There may soon be more online K-12 schools allowed to operate in Michigan. Republican leaders in the state Legislature say they want to approve a measure that would allow more so-called cyber schools when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January.
State Representative Tom McMillin chairs the House Education Committee. He says many lawmakers are impressed with the ability of cyber schools to help kids who struggle in or drop out of traditional public schools.
A fight over money to train doctors in residency programs at Michigan hospitals will carry over to 2012. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, supporters say the money is a critical part of addressing a doctor shortage.
Laswmakers say money for training doctors was simply not a top priority to be addressed before the Legislature adjourned until next year.
The owner of Lansing's Frandor shopping center property says he's optimistic the location's Sears store will not be among those closed by the company. Pat Gillespie of East Lansing's Gillespie Group says he was reassured by Sears officials earlier this year when the retailer announced similar plans.
LANSING, MI – As 2011 concludes, health issues are high on the agenda at the state capitol. Governor Rick Snyder's administration is shaping new policy recommendations in two areas considered critical: obesity and infant mortality. And the future of medical marijuana remains unclear.
LANSING, MI – A political battle at the state Capitol may put taxpayers on the hook to pay down the debt of Detroit Public Schools. Two bills that would assure the school district's bond insurers that it would not go bankrupt, and would allow the district more time to pay off its debt were prepared for a final vote in the state House on the last day of session for the year.
LANSING, MI – Some lawmakers at the state Capitol say they would like to work in 2012 to provide some legal protections to K-12 students from cyber-bullying.
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer says the Legislature should approve a measure that would require all school districts to prohibit bullying via home computers and personal cell phones. She says bullying on the internet is a fast-growing problem.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder has signed several new pieces of legislation, including a package of bills on compensation for Michigan crime victims.
The governor's office says Snyder signed three bills that clarify definitions and strengthens compensation requirements and programs for crime victims. The bills were sponsored by fellow Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton.
LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder says he expects state intervention will be necessary in the coming year to help fix the finances of struggling local governments and school districts. The governor says he hopes to avoid in most cases the extreme step of naming an emergency manager.
State tax credits for charitable giving expire in about a week and a half. Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature got rid of the credits as part of a tax overhaul during budget negotiations earlier this year. Among the groups included in the expiring tax credit are food banks.
Eileen Spring is president of Food Gatherers - a food bank in Ann Arbor. She says she hopes the expiring tax credit will draw attention to the need for charitable giving in the coming year.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other religious and civil rights leaders are promising protests and possible civil disobedience against Michigan's new emergency manager law that could lead to a takeover of Detroit government.
Jackson and others announced their plans Thursday at a news conference at Detroit's Bethany Baptist Church.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - A charitable organization in Lansing that was hit by a weekend fire at its thrift store and office has found temporary space.
The Lansing State Journal reports Thursday that St. Vincent de Paul will occupy two storefronts. Sunday's fire destroyed more than six months' worth of donated clothing and possibly two months of donated furniture.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed a measure that bans health benefits that cover the live-in partners of people who work for school districts and local governments. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the governor says the ban will not apply to the unmarried partners of employees of state or public universities.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University is getting $5 million to help companies in the state better compete globally.
The East Lansing school announced Wednesday that the gift from Demmer Corp. will establish the John and Marnie Demmer Center for Business Transformation. It will bring more consulting, advisory and educational services from faculty members and student teams.
Lansing-based Demmer supplies assemblies, modules and components for defense, aerospace, transportation and commercial customers.
Detroit could be closer to a state financial takeover by an emergency manager. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to order an intensive review of the city's books following a preliminary finding of "probable financial stress."
But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, state officials say they still hold out hope the city can solve its own problems without a state intervention.
Poverty and homelessness rates have been on the rise over the past several years in Michigan. That's according to an annual report on poverty from the Michigan League for Human Services. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
The report says a quarter of kids in Michigan live in poverty, and one in ten kids lives in extreme poverty. "Extreme poverty" means a family makes less than $11,000 a year. Karen Holcomb-Merrill is with the league.
Williamston, MI – An exhibit by Val Berryman, called "The Art of Christmas", is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum. Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum. He's been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984. Berryman tells WKAR's Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he believes groups trying to legalize pot are using the state's medical marijuana law to push their cause. Schuette spent much of his first year in office working to close marijuana dispensaries and tighten enforcement of the law.
As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, Schuette says he does not intend to relent in 20-12.
Michigan residents struggling to pay their heating bills will be able to get some assistance.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed bills that create a $58 million fund to replace the Low Income and Energy Efficiency Fund. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled this summer that the fund program no longer was authorized.
Lansing police have apprehended a suspect wanted in a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon at the downtown Lansing CATA bus station. The Lansing State Journal reports the suspect was subdued by police in south Lansing about 90 minutes after the original incident.
According to the story, the suspect fired one shot at police while being pursued in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. No one was struck by the shot.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure that lifts the limit on how many university-sponsored charter schools are allowed to operate in the state. Opponents of the law say the traditional public school model is a proven success, while the record for charters is spotty.
But Governor Snyder says more charter schools can be a valuable part of Michigan's K-12 system.
With America's military role officially over in Iraq, that country hopes to speed up its transition from "boots to suits." Already, an expanding consortium of Michigan firms is eyeing a potential windfall there. The group 'MICH Development' wants to be the nucleus of a team that would finance and build up to 100,000 housing units near Baghdad; a project valued at $5.5 billion.