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Michigan's economy improves, but at a slower pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state's economic recovery. And it took a bite out of tax revenues, leaving Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature with about $300 million less to work with as they put the finishing touches on a new state budget.

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Valuable art is back on the docket in Detroit's bankruptcy case. 

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Officials say more than 90 dogs and puppies have been removed from the site of a suspected puppy mill in Livingston County. 

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State Senate votes to delay statewide teacher evaluations… again

It looks like lawmakers could once again delay the implementation of a new statewide teacher evaluation system. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to push back the deadline until the 2015-2016 school year.

State law requires the new evaluation system to be in place during the current school year. State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, says that clearly isn't going to happen.

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Bill would take standardized testing duties away from state education officials

State education officials would no longer oversee K-12 standardized testing in Michigan under a bill in the state House. It would move those duties to the state Department of Treasury.

The state Legislature and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) have been sparring in recent months over standardized tests. The MDE wants to replace the state's MEAP test with a computer-based exam that measures student growth - unlike the MEAP.

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The director of the National Institutes of Health plans to speak at the University of Michigan on the future of biomedical research.  

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Chrysler, Ford Motor and General Motors are interested in preserving art and shoring up pensions in Detroit's bankruptcy case.  

 

     

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Economists are projecting that the state of Michigan will collect about $873 million less in revenue this budget year and next than was projected earlier in the year.  

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A Detroit pastor seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. John Conyers says an elections clerk should be commended for a ruling that the longtime legislator doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot for Michigan's 13th Congressional District.  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said Tuesday that Conyers' nominating petitions were insufficient.

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State Senate leader plans to up the ante on road funding in coming weeks

Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state's gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan's crumbling roads was off the table this year.

But now, state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he hopes to introduce such a plan in the coming weeks.

"It's just a matter of time," Richardville told reporters Tuesday.

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A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.

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A campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan has collected enough signatures for a ballot drive being threatened by Republican legislation.

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State lawmakers look to expand natural gas in rural communities

New legislation in Lansing would make it easier for utilities to expand access to natural gas in rural Michigan.

A state House panel will hold a hearing on the bills Tuesday.

Supporters hope it will help people keep the heat on during the cold winter months. A number of Michigan communities faced propane shortages during this past winter.

Media industry veteran Jarl Mohn will be NPR's new CEO, the organization's board of directors has announced.

Mohn, 62, currently sits on the board of directors at several media organizations, including Scripps Networks Interactive and Web analytics company ComScore. He is also on the boards of KPCC Southern California Public Radio and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Announcing the hire, Kit Jensen, who chairs NPR's board of directors, said Mohn has "an ability to find nuanced and new ideas." He is slated to start work at NPR on July 1.

There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban. 

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The Traverse City Film Festival is getting a little more star power on its board.  The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports festival officials on Wednesday announced five additions to the board. that includes, actor, playwright and Purple rose Theater Founder Jeff Daniels of Chelsea.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says there's no need to tell owners of recalled General Motors cars to stop driving them.  

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Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion. 

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A suspended University of Michigan student has sued the school, claiming it denied his rights in a sexual misconduct investigation. 

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A 20-year-old Detroit area man is suing University of Michigan's Board of Regents after he was charged out-of-state tuition at the school's Dearborn campus. Hussein Berry filed the class-action discrimination lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Detroit. 

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Researchers say an invasive beetle that's destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and Canada may have arrived in North America a decade before it first was detected.   Michigan State University researchers collected cores from trunks of more than 1,000 ash trees in six southeastern Michigan counties.

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A Michigan man is making it his business to recycle graduation gowns.  The Grand Rapids Press reports  that Seth Yon's Greener Grads is on a mission to recycle 1 million gowns.

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Divided Michigan lawmakers have voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and other products. The main bill approved 68-42 Tuesday by the Republican-led House would classify coal ash and other materials as "low-hazard" industrial wastes.   

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This is Arson Awareness Week in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to focus public attention on vehicle arson and the importance of preventing such behavior through a collaborative statewide effort.

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