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PHOTO: Services at community health centers have been expanding in Michigan and nationwide, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act. But unless Congress acts to continue funding that allowed them to grow, their future is up in the air. Photo credit: Clarita / Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Nationally and statewide, community health centers are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, despite more than 700,000 Michiganders annually using their services. Community health centers are typically local clinics that treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ab...Read More

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PHOTO: July is National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative designed to encourage people to spend more time taking in the fresh air and scenery of the great outdoors. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

LANSING, Mich. - While it may feel like summer is flying by, there's still plenty of time to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer during the season. A new campaign is urging Michiganders to get outside and do just that. Lauren Hoffman directs marketing and communications at the National Recreation...Read More

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PHOTO: State police say the number of female troopers is not a good reflection of the communities they serve and protect, and they want more women to consider a career in law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to fighting crime and keeping Michigan streets safe, Michigan State Police (MSP) want women to know law enforcement isn't just a man's job. Trooper Marjorie Richardson has been with the state police for over 25 years, and while many believe police work is purely physi...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Michigan and several other states doing a better job of helping kids stay nourished and healthy while school is out for the summer. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

LANSING, Mich. - School's out, but that doesn't mean picnics and barbecues for all Michigan kids. A new report found more low-income kids in the state are benefiting from summer nutrition programs. But experts say more needs to be done to close the hunger gap. According to the report, last summer...Read More

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PHOTO: New research finds drivers of 2014 model vehicles are saving about 20 percent more on gasoline than those who drive a 2008 model. Photo credit: John Sense/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Michiganders who hit the road this summer have likely felt the pinch at the gas pump. But some spend a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America found that the average fuel economy of new cars has improved by 20 percent in four years. Ja...Read More

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IMAGE: A first step toward ending big money in politics? The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress and states control of campaign spending limits, in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

LANSING, Mich. - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor, after winning approval Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The goal of Senate Joint Resolution 19, said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, campaig...Read More

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PHOTO: Optimism is growing among civil rights leaders in Michigan that lawmakers in Lansing will continue the state's civil rights legacy by introducing legislation to protect the rights of the state's LGBT citizens by the end of the year. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. - Independence Day isn't the only reason to celebrate in July. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. While Michigan was a civil rights pioneer, state leaders say much more work needs to be done. According to Leslee Fritz, dep...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to fasting and prayer, Muslims across Michigan and around the world devote themselves to charitable works during the month of Ramadan, which runs through July 28th. Photo courtesy of Cohdra /

DEARBORN, Mich. - The month of Ramadan is the holiest time of year for Muslims, and while many know Ramadan is a time of intense fasting and prayer, they may not be aware it is also a time for charity and giving. Adnan Durrani is the CEO of Saffron Road, a company which produces Halal foods. He say...Read More

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