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Health care fraud proves troublesome locally

Effective enforcement recovers $3.3B in fraud nationwide.

March 27, 2015
National, regional and local efforts to combat fraudulent activity in the health industry have returned more than $27.8 billion in taxpayers’ dollars to the system since 1997. Read More

Grand Rapids plans $10M riverfront land purchase

March 25, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids is looking to spend $10 million to purchase four acres along the Grand River that sit as undeveloped space and parking lots. Read More

Kent planning qualifies for FEMA grant

The $708,653 will enable Plainfield Township to buy and remove flood-prone homes.

March 20, 2015
Kent County has had a hazard mitigation plan in effect for years, which is why it qualifies for a $708,653 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant to be used by Plainfield Township to acquire and remove 15 flood-prone houses along the Grand River. Read More

Shrinking number of teachers signals end of a dream career

LANSING — Many children aspiring to be teachers when they grow up could end up having a change of heart. Read More

There are a few winners in wake of state’s budget crunch

Despite slashes that could reach $200M, Snyder’s plan does benefit some programs.

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal came on the heels of an executive order that cut $106 million from the current budget, and legislators are now considering slashing $100 million more to address an unexpected deficit. Read More

Better voter turnout needed

March 20, 2015
LANSING — With voter turnout in Michigan steadily declining, some lawmakers and state officials are looking for ways to make voting easier. Read More

New water bonds save $2.9 million

Ottawa County will realize the savings over the next 17 years.

March 20, 2015
Ottawa County has “refunded” its 2007 bond issue for its water supply system, with an estimated cost savings of almost $3 million over the next 17 years, according to an announcement by county officials. Read More

Federal and local money work to stop lead poisoning in city

March 20, 2015
For the city of Grand Rapids, “getting the lead out” is more than an idiom with a figurative meaning. It is, to use another idiom, an economic line in the sand. Read More

Health workers to spot human trafficking

LANSING — Criminals who sell victims for sex or labor leave marks that are rarely noticeable to the average person, but doctors and nurses have a unique advantage to spot these red flags and intervene — if they are properly trained. Read More

TED’s umbrella covers many of state’s talent initiatives

March 20, 2015
A new organization is reshaping the way the state leverages the ability to build talent. Read More