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'Smart grid' takes shape to generate new power sources

LANSING — Dramatic changes are coming to the networks that bring energy from plants to homes, from the high-voltage lines that carry it over great distances to the house meters that measure how much consumers use, according to officials and industry experts.

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Save-the-barns movement draws developers' attention

LANSING — Historic barns, some more than a century old, aren't only an important part of history but can be reused in creative ways in Michigan's present and future, preservation advocates say.

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Michigan sells more produce to international markets

LANSING — France is the culinary capital of the world. It is home to such exotic dishes as foie gras, bouillabaisse, ratatouille … and Michigan dried cherries?

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Mental health needs rise as economy worsens

The fight may become more difficult for people needing professional help for mental illness. As part of her recent budget proposal, Gov. Jennifer Granholm called for a 2.3 percent cut in funding for the community mental health system. The cuts would go into effect in October.

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Rural Internet access faces more challenges

LANSING — High-speed Internet access remains out of reach for many Michigan residents, especially in rural parts of the state, and many who have access don’t appreciate it, research by a Michigan State University team shows.

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Students pay larger share of college costs, study shows

LANSING — Students at Michigan's universities are being asked to shoulder ever-larger shares of the cost of their education, according to a new report.

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