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Michigan dairy farmers are getting a $510 million boost. Two new dairy processing facilities are scheduled to be built in St. Johns, north of Lansing. The plants are expected to create more than 250 new jobs.

“This is a tremendous win for the dairy farmers in our state, for all of Michigan,” said Governor Rick Snyder, who is a fan of Michigan’s cows.

“We have the second most productive cows in the entire nation, second only to Colorado and they’re not even close in terms of number of cows,” Snyder said. “So, we have the best cows in the country.”

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It's been called a "blockbuster acquisition."

Cisco Systems recently announced its intent to buy the Ann Arbor-based company Duo Security for $2.35 billion. The company was valued at half that amount just nine months ago.

Duo Security is a company that began as an Ann Arbor startup backed by venture capital investors. It provides clients like Facebook, Etsy, Yelp, and Zillow with cloud-based computer security.

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In an era when we can work remotely, or spend our workdays buried in a cubicle, it's easy to feel isolated and alone.

One cure for that isolation is mentoring — whether that means finding a mentor or being one. 

Robert Pasick, career coach and lecturer at the UM Ross School of Business, joined Stateside to talk about the value of mentorship both in and outside of the office. 

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Aug 2, 2018

On today's Stateside, a program that helps people with struggling addiction get into treatment and stay out of jail. Plus, a farmer who has spent decades raising livestock and a rookie farmer talk about how the job has — and hasn't — changed.  

To hear individual interviews, click here or see below: 

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A program that offers companies a zero-down, affordable way to finance energy efficiency programs is expanding.

PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy.  PACE loans for energy savings project are paid off through an extra payment on the company's property taxes.  The energy savings are greater each month than the extra loan payment, so it pays for itself from the beginning.

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Hundreds of Michigan Medicine nurses rallied outside the Ann Arbor hospital complex today.

Wearing red shirts, waving signs and chanting “Union busting, that’s disgusting,” the nurses called on hospital administrators to agree to a new contract.  

The old contract for the 6,000 nurses expired June 30.  

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An official says construction on a nearly $1 billion natural gas power plant in southwestern Michigan probably has been pushed back to next year.

Michael DuBois, vice president of project development for Buffalo Grove, Illinois-based Indeck Energy Services, told the South Bend Tribune that the company continues to work on financing for the plant in Niles. He says they're "optimistic" about lining up investors.

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Customers who rely on alternative electricity providers are breathing a sigh of relief.  That's after state regulators set a rule that will likely let the providers keep operating at least through 2023, according to the Alliance for Michigan Energy Consumers.

Alternative electric companies, also known as electric choice, can serve up to 10% of DTE Energy and Consumers Energy customers.  The lower rates offered by electric choice companies attract customers with big electric bills like school districts. 

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Jul 3, 2018

Today on Stateside, corporations are finding taking a political stand can be good business in the age of "clicktivism." Plus, a weekend full of burning love for The King happens in Ypsilanti at this weekend's Elvisfest. 

To hear individual interviews, click here or see below: 

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Amidst the public uproar over the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, there was a notable push-back from leading airlines.

United, American, Southwest, and Frontier all announced they did not want the government using their planes to transport separated children, saying it defied their corporate values 

These airlines are just some of the corporations to openly resist the President, pointing to a trend of increased corporate activism. 

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Earlier this month, President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. 

American automakers have indicated that these tariffs could be detrimental to the industry, estimating that just under 200,000 jobs will be lost in the first one to three years. 

Daniel Howes is a business columnist with the Detroit News. He sat down with Stateside’s Lester Graham to discuss how automakers are confronting the Trump administration. 

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The Detroit Planning and Economic Development Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the Cass-Henry Historic District designation. The area is adjacent to the recently built, taxpayer-subsidized Little Caesars Arena.

There has been a growing concern among some that Olympia Development, owned by the Ilitch family, has not been keeping their promises to develop the neighborhood. 

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When it comes to solving 21st century problems — say food insecurity in developing countries — everything old is new again.

That's the message of Tillers International, a nonprofit based in Kalamazoo County. The organization is taking 18th century agricultural technology and working with engineers and the Amish community to redesign plows and tools for African farmers.

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Many online shoppers may have to start doing something new: pay sales tax.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.  

The decision came in a case that pitted the state of South Dakota and online shopping giant Wayfair.

The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection.

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Economists are making dire predictions about the potential effect of a trade war on the domestic auto industry.

