Month: January 2022

Why Increasing Labor Force Participation Is Critical for Michigan’s Economy

We face enormous challenges as a state and a country, but the lack of jobs is not the main problem. Our population is aging, labor force participation is low and trending downward for decades, and our education system is struggling to keep up with the growing demands of our global economy. Our biggest economic problem …

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Cruise ships will return to Muskegon after canceled seasons | Michigan News

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Cruise ships will visit Muskegon again this summer, after port calls were canceled for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Seventeen shutdowns are planned for this summer, and more could be planned in the coming years, the Muskegon Chronicle reported. “It’s going to be a very, very busy summer,” Muskegon …

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Historic Church Enters New Chapter as Airbnb, Wedding Chapel | Michigan News

By JENNIFER TIMAR, Livingston Daily Press & Argus FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — An early 20th-century former church in Fowlerville served multiple functions. It is the former location of St. Agnes Catholic Church, which was turned into a residence in the 1970s. Several families have held weddings and events in the chapel over the years. Now …

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Michigan State University Extension Names Julia Darnton Director of District 4 | Entertainment

TAWAS CITY – Julia (Julie) Darnton has been named District 4 Director for Michigan State University Extension. NEW DIRECTOR — Julia (Julie) Darnton has been named District 4 Director for Michigan State University Extension. Darnton has served in the interim position since May 2020. District 4 includes Alcona, Arenac, Crawford, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon …

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groups to challenge Michigan home card partisan fairness | Michigan News

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several groups announced Friday they would file a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s new State House map, alleging it is biased toward Republicans and should be redrawn to be fairer to Democrats on a partisan basis. The lawsuit, which will be filed in Michigan’s Supreme Court early next …

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How ‘payday loans’ help wolves manage their money

Wolves received £23m in loan secured against future installments from Diogo Jota’s sale to Liverpool, helping Jeff Shi manage cash flow WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Wolverhampton Wanderers Technical Director Scott Sellars (L) and Wolverhampton Wanderers Executive Chairman Jeff Shi look on during a Wolverhampton Wanderers pre-season training session at Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground …

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Commission urges court to dismiss redistricting challenge | Michigan News

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer for the Michigan Redistricting Commission on Wednesday defended new maps for seats in Congress and the Legislature and urged the state Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge filed by black lawmakers . The lawsuit seeks to have some boundaries redrawn because the maps reduce the …

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What GM’s upcoming Lansing EV battery plant means for central Michigan’s economy

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — General Motors announced Tuesday morning that it will invest more than $7 billion in Michigan. This is the largest employment investment in the company’s history. The investment is expected to maintain 1,000 jobs and create 4,000 others. With strikes, the COVID pandemic and chip shortages, those who work for automakers have …

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Michigan community colleges vying for 4-year nursing programs amid shortages

The debate comes at a time when healthcare facilities across the country are facing staffing shortages. But this isn’t the first time lawmakers have debated what kinds of degrees community colleges can offer. Related: Michigan House Bills 5556 and 5557 would allow community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate nursing programs. Funders argue the measures would …

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Henry Ford Health System, Michigan State University seeks to inaugurate research institute

The research institute and medical school will emulate MSU’s venture with Spectrum in Grand Rapids. The duo built a $250 million innovation park more than a decade ago that has attracted significant investment to the region. Last year, pharmaceutical manufacturer Perrigo Co. opened a new 125,000 square foot headquarters in the Innovation Park. “I see …

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Using payday loans during the COVID-19 pandemic

On a day-to-day basis, paying bills can be a real challenge for most individuals and households. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial situation has worsened, highlighting the need for most people to obtain emergency cash. Payday loans give you access to short-term funds, but usually at a higher interest rate. Most payday loans are …

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Radio Station WHMI 93.5 FM – News, Weather, Traffic, Sports, School Updates and the Best Classic Hits from Livingston County Michigan

Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images (BALTIMORE) — A man who worked on the front lines to prevent gun violence in Baltimore, Md., was fatally shot Wednesday night in a quadruple shooting on E. Monument Street in the McElderry Park neighborhood. DaShawn McGrier, 29, from Baltimore, worked as a violence interrupter for …

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Detroit-area councilman wants to save obsolete water tower | Michigan News

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — It’s rusted and no longer needed, but a 165-foot water tower still has fans in a Detroit suburb. St. Clair Shores City Council member David Rubello wants to save the tower, which stands on the town’s golf course, the Macomb Daily reported. The tower was built in the 1920s …

