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PNS Daily Newscast - December 10, 2018 


Nick Ayers is said to reject Trump’s offer to be White House chief of staff. Also on the Monday rundown: help still needed in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael, and look for a domestic workers bill of rights to be introduced in congress next year.

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Public News Service - MI: Consumer Issues

Common holiday scams include compromised gift cards, fake websites and package theft. (guvo59/Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Just like the Grinch, identity thieves and other scammers are ready and waiting to squash the joy of the holiday season. However, Michiganders can reduce the chances of becoming a scam victim. With shoppers distracted by their to-do lists and opening their wallets frequent

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

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

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