(MPRN-Lansing) More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past. 


(MPRN-Lansing) The Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were both in Michigan last week to deliver speeches on their plans for the economy. But they both presented different pictures of the state of things here in Michigan, where the auto industry and manufacturing tanked during the Great Recession. 


(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s monthly job rate has dropped slightly to 4.6 percent. But it’s not because more people are working. The one-tenth of a percentage point is because of a shrinking number of people competing for jobs. 

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The Chinook salmon or King salmon - a favorite of anglers on Lake Michigan - is in decline. That’s because it’s starving. According to a study by Michigan State University, the population of the salmon’s only prey - a small invasive fish called the alewife - has dropped by more than half since 2002. 

Ironically, other invasives - zebra and quagga mussels - are eating the alewives’ food.

The latest report on West Michigan’s industrial economy finds it was flat last month.