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Michigan health systems seek cure for dearth of doctors

Chris Ferguson examines Olivia Ryder at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has taken on more students. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

Michigan's medical schools, doctors offices and health care networks are tackling a shortage of primary care doctors that is expected to worsen under the Affordable Care Act. More

Small-batch jerky-maker Duke's 'scales up' in Macomb Twp.

Duke's Small Batch Smoked Meats president and founder Justin 'Duke' Havlick, 41, of Boulder, Colo., with Duke's Bourbon-Glazed Steak Strips. Havlick decided to start manufacturing in-house and found his ideal site halfway across the country in Metro Detroit. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Craft beer mania has swept the nation, but the next artisanal food phenomenon — craft jerky — may not be far behind. More

'Easter Shift' will leave some consumer stocks with egg on their face

If you've heard about the 'Easter shift' and are curious what it means, it's not referring to the final egg-painting session at a sweatshop run by a certain bunny. More

U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 percent in 2013

New York — U.S. newspaper industry revenue continued to fall last year, as increases in circulation revenue failed to offset shrinking demand for print advertising. More

Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly

New York — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business. More

Applications for U.S. jobless aid up 2K to 304,000

The Labor Department reports on the weekly jobless claims on April 17, 2014. John Amis / AP

Washington — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase. More

CBO: Minimum wage boost would cost firms $15B

Washington — A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday. More

Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27%

A realty sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Orlando, Fla. Freddie Mac reports on average U.S. mortgage rates for the week on April 17, 2014. John Raoux / AP

Washington — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. More

Strike at China factory that makes Nike, other sneaker brands, snowballs

Beijing — A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China. More

Michigan jobless rate down for seventh straight month

Michigan's jobless rate during March dropped by another two-tenths of a percentage point, sinking to 7.5 percent and marking the seventh straight monthly decline in the state unemployment rate. More

$4M fund to provide litter clean-up, landscaping in Detroit's central business district

A majority of downtown Detroit property owners have agreed to create a $4 million annual fund to provide supplemental litter clean up, landscaping improvements and new 'hospitality ambassadors' in the central business district. More

Chapter 9 turns page in Detroit, but remains far from closed

Kevyn Orr The Detroit News / Max Ortiz

Confirmation Tuesday that leaders of Detroit's retired police and firefighters will accept the city's latest offer on their claim — highlighted by no cuts to pensions and reductions to cost-of-living adjustments eliminated in earlier offers — is an encouraging turn in the nation's largest municipal... More

Small business program to award $500K to 32 companies in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park

The New Economy Initiative, a six-year-old project that's funded studies and business incubators in Metro Detroit, announced Wednesday a small business program that will award $500,000 to 32 existing companies in Detroit who plan to grow. More

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of U.S.

Washington — A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided. More

Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, speaks at The Economic Club of New York on April 16 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

New York — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges. More

Batch Brewing moving to new Corktown site

 Batch Brewing Company

Batch Brewing is hopping to a new building. The 2013 Hatch Detroit startup contest winner had initially planned to open at 1444 Michigan, but building renovations were too complex and costly, so co-owners Stephen Roginson and Jason Williams decided to move to 1400 Porter, also in Corktown. More

Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants

President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., in 2003. Obama and Biden are heading to a community college in Oakdale on April 16, 2014, to talk about matching skills-training to jobs that are in demand. Matt Rourke / AP

— Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are trumpeting $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs. More

U.S. factory output extended solid gains in March

Washington — U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products. More

U.S. home building up in March after frigid winter

Washington — U.S home construction rose in March to the highest level in three months as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction. More

Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal expenses

Charlotte, N.C. — Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal expenses. More

Most need not worry about tax deadline

Aaron Lee holds a sign advertising income tax services for Liberty Tax Service on April 14 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Washington — The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. More

U.S. homebuilder confidence edges up in April

Washington — U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, reflecting the impact of tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and land. More

Chinese sneaker factory workers for Nike, other brands, go on strike

Hong Kong — Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits. More

U.S beef prices hit all-time highs

The highest beef prices in decades have people searching for cuts of meat that won't break their budgets. Sue Ogrocki / AP

Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock. More

U.S. consumer prices rose just 0.2% in March

Washington — Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing. More

Yellen says Fed examining additional bank rules

Washington — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the largest U.S. banks might need to hold additional capital to withstand periods of financial stress. More

US Airways apologizes for tweet with graphic porn image

Los Angeles — US Airways apologized Monday for sending out a Twitter message that included a pornographic image. More

Millennial menace: Stay-at-home adults

Burdened by $85,000 in college debt, attorney Bobby Waltman lives with his mom and grandmother in a three-bedroom house in Huntington Beach, Calif. More

Throw the book at these tax myths

It's tax time, and that always puts me in mind of noted author and financial planning expert Mark Twain. We all are familiar with the vital, life-changing secret to financial success included in his seminal financial planning tome, More

Quicken Loans donating $1M to Detroit, Cleveland-based charities

Quicken Loans is donating $1 million to a number of Detroit and Cleveland-based charities as part of its Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. More

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