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Auto Insurance
12:53 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Michigan Senate adopts no-fault overhaul

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The Michigan Senate has taken an initial step toward overhauling Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system.

The legislation would set limits on what hospitals could charge insurance companies. It would also cap what insurers can be charged for in-home care for people severely injured in car accidents.

“The best approach to bringing down insurance rates in Michigan is to get costs out of the system – to get costs out of the system,” said state Senator Joe Hune (R-Fowlerville), who chairs the Senate Insurance Committee,

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9:33 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Black bears waking up in northern Michigan

An American black bear
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Black bears are coming out of hibernation in northern Michigan. Wildlife experts advise residents to remove anything from their homes that might attract bears – like bird feeders or garbage.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Kevin Sweeney says spring is a stressful time for bears.

“Bears are moving right now, obviously," says Sweeney. "They’ve emerged from their dens in most areas. We’ve got new cubs at that time. The sows and boars are very hungry so they travel quite a bit in the spring.”

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The Green Room
3:51 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The 'riot' of spring and homeless writers in Traverse City: this week on the Green Room

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Welcome to the Green Room, a weekly arts journal from Interlochen Public Radio. Listen below to this week's episode about the arts, artists and performance.

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Wildfire season
2:05 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Wildfire conditions 'hazardous,' officials say

Michigan firefighters are in the middle of a busy spring wildfire season. Thirty-five wildfires have popped up across the state in the last month. Fire officials say higher temperatures – combined with low humidity and high winds – have made conditions dangerous.

Debra-Ann Brabazon manages the Michigan Inter-Agency Dispatch Center in Cadillac. She says a recent period of sunny skies has led many people outdoors to clean up yard waste.

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Michigan Business & Economy
12:08 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Michigan jobless rate drops, but not because more companies are hiring

Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent. That’s a reduction of three-tenths of a percentage point, which is a bigger-than-usual adjustment.   

But that decline in the monthly rate is due to a reduction in the workforce, as it’s measured by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. Actual month-to-month new hiring was flat, but there were fewer people competing for those jobs.

That didn’t stop Governor Rick Snyder (R) from trumpeting the new jobs numbers in a prepared statement:

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