Sunday, December 4, 2022

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Group wants rollbacks of some IA voting restrictions; RSV, Flu, COVID: KY faces "Triple Threat" this winter; Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

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The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Michigan

A new report on the cost of water bills estimates that 6.7% of Michigan consumers, or 668,000 residents, pay more for water than they can afford.  (motiontion/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Report Urges Water-Affordability Strategy to Help Low-Income Michiganders

Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…

Students in the Career Launch Program learn a trade through working several hours a week on a flexible schedule, with competitive wages increased at regular intervals. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
Schools See Apprenticeship Programs as Alternatives to College Prep

With the cost of a four-year college education approaching six figures at some institutions, many students are looking at apprenticeships to train …


A study by the Healthcare Cost Institute found the average price of insulin has nearly doubled since 2012. (neirfy/Adobe stock)
New Programs Bring Help for Diabetics Struggling to Afford Insulin

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and more than 900,000 Michiganders have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the American …

The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)<br />
Detroit Neighborhood in Court to Hold Industrial Polluter Accountable

Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…


Conservation efforts by the National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups restored the U.S. wild turkey population from near extinction to thriving in almost every state in the country. (Mataman/Adobe Stock)
Conservationists: Recovering America's Wildlife Act Critical to Save Species

Environmental groups are calling efforts over the past half-century to restore the wild turkey population from the brink of extinction one of America'…

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Program Aims to Alleviate Stress, Prevent Suicides Among MI First Responders

First responders experience some of the most horrific events in modern life and often carry huge loads of stress home from their jobs. A new program …


The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting record-breaking winter temperatures and warns Michiganders to get ready to
Forecast: Cold, Snowy Winter Could Hit Michiganders in Their Wallets

Forecasters are predicting extreme cold and wet weather for Michigan and the upper Midwest this winter, and experts warn that high energy bills could …

Michigan is one of three states with abortion-rights referendums on the ballot for Tuesday's midterm elections. (Longfin Media/Adobe Stock)
MI Study: Banning Abortion Affects Women's Economic Well-Being

The debate surrounding abortion often turns on emotional and moral issues, but a Michigan-based policy institute says the economic impact of …


Michigan elections officials say most of the ballots from next week's midterm elections should be counted within several hours after the polls close, but final results could take a few days. (richjem/Adobe Stock)
MI Election Officials Wary of GOP-Trained Poll Workers Disrupting Midterms

Elections officials in Michigan and other states are on the lookout for organized disruptions of Tuesday's midterm elections, but say they're …

The Guttmacher Institute, a health-policy think tank, says as October began, 66 clinics across 15 states had been forced to stop offering abortions. (rocketimages/Adobe Stock)
Doctors Tell of Patients' Hardships after Roe is Overturned

By Belle Taylor-McGhee for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Michigan News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …


In 2022, almost 250,000 Michigan residents purchased their health coverage online through the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. (Maksym Yemelyanov/Adobe Stock)
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 in Michigan

Open-enrollment season for health insurance is upon us, and Michiganders who want to get the right kinds of coverage have a lot to consider. More …

The 2022 NAEP Long-Term Trend results for 9-year-olds showed the first-ever declines in math and the largest drop in reading achievement since the 1980s. (auremar/Adobe Stock)
Michigan Educators Urge Action to Reverse Low Student Test Scores

Educators are deeply concerned but not surprised with newly released test results showing how far behind Michigan students have fallen during the pand…


 

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