DNR grants more than $1 million in wildlife grants

On The Ground MUCC Courtesy  Photo.

On The Ground MUCC Courtesy Photo.

Wildlife enthusiasts, landowners and hunters may see more wildlife in the coming year thanks to habitat funding.

DNR officials announced this month that one million dollars in grant money has been awarded to Michigan individuals and organizations.
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Clean Water Act marks anniversary on Saturday

October 18 is the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, but National Wildlife Federation officials say the bill’s current ambiguity puts miles of streams and wetlands at risk of losing protection.

The questionable language was found as the result of two recent Supreme Court challenges to the act.
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Michigan’s jobless rate is 7.2% headed into November election

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to seven-point-two percent. It’s the lowest rate in six years.

So many people left the state during the recession, there are fewer people competing for jobs as more positions are created by the recovery. But that’s good news for those who are left, especially as improving auto sales spur growth in the manufacturing sector, helping along transportation, warehousing and other businesses. That’s according to Bruce Weaver of the state Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Special education conference comes to central Michigan this weekend

School desksPeople who interact with children and young adults with special needs are being invited to a special conference on the campus of Central Michigan University this weekend.

The focus of the conference will be improving communication skills between parents and professionals to help young people with special needs, said Sarah Cassavaugh. She’s with the Michigan Alliance for Families, which is sponsoring the event. Read more

State launches effort to reduce trauma for infants in foster care

_ICT1041-01State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they are removed from their homes and put into foster care. The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) hopes to change that with a new set of policies.
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Support for Michigan agriculture continues to grow

farmingNorthern Michigan agriculture is receiving a boost through new grant money, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will provide nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state. Read more