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10:48 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden Heading To Detroit

Vice President Joe Biden
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  Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention.

Netroots Nation says the vice president has agreed to speak at its annual political conference being held this year in Detroit. The July 17 speech will be the first time Biden has addressed the group.

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5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Audit Points To Failings At Michigan Department Of Human Services

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Another audit says Michigan has failed to protect vulnerable adults

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is again taking heat for failing to protect vulnerable adults.

A state audit released Wednesday shows the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has mismanaged its Adult Protective Services (APS) program since 2010. Among other things, it says DHS did not adequately train caseworkers and supervisors and failed to investigate complaints of abuse.

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4:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Southeast Michigan Communities Unite In Forming Alliance To Enhance Safety And Security

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Washtenaw County, City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Eastern Michigan University launch the Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance. Broad collaboration features increased police staff, expanded patrols and new community safety measures.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Geoff Larcom
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Washtenaw County, the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Eastern Michigan University are combining efforts in a partnership to maintain and enhance the safety and security of the residents of eastern Washtenaw County. The Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance (EWSA), a coalition of top area officials and law enforcement leaders spearheaded by State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township.
4:23 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Detroit Treads Sandals Made From Illegally Dumped Tires Grow In Popularity Across City & Beyond

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A Detroit organization that helps people in need has found a positive way to make use of illegally dumped tires in the city. Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) is the manufacturer of Detroit Treads, sandals selling for $25 a pair that are made out of tire treads.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Eric Lacy
Since 2007, CCSS has used more than 35,000 illegally dumped tires in Detroit to make mud mats and the Detroit Treads sandals, said the Rev. Faith Fowler, the organization's executive director.
Michigan News
8:26 am
Wed July 9, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Has Warning For Charter School Authorizers

Michigan Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
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State superintendent predicts institutions will lose ability to charter schools

The top education official in Michigan says there's a good chance some institutions will lose their authority to create charter schools.

That statement comes a day after state Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan said he's ready to use his authority to revoke that ability from charter school authorizers. That's if they fail to meet new standards for transparency set by state education officials.

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Michigan News
4:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Good News, Bad News In State Test Data

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High schoolers' test scores up in all areas, many still not ready for college

Michigan high school juniors are improving in all core academic subjects. That's according to standardized test results released Monday.

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is given to high school juniors each year. The data released by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) includes the ACT college entrance exam.

The biggest improvements in the results were in social studies and reading. State education officials credit tougher graduation requirements approved in 2006.

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3:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Anonymous Top Of The Park Donor Gives Free Food And A Message: 'Ann Arbor Is A Great Place To Live'

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A number of families received a pleasant surprise Tuesday evening when an anonymous donor passed out $100 bills to at least three vendors on food row at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Ben Freed
A number of families received a pleasant surprise Tuesday evening when an anonymous donor passed out $100 bills to at least three vendors on food row at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's Top of the Park.
Michigan News
5:47 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Michigan School Superintendents Want Budget Re-Do

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Superintendents blast education budget

As Michigan schools begin their new budget year this week, some local superintendents are urging lawmakers to return from their summer break to boost education funding.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new education budget last week that boosts funding for all public schools by at least $50 per student. But Forest Hills Schools Superintendent Dan Behm says districts face new costs that wipe out that minimum increase.

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Michigan News
5:47 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Governor Warns Of Possible Prison Food Service Contract Cancellation

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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Snyder: Prison food contract troubles are "unacceptable"

Governor Rick Snyder says a deal with a private contractor to provide food for state prisons could be terminated if there are future problems with the company. Aramark Food Services was awarded the $145 million, three-year contract last December. But the arrangement has been beset by problems since then.

Aramark has been fined by the state for unapproved menu changes and running out of food. Also, 70 Aramark employees are banned from state prisons for inappropriate relationships with prisoners.

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Michigan News
8:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Home-Aid Workers To Undergo Background Checks

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Background checks coming for home-aid workers, state can't exclude all felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state's Medicaid in-home care program. That's according to state officials who outlined an upcoming background check system on Monday.

People convicted of patient abuse or neglect, health care fraud, or drug-related crimes will be barred from working with in-home Medicaid patients. But state officials say federal law prevents them from excluding people based on crimes that are not related to in-home care.

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Michigan News
5:16 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New Michigan Law Allows Forced Treatment For Substance Abusers

A new Michigan allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers.  The law was signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder. It  establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment. 

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Michigan News
4:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

EMU Hosts Ypsilanti Camps For Kids With Autism

EMU's Autism Collaborative Center
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Eastern Michigan University will be introducing kids on the autism spectrum to pirates, dinosaurs and rocket ships this summer.   

