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 21st, 2014 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.
Cheney and cardiologist Jonathan Rein...
Apr 18th, 2014 - Local News
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is due in court next week to face escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.
Records show 41-year-old Michael Elliot is to...
Apr 21st, 2014 - State News
VENICE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men who were killed when an experimental plane crashed in a Michigan farm field.
The Flint Journal says Saturday afternoon...
Apr 18th, 2014 - State News
IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record.
In Ironwood, The Daily Globe r...
Apr 21st, 2014 - National News
BOSTON (AP) — State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectator...
Apr 18th, 2014 - National News
GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri say a man suspected in a series of random vehicle shootings over the past few weeks lives close to where at least six of the reported shootings happened...
Apr 21st, 2014 - International News
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after at least 13 of them died Friday in an avalanche.
The Nepal Mountaineering Association says several Sherpas al...
Apr 18th, 2014 - International News
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.
The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers....
Apr 21st, 2014 - Sports News
BOSTON (AP) — Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game...
Apr 18th, 2014 - Sports News
Mlive– Following back-to-back walk-off extra-inning losses on Tuesday and Wednesday, the West Michigan Whitecaps were not about to let another game slip away on Thursday night.
After giving up 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...