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Climate Change, Tornadoes and Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Aftermath of category 4 tornado that touched down in small town in Indiana

Tornadoes and mobile homes don’t mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even…

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National Mental Health Survey Finds Widespread Ignorance and Stigma

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mark Skidmore

Less than half of Americans can recognize anxiety. Most people don’t know what to do about depression even when they spot it. And nearly 8 in 10 don’t…

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Flint Fallout: Snyder’s Popularity Plummets

Monday, April 18, 2016
State Capital, Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis, and Michiganders now consider city infrastructure the state’s biggest problem, according to Michigan State…

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Black Men with Black Names Live Longer

Monday, March 28, 2016

Black men with historically distinctive black names such as Elijah and Moses lived a year longer, on average, than other black men, according to new research examining 3…

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Michiganders Remain Upbeat About Economy

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Charles Ballard

Consumer confidence in Michigan dipped slightly in the fall but remained relatively strong as the state continues to ride a long-running wave of financial optimism. Michigan State University’s…

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How Monetary Incentives Impact Social Norms

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Sanjiangyuan

Maria Lapinski, a communication scientist in the Department of Communication, and John Kerr, a researcher with a focus on economics from the Department of Community Sustainability, are studying…

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MSU’s Gardner Says, ‘College Labor Market Still Strong’

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Phil Gardner

The job market for college graduates is poised for a third straight year of explosive growth, as companies in most industries seek new talent, according to the largest…

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New School-Evaluation Method Fails to Affect Housing Prices

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Scott Imberman

The controversial new method of evaluating teachers and schools – called “value-added” – does not appear to affect property values, finds research by economists at Michigan State University…

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Michigan’s Roads Replace Schools on Fix-It List

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
broken pavement

For the first time, Michigan residents say the condition of the state’s roads is a bigger problem than its education system, according to Michigan State University’s latest State…

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Is Michigan’s Economy Back?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Marquette Park Michigan

Consumer confidence in Michigan is approaching record levels, begging the question: Has the state’s economy recovered? Yes … and no, said Charles Ballard, Michigan State University professor of…

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