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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - MI: Consumer Issues

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 Federal Election Commission has not yet indicated if the donor disclosure rule will be applied retroactively. (Twenty20)

LANSING, Mich. — Voters may soon have a better idea of who's really behind all those political ads supporting or attacking candidates for President, the U.S. House or the Senate. The Supreme Court just let stand a lower court ruling which forces nonprofit groups to disclose donors who spend mo

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

Michigan's five national parks attract 2.5 million people every year. (James Sisk/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – National parks in Michigan and around the nation could get some much needed TLC if Congress acts to provide much needed financial support. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is promoting bipartisan legislation that would address the $12 billion maintenance backlog at

Mediterranean Island International Foods is an immigrant-owned store in Grand Rapids that employs 25 people and offers products from 25 different countries. (MLPP)<br />

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – While the immigration debate tops national headlines, immigrant entrepreneurs are busy strengthening Michigan communities, according to a new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy. The report says immigrants account for 12 percent of business owners in the sta

The National Park Service estimates that the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore needs almost $17 million in repairs. (National Park Service)

LANSING, Mich. – Legislation to fund billions of dollars in deferred maintenance in America’s national parks gets a hearing in Washington on Wednesday. The Restore Our Parks Act would set up a fund dedicated to national parks using money from onshore and offshore drilling for oil, gas

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