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Michigan News
4:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Schauer Speaks Out On Charter School Regulation

Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Mark Schauer.
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Schauer says he'd push stricter regulations on charter schools as governor

Former Congressman Mark Schauer says he would put tougher regulations on charter schools if he's elected governor. The Battle Creek Democrat says Gov. Rick Snyder has given bad charter operators a "free pass."

"We need to write into law the oversight that was left out when Rick Snyder lifted the cap on the number of charter schools," said Schauer. "It's the Wild West right now, and these schools see kids with dollar signs on their foreheads."

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Michigan News
5:48 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Detroit Judge Getting Update On Bankruptcy Plan

The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy case is expected to get an update on the voting process from city lawyers.

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Michigan News
5:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Plymouth Strength Coach Featured In New TV Show

An upcoming show about a Detroit-area strength coach is set to hold its local premiere. The first episode of Discovery Channel's "American Muscle" series is to be screened Thursday at Barwis Methods Training Center in Plymouth.  The show follows Mike Barwis and the work he does at his gym. Not only does Barwis train top pro, college and Olympic athletes, but he also works with patients who have suffered various injuries, including some who were told they would never walk again.

Michigan News
5:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Monroe County Area Student Gets New Robotic Hand

An eighth-grader at a Carleton middle school now has a robotic right hand thanks to school staff members' creativity and a 3D printer.

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Michigan News
4:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gun Records Exempted From Freedom Of Information Act In Michigan

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The legislation signed Tuesday codifies a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found disclosure of gun registry records to be an invasion of privacy. The information will still be available to law enforcement officials for certain purposes, though there are new restrictions on when police can access the records.

 A log of who accessed the records and the reason for doing so also is now required by the new laws.

Michigan News
4:27 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Work To Start On Detroit Light Rail

Work on Detroit's light rail project is scheduled to start next month following City Council's approval of construction and operating agreements.

M-1 Rail President and CEO Matt Cullen said Tuesday that groundbreaking and construction details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Cullen says a public information campaign will prepare people living along the Woodward corridor and area businesses for the work.

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Michigan News
4:25 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act On The Books In Michigan

Michigan now has a law ensuring that women have the right to breastfeed their babies in public.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed the Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act. Lawmakers introduced the legislation after getting some past reports of women being asked to leave stores, restaurants and government agencies for nursing in public.

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Michigan News
7:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Economists: Michigan Didn't Think Ending Public Employee Pensions Through

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Michigan economists warn against ending pensions for public employees

Some economists say Michigan failed to consider the consequences of ending pension plans for public workers.

The state stopped offering pensions to new employees in 1997. Budget officials say that decision has cut Michigan's long-term debt by about $5 billion.

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Michigan News
4:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Governor Snyder Set To Sign Spending Plans

  Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign Michigan's $53 billion spending plan for the budget year starting in about three months.

     The Republican governor has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon ceremony to sign the $15.8 billion education budget bill on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing. He also may sign the $37.5 billion budget bill that covers all other state spending if it's proofed in time.

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Michigan News
4:33 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Stiffer Penalties For Michigan Drive By Shooters Signed Into Law

   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws stiffening criminal penalties for drive-by shooters and people who shoot into buildings.

     People who intentionally shoot from a vehicle get up to four years in prison if they endanger another's safety. The laws signed yesterday increase the prison time to 10 years and put in place longer sentences if there are injuries or death.

     The new law also clarifies that shooting into a potentially occupied structure is a crime without prosecutors needing to prove the structure was actually occupied at the time of the shooting.

Michigan News
4:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Ann Arbor VA Under Investigation For Unsafe Practices

  A federal investigator says a health care center for veterans in Ann Arbor has not dealt adequately with complaints about unsafe practices.

     The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System was among facilities mentioned in a letter to President Barack Obama from Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

     The letter released yesterday says a whistleblower reported that employees were "practicing unsafe and unsanitary work practices" and untrained workers were improperly handling instruments.

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Michigan News
4:29 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Set To Purchase Part Of Willow Run Bomber Plant

 A group working to save part of Rosie the Riveter's old factory says it has signed a purchase agreement for the property.

     The Yankee Air Museum announced yesterday it is moving forward with a deal to buy 144,000 square feet of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant.

     The museum says in a statement that, assuming an upcoming inspection goes well, it will close on the purchase "in a few weeks."

     The Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign has raised millions of dollars in an effort to save part of the factory for use as the museum's new home.

Michigan News
4:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Faygo Founder's Grandson Claiming Age Discrimination

 The grandson of a founder of an iconic Michigan soft drink company says he was fired because of his age.

     Hugh Rosenthal was marketing director at Detroit-based Faygo when he lost his job at age 68 in 2012. He tells the Detroit Free Press there was no legitimate business reason to let him go.

     Rosenthal's lawsuit is in Flint federal court. The Free Press says Faygo vice president Al Chittaro declined to comment.

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