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Archive for May, 2013

Food Assistance Dollars Spent at Supermarkets on Nutritious Foods

A majority of people on government food programs get their food from large grocery stores according to a new report, which means they have a wide variety of foods available. More than 82 percent of SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) are redeemed at supermarkets and superstores according to the […]

Unemployment Rate and Food Assistance Numbers go Hand-In-Hand

New information shows that the number of people on the government’s food assistance program coincides with the unemployment rate. More than one in seven Americans takes part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), that’s about 15.2 percent which is comparable to the percentage of Americans who are unemployed or […]

Congressman John Conyers, Affected Communities React to Petroleum Coke, Latest Keystone XL Politics

As the House of Representative prepares to take a purely political vote on the risky Keystone XL pipeline, the country is learning of a new “reward” that comes with such a project thanks to the tar sands bitumen refining process: giant piles of toxic waste. The New York Times reported two weekends ago about a […]

Governor Makes Appointments, Reappointment to Complete Streets Advisory Council

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder  announced two appointments and one reappointment to the Complete Streets Advisory Council. The 18-member board is housed within the Michigan Department of Transportation. It provides education and advice to various groups, including the State Transportation Commission and county road commissions, on policies that provide roadway access to all users, […]

American Indian College Fund Names Bill Black, Tom Brooks, and Jeffrey Fillerup to Board of Trustees

Denver, Colo.—May, 2013 –The American Indian College Fund named three new members to its Board of Trustees at its 2013 quarterly spring meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin. New trustees include Mr. Bill Black, Vice President and Executive Director of the Comcast Foundation and Director of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation; Thomas S. Brooks, Vice President, […]

Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced two appointments and five reappointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The 15-member council was established in 1992 to urge an increase in the physical activity and an improvement in the health of Michiganders. “These individuals have displayed great commitment to the health and […]

Northern Initiatives Info for April

In the Lower Michigan counties, each one saw a drop in joblessness for the second month in a row. In the UP it was mixed as 7 counties saw their jobless rate go up, 7 lower and one remained the same. At Northern Initiatives is  one hire away from having a full complement of staff. […]

Grand Valley Student Creates Unique Program To Help Wounded Vets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Five wounded warriors from across the country are in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this week to take part in a one-of-a-kind program called “Fashion Has Heart.” The program, created by Grand Valley State University student Michael Hyacinthe, works to pair wounded veterans with designers and business leaders so they can fulfill their […]

Target Budget Agreement Focuses Funding On Key Priorities

Long-term solutions needed for healthy Michigan, transportation infrastructure LANSING, Mich. – The governor and legislative leaders agreed  on spending targets for next year’s state budget, with the bulk of increased revenue from Michigan’s growing economy going to the key priorities of K-12 education and state roads. Gov. Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and […]

NAACP Holds Convention in County Under Federal Scrutiny for Voter Intimidation

Black Conservatives Question Civil Rights Lobby for Boycotting Some Places it Finds Offensive While Relaxing in Another Washington, DC – As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on what could constitute major reform of how the Voting Rights Act currently judges certain states and localities on race — a case the NAACP vociferously opposes […]

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