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July 26, 2016 - 11:52:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Social Services

Michigan has the 11th worst income gap in the nation according to a new fact sheet, Time to End Income Inequality, issued today by the Michigan League for Public Policy. The fact sheet shows that the top 1% of Michigan’s earners make 22 times more than the bottom 99%.



July 26, 2016 - 4:39:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day John Smoltz of Lansing was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was voted in on the first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America on January 6, 2015.

Chris Solari, "John Smoltz: From Lansing to Cooperstown : Lessons from St. Gerard, Lansing Catholic, Waverly guided pitcher to baseball immortality", Lansing State Journal, July 19, 2015.



July 26, 2016 - 4:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

As a result of torrential rains, rising waters on the Grand River caused a massive logjam on July 26, 1883, destroying a railroad bridge in Grand Rapids, piling up logs 30 feet deep and 7 miles long, and threatening a massive financial loss for the lumber industry, particularly if the logs reached Lake Michigan where they would sink. John Walsh, a marine engineer, led an emergency crew driving piles in the river and creating a new channel so the logs could progress orderly to lumber mills for processing.

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July 26, 2016 - 4:24:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On July 26th, 1880, Grand Rapids became the first city in the country to use water power to generate electricity for lighting.

The Grand River: Friend and Foe, Grand Rapids History, February 28, 2007.



July 26, 2016 - 4:03:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On July 26, 1701, just two days after Cadillac's arrival, construction began on St. Anne's church in Detroit, and the first Mass was celebrated. Now located near the Ambassador Bridge, St. Anne's is the longest continuously operating church in Michigan.



July 25, 2016 - 10:32:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

GOP Primary Heating Up In 1st Congressional

Sen. Tom Casperson and former Sen. Jason Allen have been pulling no punches as they battle for the Republican nomination in the 1st U.S. House District.

GOP Primary In 79th House Likely Between Arnt, LaSata

The Republican primary in the 79th House District is essentially a tossup between two of the hardest working candidates in the primary, real estate broker Ryan Arnt and Kim LaSata, a teacher and wife of Berrien Circuit Court Judge Charles LaSata, who held the seat from 1999 until 2004.



July 25, 2016 - 10:05:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Finally, the State of Michigan finished in the top ten of a nationwide survey and it has to do with the Most and Least Educated Cities in the country.  And the winner is, Ann Arbor finishing on the top of heap with a score of 95 percent.  

The State of Michigan placed 6 other cities on the 150 city list and unfortunately for the Green and White faithful, East Lansing finished 24 spots behind the folks in Ann Arbor.

After East Lansing at number 25, came Grand Rapids-Wyoming at number 77, followed by Detroit-Warren-Dearborn at 81 and Flint at number 120.



July 25, 2016 - 10:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Corrections

The Corrections Department insists there is no overcrowding problem at Michigan’s only women’s prison, Huron Valley. But it also concedes there is no room for about 80 inmates to have chairs in their cells as required by department policy.

A chair and a writing surface is standard issue for each cell, but in response to an inmate grievance, prison officials said in February that chairs were not provided in Unit 6 “due to fire safety and design of cell layout.”



July 25, 2016 - 10:47:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gambling, Native Americans

The Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians and the state of Michigan have agreed to split $21.7 million as a "partial settlement" of a dispute over the Michigan Lottery's creation of online ticket sales and lottery terminals in social clubs.

The agreement does not resolve the dispute, which began when tribal officials charged the new games violated a 2007 agreement in which the state agreed to give the tribe exclusive gaming rights to a nine-county area of West Michigan and Central Michigan in exchange for a cut of the tribe's gambling take.



July 25, 2016 - 10:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, higher

As scrutiny over student debt and rising tuition mounts, policy makers have put more emphasis on student outcomes at Michigan's colleges and universities. One key metric: Graduation rates.

However, measuring whether students are earning degrees in a timely manner can be difficult. The reason: incomplete data. State officials say the federal government's method for tracking graduation rates is flawed, because it only counts full-time students who are entering higher education for the first time.



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