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There is a lot of concern over what to do with the plastic water bottles we use. 

Flint is one community that is grappling with this question in a big way.

In the wake of the water crisis, the city has had to rely heavily on water bottles for safe drinking water.

Ali Rose Van Overbeke, a metro Detroit native, founded Genusee to turn that waste into eyeglasses, manufactured by Flint residents. 

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Lansing’s mayor does not expect long-stalled plans for a casino in downtown Lansing are going to become a reality.

The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans in 2012 to build a quarter billion dollar casino next to Lansing’s convention center.   But opposition from other tribes and state officials led the federal government to reject the tribe’s application to take land next to the Lansing Center into trust. 

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The city is abuzz with the rumor that Ford is taking over Michigan Central Station, after reports that the once-glamorous train depot — an iconic symbol of Detroit’s decay since it closed in 1988 — has changed owners.

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Michigan is giving online retailer Amazon $4 million to ensure it opens another facility in the state.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved the incentive Tuesday. Seattle-based Amazon plans to create 1,000 full-time jobs at the $150 million fulfilment center in Gaines Township near Grand Rapids.

It will be Amazon's fourth warehouse in Michigan and first in the western part of the state. The state has authorized grants to each since late 2016.

Amazon will lease space on land owned by furniture maker Steelcase. A third party will build the center.

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If you just focus on the craft brews and the wines made in Michigan, then you're missing a growing part of the Michigan beverage scene – cider.

Cider Week GR is happening now to May 19 in Grand Rapids. The city is also hosting the annual Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition – the largest competition of its kind in the world, says Paul Vander Heide.

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Out-of-state investors own many of the vacant homes in Detroit. Those homes sometimes sit empty until they are stripped by scrappers or burned down by arsonists.

But a new start-up called Cooperative Capital is suggesting neighbors buy vacant houses, and it will help them do it.

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The effects of the Larry Nassar saga at Michigan State University are being felt as far as Wall Street.

The Wall Street rating firm Moody's Investor Services has downgraded MSU's long-term debt rating.

That's due to worries over the potential financial ramifications of a number of lawsuits the school is currently facing.

The action dropped MSU from an Aa1 rating to an Aa2 rating on roughly $975 million in debt.

Aa2 is the third highest credit rating that Moody’s assigns to fixed-income securities like bonds.

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The site of a formerly run-down apartment complex on Flint’s north side may soon become a mixed-residential development.

This week, the Genesee County Land Bank announced it’s working with developers to create 78 units of affordable rental housing for low-income residents.

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You may know M-43 as the state road that runs through Williamston and on past Lansing, aka Grand River. But more and more beer lovers are recognizing M-43 as their favorite brew.

This New England-style India pale ale has made a world of difference for Old Nation Brewing Company, based in Williamston.

Tuesday's immigrant strike in Grand Rapids
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More than 1,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday in support of immigrants and protesting deportations.

Andy Johnston is the VP of government and corporate affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He joined Stateside to explain how immigrants play a crucial role in the Grand Rapids economy.

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Think of it as a sort of Nobel Prize for businesses: the Oslo Business for Peace Award

 

The Business for Peace Foundation each year honors business leaders who use their business skills to do good: to help the economy, to help society, and to do it in a way that is ethical and responsible. 

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DTE Energy now has the green light to build a billion dollar natural gas power plant in St. Clair County.   But while state regulators approved of the plan, they also made it clear they didn’t like the way the utility behaved during the review process.

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Put 30 strangers on a bus and set the countdown clock: 72 hours riding from Detroit to New Orleans. That’s 72 hours for these strangers to conceive, build, and launch a start-up.

That’s what will happen on the StartupBus this Friday through next Tuesday.

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The man tapped to lead Flint’s new economic development team brings experience helping another economically challenged city recovering from disaster.

Rodrick Miller previously worked in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Miller says, like Flint, New Orleans suffered through years of economic decline long before disaster struck.

He says there is a lesson there for Flint.

“The challenges that Flint has aren’t challenges that were developed overnight,” says Miller. “So they’re not going to be fixed overnight.”

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Key Safety Systems

Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive global recall linked to at least 22 deaths, said Thursday that its president has resigned now that its acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed.

Takata’s president, Shigehisa Takada, said in a statement that as of Wednesday he was succeeded by Yoichiro Nomura, its chief financial officer.

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