The MSU Libraries' makerspace, Make Central, offers an alternative learning environment and gathering space that encourages cross-discipline collaboration and experimentation. All students, staff and faculty can use the space for projects, activities, speakers, clubs and classes. Make Central is offering these free workshops:
Technology Petting Zoo: Arduino
October 13, 2015, 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Workshop: Intro to 3D Printing
October 20, 2015, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Technology Petting Zoo: Raspberry Pi
November 10, 2015, 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Workshop: Intro to 3D Printing
November 17, 2015, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Find more information and request to use the space at www.lib.msu.edu/makecentral/
Did a failed attempt by the Treasury Department to redact part of an e-mail related to a Freedom of Information Act request expose a state government strategy of charging high FOIA fees to discourage requests for public information?
The liberal group Progress Michigan, which was quoted more than $52,000 for records it requested about communications with a state education adviser, says yes.
State officials deny the charge and say the cost estimate was high because the group’s FOIA request was overly broad.
The controversy is enhanced because activists at Progress Michigan could read part of an e-mail about its FOIA request that Treasury tried to black out. In the e-mail, Treasury Department official Terry Stanton, citing advice from the Attorney General's Office, said Treasury would use the "fee approach" to respond to the Progress Michigan FOIA request, rather than an outright denial, as originally planned.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Group says high fees used to conceal state records", Detroit Free Press, October 8, 2015.
Gov. Rick Snyder said today he'll ask the Legislature for $6 million of the $12 million needed to help reconnect Flint to the Detroit water system, as a way to address elevated lead levels in its drinking water system.
The C.S. Mott Foundation, a Flint-based non-profit founded by auto pioneer Charles Stewart Mott, has pledged $4 million toward the effort and the City of Flint will provide the additional $2 million.
"I'm in full support of the return to the Great Lakes Water Authority," Snyder said today, a reference to the new authority that was formed to manage Detroit's water system outside the city limits. "We all care about the citizens of Flint."
Snyder said the state would review what went wrong to help prevent future problems from occurring in other places. He defended the city's decision, which included a sign-off from a state-appointed emergency financial manager, to switch to the river water last year.
The river water was tested when it left the city's treatment plant and was fine, Snyder said. The problem developed in the distribution system, where it picked up lead.For the full article, see John Wisely,
, Detroit Free, October 8, 2015.
Michigan drivers pulled over by the police will be able to show proof of their auto insurance on a phone or another mobile device instead of having to provide a hard copy under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The law takes effect in three months.
Snyder, who signed it Wednesday, says the goal is to modernize government and make everyday life easier for residents.
For the full article, see "Michigan drivers can now show insurance on phone", Detroit Free Press, October 8, 2015.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "Echoing state, Detroit schools cut back on standardized tests" : Bowing to complaints about test fatigue, Detroit reins in the amount of time students spend on in-district standardized tests.
Ted Roelofs, "Giving Michigan nurses more authority to prescribe drugs and treat patients" : With new legislation on the horizon, advocates for expanded practice rights for highly trained nurses say the move would lower costs and improve access to health care, particularly in rural Michigan.
Ted Roelofs, "Husband and wife, doctor and nurse, at odds over nurses’ roles" : In this rural Upper Peninsula family, one doctor, one nurse practitioner and two opinions on giving some nurses more autonomy to treat patients.
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