Results mixed in new air quality study

State takes issue with report comparisons

LANSING — Michigan has reduced overall air pollution since 2012, but its most populous counties still don’t earn a passing grade, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. Read More

Michigan courts direct video-arraignment technology

LANSING — A Michigan county is partnering with the state to expand its video-arraignment technology to other jurisdictions in the state, reducing the need to transport criminals from jails to courtrooms. Read More

Craft beer industry grows by 20 percent, tops off state’s economy

Report ranks Michigan fifth for breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs.

LANSING — Want to boost Michigan’s job growth and economy? Treat yourself to a cold craft beer. Read More

Removing barriers for gays could boost state’s economy

Report says young workers may be shunning Michigan based on laws.

LANSING — Discrimination against gays and lesbians hurts Michigan’s economy, according to a new report by the Department of Civil Rights. Read More

Support grows for more preschool education

Business groups throughout the state get on board.

November 10, 2012
LANSING —A $130 million initiative for pre-kindergarten education is in the early stages of development, according to the Department of Education. Read More

Effort underway to integrate physical, mental health services

Argument is that patients would get better, faster care.

November 10, 2012
LANSING — The look of health care in the future will combine behavioral health and physical care for more uniform treatment, according to James Haveman, director of the Department of Community Health. Read More

A dozen Michigan organizations receive specialty crop grants

Grand Haven firm will focus on groundwater project.

October 27, 2012
LANSING — Managing bees and saving cucumbers from disease are just two of the topics being studied in recent specialty crop grants. Read More

Business groups colleges partner for employee training

September 23, 2012
LANSING — Many unemployed people are not “work ready,” according to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, but some business groups have found ways to prepare them for the competitive job market. Read More