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A new report outlines rural policy recommendations focused on four major tenets: protecting people’s freedom to live and work safely; investing in infrastructure; reining in corporate greed and protecting workers, small businesses, and family farmers; and creating opportunities for a better future. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Here’s What Rural Leaders Say Their Communities Need

A new report outlines rural policy recommendations focused on four major tenets: protecting people’s freedom to live and work safely; investing in infrastructure; reining in corporate greed and protecting workers, small businesses, and family farmers; and creating opportunities for a better future.

This photo provided by the National Wildlife Federation shows a sign warning hunters not to eat deer because of high amounts of toxic chemicals in their meat, in Oscoda. (Photo by Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation via AP)
Michigan Court Upholds Decision Striking Down Water Rules on ‘Forever Chemicals’

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a decision striking down state water rules designed to limit exposure to household and industrial chemicals known as PFAS, which are commonly referred to as forever chemicals. The rules, however, will remain in effect until all appeals are exhausted.

Mountain pine beetle (L) and water-primrose (R) were recently added to Michigan's invasive species list. (Photo via Bugwood.org)
Michigan Officials Add 2 Invasive Species to State Watchlist

State officials have recently updated Michigan's invasive species watchlist with a beetle and a plant they're asking the public for help tracking.

FILE - Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Currently, the Maui wildfires are the nation's fifth-deadliest on record, according to research by the National Fire Protection Association, a nonprofit that publishes fire codes and standards used in the U.S. and around the world. The Camp Fire killed 85 people and forced tens of thousands of others to flee their homes as flames destroyed 19,000 buildings in Northern California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
Wildfires in Maui Are Among the Deadliest in US History. These Are the Other Fires Atop the List.

The Maui wildfires are currently the nation's fifth-deadliest on record. Here's a look at the other deadliest fires in US history.

The law ensured that 63,000 Michiganders were able to keep their health insurance, reduced the cost of insulin for nearly 67,000 seniors, and incentivized several manufacturers to invest in the state and create more clean energy jobs. (Graphic by Francesca Daly)
One Year In, Here’s How the Inflation Reduction Act Has Helped Michigan

The law ensured that 63,000 Michiganders were able to keep their health insurance, reduced the cost of insulin for nearly 67,000 seniors, and incentivized several manufacturers to invest in the state and create more clean energy jobs.

A harmful algal bloom. (Photo via EGLE)
MI Officials Warning Residents of Harmful Algal Blooms in Some Bodies of Water

Michigan officials are warning residents living near or visiting bodies of water to be aware of harmful algal blooms.

Michigan Officials Consider Next Steps After Study Finds PFAS in 45% of US Water Samples

A July study from researchers at the US Geological Survey found that roughly 45% of water samples contain at least one form of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as “forever chemicals” that can have detrimental effects on the health of people exposed to them.