In Michigan
3:13 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Mich. lawmaker plans Arizona-like immigration bill

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan lawmaker plans to introduce legislation modeled after Arizona's new immigration law that's triggered protests and a heated national debate.

Republican State Rep. Kim Meltzer of Clinton Township says her bill would give police the authority to arrest illegal aliens who are stopped and questioned on another offense.

Meltzer says she's proposing tightening immigration laws because "we have borders in place for a reason." She says local law enforcement officers' hands should not be tied.

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In Michigan
3:02 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Ingham townships losing patrols may contract with municipalities

EAST LANSING, MI –

Officials in Ingham county's rural areas are looking at several options to provide police service starting next year.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Official: militia suspects would be monitored

DETROIT –

A court official says members of a Michigan militia will be electronically monitored around the clock if they're released from jail until trial. He's filed an affidavit to clear up what he calls misstatements by a prosecutor urging the court to keep the nine militia members in jail. The prosecutor says electronic monitoring is "wholly inadequate."

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Steil, ex-lawmaker, Grand Rapids activist, dies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

A family member says Glenn Steil, a former state lawmaker from Grand Rapids, has died in Florida. He was 68.

Glenn Steil Jr. told The Grand Rapids Press that his father had a heart attack Friday in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Steil, a Republican, served eight years in the Michigan Senate and co-chaired the statewide campaign for term limits in the Legislature. He formerly owned Compatico, an office furniture company in the Grand Rapids area.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Mich. GOP gov. candidate George to file signatures

LANSING, MI –

State Sen. Tom George is getting ready to turn in his petitions to get on the Republican gubernatorial ballot for Michigan.

The anesthesiologist from Kalamazoo County's Texas Township said Friday in a press release that he'll file his petitions Monday with the secretary of state's office. Tuesday is the deadline to file to get on the Aug. 3 primary ballot.

Republican candidates Rick Snyder, Mike Cox and Pete Hoekstra already have filed their signatures, leaving only George and Mike Bouchard to file next week.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Audit: Poor-performing Michigan schools need help

LANSING, MI –

An audit says that Michigan education officials are more successful helping low-income elementary and middle schools improve their academic performance than high
schools.

A Michigan auditor general report released Friday examines so-called "high priority" schools that have failed to meet academic standards at least two consecutive years under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

States are required to have support systems for high priority schools that are low-income and qualify for federal Title I money.

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In Michigan
4:51 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

MI House expected to take up anti-bullying bill

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers at the state Capitol have been examining ways to address bullying at Michigan's schools.

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The state board of education has already established anti-bullying guidelines. But school districts are not required to adopt those rules. Democratic state Representative Pam Byrnes sponsored the anti-bullying bill.

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In Michigan
3:04 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

School groups have until Monday to endorse MI school reform plans

LANSING, MI –

Michigan education officials are hoping for better luck when the state submits its application for a share of the second round of federal Race to the Top school reform money. The state lost out in the first round - in part because Michigan's plan did not have the support of teachers' unions.

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WKAR Features
8:46 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Trebuchet Day comes to Lansing

LANSING, MI – A group of Lansing-area middle school students will be competing in a unique challenge of math, science and ancient weaponry. The kids will be firing trebuchets they built with the help of Michigan State University and Impression 5 Science Center.

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WKAR Features
8:43 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Dead or alive: retirement debate raises questions Legislature's effectiveness

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers will return next week to negotiations on a plan to encourage thousands of veteran teachers to retire. The plan would help school districts save money as they face big budget challenges. But the Legislature has already plowed through several deadlines to get the job done. And some people say it may already be too late for the plan to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs and cuts to services for students.

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