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Pet Leasing Would be Illegal Under New Legislation

Pet leasing – a controversial practice of financing the purchase of pets, mostly dogs – would be illegal in Michigan under legislation being introduced in Lansing. State Reps. Bill Sowerby, D-Clinton Township, and Tommy Brann, R-Wyoming, announced new bipartisan legislation will be introduced Dec. 4 to ban pet leasing in Michigan. The practice is already […]

Aerospace Flies High in Michigan

A forgotten 1898 flight on a Michigan beach grows to the heart of an expanding industry Augustus Herring is not a well known name in aviation history. But it should be. Herring, who lived in St. Joseph, Michigan, built a motorized biplane glider and flew it on a Lake Michigan beach Oct. 22, 1898. It […]

2000 Was a Red-Letter Year for High Technology

The World Wide Web went public Aug. 6, 1991. Very few people noticed. The internet was not a big thing. Fast-forward to 2000. That year, for the first time, more than half of the households in America had internet access Aug. 17, according to Nielsen. In the nine years since its launch, the web had […]

Students Completing Career and Tech Education Up More Than 75%

There’s good news and bad news regarding Michigan’s significant shortage of skilled workers in the trades. First the bad news: The Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development predicted 545,000 skilled trades jobs will be created through 2026, primarily in the fields of construction, manufacturing, health care, automotive and information technology. Finding highly skilled employees, […]

Widespread Recreational Cannabis Sales Delayed Until Spring

If you were hoping to get adult recreational use marijuana in your Christmas stocking or for use on New Year’s Eve, you might be disappointed. State officials recently said widespread recreational sales probably won’t be up and running until March or April. Some recreational merchants, however, will be able to begin sales Dec. 1, according […]

Michigan No-Fault Reforms Begin Next Summer

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year signed historic no-fault insurance reform into law after the legislation sped through the House and Senate. The new law takes effect July 1 and will allow drivers to choose a level of medical coverage when their policy renews, according to the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, or […]

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