EMU Dome Bubble
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The indoor athletic practice facility dome at Eastern Michigan University is still closed after it collapsed Sunday morning.

A generation ago, a high school diploma could open doors, especially to well-paying manufacturing jobs. But today, with technology radically reshaping the U.S. economy, many of those doors have closed. The high school diploma is as important as ever — but as a stepping stone to a higher degree, no longer as a destination.

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Some out-state school officials have offered an idea they say would win their support for a plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools.   Jake Neher reports.

Pure Michigan
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Eastern Michigan University's College of Business is hosting its annual Search Marketing Workshop on Friday and you're invited.

The theme is "Fusion of Everything."  They will discuss all types of digital platforms from the internet, mobile devices and even home entertainment systems and how they are impacting our lives.

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Two lucky Eastern Michigan University students had a chance to win one year of free tuition during the Eagles Vs. Western Michigan game at Rynearson stadium in Ypsilanti Thursday night.  The activity was planned as a way for the university to say thank you to students for attending games.   

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The emergency manager of the Detroit school district took a trip to Lansing today to ask state lawmakers for help.  Rick Pluta has the story.

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Michigan students struggled with the state’s new standardized test.  Jake Neher explains.

Dr. Adam Marks
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Eastern Michigan University's Aging Studies Program is having a special program Wednesday October 28th featuring a lecture by Dr. Adam Marks, Clinical assistant professor in the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the University of Michigan. He will be speaking on how  Americans deal with death, and  how that has changed over the past 100 years.

Jorge Avellan

A community conversation was held at Eastern Michigan University after a large pride flag display was vandalized last week on campus.  

Nearly fifty people attended the meeting hosted by the EMU's LGBT Resource Center. 

Some students said they felt violated after seeing dozens of small flags, that made up the larger flag, destroyed. 

Kaitlin Eredics was among the students who participated in the discussion, she believes the issue should not be ignored to prevent it from happening again.

Eastern Michigan University LGBT Resource Center

  Eastern Michigan University students will gather Wednesday to discuss the recent vandalism of a campus pride flag.



Detroit Public Schools

Governor Rick Snyder today (Mon.) outlined his plan to rescueDetroit Public Schools from crushing debt and dismal academic results.The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would overseeeducation and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only tocollect taxes and pay down debt. 

But as Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, thegovernor faces what could be the toughest sales job of his tenure to tryto win legislative support for the plan. 

Recently a neighborhood in Brooklyn made national headlines for a fight over public schools. Lots of affluent, mainly white families have been moving into new condos in the waterfront area called DUMBO, and the local elementary school is getting overcrowded.

The city wants to redraw the zones in a way that would send kids from this predominantly white school to a nearby school where enrollment is over 90 percent black and Hispanic and which draws many of its students from a public housing project. Some parents on both sides of the line balked.

A hidden chemistry lab was unearthed by a worker doing renovations to the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and school officials say the room is directly linked to the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, who helped design the building.

The "chemical hearth," which dates back to the 1820s, is thought to be one of the few remaining in the world. It featured two sources of heat for conducting experiments and a system for pulling out fumes.

It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they'd strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you'd pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school.

In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools in the country. And lately, they've been the subject of passionate and often acrimonious debate about the right way to fix public education in America.

Small town doesn't quite describe Bethune, Colo. It spans just 0.2 square miles and has a population of 237. There's a post office, but it's open only part time. There's not a single restaurant, and the closest big store is in Kansas.

That didn't stop Ailyn Marfil from moving to Bethune a couple of months ago. In fact, she thinks it's a pretty exciting place to live. "I was looking for speed and action, and so Bethune gave me speed and action. More than I expected," she says.

Eastern Michigan University LGBT Resource Center

Eastern Michigan University students took action to repair a pride flag on campus after vandals destroyed the display Tuesday night.

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The big game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will take place this Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor.  The rivalry between these two schools is no secret.  So students at U of M are protecting something very important to them on campus.

Michigan education officials are moving ahead with plans to improve teacher evaluations statewide.  Jake Neher has the story.

Lost Voices, Black Lives Matter
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Football fans around the country been cheering on and celebrating the student athletes, each cheering on their own team. 

But, the thing that we all have in common is a heavy heart  from yet another deadly school shooting, the latest of which took place in Oregon. Today we'd like to introduce you to two Eastern Michigan University students who have brought positive national attention to the school by sending out an impassioned, important, and highly emotional message.

College students and university employees are being warned to keep an eye out for phishing scams and other bogus e-mails. Fraudsters often target academic institutions during the fall with online scams and bogus e-mails to try to trick people into giving up personal information.


Eastern Michigan University hosted a public informational session on Dating and Sexual Violence called "Got Consent?"  They invited Washtenaw County assistant prosecutors Arianne Slay and Mark Kneisel to discuss how the criminal justice system operates and the role victims play in police investigations.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary and as part of it its focusing on specific areas of education by investing $350,000 in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, in an effort to create hands-on experience labs in those areas for middle schools. 

Obama, Mary Sue Coleman
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Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities. Coleman served as U-M's president from 2002 to 2014 and helped form numerous partnerships with other academic, business and government organizations. 

Ypsilanti Housing Commission

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 

Days after negotiators struck a new deal that paused a strike, Seattle's teachers voted Sunday night to ratify the new contract. For the Seattle school district's 53,000 students, the strike had delayed the start of the school year by six days.

As the old contract expired, Seattle's teachers hadn't received a state-funded cost of living raise in six years. Under the latest deal, teachers' base pay will rise 3 percent this year, 2 percent in 2016, and 4.5 percent in 2017.

From Seattle, Kyle Stokes of member station KPLU reports: