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Fast on their feet

Appellate Practice Academy trains attorneys for highest courts.

April 24, 2015
Most attorneys will never set foot in front of the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court; those who do are likely to find themselves less prepared than they expected. Read More

State groups strengthen police, community ties

LANSING — As communities across the country confront mistrust between police and citizens, organizations across Michigan are working to build relationships officials hope can avoid unrest. Read More

New bills aim to close the gender-wage gap

April 24, 2015
LANSING — Employers could be required to release gender-based wage information and the state could be required to report unequal wage data under a package of bills aiming to close the wage gap between men and women in Michigan. Read More

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cases

If laws change, businesses will have less trouble adapting than government.

April 24, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and should be extended to couples in all 50 states. Read More

Water, water everywhere

Report calls for Michigan to become a global freshwater innovation center.

April 17, 2015
A new report released earlier this month, Michigan’s Blue Economy, highlights several ways the state is already a leader in the area of water-related businesses, university research and placemaking, while also laying out a path to turn Michigan into a freshwater innovation center on a national and global level. Read More

State looks ahead 10 years with energy plan

April 17, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) In 10 years, what will Michigan’s energy needs be? Read More

Recycling rates continue to grow in Kent County

April 17, 2015
One year ago, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called on the state to increase recycling rates from less than 15 percent to at least 30 percent, noting the state’s current recycling rate was among the worst in the nation. Read More

Steel 21 is ‘burning’ into the future

The Algoma Township steel company has invested heavily in advanced technology.

April 10, 2015
The “21” in Steel 21 stands for the 21st century, and if its first two months in business have been any indication, it’s going to be a very busy century for the people at Steel 21. Read More

New state law regulates retirement communities

Offers of ‘life interests’ and long-term leases are under scrutiny.

April 3, 2015
A new state law went into effect recently to address the changing environment in the retirement community industry in terms of life leases or continuing care agreements. Read More

Transplant surgeon joins Spectrum

April 3, 2015
A renowned cardiothoracic surgeon has joined Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center. Read More