A $2.5 million federal grant awarded to Michigan will be used to address health care staffing shortages in the state’s rural communities.


Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity says the grant will support the addition of more than 430 new health care workers over the next four years.


The agency will lead MiREACH, a network of employer-led collaboratives, to identify targeted health care occupations based on employer demand and feedback.


Special Enrollment Opens for Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

Feb 19, 2021
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Michiganders without health insurance have a rare opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Some Older MI Residents Express Frustration Over Vaccine

Feb 8, 2021
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Michigan is ahead of most states in its COVID-19 vaccination work, but there's still a long way to go.

More than 1 million doses have been administered so far, the seventh-most among states. Right now, health-care providers, educators and other front-line essential workers can be vaccinated, along with people age 65 and older.


Online sports betting and casino games will start in Michigan at noon Friday, an expansion of options for gamblers who now wager through offshore sites.

State regulators have authorized licenses for all three Detroit casinos and seven of the dozen tribes with “Class III” casinos.

Additional operator and platform provider licenses are expected to be approved in coming weeks.

Winter Warmth: Home Heating Help Available in Michigan

Jan 15, 2021
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Michigan is entering the heart of home-heating season, so it's also time for a reminder that help is available for households unable to afford their heating costs.

Anne Armstrong, director of customer assistance at the Michigan Public Service Commission, said higher energy bills are typical for this time of year, but the burden is worse right now for families who are on tight budgets.


Millions of free masks are being provided to Michigan residents.

Michigan Mask Aid is an initiative from the state health department to ensure everyone has a mask.

There are a couple of locations to pick them up in Gogebic and Iron Counites.

These include the Iron County Health Department in Caspian and UPCAP Services in Ironwood.

There are also a couple of locations in Dickinson County.

It is recommended you call ahead.

Gogebic County Location:

Michigan Hunters, Anglers Set 2021 Conservation Goals

Dec 28, 2020

Hunters and anglers in Michigan and other states say they're ready to work with the new administration and new Congress on key conservation issues.


State leaders are asking Michigan residents to beat lines and avoid crowds by shopping at local small businesses on Black Friday.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is encouraging shopping, eating and traveling locally through a new “Support Local” campaign in order to make sure small businesses make it through the winter.

One in five jobs in Michigan are in the retail industry, according to the Michigan Retailers Association. It says that in 2017, Michigan residents spent $18.5 billion on out-of-state retailers.

Mapping Michigan's Most Climate-Resilient Landscapes

Nov 19, 2020

Because animals in Michigan need safe places to go when temperatures surge or flood waters rise, experts have mapped out these climate-resilient landscapes throughout the United States.


Wildlife officials in many states are issuing lots more hunting and fishing licenses this year — apparently because of the coronavirus.

Americans who are weary of being cooped up at home and wearing masks elsewhere are taking refuge in outdoors sports that offer safety and solitude.

In Michigan, the number of people getting hunting licenses for the first time in at least five years has jumped 80 percent.

Surge in COVID Cases Puts Pressure on Michigan Hospitals

Nov 16, 2020

Michigan hospital leaders warn urgent action is needed to reduce novel coronavirus spread in the community.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 jumped 100% over the past two weeks, according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

Wright Lassiter, CEO of Henry Ford Health Systems, said it's taking a toll on the healthcare workforce.


Michigan’s health department has issued a mask requirement and other coronavirus restrictions just days after the state Supreme Court’s invalidation of a 75-year-old emergency powers law that underpinned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to control the pandemic.

Whitmer on Monday asked the Supreme Court to declare its ruling not binding until Oct. 30, to give her administration, the Republican-led Legislature and local health departments time to put alternative measures in place.


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is announcing a $500 million plan to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

The initiative is called MI Clean Water. It calls for creating a pot of money from which local governments could apply for grants or loans to improve their water treatment systems.


A limited number of marijuana businesses will be able to open up shop in Ironwood.

The city recently passed an ordinance outlining what the marijuana industry could look like in the city.

Michigan legalized recreational cannabis in November 2018.

In the nearly two years since then, the City of Ironwood has been working on a marijuana business ordinance.


Wisconsin’s neighbor will soon become one of a few states with enforceable PFAS regulations on the books.

Michigan could have strict standards by next April, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer endorsed a plan from the state’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

They could be enacted by next April.

“We can no longer wait for the federal government to act,” said Whitmer in a statement.