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Kyle Kaminski, "The five-year four-year degree" : Michigan college students take longer to earn a diploma than students in other states. The result: More pizza, more books, and bigger bills for students and parents.
Ron French, "Paying students to graduate" : Grand Valley may have found the secret to on-time graduation: Financial incentives.
Kyle Kaminski and Kurt Nagl, "Dude, where’s my advisor?" : Lack of academic advising may be costing Michigan college students – and their parents – big time.
Bridge Staff, "Where can Johnny get his diploma the fastest?" : Hope College and U-M will get most students a degree in four years. Saginaw Valley? Not so much.
On July 17, 1812, war descended upon Mackinac Island as a combined force of British, Canadian, and Native American soldiers captured Fort Mackinac from a small, unsuspecting American garrison. The fall of Mackinac, one of the first engagements of the War of 1812, set off over two years of combat between the United State and Great Britain for control of Michigan and the Great Lakes. Both sides knew that Mackinac held the key to the Great Lakes fur trade and the allegiance of Native American tribes across the region. This struggle reached a climax in the summer of 1814, when the United States dispatched seven warships and nearly 1,000 men on a two-month expedition to recapture the island. British and American troops actually met in battle on Mackinac Island on August 4, resulting in American defeat. Only the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, restored peace to Mackinac. American soldiers took possession of Fort Mackinac from the British garrison on July 18, 1815, three years and one day after the post had been captured.
Today, Mackinac State Historic Parks is commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Special 1812 demonstrations and tours take place every day at Fort Mackinac. New exhibits in the East Blockhouse present the compelling story of the American attempts to recapture the fort in 1814. A series of special events between August 2 and August 4 will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island. Just some of the exciting special events happening this weekend include a battle reenactment, concerts of patriotic music, and special bicycle tours around the island, highlighting points of interest pertaining to the War of 1812.
For more information, visit http://www.mackinacparks.com/war-of-1812/ .
Mackinac State Historic Parks, a family of living history museums and parks in northern Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, is an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its sites -- which are accredited by the American Association of Museums -- include Fort Mackinac, Historic Downtown Mackinac, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and Mackinac Island State Park on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in Mackinaw City. Mackinac State Historic Parks is governed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, established in 1895 to protect, preserve and present the parks' rich historic and natural resources for the education and recreation of future generations. Visitor information is available at (231) 436-4100 or on the web at http://www.MackinacParks.com .
On July 17, 1777 Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton stationed at Fort Detroit sent 15 war parties into Kentucky to attack frontier settlements to halt the spread of settlers from the United States. They brought back over 500 prisoners. Hamilton paid for the prisoners but he also paid for scalps so became known as the "Hair Buyer."
Long Knife by James Alexander Thom : Two centuries ago, with the support of the young Revolutionary government, George Rogers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virigina to conquer all the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Here is the adventure, the romance, the struggle, and the betrayal of his life. Rich in the heroic characters, meticulously researched detail and grand scale that have become James Alexander Thom's trademarks, Long Knife, his first historical epic, is simply unforgettable. One of George Rogers Clark's greatest frustrations was his inability to sustain an attack on British Lt. Governnor Hamilton's Fort Detroit. However, on Feb 23, 1779, George Rogers Clark succeeded in capturing Hamilton when he seized Fort Sackville (Battle of Vincennes). Available through MeL at participating libraries.
Richardville Introduces Wide-Ranging Tobacco Tax Change
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on Wednesday introduced legislation that would include e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products as smokeless tobacco, and institute a tax on the products.... As written, the legislation establishes a 15 cent per 1.5 milliliters and proportionate rate on all fractions of 1.5 milliliters tax on vapor products.... But SB 1018 goes beyond simply establishing a separate taxing regime for e-cigarettes instead of simply classifying them under the "other tobacco product" with a tax rate equal to 32 percent of the wholesale price. It also would change how loose tobacco, or "moist snuff," is taxed, moving it out of the 32 percent rate and instead taxing it at the rate of 53 cents per ounce....Additionally, the tobacco distributors who collect the tax would see their cut of those revenues rise from 1 percent to 1.5 percent.
Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana Bills
Two bills that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries and create regulations for them were reported by the Senate Government Operations committee on Wednesday, though committee members acknowledge there's more work to be done on both bills.
Senate Appropriations Begins Discussion On Early Warning System Bills
Ideally, fewer schools would need state intervention under legislation discussed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, but some school groups say the reporting requirements and criteria contained within some of the bills is burdensome and possibly redundant....The package is known as "the early warning system" for distressed schools, and is largely being headed up by Sen. Howard Walker (R-Traverse City), who noted that while some of these deficit districts are a victim of "short-term hiccups," others face long-term problems such as continued declining enrollment and increased labor costs.
Republicans Say Monitoring Democrats Will Continue
Even after an apparently bumbled effort by Michigan Republicans to secretly record a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and his running mate Lisa Brown generated Internet interest, a Michigan Republican official said efforts to monitor the campaign would continue...."Republicans track Democrats, Democrats track Republicans, it's not new," said Darren Littell, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party.
State Will Still Wait Out Month On Aramark After Latest Incident
Aramark is once again under fire for allegations of misconduct involving its employees hired to provide food service in Michigan's prisons, this time involving accusations of sexual contact with inmates.
Senate Committee Reports Bill Allowing Terminally Ill Access To Clinical Trial Drugs
A bill that would give terminally ill patients the right to try drugs that have only gone through the first phase of Food and Drug Administration testing was approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee on Wednesday....SB 991 would create the Right to Try Act, allowing individuals with terminal illnesses to have access to clinical trial drugs. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe such medications, manufacturers to make the drugs available and health insurers to provide coverage for them, without liability.
House Appropriations OKs Community Service In Lieu Of Driver Fees
For those with a piece of the estimated $103.5 million in delinquent Driver's Responsibility Fees, 10 hours of community service per each eligible assessment owed would be accepted instead of payment under a bill reported unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
Detroit Announces Online Registration For Absentee Ballots
For the first time, Detroit residents voting by absentee ballot will be able to register for the ballots online, the city clerk said Wednesday.
Prop 1 Gets Second TV Spot With Saginaw Businessman
Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities launched its second TV ad on Wednesday encouraging the passage of Proposal 14-1, which would reimburse local communities the revenues lost form the personal property tax repeal.
Right To Life Blisters Amash
Right to Life of Michigan unleashed a withering critique Wednesday of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash following commercials from Mr. Amash's campaign indicating praise from National Right to Life for his record.
Unemployment Rate Unchanged In June
Michigan's unemployment rate held steady in June at 7.5 percent, but total employment edged downward by 3,000.
Snyder Orders Flags Lowered For Binsfelds
With a memorial for former Lt. Governor Connie Binsfeld and her husband, John, scheduled for Saturday, Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all U.S. and state flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday through Sunday.
New Land Ad Calls For Putting Michigan First
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land sticks to safe ground in her new television commercial in which she features several people on camera pledging to put Michigan first.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 137, July 16, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
The Governor and legislative leaders handed out $230 million in state road improvements this budget year, with some lawmakers' districts getting up to $13 million in projects while others got nothing, according to a MIRS analysis.
Plus, according to the data, the 10 senators whose districts received the most money for the special road projects were all Republicans. On the House side, seven of the top 10 were Republicans.
Those numbers speak to larger trends to the project selections in which Republicans who control both chambers of the Legislature tended to fare much better than minority Democrats. And likewise, members of legislative leadership, some of whom helped pick the projects, tended to fare much better than rank-in-file members.
Democrats whose districts got no projects out of the $230 million allege politics were at play. Republicans, however, continue to contend that's not the case.
For the full article, see "Republicans Dominate List Of Special Road Project Winners", Inside MIRS Today, July 16, 2014.
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