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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MD: Livable Wages/Working Families

Maryland has capped payday loans at 33 percent but other states have not put limits in place. (consumerfinance.gov)

BALTIMORE — While consumer rights groups are celebrating last week's decision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop payday debt traps, they say there's still more work to be done. The new rules require payday lenders to start verifying a borrower's ability to repay the loan bef

A collaboration in Maryland focuses on partnerships between large corporations and minority- and women-owned businesses. (aacounty.org)

BALTIMORE, Md. — They’re called anchor institutions: organizations like hospitals and universities that have developed deep roots in their communities. And they’re finding new ways to improve local economies and create opportunities for more low-income residents, according to a new

The band

POTOMAC, Md. -- It may sound like a strange combination, but a rock band is mixing music and a message about financial literacy aimed at kids. The band Gooding will perform a couple of shows in Maryland in September before traveling to Washington, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania as part of a natio

Long before Election Day, people can also make their voices heard by being campaign workers for the candidates of their choice. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

BALTIMORE – As the November election draws closer, advocates for working families across the nation are trying to get the word out about how much each individual vote counts. In Maryland, volunteers are going door to door, talking about some of the issues on the ballot and the candidates who

About 400 STEM Festivals will be held for students in Maryland this fall. (STEM Festival)

COLUMBIA, Md. -- It can be a challenge to convince kids that science and math can be fun. But in Maryland, inroads are being made with a series of hands-on events. The STEM Festivals feature robotics, painting with computers, designing and building, and other projects -- all teaching children the i

Children who grow up with a parent in prison deal with a variety of issues, including poverty and emotional trauma. (ca.gov)

BALTIMORE - There are 82,000 children in Maryland with either a mom or dad who are, or have been, in jail or prison. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says these kids often are dealing with poverty, homelessness and emotional trauma. The report has recommendations to state and local po

New food-stamp regulations are going into effect in Maryland next month, and food pantries may not be able to handle the influx. (Virginia Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - People age 18 to 49 who are considered able-bodied adults with no dependents will lose SNAP benefits on April 1 unless they meet new federal requirements. They have to work at least 20 hours a week, be in school or participate in a volunteer or job-training program. Beth Martino,

Maryland lawmakers are considering the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which supporters say will create jobs and help the state's environment. (Badger Rose)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than half of Maryland's electricity still comes from fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas. The point behind the "Clean Energy Jobs Act" in the legislature is to raise the state's commitment to use wind and solar energy to 25 percent by 2020. That's five percent higher an

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