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Sens. Peters, Stabenow React to Soleimani Killing

Michigan’s two United States Senators have reacted cautiously to the drone attack that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week. In prepared statements, neither Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters expressed any sympathy for Soleimani… with Peters calling him a “notorious terrorist” and Stabenow saying he was “responsible for the deaths …

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U.P. Unemployment Rate Rises

The resolution of the General Motors strike helped Michigan’s unemployment rate fall a bit in November. The seasonally unadjusted rate dropped from 3.5 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November. The Upper Peninsula did not fare so well, as the rate rose from 3.6 percent to 4.2 percent. The …

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Slow Economic Growth Predicted for Michigan

Michigan’s economy is expected to slow a bit over the next three years. The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency’s latest Economic Outlook and Budget Review is projecting growth of 1.8 percent this year, 1.7 percent next year, and 1.5 percent in 2022. That’s down from a 2.9 percent increase last year. …

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Michigan’s Population Edges Upward

Michigan’s population grew slightly last year, but remains shy of the all-time record. Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau place the number of people who live in the state at 9,986,857. That’s a slim 2,785 increase over 2018. Michigan’s population peaked in 2004 at just over 10 million. It …

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Michigan Minimum Wage Raised

Miminum wage workers in Michigan will see an increase in their next paychecks. On Wednesday, Michigan’s minimum hourly standard rose to $9.65 per hour. The base pay for tipped workers – such as restaurant wait staff – rose to $3.67 per hour.  In 2018, a citizen initiative to increase the …

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Egg Product Recall Reaches Michigan

Michigan is now included in a nationwide recall of hard-boiled eggs and products made from them. Almark Foods has shut down production at its facility in Gainesville, Georgia, because of possible listeria contamination. The recall affects products carrying Walmart’s Great Value house brand name, along with the Almark and Eggland’s …

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State Representative Arrested for DUI

A state representative is apologizing after she was arrested for drunk driving late last week. 48-year-old Democrat Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor was pulled over just before midnight Thursday by police in Auburn Hills, in Oakland County. Officers say she was weaving through traffic, and sideswiped a guard rail. She …

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