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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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PHOTO: Overcrowded classrooms, fewer activities, and fewer staff members are some of the short-term consequences of cuts to K-12 education, but a new report suggests not restoring funding to pre-recession levels puts the future of Michigan students in jeopardy. Photo credit: Kevin Connors M.Ed./Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's a lesson in subtraction. Michigan schools are receiving nearly 10 percent less state funding today than before the recession hit. According to a new report from the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Michigan is one of 15 states with the most drastic educatio...Read More

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PHOTO: Environmentalists want to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act they say could jeopardize the state's natural resources and the industries that rely on them. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. - With more freshwater coastline than any state and nearly 1,200 square miles of inland waters, water is critical to Michigan. That's why one group says this week's anniversary of the Clean Water Act is an opportunity to reflect on and protect that heritage. Marc Smith, policy direct...Read More

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PHOTO: This Halloween, teal pumpkins will indicate houses that are handing out allergy-safe, non-food items, in an effort to include more children in the fall festivities. Photo credit: Nancy Gregory, Food Allergy Research and Education.

LANSING, Mich. - A bag of Halloween candy isn't all treats for the one in 13 U.S. kids who suffer from food allergies, which is why one group is working to make this year's holiday a little less tricky. Veronica LaFemina, vice president of communications with Food Allergy Research and Education, h...Read More

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PHOTO: New vehicles in the United States are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: SDRandCo/morguefile.

DETROIT - Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per-gallon improvement over the previous y...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan bird watchers say they are already seeing alterations in the populations and habitats of the state's birds, which they believe are tied to climate change. Photo credit: S. Baker, Straits Area Audubon Society

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan's hunters, anglers, bird watchers and boaters say they are seeing firsthand how climate change is putting the state's outdoor legacy at risk, which is why many sportsmen and women are now raising their voices for climate action. A National Audubon Society study proj...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Several races in next month's midterm election are expected to be very close, and with many Michiganders expressing concerns about their financial futures, AARP Michigan has put together an online tool to help voters sort out where the candidates stand. Image courtesy of AARP Michigan.

LANSING, Mich. - From how to afford long-term care to financial security in retirement, Michigan voters have big questions for the candidates in next month's midterm election, and one nonpartisan organization wants to help connect them with the answers. AARP Michigan has just released its 2014 vote...Read More

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PHOTO: Technology will be one of the most critical keys to higher pay in the coming year, according to a new report from Robert Half International. Photo credit: jdurham/

LANSING, Mich. – How can you boost your bottom line in 2015? A new report indicates the answer for some could be a career change. Technology careers are paying big dividends compared with other job sectors. The report from the human resources consulting firm Robert Half International projec...Read More

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