Category Archives: Economy

Route to prosperity event coming to Northwest MI

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Event Breakdown

The Northwest Michigan Food Farming Network is attempting to boost the amount of locally sourced food bought and sold in state.

In order to kickstart that goal, the network is holding an event at the end of the month in Traverse city.
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Transitional housing for veterans is one of a kind in northern Michigan

DSC_0201-largeStudies show the state of Michigan has roughly twelve hundred homeless veterans. Northern Michigan has one shelter to help transition veterans in that area out of homelessness.

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Public comment period extended for pipeline studies

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The state has extended the public comment period for two independent studies of Enbridge’s pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.
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MSU Extension bridges generational gap in agriculture with technology

Msu extension logoMichigan State University Extension will host an event in mid-March aimed at helping those new to agriculture get a head start.
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Senate adopts emergency budget bill to help Flint residents with water bills

money-coinsThe Michigan Senate has adopted a 30 (m) million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills. Governor Rick Snyder asked for the appropriation this week after Flint residents complained they should not have to pay for water they can’t drink because of the threat of lead contamination.
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Lower heating bills are in store this winter for households using natural gas

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It may be okay to crank up the heat a bit more – those heating their homes with natural gas can expect to see lower bills this winter.

DTE Energy says the cost for the company to buy natural gas has fallen by 8%, meaning more savings for customers. Continue reading

Michigan officials in California teaching national departments about credit card skimmers

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Michigan officials are teaching the secret service, FBI and other national departments how to catch credit card skimmers.

Credit card skimmers are illegal devices that criminals install on gas station pumps to steal consumers credit card information. Continue reading

Saginaw Valley State University hosts growing science competition

 

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Opened First Aid Kit

I took a trip to Saginaw Valley State University’s campus for this year’s regional HOSA competition.  HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America.

The event is focused on getting high school students involved with every level of the health science field…. and it’s a big field.

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Starting January first, the Michigan minimum wage will be increasing by 35-cents an hour

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Starting January first — Michigan’s minimum wage will begin a series of incremental yearly increases. This year it jumps from $8.15 an hour to $8.50.

Over the next three years, incremental increases in the minimum wage will bring it to $9.25 an hour in 2018. Continue reading

Michigan beet crop could be threatened by warm weather

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The same warm weather that allowed the Michigan Sugar Company to take in a record-breaking harvest may be threatening those same beets, as they sit in storage, awaiting processing.

Ray Van Driessche is the director of community and government relations for Michigan Sugar Company. He said the size of the yield was unbelievable.

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