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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - MI: Family/Father Issues

Michigan ranks 41st in the nation for education, according to a new report. (kconnors/morguefile)

Lansing, Mich. — As Michigan continues to slide toward the bottom of the nation when it comes to education and child poverty, a new report offers a blueprint for policymakers to begin to turn things around. According to the 2017 Kids Count report, Michigan ranks 32nd in the country for overa

Racial barriers are robbing many Michigan kids of a traditional childhood and of future opportunities. (ladyheart/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is failing its children, according to a new report that finds all kids in the state struggling academically, and African-American children ranking worst in the nation on key indicators of health, economic security, education and community. The "2017 Race for Results

Men who are improperly named the father of a child can face financial and legal challenges. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While some Michigan men enjoyed their Father's Day with family, for others it was a cruel reminder of the injustice they face. In Michigan and some other states, it is easy to become the named father of another man's child. And that can mean expensive financial challenges an

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

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 law requires fireworks never be used while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – The splendor of fireworks in the night sky is the hallmark of any great Fourth of July gathering, but experts warn that disaster can result without the proper procedures. Michigan State Fire Marshal Julie Secontine says fireworks should be lit one at a time, on a driveway or

Eight families will be honored on Michigan Reunification Day. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – There's a special celebration today to honor Michigan families that were once torn apart. Michigan Reunification Day recognizes parents who have successfully navigated the challenges that caused them to be separated from their children. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge T

Michigan is ranked 40th among states for educational outcomes in the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While the overall well-being of Michigan kids is improving, a new report says children are falling behind when it comes to education. Michigan dropped to 10th-worst nationally for education in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released today. Kids Count Michigan Project Directo

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