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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 Business & Economy
10:27 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

A bipartisan majority of the Board of State Canvassers threw out dozens of signatures after a last-minute challenge from opponents. They say the signatures were from people who signed the petition more than once, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

“I’m 100% confident that what we’ve shown them in terms of duplication will be confirmed by any review of any of them,” said John Pirich with People Protecting Michigan Jobs, the group opposing the petition.

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Great Lakes
10:25 am
Sat July 26, 2014

State Orders Enbridge To Fix Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have officially told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

The pipeline is part of a 1,900-mile network that runs from North Dakota to Sarnia, Ontario.

DEQ Director Dan Wyant says a state inquiry found the 61-year-old Enbridge pipeline that runs through the Mackinac Straits has fewer supports anchoring it than what’s called for in its lease with the state.

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Michigan Healthcare
4:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

What Do The Obamacare Rulings Mean For Michigan?

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.

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Michigan Prisons
11:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Prison Escape: Michigan AG Finds Human & Technology Errors

A report by the Michigan Attorney General's office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.

Michael Elliot slipped out of the Ionia Correctional Facility last February 2 by crawling under fences during a heavy snowfall. He wore white clothes to blend into the snow. He was captured about 24 hours later in Indiana.

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