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PHOTO: Global Detroit helped kicked off this year's Welcoming Week celebrations with the Welcoming Games soccer tournament in Detroit's Clark Park. Photo courtesy of C. Sauve.

DETROIT, Mich. - The many colors, languages, and contributions of immigrant communities will be the focus of celebrations this week, as Michigan takes part in a nationwide event to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members. According to Christine Sauve, Southeast Michigan communities...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Youth leaders from across the state plan to use social media as well as other means to reach the state's 18- to 34-year-olds and make sure they are aware of what opportunities exist under the Affordable Care Act. Image courtesy of S. Dhanak.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open-enrollment period for health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act is right around the corner, and a new effort is under way to make sure young adults have all the information they need. Emily Todebush, 29, of Bloomfield Hills, who was diagnosed l...Read More

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PHOTO: Michigan is one of several states investigating possible cases of enterovirus D-68, a respiratory illness blamed for sending thousands of children to hospitals across the Midwest. Photo credit: menstatic/

LANSING, Mich. - A respiratory illness affecting thousands of children across the nation has Michigan hospitals, doctors, parents, and caregivers on alert, and experts say it's important to know the symptoms and step up preventive measures. It's called enterovirus D-68, and according to Dr. Matt Da...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The frustrating indicator of a slow download, known by many computer users as the spinning wheel of death, will be seen all over the Internet today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online fast lanes and slow lanes. Graphic courtesy

LANSING, Mich. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or Vim...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report shines a light on how many people in the state are struggling, with 1.5 million Michiganders either below the poverty line or struggling to make ends meet. Image courtesy of the Michigan Association of United Ways.

LANSING, Mich. - Though they might technically be escaping poverty, a large group of Michiganders is continually struggling to make ends meet, according to a new study of financial hardship in the state called the ALICE project. An acronym, ALICE stands for "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Emplo...Read More

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PHOTO: Michiganders join the nation in recognizing Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14, and the global community will honor World Suicide Prevention Day this Wednesday, Sept. 10. Image courtesy of MASP.

LANSING, Mich. - With the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams still fresh in the minds of many Michiganders, mental-health advocates want to keep the conversation and awareness going, as the state and nation recognize Suicide Prevention Week. Joan Durling, president with the Michigan Associat...Read More

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PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation effort that encourages farmers to address resource concerns in new and innovative ways. Those farmers whose contracts are up this year must renew by Sept. 12 to continue with the program. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

LANSING, Mich. - Since the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) was launched five years ago, more than 60 million acres of farmland across the U.S. have been enrolled in the program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). But time is running out for some Michigan farmers who wan...Read More

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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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