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Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers became the youngest baseball player to win the league batting title.
In 1955 Al Kaline, who had signed with the Tigers the day after graduating from high school two years earlier, became the youngest player to win the league batting title. Kaline played with the Tigers for twenty-two seasons. Having hit 399 home runs, he finished his career with a .297 batting average. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
The first issue of the Big Rapids Pioneer, a five-column folio, was printed on April 17, 1862. Charlie Gay was the proprietor, owner, and co-editor with Ceylon C. Fuller. The paper was under the same management for nearly 22 years and 140 years later the paper is still being published. Today, the Big Rapids Pioneer maintains a
website, a facebook page, and is available via Kindle.
Sources : Mecosta County wikipedia entry.
On April 17, 1802, the first city tax was collected in Detroit, bringing in a total of $150. Every adult was taxed 25 cents.
Source: Michigan History
Focus Soon To Shift To Legislature On Detroit
With landmark agreements tentatively in place on how to handle the pensions of retired Detroit city employees as part of extracting the city from bankruptcy, the prospect of the Legislature confronting a vote on a proposed $350 million package to pay for the pension commitments is looming ever more real.
Republicans, Dems Still Need Candidates In Some House Races
With less than a week left until the filing deadline, Republicans and Democrats are still trying to lock down candidates in some potentially competitive House districts.
Schauer: Education Plan Will End Raids On K-12 Fund
Saying a focus on education will be his chief economic policy, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer outlined an education plan that he said would ensure the state's School Aid Fund would be used only for pre-K through 12th grade, that all charter and cyber schools would have to participate in the public school workers retirement system, and that a study would determine what it actually costs to teach a child.
RGA Hits Schauer For Tax Engler Backed and Snyder Extended
In unveiling what it labeled it's latest "attack ad" against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, the Republican Governors Association blasted Mr. Schauer for voting for a tax on nursing home beds when he was in the state House.
House Transportation Plan Needs New, Old Legislation
The transportation funding plan floated by House Speaker Jase Bolger and his colleagues nearly two weeks ago and planned for discussion in the House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure committees on Thursday will need both already introduced bills and newly drafted legislation, supporters said Wednesday.
Independent Groups Outspend Candidates, Report Finds
Independent committees and organizations dominated television advertising of political campaigns through the first quarter of 2014, a report released Wednesday by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network found.
Pappageorge Endorses Raczkowski To Succeed Him
Sen. John Pappageorge has stepped into a crowded 13th Senate District primary, giving his approval as the heir to his seat to former Rep. Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski on Wednesday.
Trott Launches First TV Spot
Attorney Dave Trott presents himself as a Washington outsider who will fight against a culture that is preventing economic growth in his first television advertisement.
Michigan Jobless Rate Falls To 7.5% In March
Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points in March to 7.5 percent, according to figures released Wednesday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
New Standards Create Bump In Pesticide Exposure Reports
The state has seen a substantial increase in cases of pesticide exposure over the last two years, but much of that is a change in reporting, Department of Community Health officials said.
Appeals Court: State Should Not Have Moved Worker's Comp Hearings
The state did not have the authority to move workers' compensation hearings from Flint to Dimondale, a divided Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 73, April 16, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
With the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings beginning to pick up speed, the question remains how or when the Legislature will step in with the state's pledge of $350 million to help offset pension cuts.
This money becomes even more crucial, given police and fire retirees reached a deal to suffer no pension cuts and reports that general system retirees would face substantially lower cuts.
But that's all premised on several factors, including that $350 million proposed by Gov. Rick SNYDER via some tobacco settlement funds.
For the full article, see "Legislature Still In Wait-And-See Mode For Detroit Aid", Inside MIRS Today, April 16, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• Legislature Still In Wait-And-See Mode For Detroit Aid
• DMC Prenatal Funding Not Likely To Make '15 Budget
• Blues Deposit $100M In Michigan Health Endowment
• Educator Eval Changes Hang In The Balance This Spring
• RGA Hits Schauer For Supporting QAAP Fee That Snyder Extended
• Worthy Backs Totten; Dillard Still Considering Run
• School Must Prove Student 'Willfully' Skipped School Before Pursuing Truancy
• Schauer Deems Education A Top Priority, Calls EAA 'Failed Experiment'
• Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Rate In 6 Years
• LARA Must Hold Worker Comp Hearings In Genesee
• Trott Campaign Puts Out Bio Ad
• House, Senate DEQ Chairs OK With Recycling Money
• Pontiac Moves One Step Closer To Post-EM World
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