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Best college basketball bets: Michigan State at Wisconsin

Friday college basketball slate doesn’t feature as many enticing matches and situational situations as the weekend, but one of the best matches on the odds board is in Madison, Wisconsin – with a top-15 duel between Michigan State n No. 14 and Wisconsin No. 8. The spots are oriented by opportunities for rebound, disappointment, anticipation …

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Bay College Joins Michigan Community Colleges Jobs Consortium | News, Sports, Jobs

ESCANABA — With the addition of Bay de Noc Community College, Michigan employers looking for job-ready talent can now reach even more colleges through the Michigan Community Colleges Jobs Consortium, powered by College Central Network. CollegeCentral.com/miccjobs allows all employers, large and small, public and private, to register once and then post unlimited jobs to Michigan …

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Missing 18-year-old visits Michigan State University

January 21 Update: Since this story aired, there have been updates in the case. Click here to read the latest. (NewsNation Now) – It’s been nearly three months since 18-year-old Brendan Santo disappeared while visiting friends in East Lansing, Michigan. On the cold and freezing campus of Michigan State University, a burning hope drives loved …

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Topeka JUMP Holds Rally Against Payday Loans

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – With payday lenders able to charge up to 391% interest in the Sunflower State, community leaders have called on Kansas lawmakers to change. Topeka JUMP says community members from local and state organizations came together to demand reform of payday lending practices across the Sunflower State on Wednesday, January 19. Kansans …

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Michigan economy still struggles to compete with other states, study shows

“If we can find ways to remove barriers to work, … (and) get to the US average for labor force participation, we would have another 250,000 workers in Michigan’s workforce,” did he declare. “It’s a significant leap.” BLM’s annual benchmarking report places Michigan 29th out of 50 states in terms of economic growth, a ranking …

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Bay College Joins Michigan Community College Jobs Coalition

With the addition of Bay College, Michigan employers looking for today’s job-ready talent can now reach even more colleges for FREE through the Michigan Community Colleges Jobs Consortium, powered by College Central Network. CollegeCentral.com/miccjobs makes it FREE and easy for all employers, big and small, public and private, to register once, then post an unlimited …

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Michigan State University honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through jazz

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan State University honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at its 42nd annual Jazz, Spirituals, Prayers, and Protest concert. The sweet sounds of jazz music could be heard throughout the Fairchild Theater in East Lansing, where hundreds of people gathered for this event to honor the life and legacy of …

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Michigan community banks raise tens of millions of dollars in capital raises

Jhe 20 million dollars in capital which West Shore Bank Corp. raised towards the end of 2021 will be used to support commercial loan growth. In closing the subordinated debt offering in mid-November, Ludington-based West Shore Bank joined a number of Michigan community banks that have raised additional capital over the past year amid rising …

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Remote Artist Residencies Back to Isle Royale, Porcupines | Michigan News

By EMILY BINGHAM, The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Artist residency programs at two of Michigan’s most remote parks are once again giving creators the chance to find inspiration through deep solitude and connection with unspoiled nature. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in the western Upper Peninsula, and Isle Royale State …

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Michigan students participating in safe driving campaign | Michigan News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students at 38 Michigan high schools are participating in the peer-led road safety campaign “Strive for a Safer Drive.” The program is in its 11th year and aims to reduce crashes involving teens by encouraging them to talk with other teens and their communities about safe driving choices. It is a …

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Michigan State Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Cathy George Retires

Cathy George, head coach of the Michigan State Spartans women’s volleyball teams, has announced her retirement. George’s career spanned 35 seasons, including the last 17 at East Lansing. George took over at MSU in 2005, taking the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament in his second year and moving to the Sweet 16 in his third …

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Michigan auditors report 2,400 more deaths in long-term care facilities | Michigan News

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Auditors in Michigan have discovered nearly 2,400 additional COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities over an 18-month period, both in places that report deaths by coronavirus to the state and in homes that don’t. The figure was disclosed in a study obtained by The Associated …

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Michigan State Medical Society, Doctors Urge Adults and Children of All Ages to Get Flu Shots, Prevent Flurona, Twindemic

The following is a public statement from Pino Colone, MD, president of the Michigan State Medical Society, in response to the nationwide increase in “flurona” cases and the decrease in flu vaccination rates in Michigan. “The Michigan State Medical Society and our state’s medical community urge eligible adults and children of all ages to get …

