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Michigan Education
6:01 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Governor willing to talk about taking on Detroit Public School debt

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

A long-awaited report released this week by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommended the move. It urges the state to assume hundreds of millions of dollars in DPS debt.

The governor has stopped short of endorsing the plan – but says he’ll consider it.

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The Environment Report
1:08 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

2 toxic hot spots down, 12 to go

Workers installing native plants as part of shoreline restoration on Muskegon Lake, Muskegon, MI
Kathy Evans, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 12:33 pm

They're known as "Areas of Concern" and Michigan had 14 of them at one time.

Now, we have 12 of these toxic places where pollution from the past is lingering.

This summer, work crews will tackle the next phase of cleanup in the Muskegon Lake area.

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11:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Vaccination numbers trending upward

Fewer parents in northern Michigan are opting out of vaccinations for their children. Health officials say the trend is positive but there is still more work to do.

In Leelanau County, just over 12 percent of parents requested a vaccine waiver for their kindergarteners this year. That number is down from nearly 20 percent the year before.

In Grand Traverse County, the rate of vaccine waivers is down from 13 percent to just under 10 percent. County Health Officer Wendy Trute says that’s a step in the right direction.

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12:28 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Thoughts on how to improve teacher evaluations in Michigan

There's wide agreement among education experts that teacher quality is the most important school-based factor in how students do in school.

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Michigan Food & Agriculture
9:52 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Syrup producers eager to tap into Michigan's maples

Pictured from left to right: Grant Woods, Bobbi Woods, and Joe Woods
Credit Daniel Wanschura

When Joe and Bobbi Woods bought a 40-acre parcel in Rapid City, they weren't thinking about starting a maple syrup farm. They planned to grow hay.

What started out with a just few buckets 20 years ago, has now grown into a nearly 600-gallon maple syrup operation annually. It’s a family operation for the Woods. During syrup season, their son Grant usually helps out, checking to make sure the sap flows freely through the line system.

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