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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/

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

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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

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PHOTO: The public is invited to view The Moving Wall and pay tribute to the lives lost in Vietnam as the exhibit comes to Michigan this week. Photo courtesy of The Moving Wall Museum foundation.

HAMBURG, Mich. – A traveling exhibit honoring the sacrifices of the more than 58,000 Americans killed or unaccounted for in the Vietnam War returns to the state this week, and organizers say it offers lessons for Michiganders of all ages. Founder John Devitt, a Vietnam vet himself, says he c...Read More

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PHOTO: Many young people are discovering credit unions can save them money on fees and interest while still offering services they want, like online banking. Photo credit: FidlerJan/Morguefile.

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. - It's not your grandfather's credit union. Just ask the growing number of millennials who are among those turning to the not-for-profit financial cooperatives. Elizabeth "Ebeth" Fielder, a 22-year-old who serves as a sort of young people's ambassador for Michigan First Credi...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

LANSING, Mich. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Peggy Caruso, life coach and a...Read More

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PHOTO: Climate change is projected to bring about an earlier emergence of mosquitoes in the spring, and could bring certain disease-carrying varieties not normally found in Michigan to the state, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Photo courtesy of National Wildlife Federation.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It's been an itchy few months for Michiganders, with the state experiencing a bumper crop of biting bugs. Experts say the abundance in bugs is the result of climate change, along with a host of other issues. Dr. Doug Inkley, a senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federatio...Read More

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PHOTO: Many Michiganders have joined the cries of those in Ferguson, Missouri for an end to police brutality, including hundreds who recently gathered in Detroit's Hart Plaza and marched up Woodward Avenue. Photo credit: D. Holland.

DETROIT - As clashes continue on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters and reporters have been assaulted, arrested and tear-gassed, many Michiganders are joining the fight as experts caution what happened in Ferguson could happen anywhere. David Cullier is the president of the Society...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan voters aged 50 and older have a lot on their minds when it comes to their future financial security, and a new poll of likely senior voters reveals they're not getting the answers they need from political candidates. Photo credit: Menstatic/Morguefile.

DETROIT - With the August primary over and candidates making the final push toward the November election, AARP Michigan is cautioning candidates to consider listening to voters 50 and older, who will likely take their fears about finances into the voting booth. A new poll commissioned by AARP Michi...Read More

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