Feb 7th, 2014 - State News
— President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Michigan State University to sign the sweeping farm bill underscores the legislation's importance to the East Lansing school and other research and agriculture-focused institutions.
The hundreds of millions of dollars pledged for such research is a relative drop in the bucket for the nearly $100 billion-a-year bill that mainly provides money for food stamps, farm subsidies and crop insurance. Yet scientists are relieved that the five-year bill Obama will sign Friday is becoming law after years of legislative wrangling.
One of the beneficiaries is Rufus Isaacs. He's a Michigan State entomologist who leads a team of scientists working to enhance bee pollination of crops.
His project, which received an $8.6 million government grant, would have been in jeopardy if the farm bill didn't pass.
The farm bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments to farmers. But the bulk of its cost is for the foot stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans. The compromise bill cuts food stamps by $800 million a year.
Later this afternoon Pres. Obama will also unveil an initiative to help connect rural businesses with federal resources that can help sell their products and services abroad.
Apr 16th, 2014 - Local News
PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead following a crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after sheriff's deputies tried to stop the motorist.
Apr 15th, 2014 - Local News
Mlive -- Eric John Knysz, the convicted murderer of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, has attempted suicide and is “on a ventilator at this time,” First Lt. Chris McIntire of t...
Apr 16th, 2014 - State News
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.
One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a ch...
Apr 15th, 2014 - State News
— Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.
The National Weather Service repo...
Apr 16th, 2014 - National News
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that happened before its 2009 bankruptcy.
The automaker's strategy is in ...
Apr 15th, 2014 - National News
— Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock this afternoon, a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence will be held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosions...
Apr 16th, 2014 - International News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast.
Apr 15th, 2014 - International News
JERUSALEM (AP) — Families across Israel have gathered for Passover meals commemorating the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt as described in Scripture. In Judaism, it's called ...
Apr 16th, 2014 - Sports News
(AP) — Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.
The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.
He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 ...
Apr 15th, 2014 - Sports News
— US swimmer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement and will take part in an event in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26, with an eye on possibly competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The last time th...
Apr 8th, 2014 - Health News
LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.
They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...
Jan 24th, 2014 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.
The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...