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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - MI: Family/Father Issues

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

Navigation systems, cell phones, music and passengers can be driving distractions. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - The carefree days of summer are here, which means more teenager drivers will be on Michigan's roads. And experts say avoiding distractions is key to staying safe while behind the wheel. Pediatric Trauma Program Manager Amy Randall with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital says traffic

Supporters of reproductive justice say women should have the right to choose if they want to have children, or not. (Pixabay)

FLINT, Mich. - Faith leaders, policy experts and families will gather Friday, May 20, in Flint to amplify the voices of those who support reproductive freedom. The Interfaith Reproductive Justice Conference will address issues including abortion and birth control, sex education in congregations, a

Opponents argue that transgender bathroom bills are an attempt to control a minority population. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Supporters of LGBT equality say it's time to stop gender identity-based discrimination in Michigan and around the country. North Carolina's new law banning people from using public restrooms that don't correspond to their birth gender is now the subject federal litigation, but has

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