Drug Enforcement
3:30 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Benzie County Asking For Boost In Drug Enforcement Funding

Credit Linda Stephan

Benzie County will ask voters to boost funding for drug enforcement this November. Officials in the cash-strapped county have created a millage proposal that would allow a sheriff’s deputy to join the region’s drug task force, called the Traverse Narcotics Team.

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The Environment Report
1:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Birding from the sky above southeast Michigan

Kensington Metropark from the sky
Dea Armstrong

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:41 pm

Take a hot air balloon ride with ornithologist Dea Armstrong (story starts about a minute in).

Like most of us, Dea Armstrong has only seen birds from the ground. Today, she’s going to fly with them.

Armstrong is Ann Arbor’s city ornithologist, and watching birds from a hot air balloon is on her bucket list. I got a chance to tag along to find out what we’d see from the air.

“I’m so excited to see what it’ll be like to look from above and down. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to recognize the birds, of course, but it’ll be just so different,” she says.

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Public Charter Schools
10:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. File photo.

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers. The meeting was intended to review the rules that are supposed to ensure charter academies are doing what they’re supposed to do.

It’s the first of two meetings this week with the entities that are supposed to hold charter schools accountable. There are very few details about what happened at this private gathering with representatives of universities, community colleges, and other charter authorizers. 

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Michigan Education
10:06 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Workgroup Tries To Forestall Future School District Shutdowns

Michigan state Senator Howard Walker.

A workgroup of lawmakers and educators is using the Legislature’s summer recess to try to develop an “early warning” for schools in financial trouble.

A year ago, two small Michigan school districts, Inkster and Buena Vista, were dissolved because they had run out of money.

State Senator Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) leads the workgroup. Walker says his goal is to create an “early warning” system that would allow the state to step in more quickly when a district shows signs of financial stress.

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Stateside
4:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Corn crops are coming in late

Todd Hulett talks about the long wait for sweet corn.

This summer, many of us are still waiting for Michigan sweet corn. Tom Hulett is known as the "Corn Man" in the Port Huron area. He said people had problems planting their sweet corn due to the cold spring, and that's delayed this year's harvest.

Hulett says we should start seeing more sweet corn in the markets two to three weeks later than normal.

*Listen to the full interview above. 

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