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Trump’s Secretary of State nominee gets a narrow thumbs up, but his Veteran’s Affairs nominee is put on hold. Also on our rundown: Protests against Wells Fargo set for Des Moines today; and cannabis advocates blame Florida officials for “reefer madness.”

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Public News Service - MI: Energy Policy

Last year, 300,000 Michiganders applied for assistance with home heating bills. (Dennis Murphy/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. — Many Michiganders are experiencing a bit of sticker shock as they open their energy bills after a few bitter cold months, but assistance is available to help keep the light and heat on this year. The state is now processing home-heating credit applications for low-income house

Michigan manufactures say their plants and supply chains are growing more vulnerable to severe weather, here and abroad. (AcrylicArtist/morguefile)

DETROIT — Michigan companies are having to deal with the effects of a changing climate, and a new report says that is sending ripples through the state's economy. The report from the nonprofit group Business Forward found manufacturers, investors, and small business owners are reevaluating p

The pipeline under the Mackinac Straits transports up to 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids each day. (JasonGillman/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A coalition working to protect the Great Lakes says Gov. Rick Snyder has again sidestepped leadership on a major water issue by refusing to shut down the oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits. Last month, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, which Snyder created,

Nearly 2,600 Michigan households now generate their own electricity through solar power, according to state data. (jutta/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – The number of Michiganders who produce their own electricity with solar panels in 2016 grew by 427 over the previous year, according to a new report by the Michigan Public Service Commission, but there are concerns that policy changes will stunt future progress. Much of the

Improvements in fuel efficiency already are paying off at the gas pump. (runron/morguefile)

DETROIT - Michiganders know a thing or two about cars, and a new poll finds a sizable majority of people in the state want their cars to run cleaner and more efficiently. According to the poll, 73 percent of Michigan voters support requiring the auto industry to continue meeting increased fuel-effi

If maintained, by 2025, clean car standards are expected to save consumers close to $1,500 in fuel. (pippalou/morguefile)

DETROIT – It's been less than a year since government agencies conducted an extensive review of the Obama administration's fuel efficiency standards, and clean energy advocates want to put the brakes on a new attempt to repeat the entire process. On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Ag

Improvements in cost and technology have helped drive solar installations in Michigan. (jusben/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan could one day give the Sunshine State a run for its nickname, with investments in solar power and energy efficiency reaching new levels. Michigan Saves, the state's green bank that helps connect interested customers with lenders and contractors, hit a major mileston

A multi-state natural-gas pipeline running though Michigan has been approved. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A $4.3 billion natural-gas pipeline that will run through Michigan has been given the green light, sparking concerns about safety, the environment and the direction of energy policy in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the ET Rover Pipeline its stam

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