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  1. Season ripe for Mich. apple growers; another bumper crop expected

    The polar vortex was no match for Michigan's apple trees. The orchards emerged from arctic winter weather largely unscathed, and are celebrating with an abundant harvest predicted to rival last year's record-breaking haul. The Michigan Apple Committee is forecasting almost 29 million bushels of apples this season, close to last year's total of 30 million bushels.

  1. Labor stokes Democratic support for Michigan governor, U.S. Senate races

    After bruising defeats in 2012, organized labor has rearmed for this fall's electoral battle to try to keep an open U.S. Senate seat in the Democratic column and dethrone the Republican governor who made Michigan a right-to-work state.

  2. Michigan's minimum wage takes first step up

    'Any raise in wages is a big plus for us,' said Mya Hill, with her boyfriend, Jonathan Lamb, and their son. They work in fast-food restaurants. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)Mya Hill is getting a small raise today, and it couldn't come at a better time. Hill, 24, is making $7.70 an hour and will receive a 45-cents-an-hour bump when the state's minimum wage of $7.40 increases to $8.15 an hour on Labor Day.

  3. Detroit police: Homicide pace lowest in decades

    Detroit Police Chief James Craig is at the scene of a killing last week. Through August, 189 homicides were reported in Detroit. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)Despite three fatal shootings over the weekend, Detroit Police officials say it's possible the year will end with fewer than 300 homicides for the first time in nearly a half-century.

  4. Culture goes on display at festivals

    Destiny Maslocha, 5, left, and Alana Maslocha, 7, take a spin on the Paratrooper at the Hamtramck Festival on Sunday. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)Hamtramck — Music and diverse crowds flooded the streets on Sunday in communities across Metro Detroit in celebration of the holiday weekend.

  1. Ken Holland's 36 years with the Red Wings has included being a backup goalie and a scout as well as executive vice-president and general manager. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)

    Red Wings' Ken Holland stands by plan amid criticism over lack of free-agent signings

    Fresh off signing a new four-year contract to stay with the Wings through his 36th year with the franchise, one of Holland's challenges is persuading people the lack of signings is probably not significant for his redeveloping team in the long run.

  1. O'Connor: Put the brakes on auto insurers' unfair practices

    Head's up, Funny Money fans: In honor of the end of summer and start of a new school year, here's a pop quiz! Our topic? Your automobile insurance.

  1. A New Orleans model for Detroit?

    If you aren't familiar with the name Paul Pastorek, chances are you've heard about his work.

  1. Miguel Cabrera's health leaves a dark cloud over Tigers' pennant push

    Nothing about his situation in 2014 has been clear or clearly explained. What we know is a superstar who has won three consecutive batting championships and who bashed 44 …

  1. Q&Auto: The design guru behind Caddy's curves
  2. Jim Brandstatter exceeds expectations in Michigan play-by-play debut
  3. Toronto International Film Festival: A fine time to play Where's Oscar?
  4. Michigan State looks as good as advertised in blowout victory
  1. Look past perks on credit cards


    Store credit cards may offer some tempting perks, like 20 percent off your purchase when you apply for a card at the cash register. But lately, the …

  1. Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk waves during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. in 2012. Musk has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land a coveted plant for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of Tesla electric cars. (Paul Sakuma / AP)

    Los Angeles — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of …

  1. Bacon prices sizzle with demand

    Danish bacon sells for $8.98 a pound at Marconda's. Cost has risen three times the rate of inflation since 2008. (Jay L. Clendenin / MCT)

    Like his father and grandfather before him, butcher Lou DeRosa lifts thick slabs of bacon from the glass case at Marconda's Meats and wraps them for …

  1. State needs more jobs as economy grows

    Reginald Hines, left, of Oak Park, gets information at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans and military spouses in Southfield. July 22, 2014. (Jose Juarez / Special to The Detroit News)

    Michigan's economy grew for a century on the back of the automotive industry and the manufacturing that supports it. Following the Great Recession…

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