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PHOTO: A new national tip line established by the Humane Society of the U.S. gives farm and livestock workers in Michigan and across the U.S. an anonymous option to report the abuse of farm animals. Photo credit: Andrea Church/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Whistleblowers in Michigan could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farms, slau...Read More

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PHOTO: Scientists once feared Michigan had no remaining healthy ash trees like this one. However since spotting and analyzing a few, the search is now on for more survivors of the emerald ash borer. Photo courtesy of US Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

DETROIT - It's a scavenger hunt of sorts: the U.S. Forest Service is hoping Michiganders can help them find the few ash trees which have managed to survive the invasion of a deadly Asian beetle in the hopes of one day reviving the state's ash population. Research biologist Jennifer Koch, with the...Read More

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PHOTO: Stacks of ballots will soon be arriving at Michigan polling places, and since many local races are decided by just a handful of votes, Michiganders are being urged to do their homework before Election Day - as those decisions will have consequences that will last for years. Photo credit: Dawn M. Turner/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - One week from today Michiganders will head to the polls to vote in the critical midterm elections, and decide the future direction of the state. However, before casting a vote, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League for Public Policy says it's important to take the time to find o...Read More

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PHOTO: Students from Michigan Technological University lent a hand chopping wood to help keep the elderly warm this winter, one of thousands of this year's Make a Difference Day projects. Photo credit: R. Jansen.

LANSING, Mich. – From collecting personal hygiene items for hospitalized veterans in Iron Mountain to cleaning up yards in Port Huron, thousands of Michiganders spent the weekend bettering their communities in ways large and small. For more than 20 years, the fourth Saturday in October has b...Read More

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PHOTO: ROTC candidates from MSU and U-of-M will join ultra marathoner Michael Richmond for Alex's Great State Race, a tribute to Alex Powell and all students with disabilities who want to make their college dreams come true. Photo credit: J. Powell.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - It will be Spartan versus Wolverine when the state's two biggest rivals take to the football field on Saturday, but today, the two are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind challenge to support students with disabilities. Spartan super fan Alex Powell dreamt his whole life of att...Read More

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PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli...Read More

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PHOTO: While online enrollment for health care plans is convenient, studies indicate that people navigating the insurance world for the first time tend to do better and make better decisions with in-person assistance. Image courtesy of

LANSING, Mich. - The second open enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will get underway soon, and more help is on the way to connect Michiganders with the information they need to make crucial health decisions. Anne Filipic is the president of Enroll Amer...Read More

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PHOTO: A secure retirement in today's volatile world takes years of careful planning, which is why Michigan credit unions start the process early, working with school kids and adults on financial education topics for all stages of life. Photo credit: wax115/

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - It's national "Save for Retirement Week," and many Michigan credit unions are taking part in special events and hosting seminars across the state. But they also say this is something they prepare their members for every day, beginning as early as childhood. Financial educa...Read More

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