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Michigan’s older adult population is growing rapidly, a fact that was addressed in Governor Snyder’s special message on aging last year. Snyder said our focus should be on the continued improvement of our aging services to create opportunities for Michigan’s older adults to live long, high-quality lives.  

Since that message, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been hard at work on a new website designed to connect aging adults with the services they need.

No. 5 Michigan St. Edges Out W. Mich, 37-24

Sep 5, 2015

Despite the Western Michigan Broncos pulling to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, Michigan State was able to hang on and top the Broncos, 37-24 at Waldo Stadium. 

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It's time again for another installment in our new series, "Hear, Here" where we bring you the distinctive sounds of places around Michigan. 

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Last Friday, we aired an interview with Jose Carrera, the director of clinical services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing.  Mr. Carrera spoke of an ongoing program at St. Vincent that evaluates an at-risk child’s physical and emotional well-being.  Some of those children are in foster care.

Today we look at a different facet of the foster care system. 

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In the 1990s, many states, including Michigan, began getting tough on juvenile crime.

That meant harsher sentencing and sending more youth to adult prisons.

Between 2003 and 2013, Michigan sent thousands of youth under the age of 18 to serve time in adult prisons.

But many are beginning to question the effectiveness of those “tough on crime” policies.

Advocates for reform say that sending a young person to an adult prison can have devastating consequences.