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PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could change the lives of an estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan by giving them legal status to stay in this country. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

DETROIT - An estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan soon could have legal status in this country, thanks to President Obama's executive order on immigration announced Thursday night. The plan is aimed at spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the...Read More

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PHOTO: For those who smoke, health experts say quitting is one of the biggest steps Michiganders can take toward improving their health. The state offers free help to smokers who want to quit through its hotline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Photo credit: cgiraldez/

LANSING, Mich. – Today could be the first day in a smoke free life for Michiganders who take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, but only if they're ready to take the steps necessary to commit to quit. Keith Whittemore started smoking when he was a teenager serving...Read More

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PHOTO: Caregivers lend much more than a helping hand to help those they love, which is why AARP is reaching out to support - and honor - the role they play in their families and their community. Photo courtesy AARP.

LANSING, Mich. - They are unsung heroes: Millions of Michiganders who do "double duty" caring for aging parents, spouses, or loved ones. But there are financial and emotional price tags to family caregivers, which is why AARP Michigan wants to connect caregivers with tools to ease the burden. Lisa...Read More

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PHOTO: It's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: cohodra/

LANSING, Mich. – When it comes to battling diabetes, Michigan has a tough road ahead, as the prevalence of the disease continues to rise across the state and nation. November is American Diabetes Month, and David Becker, a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association, says new numbers ind...Read More

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PHOTO: First came Black Friday, then came midnight deals, but a group of Michiganders says it draws the line when it comes to stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. Photo credit: A. Zirkel

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Two weeks from today, instead of enjoying a day off, a growing number of Michiganders will head to work in businesses that no longer close for Thanksgiving. That has one group fighting to Take Back Thanksgiving. Rev. Joseph Summers, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the I...Read More

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PHOTO: About 510,000 Michigan children ages birth to 8 live in families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. That's less than $47,000 a year for a family of four. Photo credit: mvictor/

LANSING, Mich. - Lifting more than a half-million Michigan children out of poverty requires a systemic approach that breaks the cycle by supporting both kids and their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count Michigan director, said the...Read More

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PHOTO: If the Supreme Court doesn't take up the issue before the 2016 elections, Michigan voters could get the chance to reverse the state's ban on same-sex marriage as a ballot initiative in 2016. Photo credit: Menstatic/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - The battle for marriage equality suffered a blow when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states, but supporters say the fight will go on. Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan, says while Michigan voters ...Read More

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PHOTO: Though Michigan's lame duck legislative session lasts just nine days, Governor Rick Snyder says getting a road funding bill to his desk before January 1 is a priority. Photo credit: M. Shand

LANSING, Mich. - With the election results now in, Michigan's outgoing legislators only have a handful of session days left before the end of the year, but they're still expected to tackle a very big issue: finding a funding solution for the state's deteriorating roads. Marissa Luna, new media spec...Read More

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