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  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

Michigan unemployment rate falls to 7.4 percent in August; flooding 'may have curtailed' job searches »

"LANSING, MI — Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent in July to 7.4 percent in August, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget."

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Bill would halt new charter schools »

"A state lawmaker is expected to introduce legislation today that would prohibit new charter schools from opening in Michigan until standards governing transparency, ethics and accountability are adopted."

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Michigan prisoner sues Aramark over spoiled food, claims cruel and unusual punishment »

"GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A state prisoner is suing Aramark for allegedly serving rotten food, a claim that comes just days after Michigan leaders fined the contractor $200,000 for problems with its food service."

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Political insider: Republican's tax issue an election season punching bag »

"The Michigan Democratic Party has found its political punching bag this year, and his name is Rich Baird. "

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Grants to boost Michigan drinking water protection »

"The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is awarding more than $525,000 in grants to help local governments protect their sources of drinking water."

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Asian carp, coming to a lake near you? »

"Several members of an invasive fish family are knocking at the door of the Great Lakes. Aggressive immigrant species, otherwise known as Asian carp (originating in China, Russia and Southeast Asia), the “bighead”, “silver”, “black” and “grass” carp, have been found in the upper Illinois River as close as 25 miles from Lake Michigan. Only one remaining lock and dam stands in the way of their grand entry. The interconnecting Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC ) leads directly from the upper Illinois River into Lake Michigan and waters beyond. Once breeding populations establish themselves, they will become a permanent fixture and nearly impossible to eradicate from the Great Lakes."

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Debate over debates nears an ending »

"Terri Lynn Land’s decision to debate Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate race could be a capitulation to pressure from a media that has dubbed her a stealth candidate for not committing earlier to a face-off."

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Howes: GM recall problems won't go away soon »

"Back-channel word from General Motors Co. is that the ignition-switch scandal responsible for 19 deaths, the firing of 15 company insiders and four rounds of congressional thrashings is in the rear-view mirror now."

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Terri Lynn Land needs schooling on facts about Common Core »

"Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land opposes the Common Core educational standards. While the standards have bipartisan support, including the backing of former Michigan Gov. John Engler, in recent weeks, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution against the standards, and a handful of well-known Republicanshave declared war on Common Core."

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Buffet, Bloomberg: What country is learning from Detroit »

"Detroit has shifted from being the prime example of a dying city into a test case for how to revitalize an American city in the 21st century. We know it can be done. The New York City of the 1970s – hollowed out from crime and population loss – is a dim memory."

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