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August 23, 2016 - 8:18:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Flint water was the likely cause of a spike in skin rashes among Flint residents, but is "absolutely" safe now according to federal and state experts.

A coalition including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the results of a months-long investigation launched to better understand the rashes and hair loss experienced by Flint residents.

August 23, 2016 - 6:54:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Flint Water Crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is challenging a circuit court judge’s order prohibiting state health workers from interacting with the Genesee County Health Department and a Flint hospital amid new cases of the deadly Legionnaires’ disease.

Snyder on Tuesday directed the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to legally challenge a Genesee County judge’s order purportedly barring any interaction between the state and local officials related to Flint’s water crisis.

August 23, 2016 - 4:00:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Recreation and Tourism

A state business development board unanimously approved Tuesday more than $34.8 million for out-of-state multinational advertising and public relations companies to do state marketing efforts including the Pure Michigan campaign.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the firms and dollar amounts with no debate. In the past, Democrats have sometimes criticized Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and appointees for contracting out state work to out-of-state companies.

August 23, 2016 - 2:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Flint Water Crisis

State and federal health officials have concluded the improperly treated river water provided to Flint over an 18-month period beginning in April 2014 “might” have been behind the skin problems and hair loss reported by many residents.

August 23, 2016 - 10:30:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Courts, Criminal Justice

In a new blog post on the Department of Justice website, OJJDP Administrator Robert L.

August 23, 2016 - 9:28:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, higher

Michigan's 13 public universities that offer NCAA-level sports spent $140 million last year to subsidize their athletic programs. At a time when rising tuition continues to put pressure on parents and students, critics question whether that is too much.

August 23, 2016 - 9:12:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Starting in November, Michigan residents with disabilities will be able to enroll in special tax-free savings accounts without jeopardizing their access to public assistance.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who signed the legislation last year, announced Monday that the state Treasury Department has finalized a contract with Florida-based TSA Consulting Group to manage the new program.

The accounts will offer advantages similar to 529 college savings plans.

August 23, 2016 - 8:47:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

You can't possibly mistake the moment you cross the boundary Detroit shares with the Grosse Pointes. In the Pointes, neighborhood streets are well-lit. Storefronts are filled with active businesses, and homes are in good repair. Schools are bustling, where well-resourced classrooms are full of children whose parents prize the communities' excellent educational options, routinely ranked among the best in the state. In Detroit, schools are in deep financial trouble, in the midst of a dramatic, state-imposed restructuring.

August 23, 2016 - 8:39:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Adding five days of instruction to school calendars this fall, as required by a new Michigan law, is interfering with vacation plans for Birmingham Public Schools parent Sheryl Shenefelt.

The district is among many trimming Christmas breaks and other time off for students to comply with the law. The change has drawn attention to the 2005 state law that prevents public schools from opening until after Labor Day.

August 23, 2016 - 4:37:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The Detroit Lions move to the suburbs.

Over sixty thousand fans gathered to watch the Detroit Lions play their first game in the new Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, later called the Pontiac Silverdome. The Lions beat the Kansas City Chiefs in an exhibition game.

The Lions moved back into the city limits in 2002 to Ford Field.