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Despite pandemic, business owners confident about Michigan’s economy

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — A survey of Michigan business leaders found that, despite the ongoing pandemic, they believe the state is a good place to grow a business. The opinion came from Michigan’s 10th annual economic outlook survey, released at a Thursday meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. Over 1,000 business people and associations across …

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“CashPlease”: a small bank launches an alternative to payday loans

This week, Wells Fargo joined the list of big banks introducing short-term credit products — and the much smaller OneUnited Bank in Boston unveiled its own version, designed as an alternative to payday loans. OneUnited’s loan, called CashPlease, is designed to help customers of the black-owned bank with $635 million in assets manage their cash …

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Michigan State Police acknowledge racial disparity in traffic stops based on Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice study data

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – Michigan State Police are working to reduce racial disparities in traffic stops statewide. On Wednesday, the law enforcement agency held a virtual press conference in conjunction with the Bridges to BLUE Citizen Advisory Council and the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice to review a 2021 study from the MSU …

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Detroit expects return to classrooms by end of January | Michigan News

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Detroit public school students could return to their classrooms in about two weeks. In-person classes should resume by Jan. 24 or Jan. 31 at the latest, according to the district, which moved all schools to virtual learning last week due to rising COVID 19 cases. and the …

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MSU Music Celebrates the Life and Legacy of MLK | MSU Today

Note: Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required for admission. Learn more MSU College of Music’s annual “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest” concert celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be performed at 3 pm on January 16 at the Fairchild Theater. The concert is part of MSU’s 42nd …

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Wooden boat production slows in Walworth County | Michigan News

By BARRY ADAMS, Wisconsin State Journal GENOA CITY, Wisconsin (AP) – Patrick Gallagher was looking for a change, perhaps as a widget maker. For most of his professional career he worked in the family asphalt business. So, after selling his shares in the suburban Chicago company, Gallagher began looking for a business he could grow …

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owner of Fun N Sun grateful for years, heads to retirement | Michigan News

By DAVID BOSSICK, Ludington Daily News AMBER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Dennis Grossenbacher built the family business he wanted, seeing ups and downs along the way, but it feels good knowing that by the time he enters semi- retirement, he knows the staff and customers of Fun N Sun RV will be in good hands. …

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Cowboys add Michigan State LB Cole DeMarzo, former Wyoming WR Isaiah Neyor heads to Tennessee | national

LARAMIE – Wyoming have lost players to Big Sky, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and a rival from Mountain West this offseason. Then on Saturday, the Pokes experimented with both sides of the Power 5 revolving door. Michigan State transfer Cole DeMarzo, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from Hilton Head, SC, has announced his transfer to UW. …

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Michigan State offensive tackle Jarrett Horst to return for Spartans in 2022

Another senior from the state of Michigan will take advantage of the free COVID eligibility year and return for the 2022 season. Left tackle Jarrett Horst announced his intention to return to East Lansing next season on Friday. Horst started eight games in left tackle for the Spartans in 2021, before missing the last four …

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Mid-Michigan community mourns loss of religious leader killed in US-127 collision

JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) – Father David Hudgins, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Lansing and pastor of St. Joseph’s Shrine in Brooklyn, died Monday morning. Original story: 53-year-old priest killed in Jackson County collision with US-127, Diocese of Lansing says Police said he lost control of his vehicle, lost control on a patch of ice …

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Some schools expecting virus wave go online and cancel classes | Michigan News

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) – The continued rise in coronavirus cases in Michigan and an expected increase after Christmas and New Years have extended vacations for some students. Classes scheduled to resume Monday in several districts have been canceled or moved online. The Detroit Public School Community District closed the school …

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Michigan community welcomes family kidnapped in Haiti (VIDEO)

By Marisa OrbeleJanuary 3, 2022 The family were among 17 people abducted by the 400 Mawozo gang in October while in Haiti on a mission trip with Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Hart, Michigan, hosted a family of Christian missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti. A luncheon and prayer service was held Sunday afternoon for the …

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Detroit Schools Close Until Wednesday For COVID-19 Testing | Michigan News

DETROIT (AP) – All schools in Detroit will be closed until Wednesday in the first week of January so teachers and staff can be tested for COVID-19 amid a spike in scale cases of State. The Detroit Public School Community District announced Friday that the district is canceling all in-person, online and virtual learning classes …

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