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PNS Daily Newscast - August 15, 2018 


Closing arguments today in the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Primary Election results; climate change is making summer fun harder to find across the U.S.; and how parents can win the battle between kids' outdoor play and screen time.

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Public News Service - MI: Consumer Issues

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

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

The Michigan Progressive Summit will address the wide variety of attacks on labor, consumers and the environment coming from lawmakers in Lansing and Washington, D.C. (MI Progressive Summit)

FLINT, Mich. – This Saturday, about 700 people are expected to gather at the University of Michigan-Flint for the annual Michigan Progressive Summit. The theme this year is the Persistence of the Resistance: Voices, Values and Votes. Organizer Denzel McCampbell, the communications director f

Police arrested dozens of protesters Monday after they wrapped the MI DEQ building in crime scene tape following a march and rally. (Valerie Blakely/MI Poor People's Campaign)

LANSING, Mich. – About 500 protesters marched on the Capitol building and then wrapped crime tape around the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing on Monday to draw attention to environmental crises - part of a 40-city nationwide protest called the Poor People's Campaign. S

The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is 65 years old, and considered too risky by environmental groups to continue to transport oil. (Oil and Water Don't Mix coalition)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – People getting off the ferry to attend the Mackinac Policy Conference Tuesday will be handed lollipops by protesters – with the plea "not to be a sucker" for Enbridge, the company behind the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. The conferenc

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