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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 - MI: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Trump's plan to ban transgender troops is drawing criticism and outrage. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – He pledged to defend their rights, but President Trump now says transgender individuals can't defend their country, which activists say could set off a ripple effect of discrimination. Stephanie White is executive director of the advocacy group Equality Michigan and also ser

Research shows racial disparities exist in Michigan in reading proficiency, school discipline, and graduation rates. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

LANSING, Mich. – As hundreds of Michiganders gathered at a forum Monday to discuss poverty and racial inequity, a new report examines persistent racial disparities in educational opportunities for Michigan kids. The forum was sponsored by the Michigan League for Public Policy, which also rele

Michigan researchers say racism permeates all aspects of the nation's food system, from farm workers to food preparation and service. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - People don't often think of racism when they think of how food gets from the field to the table, but experts say it's an issue all along the nation's food supply chain. From farm workers to food processors, to restaurant servers, the need to embrace racial equity along with sustai

Mira Krishnan of Grand Rapids says there is a tremendous opportunity to nurture a future wave of feminists. (Michigan NOW)

LANSING, Mich. - March is Women's History Month and, for over a century, women in the U.S. have fought for equality. But despite their advances, persistent struggles within the feminist movement could hinder future progress. That's the view of activist and entrepreneur Mira Krishnan, co-founder an

Children are among those most affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria. (Elsa Alaswad)

LANSING, Mich. – The Syrian conflict is a monumental humanitarian crises with decades of social and human development lost since it began in 2011. A Michigan social worker is spearheading a plan to rebuild the country. Social workers are the backbone of civil society, says Marijo Upshaw of

Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to stop accepting Syrian refugees in Michigan is being met with some criticism. Credit: Office of Gov. Snyder.

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder is receiving some backlash following his decision to suspend efforts to accept Syrian refugees into Michigan. In the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, Snyder said he is suspending efforts to encourage resettlement in Michigan, citing safety concerns. Sta

As the state's fiscal year begins Thursday, a new report finds the budget lacking in programs to help lift families out of poverty. Credit: AcryllicArtist/morguefile

LANSING, Mich. – A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy is critical of the new state budget when it comes to helping break the poverty cycle that still plagues the state. The report acknowledges some positive elements, including an expansion of dental care for low-income chi

Michigan doesn't just need more jobs, it needs policies that support working families, according to the Michigan League for Policy's annual Labor Day report. Credit: maryhere/morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. - Unemployment is down and jobs are up in Michigan. However, advocates for working families say it's not all cause for celebration on this Labor Day weekend, as those numbers don't tell the whole story. Gilda Jacobs, CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, says her group's Lab

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