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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: Civic Engagement

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

GOP lawmakers missed a key deadline this weekend to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Virginia Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Groups that have pushed for health care for all Americans are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Senate Republicans missed a deadline this weekend to use the budget reconciliation process to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That means they now have to have 60 Senate vot

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

A congressional panel tasked with coming up with climate change solutions is growing in membership. (fl.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A panel made up of members of Congress who are seeking solutions to climate change is growing by leaps and bounds. The Climate Solutions Caucus started with just a handful of members a few years ago, but now has 50. It's bipartisan, and for every Democratic member added, t

A record number of Americans have turned to solar energy to power their homes. (energy.gov)

TAKOMA PARK, Md. -- Despite President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Americans continue to embrace the idea of renewable energy. Forty years ahead of Environmental Protection Agency predictions, output from renewable energy has doubled, and now nearly twenty percent of ele

Opposition is mounting to proposed mega-mergers of chemical companies. (foe.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nearly 325 organizations have signed a letter pressing new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure the Justice Department does its job without political interference when it looks at a proposal to let Dow Chemical and DuPont, Monsanto and Bayer, and Syngenta and ChemC

Family gatherings and holiday parties could quickly go downhill this year, as emotions continue to run high post-election. (woodvillage.or.us)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – "We respectfully agree to disagree" may be the mantra heard at office parties, family events and faith-based celebrations across the country this season, since emotions remain highly-charged for a lot of people after the presidential election. With weeks of holiday gatherings

About 56 million Americans live with some type of disability, and voters guides are available by state featuring candidates' views on the issues that affect them. (cityofirvine.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A group advocating for rights for people with disabilities has spent the last year contacting all the candidates running for president, governor and U.S. Senate in the general election, asking them to fill out a survey explaining how they would address the issues that 56 milli

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