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A University of Cincinnati officer who was charged in the murder of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop has pleaded not guilty. Officer Ray Tensing was escorted into a Hamilton County courthouse on Thursday handcuffed and in a prison uniform. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said because Tensing is facing a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million. People in the courtroom erupted into applause when Shanahan announced her...

It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college? Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell grants to pay for college classes. The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do. To...

For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances. There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards. "Silent generation people, 90 percent of whom are retired, are carrying debt later into life. So over half of them still have debt," explains Diana Elliott, a research...

U-M Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy

Are you a coffee shop frequenter or do you prefer a fast food restaurant? A University of Michigan researcher has codified the "cool factor" of both types of places. While c offee shops and fast food restaurants have both enjoyed strong employment growth in recent years - 2 to 3 times faster than the economy overall.

EMU Students
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Nurses looking to upgrade their education now have a new online option at Eastern Michigan University . Eastern is offering an online accelerated RN to BSN program which includes an 8 week format for nurses who want to earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree. Michael Williams is the director of the nursing school at Eastern. "All of the applicants for this program must have a registered nurses license from one of the states in the US and have received their initial education with a...

For a gift of just $250 you and a friend can take the bus to Comerica Park, enjoy a picnic party in the stadium, receive a free TRUEMU Tigers baseball hat, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Seattle Mariners.

Phone Scams
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new phone scam . In this latest one, a person calls claiming they're a lawyer trying to collect on a defaulted loan.

If you had chickenpox as a child, then you're at risk for shingles . As you age, the risk increases, probably because the immune system weakens over time. The varicella zoster virus can hide in the body over a lifetime and suddenly activate, causing a painful, blistery rash. Even when the rash disappears, pain can linger and worsen, causing a burning, shooting, stabbing pain so severe it can leave people unable to sleep, work or carry on other activities. There is a vaccine on the market. The...

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools. The state and intermediate schools districts (ISDs) now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble.

I recently learned about a decision to ban eggs in school lunches — the main meal of the day — in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The state's chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has vetoed a proposal to include eggs in children's school lunches in government schools. Even though eggs are an excellent source of nutrition, he said eggs would not be served because they are not a vegetarian food, and that milk and bananas would be offered instead. Like many Hindus, Chouhan is a vegetarian...

In 2000 the world's leaders agreed on an ambitious plan to drastically reduce global poverty by 2015. Called the Millennium Development Goals , the targets spurred an unprecedented aid effort that brought lifesaving medicines and vaccines to millions of people and helped slash the share of people in the developing world who live in extreme poverty from 47 percent in 1990 to 14 percent today. Now nations are hammering out an even broader set of goals for 2030. But many of the people who work...

Dr. Max Wicha
University of Michigan

Almost everyone has been touched by cancer either themselves or through a friend or family member. A renowned University of Michigan cancer researcher, Dr. Max Wicha was just appointed to the National Cancer Advisory board by President Barack Obama.

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Staff and community leaders will help show off the work and achievements of students at Ypsilanti Community Schools Middle School . An inter-disciplinary educational program focused on sustainability culminates on Thursday, June 11 with a Sustainability Summit. Science and Humanities teacher Cheryl Plouffe guests on this week's 'Issues of the Environment.'

Bake Sale Michigan
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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that will allow student groups to sell baked goods in school to raise money. New federal guidelines adopted by the Michigan Department of Education limited the kinds of food that could be sold in school. Several groups complained that the guidelines hindered their ability to fundraise.

Parents probably don't put "check for tanning bed" when moving a child into off-campus housing. But many apartment buildings that cater to students provide free indoor tanning, a study finds. "When my daughter went off to college, she looked at 10 apartments near her campus," said Dayna Diven, a dermatologist at the University of Texas' Dell Medical School. "All 10 of them offered residents free indoor tanning; I was shocked." Curious to learn more, Diven and a team of researchers...

Eastern Michigan Unversity

400 students from a dozen schools came to Eastern Michigan University's campus last Thursday for the second annual "Math facts challenge" sponsored by the EMU Charter schools office.

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The US News and World Report has placed several area schools on its 2015 list of Best High Schools.

A "Positive Business Conference" is happening this week at the Ross School of business on the University of Michigan campus. I spoke to the " Chief Happiness Officer," Jenn Lim & Co-Founder of Delivering Happiness that will be involved in the event.

Eastern Michigan University and the American Heart Association are joining forces tomorrow to battle heart disease. The two organizations are holding a "Heart Walk" at EMU's Rynearson Stadium Saturday.

It was like a scene out of Glee! University of Michigan Musical Theater students now have a viral video. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry gets the story from the chair of U-M's Musical Theater department, Brent Wagner.

Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday due to staffing shortages. Teachers and other school personnel took the day off to head to Lansing to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul the district. The plan includes enabling more charter schools to open in the city.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Flint no longer faces a financial emergency. That means a state board will oversee the transition back to local control of the city’s finances. The governor says Flint has shed more than $600 million in long-term liability costs. And the state just authorized a loan to eliminate a $7 million deficit in the city’s general fund.

As long as there have been schools and classes, there have been students who don't show up. And educators scratching their heads over what to do about it. In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, parents and students are more likely to end up in front of a judge. Truancy there is treated as a criminal offense, a class C misdemeanor. In 2013, school districts in the state filed 115,000 truancy cases. The problem is so big, state lawmakers and...

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents held a special meeting today to announce Kim Schatzel , provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts a national search for the successor to President Susan Martin. Provost Schatzel will begin her role following President Martin’s announced final day of July 7, 2015.

State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state. Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.

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