the first one is Jan. 2

A rally against allowing more radioactive waste into the Wayne Disposal Facility is set for 10:40 a.m. Monday. (Coalition to Oppose US Ecology Expansion)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House of Representatives is expected to take up a proposal this week that critics say would make the state a magnet for radioactive waste from fracking around the country. The state Senate has already passed SB 1195, which would allow specialized Type I landfill

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