Schauer calls education his “top priority” in schools plan



The Democrat likely to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.
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Michigan jobless rate drops to 7.5 percent


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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to seven and a half percent.

It marks the seventh month in a row the rate has declined, and its lowest point since April of 2008.

The jobless rate is a little more than one percent below where it was a year ago, and outpaced the improvement in the national rate over the same period.

Over the past 12 months, employment grew in the manufacturing, high-tech, and hotel-and-restaurant sectors.

There were job losses in the government and financial sectors.

The overall drop in statistical unemployment in Michigan has been slowed somewhat by people re-joining the workforce to compete for jobs.

Also, when people who have stopped looking for work, as well as part-time workers who’d like to be full-time, are added the mix, Michigan’s rate of unemployment and under-employment is 15-point-two percent.

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Coalition pushes for marijuana decriminalization

With marijuana reforms sweeping the nation, several cities in the state of Michigan may soon be seeing some changes as well. Read more

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Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share

moneyLocal officials say not enough of the revenue Michigan takes in around Tax Day goes to cities, towns, and counties.
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Sleeping Bear Dune path construction resumes this week

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Construction of a non-motorized path at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is scheduled to this week.
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Transportation Infrastructure meeting leaves members hopeful

MABA logo BrownMichigan roads may see less agricultural traffic if transportation infrastructure plans continue to move forward. Read more

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Dam fails in Roscommon County; flash flood warning issued

A dam failure in extreme southwestern Roscommon County has prompted a flash flood warning and road closures throughout the area.
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Moose-wolf study honored

WolfA study of the predator-prey relationship between moose and wolves on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior has been inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. WNMU’s Nicole Walton has more.
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Snyder sued for not recognizing same-sex marriages



The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal.
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Newaygo County residents urged to prepare for evacuation

Photo courtesy of Croton Township.

Photo courtesy of Croton Township.


Residents living along the Muskegon River downstream of the Croton Dam in Newaygo County are being urged to prepare to evacuate.
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