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On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - MI: Poverty Issues

Help is available now so income-qualified residents can keep the heat on this winter. (hillarycl/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – While most Michiganders are still soaking up summer, colder weather will be here before long, and the deadline is fast approaching to apply for assistance to help keep warm this winter. The Michigan Home Heating Credit is based on household income and size, and is available

Poverty and bias are widespread in the transgender community, according to new data. (TransAmerica/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. -- Poverty, discrimination, unemployment and psychological stress - those are just some of the hallmarks of the transgender experience in Michigan, according to a study out this week - the largest study of its kind. The National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed nearly 28,000

Proponents of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit say it could help workers who are in between raising children and retirement. (John Morgan/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - The federal Earned Income Tax Credit is considered to be one of the best tools available to help lift people out of poverty - but it could be doing more. The EITC allows eligible low-wage workers to keep a larger portion of their income instead of paying it as taxes. But Kyle DuBuc

Experts say mentoring can help boost educational outcomes and behavior for teens. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Being a teen is tough enough, especially without a supportive adult around to offer guidance through life's challenges. Around Michigan, the GoodGuides youth mentoring program is working to help at-risk youth get on the right track for future success. Kim Owens, branch man

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

In Michigan, 62 percent of university students are graduating with debt averaging close to $30,000. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan college students are digging into the fall semester, but eventually many will be digging themselves out of a mountain of debt. A report released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows 62 percent of university students in Michigan are graduating with de

The top 1 percent of Michigan workers earn 22 times more than the bottom 99 percent. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – New data suggests Michigan's rich are getting richer while many others struggle to make ends meet. According to a fact sheet from the Michigan League for Public Policy, the top 1 percent of earners in the state make 22 times more than the bottom 99 percent. Rachel Richards

Some people believe payday loan sharks should be feared just as much as those swimming in the ocean. (Valdek/Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While some Michiganders enjoy watching "Shark Week" specials on TV, others are working to stop what they see as another type of predator – the loan shark. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced rules to regulate the payday loan industry, but some g

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