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  • Stabenow: Fruit, vegetable crop grants available

    U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says over $1.9 million in block grants is available to support fruit, vegetable and nursery producers under the newly signed federal farm bill.

  • Officials from MSU, U.S. Representatives from Michigan, U.S. Senators, State Representatives, and others prepare to break ground in East Lansing, Mich. at the future home of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at a special groundbreaking ceremony, Monday, March 17. 2014. (AP Photo/The Lansing State Journal, Matthew Dae Smith)

    Groundbreaking held for physics research facility

    Michigan's congressional delegation broke ground on a $730 million physics research facility at Michigan State University on Monday, more than five years after the federal government announced the project.

  • Corps spending $25 million on Great Lakes projects

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $25 million on navigation projects in the Great Lakes, including dredging of harbors choked with silt because of low water levels.

  • Feds support 'hoop house' construction in Detroit

    The federal government is providing $150,000 to support local food cultivation in the Detroit area.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. returns to his Capitol Hill office in Washington, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, after speaking on the floor as the Farm Bill is considered.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate sends farm bill to Obama

    The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.

  • ** FILE ** Actress Glenn Close arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Moffett Field, Calif. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Actress Glenn Close, advocacy groups prod Congress on mental health legislation

    With a boost from some Hollywood royalty Wednesday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly bullish about the likelihood they’ll be able to boost mental health spending in response to the Newtown school shooting, even as Democrats vowed not to let that spoil their push for a broader crackdown on gun ownership.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Congress reports 'great progress' on farm bill

    Lawmakers said they made "great progress" toward reaching a farm bill deal in a meeting Wednesday morning as they push toward a final agreement that could be a year-end bright spot for an otherwise unproductive Congress.

  • Senate panel to examine Smithfield sale to Chinese company

    A Senate committee on Thursday announced plans to hold a hearing next month on the proposed $4.7 billion takeover of America's top pork producer by a Chinese rival — the biggest takeover of a U.S. corporation by a Chinese company ever.

  • Farm bill to block price hikes snagged in ‘fiscal cliff’ discussion

    While congressional leaders have reached a deal to avoid milk prices from skyrocketing in the coming weeks, the proposal was in limbo Tuesday as it was piggybacked onto the stalled measure intended to avoid the nation falling off the "fiscal cliff."

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks before awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to golfing legend Arnold Palmer, at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Farm bill left to die on vine before recess

    As Congress bolts Washington this week for its pre-election recess, it will let lapse the massive federal farm bill, setting up a path for agricultural supports and subsidies to expire and return to a 1940s-era system — a scenario neither party nor the farm community is happy about.

  • Hoekstra

    Michigan political ad pulled but source still feeling heat

    Republican Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra of Michigan has pulled a Super Bowl ad that had some Asian-Americans and political analysts crying foul, but one rival, seeking traction ahead of an August primary, is seizing upon the China ad campaign as "demeaning."

  • Former Sen. Jon Corzine led MF Global until last month. (AP Photo)

    Senate panel to investigate MF Global collapse

    The top Democrat and Republican on a key Senate panel say Congress should look deeply into what led to the collapse of MF Global, a trading firm run by one of their former colleagues.

  • ** FILE ** Former Rep. Peter Hoekstra, shown in June 2010, plans to seek the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012, the Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Adam Bird)

    Hoekstra to file for U.S. Senate run

    Former U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a conservative who helped found the House Tea Party Caucus, will set up a campaign committee to run for the U.S. Senate seat from Michigan held by Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the Associated Press has learned.

  • Final Senate jobs bill fails

    The jobs agenda put forth by Senate Democrats has begun to lose support within their own caucus, including a Tuesday vote in which a bipartisan filibuster defeated a bill to stop jobs from being shipped overseas.

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