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USDA grant funds connections to farmers
Hilary Farrell
October 1, 2014 | WGVU  A Grand Rapids organization is among several in Michigan receiving grants to grow community markets.

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Human trafficking bills expected to clear state Legislature this week
October 1, 2014 | MPRN  The state Legislature is likely to approve tougher anti-human trafficking laws before the end of the week. The state House approved several bills in the package today. We have more from Jake Neher.
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Aramark will boost pay, staffing & training to help fix prison food problems
October 1, 2014 | MPRN  The private company that manages food services in state prisons has agreed to hire more people and improve wages and training. As we hear from Rick Pluta, it’s part of an effort to fix the state’s problem-plagued agreement with Aramark.
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Consumers Energy builds new 24-mile pipeline
October 1, 2014 | AP  Consumers Energy has built a 24-mile natural gas pipeline in southwestern Michigan that's part of a $120 million project.

Chrysler's US sales jump 19 percent in September
October 1, 2014 | AP  Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.

Founders Brewing plans $35 million expansion
October 1, 2014 | WGVU  Founders Brewing Co. is planning a $35 million project to double the size of its Grand Rapids facility.

Michigan has 25 confirmed cases of severe virus
October 1, 2014 | AP  Federal health officials have confirmed 25 cases of a severe respiratory illness in Michigan, including a young child that developed lower extremity paralysis.

Western Michigan approves 3-year faculty contract
October 1, 2014 | WGVU  The Western Michigan University board of trustees has approved a new contract with the school's faculty union.

Muskegon County, Detroit, get lead abatement aid
October 1, 2014 | AP  The federal government has awarded $4.74 million to Muskegon County and Detroit authorities to protect children from lead poisoning at home.

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