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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2017 


Attorney General Sessions tight-lipped before the Senate Judiciary Committee; a new report says bith-control access is critical for both health and economic security; and expect a personal touch to finances as today marks Credit Union Day.

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Public News Service - MI: Consumer Issues

Payday lenders tend to set up shop in communities without access to traditional banking services. (krosseel/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- Thousands of Michiganders have become trapped in a cycle of debt after resorting to high interest, short-term loans to make ends meet, and advocates for the financially vulnerable say a new package of bills would make matters much worse. The state Senate is considering three bill

Swiss-based water bottler Nestlé is accused of a water grab in Michigan and other parts of the Great Lakes basin. (o0o0xmods0o0o/morguefile)

FLINT, Mich. – Michiganders have spoken out with petitions and emails about bottled water giant Nestlé's plan to more than double the amount of water it pumps out of northern Michigan, and activists say now, it's time to fight back with purchasing power. Michigan Citizens for Water Cons

Seating in outdoor areas is one factor communities consider when planning age-friendly amenities. (Pippalou/morguefile)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids has earned a reputation as one of Michigan's most "hip" cities, but it also wants to be at the forefront of the movement to create places where age isn't a barrier to being active in community life. The city is working to become part of the AARP Network of Age-F

If maintained, by 2025, clean car standards are expected to save consumers close to $1,500 in fuel. (pippalou/morguefile)

DETROIT – It's been less than a year since government agencies conducted an extensive review of the Obama administration's fuel efficiency standards, and clean energy advocates want to put the brakes on a new attempt to repeat the entire process. On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Ag

Doctors say medical school graduates don't currently have enough options for community-based training in Michigan. (clarita/morguefile)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – They see patients from birth to death, and some family physicians say getting more medical students to choose the primary care field could play a big part in creating a healthier Michigan. Michigan has long been a leader in medical education, but many graduates either lea

Improvements in cost and technology have helped drive solar installations in Michigan. (jusben/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan could one day give the Sunshine State a run for its nickname, with investments in solar power and energy efficiency reaching new levels. Michigan Saves, the state's green bank that helps connect interested customers with lenders and contractors, hit a major mileston

Michigan lawmakers approved a $56.5 billion budget for 2018. (Brian Charles Watson/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday is expected to sign the 2018 state budget, a plan that some analysts describe as both promising and concerning. Rachel Richards, legislative coordinator for the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the $56.5 billion state budget includes a numbe

Invasive zebra mussels have been in the Great Lakes since the 1980s, crowding out native species and damaging the underwater environment. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

LANSING, Mich. – No matter where you are in Michigan, water isn't far away, and this week’s Michigan Boating Week highlights the importance of protecting the state's freshwater resources from the threat of aquatic hitchhikers. More than 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes

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