In Michigan
5:47 am
Mon December 28, 2009

"Personal Curriculums" part of Race to the Top

LANSING, MI – Sophomores in Michigan's high schools will soon be able to alter their graduation requirements if they struggle to pass math courses.

The "Personal Curriculum" is a small measure not often discussed in a large package of reforms approved by the state Legislature. That's because it didn't deal with big, controversial issues such as charter schools or the drop-out age.

But state Representative Doug Geiss says he hopes "Personal Curriculum" helps raise the state's graduation rate.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Ohio asks US Supreme Court to study carp threat

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review steps taken to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray asked the court Wednesday to examine measures taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Illinois to stop the spread of the fish.

Cordray asked the court to reopen an earlier case examining the legality of several man-made canals and waterways connecting Lake Michigan with the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Detroit must reimburse Free Press for legal fees

DETROIT – A judge has ruled Detroit must reimburse the Detroit Free Press for most of the newspaper's legal fees in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit related to the text message scandal involving ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. ruled Wednesday the paper prevailed in about 80 percent of its requests.

The paper sought about $666,000 in fees and costs, but Colombo said some expenses wouldn't be allowed. Free Press lawyer Herschel Fink plans to meet with the city to recalculate the bill.

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In Michigan
6:10 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Drop out age - 18 - starts with Class of 2016

LANSING, MI – Students in the Class of 2016 will be the first Michigan graduates required to stay in school until they are 18. Legislators approved a measure in the "Race To The Top" education reform package that would raise the drop-out age from 16 to 18.

Democratic state Representative Doug Geiss sponsored the measure to increase the drop-out age. He's been trying for awhile to push that legislation through, but Senate Republicans have traditionally opposed the measure.

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Sports
5:32 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Bargnani, Turkoglu lead Raptors over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 11 points and a season-best 11 assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Detroit Pistons 94-64 on
Wednesday night.

Detroit shot 28 percent from the floor and matched the lowest point total in franchise history since the shot clock was implemented for the 1954-55 season.

Detroit, which has lost six straight, played without Ben Gordon (ankle), Richard Hamilton (hamstring) and Tayshaun Prince (back).

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Sports
5:27 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Niemi gets fourth shutout in 3-0 win over Wings

DETROIT – Antti Niemi made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and his career, and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, which also shut out Detroit 3-0 on Sunday night in Chicago behind Cristobal Huet.

Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for Detroit, which has gone 2 hours, 21 minutes without a goal.


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In Focus Today
5:25 am
Thu December 24, 2009

School foundations rethinking their strategies

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

US Census: Mich. population dips under 10M

DETROIT, MI –
A U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows Michigan's overall population fell below 10 million for the first time since 2000 and the state is one of just three to lose residents.

The population estimate released Wednesday finds the state lost 32,759 people between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009. It's the fourth consecutive annual population loss for the manufacturing-dependent state that's seen more than 500,000
residents leave since 2001.

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Top Stories
5:13 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

Michigan budget trouble will continue

LANSING, MI –
Michigan's bleak state budget situation likely will continue in the fiscal year that starts in October 2010.

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency projects that tax revenue will continue to fall largely because of Michigan's struggling economy. A report released Tuesday estimates that the state's general fund and school aid fund combined could be more than $1.8 billion short for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The report says state officials will have to make "very significant" spending cuts unless state taxes are increased.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

House Democrats expected to continue to push for K-12 funding

LANSING, MI –
State House Democrats say they will continue to push for new revenue when they return to Lansing in January. Some lawmakers still want to restore money cut from the K-12 schools budget.

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House Speaker Andy Dillon made a final attempt to woo Senate Republicans into approving a revenue plan in the waning hours of the 2009 session. He proposed a tax hike on some tobacco products and a freeze on the personal tax exemption.

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