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Rich Adams

Rich Adams was a print and broadcast journalist for more than four decades. Now a freelance writer, Adams is an avid fan of his beloved Chicago Cubs and also enjoys spending time in the kitchen reconnecting with cooking and baking.

Articles by Rich Adams


Laingsburg Project Expanding Housing Opportunities

A new housing project in downtown Laingsburg is geared to make the city more walkable and draw residents to the city. A partnership involving the city of …

Consumers To Abolish Coal Plants By 2025

Consumers Energy has stepped up efforts to go green, recently announcing it will close all its coal plants by 2025 — 15 years ahead of earlier plans. Remo…

Businesses Struggle to Find Workers

Help-wanted signs can be seen all over the Greater Lansing area, but many openings are going unfilled. There are a number of factors why people are stayin…

Lansing Chamber Urges Governor, Lawmakers to Invest in Child Care Reform

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with business organizations across the state pressing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan lawmakers…

Invasive Species Cost Michigan Businesses

Gypsy moth. Emerald ash borer. Zebra mussel. Those are a few of the invasive species most Michiganders know by name. But there are many more, such as the …

New Businesses Open Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 devastated many restaurants and small businesses in Michigan. Yet some Lansing-area businesses chose to open despite the pandemic. For Veg-N, a v…

Gig Economy Surges During Pandemic

The gig economy  might sound new, but it has been around for decades. While we associate “gig” with musicians, it also encompasses freelancers, independent c…

Lugnuts Take Second Swing on 25th Season

Play ball, redux. When normal veered into foul territory last year, so did the Lansing Lugnuts’ 25th anniversary plans. All minor league play was suspende…

Mackinac Policy Conference Moves to Fall

For years Michigan’s lawmakers and deal-shapers have discussed the policies and issues facing the state in a gathering against the idyllic backdrop of Mackin…

Conversational AI Open True Dialogue with People

Have you ever called a customer service line and gotten a chatbot? That’s the “voice” on the other end of the call. Chatbots don’t always understand the issu…

Contactless Payment Methods Soar During Pandemic

COVID-19 has forced people to make lifestyle adjustments. Among those changes is how to pay for purchases. In the annual State of Retail Payments study, t…

Blank Slate to Transform into Village of Okemos

Drive along Okemos Road near Hamilton Road and there’s a void. Yet that emptiness is setting the stage for creation of a walkable downtown district. The $…

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