It could soon be illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to children in Michigan. The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday meant to keep the smokeless devices out of the hands of minors (Senate Bills 667 & 668).
So-called “e-cigarettes” deliver a nicotine-laced vapor, but don’t contain tobacco. That means the state cannot currently regulate them along with regular cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Tuesday evening there was an historic vote in Congress for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The U.S. House voted to create the park’s first-ever formal wilderness plan. The bill now awaits the president’s signature.
Our conversation with Deputy Park superintendent Tom Ulrich on the long process toward the wilderness plan, and what it means for the future of Sleeping Bear. Also, Congressman Dan Benishek explains why it took years for Congress to pass a wilderness plan that had broad public support.
His music was an amalgam of classical music, jazz, R&B, doowop, poetry and—sometimes—just plain noise. And Frank Zappa the man was even more complicated. Think you know Frank Zappa? Get to know him better this week on The New Jazz Archive. We’ll talk with Kevin Courier about some of the things that made the Zappa sound what it was, and take a look back at how Zappa’s early life growing up as a kid in the California desert shaped him as a man and musician. And we’ll talk with Pauline Butcher, a prim and proper British secretary who became Zappa’s unlikely personal assistant, and check in with a group of students at the School of Rock near Detroit who recently earned their musical stripes by tackling the music of Frank Zappa head on.
Life without parole used to be the automatic sentence for juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first-degree murder. That was until June of 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole for juveniles was unconstitutional. But a question here in Michigan remains – what happens to more than 350 juvenile lifers here who were sent to prison before the decision? Thursday the state Supreme Court hears arguments on that question.
The state’s defense of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban got off to a rocky start Monday.
Federal Judge Bernard Friedman tossed out the state’s first witness in the case. He said Yale law student Sherif Girgis did not qualify as an expert witness. The plaintiffs’ attorneys pointed to the fact that Girgis is still a student, and said he would only be expressing his opinion on gay marriage – not actual evidence.
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today (Monday) on a plan to designate 32,500 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as wilderness.
The move comes after more than a decade of debate both in northern Michigan and in Washington.
Under the legislation there are specific protections for hunting and fishing. Congressman Dan Benishek says the bill also ensures natural features will be protected, along with county roads, access to the water and historic structures.
During March, the path of Mars will bring it 15 million miles closer to Earth. It moves through Virgo with its star Spica; the Star of Abundance. In some cultures, Spica is known as a solitary lamp making the tale of Aladdin suitable for the season. Read Aladdin's story here.
The list of Michigan school districts that have budget deficits is shrinking, and the list of districts that are getting in the black is growing. That was the report today (Thu.) from the state Department of Education to the Legislature.
There are 46 districts on the deficit list today, compared to 50 at the end of last year.
And that was good news to state Senator Howard Walker (R-Traverse City), who chairs the Senate K-through-12 budget subcommittee.
Governor Rick Snyder says the state could do a better job protecting foster children if it changed the way it paid for the service.
The governor unveiled a report Thursday that says the state should pay foster care agencies based on their performance. Right now, those agencies all get paid the same regardless of their track records or the needs of individual foster children.