Michigan State University
September 29, 2016 - 4:42:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The statue of the city’s former mayor, criticized for his segregationist views and whose monument was debated vigorously by residents of a changing city, was taken down Tuesday morning from in front of old city hall.

It will be moved to the Dearborn Historical Museum, where Jack Tate, acting chief curator, said he’s heard that the city wants to have the statue in its new place, outside the museum, “before frost gets on the ground.”

“Orville Hubbard is a big part of our history,” Tate said.

September 29, 2016 - 4:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The nation’s first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV, is responsible for many firsts — using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 hours instead of signing off in the evening.

The station, Channel 62, also diverged from the local competition with its news coverage by looking for stories that other stations were not following.

September 29, 2016 - 4:33:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Michigan School, Lansing
1859 building originally built for the Michigan Female College
Occupied by school in 1880
North and south wings added, 1884
William P. Appleyard, architect
Building still in use
engraving, 1886-88 biennial report

September 29, 2016 - 4:11:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On September 29, 1813, British troops left Detroit, having occupied the city since August 16, 1812. American naval forces, under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry and fresh off a great victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, ferried an army commanded by future U.S. president William Henry Harrison to reoccupy Detroit and defeat a combined British and native American force led by Major General Henry Procter and Chief Tecumseh -- which they did a week later at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario.

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Detroit Historical Society

September 28, 2016 - 11:26:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Flint 1 Year Later: $234M Allocated, Policy Changes Stalled

Nearly one year ago, Governor Rick Snyder and his administration acknowledged there was a problem with lead in Flint's water after residents had complained for more than a year to local and state officials about overall water quality and eventually lead concerns. But on the eve of that anniversary, the biggest public policy components arising from the water crisis remain unresolved.

Edwards: Impossible To Assure Safety With Water From Lead Pipes

September 28, 2016 - 10:41:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Attorney General Bill Schuette's resistance to the federal Clean Power Plan in court is not resonating with Michigan voters, according to a Public Policy Polling survey that put support for the Environmental Protection Administration plan at 66 percent.

September 28, 2016 - 5:22:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Insurance

Auto insurance customers could pick their level of medical coverage and possibly pay less under a proposal from Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance.

Michigan is a no-fault state, and the only one in the nation that covers unlimited lifetime medical benefits for those involved in auto accidents.

September 28, 2016 - 2:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Corrections

Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where a decade ago, 1 out of every 200 people was in prison, and penal costs were beginning to crowd out basic government services.

After easing parole policies, the state managed to cut its 51,000-plus prison population by about 18 percent. But costs kept surpassing $2 billion a year, in part because too many freed inmates came back after committing new crimes or violating parole or probation rules.

September 28, 2016 - 10:26:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Attorney General Bill Schuette today said schools operated by the Detroit Public School Community District are subject to closure before the end of the current school year if they are among the lowest-achieving 5 percent of all public schools for the immediately preceding 3 school years.

September 28, 2016 - 8:30:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Nonprofit News

Nonprofits are finding it harder to get grants from foundations:  Among the reasons:

1)  Fewer grants are made for general operating support. Most nonprofits need general operating support for a broad set of needs that make any organization work, from staff development to strategic planning. Yet nonprofits report receiving fewer and fewer general operating grants.