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PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40 percent of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

LANSING, Mich. - Bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but new research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out - and that means problems. The "Baby Bonds" review from the Sutton Trust concluded that 40 percent of children are no...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan taxpayers can find out where their tax dollars went and use the information to make informed decisions by using the National Priorities Project Tax Receipt Calculator. Photo credit:

LANSING, Mich. - Tax Day is here, and as many Michiganders are racing to meet Uncle Sam's deadline, how many really know where their tax dollars are going? Jasmine Tucker, research analyst with the National Priorities Project, encourages taxpayers to use the Tax Receipt Calculator, which breaks down...Read More

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PHOTO: Bunnies are a symbol of the season, but experts caution parents considering bringing one home for Easter to make a thoughtful decision that is best for the animal and the family. Photo credit: user bobby.

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. - Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their kids live bunnies or baby chicks, experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well-thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. According to Ryan McTigue, public relati...Read More

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PHOTO: Grandchildren have the chance to put into words the special relationship they share with their grandparents in AARP Michigan's fifth annual Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. Photo credit: DTL via

LANSING, Mich. – From special treats to life lessons and everywhere in between, grandparents play an important part in the lives of many children, which is why AARP Michigan is holding its fifth annual Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. Lisa Whitmore Davis, associate state director fo...Read More

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PHOTO: Low-wage workers in Michigan aren't the only ones who would benefit from an increase in the state's minimum wage, according to two economics professors. Photo credit: cohodra via

LANSING, Mich. – While debate continues to swirl at both the state and national levels about raising the minimum wage, experts from two universities in Michigan say the move would bring broad economic benefits to the state. Lisa Cook, an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State Uni...Read More

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PHOTO: Legislation to help close the pay gap between men and women is working its way through the Michigan legislature, but activists say families, teachers, and school counselors can play a role as well. Photo credit: cohodra via

LANSING, Mich. - Despite laws and lawsuits, rallies and protests, Michigan women still earn just 74 cents for every dollar their male counterparts bring in, and today symbolically marks the 15-months-plus that women have had to work in 2013 and 2014 just to catch up to what men earned in 2013. Acc...Read More

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PHOTO: The Michigan Credit Union League donated 3,300 copies of books aimed at helping youngsters and their parents better understand money. Families will receive them at special events this week. Photo courtesy of: Michigan Credit Union League.

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan credit unions want to make sure that kids are learning the value of money, along with reading, writing, and arithmetic. That's why they've teamed up with libraries across the state this week to hold special "story times" for families, with a focus on money. Beth Troost is...Read More

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PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

LANSING, Mich. – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single d...Read More

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