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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

Last year, 300,000 Michiganders applied for assistance with home heating bills. (Dennis Murphy/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. — Many Michiganders are experiencing a bit of sticker shock as they open their energy bills after a few bitter cold months, but assistance is available to help keep the light and heat on this year. The state is now processing home-heating credit applications for low-income house

Michigan manufactures say their plants and supply chains are growing more vulnerable to severe weather, here and abroad. (AcrylicArtist/morguefile)

DETROIT — Michigan companies are having to deal with the effects of a changing climate, and a new report says that is sending ripples through the state's economy. The report from the nonprofit group Business Forward found manufacturers, investors, and small business owners are reevaluating p

More than 1,000 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will help prepare taxes across Michigan this season. (DuBoix/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Tax season is here and so is free help from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Last year, the program helped more than 66,000 people in Michigan file their federal and state income tax returns, and receive more than $26 million in refunds, including nearly $3 million in E

The pipeline under the Mackinac Straits transports up to 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids each day. (JasonGillman/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A coalition working to protect the Great Lakes says Gov. Rick Snyder has again sidestepped leadership on a major water issue by refusing to shut down the oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits. Last month, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, which Snyder created,

Connecting with free help to file taxes could help some people in Michigan access credits. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich – Tens of thousands of Michiganders who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit leave millions of dollars on the table by not claiming it, which is why advocates are urging people to get their documents in order and take advantage of available resources. The EITC helps

Michigan's average weekly unemployment benefit will not keep a family with children out of poverty while job hunting. (jppi/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – If you find yourself unemployed and you live in Michigan, it's a double whammy, according to a new analysis that finds the state falls far short of its neighbors when it comes to providing a safety net to those looking for jobs. The report from the Michigan League for Public

Nearly 2,600 Michigan households now generate their own electricity through solar power, according to state data. (jutta/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – The number of Michiganders who produce their own electricity with solar panels in 2016 grew by 427 over the previous year, according to a new report by the Michigan Public Service Commission, but there are concerns that policy changes will stunt future progress. Much of the

Michigan's $.35-per-hour minimum-wage increase adds $14 per week before taxes to the paychecks of those working full-time. (markgraf/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan rang in 2018 with a 35-cent hike to the minimum wage, but some say that doesn't go far enough and want voters to have the final word. This week marked the last of three scheduled increases under a law passed in 2014, taking the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour.

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