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Coverage from across Michigan and  the state Capitol with the Michigan Public Radio Network and Interlochen Public Radio.


Michigan Education
6:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Charter school authorizers vow to higher standards

A group of institutions that oversee Michigan charter schools has come up with a system it says will lead to better oversight.

It’s a voluntary accreditation system that would judge authorizers based on things like transparency and efforts to turn around failing schools.

The authorizers would also shut down any charters that “consistently” rank in the bottom five percent of Michigan schools.

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Election 2014
11:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Tea Party leader: We want one of ours for House leader

Todd Courser is a lawyer from Lapeer, running for a seat in the state Legislature.
Credit Todd Courser

  It looks likely there will be more Tea Party Republicans in the Legislature next year. And one of the likely new Tea Partiers in the state House says they may want one of their own to be the new Republican leader. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) won the GOP primary in a very Republican-leaning seat, which means he’s probably likely headed to Lansing next year. And he says Tea Partiers in the Legislature will be looking for something different in the new House leadership team.

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Wolf Hunt
7:48 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Senate adopts wolf hunting initiative

The Michigan Senate has said “yes” to a petition-initiated measure to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. It would also overhaul Michigan’s wildlife management rules to let a state commission decide which species can be hunted. And the measure would circumvent two ballot challenges to wolf hunting laws.

The Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management gathered almost 300,000 signatures of registered voters to put the question to the Legislature.

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7:15 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gov. Snyder surveys Detroit flood damage

Credit Paula C. McNichol sent to WDET

  Governor Rick Snyder says numerous state agencies are helping Detroit and surrounding communities deal with massive floods. He flew back from a trip to the Upper Peninsula to see the flood damage first-hand from a Michigan State Police helicopter.

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5:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Can this one company end political robocalls?

A woman protesting robocalls

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:05 pm

'Tis the season – for political campaigning and ceaseless robocalls.

Now that the August primaries are over, we're getting a breather. But it won't be long before the campaigns start cranking out those robocalls for the November general election.

Those political robocalls are exempt from the do-not-call rules, those that are supposed to protect us from marketing and sales calls.

Aaron Foss is the CEO of a company with a name that says it all: NOMOROBO. Foss is busy finding ways to fight off robocalls.

Foss says beginning this political season, NOMOROBO will try a new approach to block all political robocalls, unless consumers “opt-in” to accept these robocalls.

“We try to strike the balance between politicians being perfectly legal to make the calls, and everybody being in their perfect right to not accept the calls,” says Foss.

*Listen to the interview with Aaron Foss above.

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