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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2019 


The U.S. House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for defying congressional subpoenas related to the U.S. census.

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More than half of the 48 billion robocalls placed to Americans in 2018 were classified as scams or telemarketing pitches. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Those annoying robocalls that drive people crazy are the targets of a bill before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today. The "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act" would require the Federal Communications Commission to adopt consumer-protection rules, forci

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says about 30% of teens who vape start smoking within six months, compared with about 8% of non-users.(Vaping 360/Creative Commons)

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Supporters are speaking out this week in favor of a pair of controversial anti-vaping bills - with opponents saying they don't go far enough. Senate Bills 106 and 155 would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products to minors and impose fines of up to $2,500 on retai

Hannah Gilliam is featured in a Michigan League for Public Policy video about the importance of access to affordable child care. (MLPP)

LANSING, Mich. – Affordable, quality child care helps parents stay in the workforce and earn money to provide for their families. But for some Michigan families, it's a difficult balance to achieve. When Hannah Gilliam of Grand Rapids had her first child at a young age, she says she couldn

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

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