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Woodbridge Ferris founded the Big Rapids Industrial School in Big Rapids on this date in 1884. It is now called Ferris State University.
Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.
Following the Revolutionary War, the 1783 Treaty of Paris ceded Mackinac Island to the colonies. However, the British did not evacuate Fort Mackinac for St. Joseph Island until 13 years later, in 1796. On September 1, 1796, British Lieutenant Andrew Foster impatiently signed his name to the descriptive inventory of Fort Mackinac's buildings and defensive works. Completing that inventory and lowering the Union Jack were his final acts as the fort's commander. The American Major Henry Burbeck, who had just arrived from Detroit, completed the transfer by accepting the inventory and ordering U.S. soldiers to raise the American flag over the fort. At that moment, Mackinac Island finally became part of the United States. The British soldiers withdrew to St. Joseph Island.
For more information see Mackinac Island: Historic Frontier, Vacation Resort, Timeless Wonderland by Pamela and Thomas M. Piljac.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
On Monday, WMU will become the fifth Michigan public university to go smoke-free, joining the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University and Central Michigan University, which instituted its smoke-free policy in July. This means smoking will not be allowed anywhere on campus, with the lone exception of being able to light up inside an enclosed personal vehicle.
The policy at WMU, where fall classes start Tuesday, covers all forms of tobacco, meaning chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes also fall under the ban.
The move is part of an initiative to create a healthy campus that promotes better overall health among students, said Amy Seth, the director of the student recreation center who co-chaired the implementation committee responsible for gauging the campus community's response to the tobacco ban and educating it to the new rules.
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, which has compiled a list of smoke-free college campuses throughout the U.S., there are at least 1,372 campuses that are currently smoke-free or are set to make the leap shortly. But, only 176 of these institutions prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere on campus.
For the full article, see Alex Mitchell, "Western Michigan University's ban on all forms of tobacco begins Monday", MLive, August 31, 2014.
Michigan’s minimum wage for most workers rises to $8.15 an hour Monday, but the Labor Day increase will do little to still the debate in the state over the progress or lack of progress in the state’s labor markets.
With more than 4 million people in the state’s workforce across a range of industries, from timber workers in the Upper Peninsula to automotive workers in plants around Detroit, Michigan’s labor force has grown since the depths of the Great Recession but remains well short of its pre-recession levels.
A nuanced look at the state’s workforce reveals that some sectors are enjoying robust growth while others lag. Workers in some categories remain in demand — nurses, say, and computer systems analysts — while workers in other categories — postal workers and, yes, newspaper reporters — face shrinking demand for their services.
For the full article, see John Gallagher, "State's minimum wage rising, but debate goes on over labor outlook", Detroit Free Press, August 31, 2014.
Charities, millionaire party suppliers and an association that represents almost 300 such organizations have filed suit to prevent the Michigan Gaming Control Board from enforcing emergency rules it slapped on the state’s charitable gaming industry last month.
The emergency rules are “a naked attempt to strangle and suffocate the charitable gaming industry,” the 25 plaintiffs alleged in a legal brief filed with the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs, led by the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, accused the MGCB and Executive Director Rick Kalm of creating emergency rules as a way to get around a series of Michigan Court of Claims’ rulings that ultimately threw out the extensive regulations the agency developed over the past year to supplement the state Bingo Act of 1972.
The rules that were blocked by Judge Pat Donofrio would have severely restricted or eliminated charity gaming as it has existed in Michigan for the past 40 years, according to the lawsuit filed Aug. 22 by lawyers from the Lansing firm of Foster, Swift.
For the full article, see Steven R. Reed, "Lawsuit opposes emergency rules for charitable gaming", Lansing State Journal, August 31, 2014.
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