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Largest particleboard press coming to Grayling


A $325-million project has been announced for Crawford County.

A Georgia company, ARAUCA has announced plans to begin manufacturing particleboard in Grayling. Officials say the factory will include the largest press in North America. Continue reading

Chase Bank reaches settlement over unlawful debt collection


Chase Bank has reached an agreement with Michigan and 47 other states to settle claims related to unlawful debt collection practices.

The total of the state-federal settlement is $136 million dollars, Michigan will receive $3 million of that money. Continue reading

New K-12 budget includes early literacy funding


The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.

The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Every school district in the state will see a funding bump of $70 to $140 per student under the new K-through-12 budget the Legislature just sent to Governor Rick Snyder. Continue reading

Report shows increasing cost of raising children

moneyThe cost of raising a child has increased by nearly 2 percent since 2012, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report estimates it will cost low-income families, or those making less than $61,530 annually, about $176,550 to raise a child from birth to age 18.
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Kildee hopes to use repurposed federal funds to tackle commercial blight

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Congressman Dan Kildee is hoping to get the federal government to help foot the bill for tearing down abandoned commercial properties in Michigan’s cities.

The Flint Democrat says abandoned commercial properties can be a drag on entire neighborhoods, hurting property values and affecting quality of life.
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Hearings to open on electricity deregulation

Hearings open this week at the state Capitol on a proposal to lift Michigan’s cap on electricity companies competing for customers. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us a 2008 law says no more than 10 percent of the state’s electricity can be directly provided to consumers by an alternative to a region’s major utility.
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Michigan communities work on developing local “brands”

michigan1The concept of self-identity for communities in the state of Michigan has become a trend over recent years, partially due to the growth of the “Pure Michigan” campaign.

Some cities, like Alpena, are already engaged in the process. Others, like Mount Pleasant, are just beginning the process to answer the question “Who are we?” Continue reading