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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - MI: Consumer Issues

The fate of healthcare for millions of Michiganders could come down to a vote in Congress on Thursday. (Architect of the Capitol)

LANSING, Mich. – As President Donald Trump makes a last push to Congress to get his healthcare proposal across the finish line in the U.S. House, policy experts in Michigan are raising red flags. More than 650,000 people are enrolled in the state's Healthy Michigan expanded Medicaid plan, with

Help is available to ease some of the tax-time burden. (Pixabay)

DETROIT -- Tax season can be a stressful time for many, but free help is available across the state to ease some of that burden and make sure Michiganders get the refunds and credits they're entitled to. Every year, hundreds of IRS-certified, trained volunteers across Michigan devote their time to

Windstorm damage done to homes, vehicles and property will typically be covered by insurance. (M. Haus)

LANSING, Mich. – The massive windstorm that tore roofs off houses and downed trees across the state also could rip a hole in your budget, which is why experts urge caution with the repair process. More than one million people lost power from what's being called one of the worst weather event

Clean-water advocates say the state needs to develop better policies for companies that want to extract and bottle Michigan water. (cohdra/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michiganders have just a few days left to let state officials know how they feel about the planned expansion of a bottled-water operation that some are calling a betrayal of the state's residents and resources. Swiss bottled water giant Nestle has asked the state for permiss

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

Early tax filers will have to wait for refunds this year. It's the result of new anti-fraud measures being taken by the Internal Revenue Service. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – It's just about time to give Uncle Sam his share, and some changes this year could affect when those who often rely on tax refunds will get their money back. The IRS will begin accepting 2016 income tax returns on Jan. 23, but because of new anti-fraud measures, taxpayers fi

Using cash for holiday purchases can help avoid the debt cycle. (cohdra/morguefile)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – While red is one of the colors of the holiday season, it's not a good look for a bank account, and experts say racking up holiday debt can lead to a cycle that's hard to break. The average American will spend $936 on holiday gifts this year, the second highest amount on reco

Despite improved toy safety, parents are urged to be vigilant and look for hazards. (davidd/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – As Michigan parents and caregivers tackle their holiday shopping lists, a new report is reminding them to keep toy safety top of mind. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group or "PIRG" Education Fun, in its annual Trouble in Toyland 2016 report, focused this year on toy recall

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