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The Department of Corrections (DOC) confirmed today it never actually fined Aramark $98,000, as had been reported back in March and up until now. “The fine was canceled and thus not paid,” said Russ MARLAN, spokesperson for the DOC. Aramark had apparently been docked back in March for a round of contract violations over how it handled prison food operations.
For the full article, see "First Fine To Aramark Was Canceled By State", Inside MIRS Today, September 11, 2014.
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The Michigan Natural Resources Commissions decided Thursday it won’t hold a wolf hunt this year, even if voters uphold two state laws that allow the hunting.
“Even if the referendums are passed, there would not be time to establish a wolf hunt in 2014,” said Commissioner John Matonich.
The Nov. 4 referendums will ask voters to endorse or overturn Legislature-passed 2012 and 2013 laws permitting wolf hunting. A “yes” vote will be a vote in favor of wolf hunting. A “no” vote will be a vote against wolf hunting.
For the full article, see "No Michigan wolf hunt this year, no matter how voters cast ballots", Detroit News, September 11, 2014.
Michigan’s Corrections Department director was worried about “losing control” of a prison six months ago because of a troubled food vendor, according to an email exchange released Thursday.
In a brief email exchange from March, state prison head Daniel Heyns tells Gov. Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore he will “tone down my attack dogs, delay or cancel any fines and give Aramark time to solve the problems.”
The email was sent as problems with Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services began to surface after the company took over state prison food operations late last year, leading to the layoffs of 370 state-paid prison food workers.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Michigan official feared 'losing control' of prison from food problems", Detroit News, September 11, 2014.
Forty-eight Michigan school districts and public school academies are operating in the red, according to a quarterly report state Superintendent Mike Flanagan delivered Thursday to Michigan lawmakers.
The report gave a mixed picture of schools’ financial health: While 10 districts were projected to climb into the black by the end of the last school year, 12 others that began fiscal year 2014 with a surplus had fallen into deficit by June 30, according to projections from the Department of Education.
In his last quarterly deficit report in June, Flanagan said 52 districts and charter schools were in the red.
For the full article, see Shawn D. Lewis, "48 Michigan school districts, charters in deficit, state says", Detroit News, September 11, 2014.
Michigan’s medical community is split over legislation that would give nurses with advanced training the authority to prescribe some medications.
Essentially, physician groups are working to prevent nurses from gaining responsibilities that are currently reserved only for doctors.
Senate Bill 2 would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Michigan to write prescriptions for patients without physician approval. This new authority would be limited to the particular nurse's scope of practice.
Michigan is one of 21 states that do not recognize APRNs. In 16 states and Washington, D.C., these nurses are allowed to practice autonomously with regard to providing diagnosis and treatment, and write prescriptions independently.
For the full article, see Jack Spencer, "House Committee Sitting on Bill That Would Let Qualified Nurses Write Prescriptions; Proposed law would help deal with potential shortages", CapCon : Michigan Capitol Confidential, September 11, 2014.
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