Therapy for children with autism can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Until now, that kind of treatment was unaffordable for many parents of autistic children. But a new Michigan law will soon require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment for children and teenagers. This law is also expected to create hundreds or perhaps thousands of new jobs for people who are trained to treat autistic children.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (at podium) announces the city's involvement in a pilot program to place wind turbines atop City Hall and the Lansing Center. The unit shown at lower right is produced by Windstream Technologies of North Vernon, IN.
Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced that a series of small wind turbines would be installed on the roofs of City Hall and the Lansing Center in June. Generating electrical power from wind energy is part of Michigan’s overall renewable energy strategy. But there’s some debate as to whether the urban core is the best laboratory in which to try it out.
This week from reWorking Michigan, we look at the first project under development at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The Land Grant Project will stretch the museum’s mission, bringing artists into the classrooms at MSU.
Our report this week looks at safety in the workplace. In 2011, the state of Michigan created the Workplace Safety Advisory Rules Committee. For months, its members combed through volumes of health and safety rules applying to a wide range of industries. The committee recommended eliminating hundreds of regulations it deemed obsolete or burdensome. State lawmakers are now considering that report. In the meantime, some labor groups say the recommendations go too far.
Record-breaking warm temperatures this spring have coaxed fruit trees and other perennial crops in Michigan to bud weeks ahead of schedule. Farmers are facing a much earlier growing season and several more weeks of anxiety over the threat of frost.
Starting in 2005, General Motors closed several of its mid-Michigan factories, including Lansing Car Assembly and the Craft Centre. The economic blow was devastating to thousands of families who had given generations of service to America’s auto industry. Now, a new task force is working to bring families, businesses and neighborhoods together to plant new seeds in those vacant brownfields.
More people in Michigan are using yoga to keep their bodies toned and their stress level in check. For others, it's a growing business opportunity. reWorking Michigan looks at the growth potential of yoga studios.
Michigan Army National Guard Captain Amanda Falor is working on a master's degree in management. She says civilian employers sometimes find it difficult to understand her experiences in the military.
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CPT Amanda Falor is a logistics specialist with the 246th Transportation Battalion of the Michigan Army National Guard.
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Maj. General Gregory Vadnais commands the Michigan Army and Air National Guard. He believes the military has a responsibility to educate its own members and civilian employers about the abilities veterans bring to the workforce.
The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members. Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job. A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to bring warriors to the workplace.