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A Michigan healthcare policy expert says it will take time to analyze the potential impact on the state of the proposed Republican replacement for Obamacare.

Dennis Paradis is Executive Director of the Michigan Health Policy Forum. 

He says he’s concerned about the impact of its eventual cap on federal funding of Medicaid.

About 630,000 Michigan residents have purchased health insurance because the Affordable Care Act led to Medicaid expansion in the state. 

The Healthy Michigan program is funded almost completely with federal subsidies.

MI Hops Growers Bring New Life to Old Crop

Mar 8, 2017
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Beer is big business and it’s driving the hops industry in Michigan.  Now, there’s new life for a crop with some very old roots.


A national protest is calling for women to take the day off of work and avoid shopping today.

Women’s March the same group that organized January’s March on Washington planned “A Day Without a Woman” to coincide with International Women’s Day. 

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As snow and ice cover recede from Michigan lakes, officials say people should be prepared to see dead fish or other aquatic creatures in the water.

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An organization representing tens of thousands of Michigan anglers and hunters has joined critics of a plan to cut federal funding to restore the Great Lakes.

 

Last week, a leaked spending plan from the Trump administration showed proposed cuts that would reduce federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million.

 

The initiative helps pay to improve water quality and restore wetlands. 

 

Drew Youngedyke is a spokesman for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

 

Current Sports | March 7, 2017

Mar 7, 2017
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MSU Men's Basketball; Luke Pohl; Pewamo-Westphalia; NFL Combine; Spartans


A romance novelist from Belleville, Michigan, will be in Lansing on Thursday to talk about her stories. Beverly Jenkins has published almost three dozen historical romances aimed at African-American readers.


Lobbyist Naeyaert resigns in wake of remarks

Mar 7, 2017
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A well-known Michigan lobbyist has resigned in the wake of recent remarks he made that triggered controversy.

The board of the Great Lakes Education Project--a school choice advocacy group--accepted Gary Naeyaert’s resignation Tuesday.

Last week, Naeyaert told a gathering of the Senate Education committee that he wanted to “shake” Michigan School Reform Officer Natasha Baker “like I like to shake my wife” for admitting her office was unable to hold persistently failing schools accountable.

“We’re about environmental education, action and advocacy,” says Mary Robinson, director of development for the Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). “We’ve been around for 49 years and have been involved in some of the biggest environmental advocacy movements from saving the dunes to the bottle bill to helping put together the EPA.”


The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.

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If you’re expelled or resign from your seat in the legislature, you shouldn’t get to run for the seat you vacated. That’s the logic behind a bill making progress in Lansing.

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In 2016, Michigan landfills took in more than 49 million cubic yards of solid waste. Some of that total included food particles that were thrown out by restaurants and food processing facilities.  

The city of Lansing is trying to reduce that environmental impact with a pilot program known as “Scraps to Soil.”


Current Sports | March 6, 2017

Mar 6, 2017
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MSU Men's Basketball; Michigan Men's Basketball; Scott Pohl; eGames; East Lansing Girl's Basketball; Rob Smith 


GM to end Delta Twp third shift in May

Mar 6, 2017
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More than a thousand General Motors hourly workers in Delta township will be laid off in May as the automaker ends third shift operations there.

The move--which many expected—was announced on Monday.

It comes after the automaker’s decision to shift production of the next generation GMC Acadia to Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The Delta plant has produced the first generation Acadia since 2006.

It will lower the number of hourly employees at the facility to about 2,100.

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A key figure working to bring down Michigan auto insurance rates says she’s looking at ways to tame individual ‘cost drivers’ that increase premiums.

Republican State Representative Lana Theis of Brighton chairs the House Insurance committee.

She’s looking at what she calls a “line item” approach:  identifying medical procedures that cost much more following a car accident than after, say, a bike accident.

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