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PHOTO: The extra money minimum-wage workers will bring home starting this week is welcome, but experts say it's just one step the state needs to take to lift more Michigan families out of poverty. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - Many Michigan workers will now be taking home a little extra, as the state's minimum wage increased this week from $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour. But analysts say much more needs to be done to tackle income inequality in the state. Yannet Lathrop is a policy analyst and the auth ...Read More

PHOTO: The use of smart meter technology is growing in Ohio, but some warn the risks to consumer protections outweigh any potential benefits for utility customers. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

FINDLAY, Ohio - The number of Ohio homes plugged into smart meters is growing, allowing utilities to collect and monitor usage information. Utilities are touting the ability of customers to monitor their energy consumption, but some consumer advocates are voicing concerns about the risk smart meter ...Read More

PHOTO: Gwyneth Paltrow is involved again in this year's nationally-televised fundraiser for cancer research, which will air this Friday. Paltrow's father lost his life to cancer. Wisconsin is one of the national leaders in organizing watch parties for the telethon. Photo courtesy of Stand Up to Cancer.

MILWAUKEE - A national fundraiser to raise money to fight cancer will be telecast on dozens of broadcast and cable TV networks Friday, and three viewing parties are being set up to watch the broadcast in Wisconsin. Jill Haupt is a volunteer on the state leadership board of the American Cancer Socie ...Read More

PHOTO: The "State of Working Ohio 2014" report from Policy Matters Ohio finds inequities in wages and low workforce participation. Photo credit: M.Connors/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As we pause to celebrate the American worker this Labor Day, a new report indicates many Ohio workers may not feel so appreciated. Amy Hanauer, executive director of the research group Policy Matters Ohio, says its new report, "State of Working Ohio," finds labor market part ...Read More

PHOTO: State regulators are releasing the rules needed to implement fracking in Illinois. Photo credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikipedia Creative Commons.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's a day for which both supporters and opponents of fracking in Illinois have been waiting for more than a year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is releasing its long-awaited rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. The process involves in ...Read More

PHOTO: With roughly 100 Central American refugee children currently being housed in Michigan, immigrant advocacy groups are working to address their immediate as well as long-term needs. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - They fled their homelands with only what they could carry, and now several Michigan groups are coming together to provide clothing and toiletries for Central American and Mexican children who escaped gang violence and poverty in their native countries this summer. It's estimated th ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota's labor unions say Labor Day should be more than a long weekend at the end of summer. It should also be time to recognize the hard work - and workers - around the state. Mark Anderson, president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor, said too many people and ...Read More

PHOTO: Wisconsin has thousands of small streams such as this one, and the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, says a recent manure spill of more than a million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River and netted the polluter a $464 fine sends the wrong message about keeping our environment clean. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)

MADISON, Wis. - A recent manure spill of more than 1 million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River in Marathon County netted the offender a fine of only $464 from the Department of Natural Resources. Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations for the state's largest environmen ...Read More

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