Michigan State University
August 29, 2016 - 11:12:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Demographics, Education, K-12

More than one in five Michigan public school students did not enroll in their home school district in fall 2015, instead attending a charter or a traditional public school in another community, an MLive analysis of state data shows.

About 13 percent of children in fall 2015 crossed district lines to attend public school, mainly through the Schools of Choice program.

Another 10 percent of students attended a charter school, the data shows.

August 29, 2016 - 11:01:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Local Government

The City of Flint, strapped for cash as it emerges from emergency management and a public health crisis resulting from lead-poisoned drinking water, will receive $14.4 million in state revenue-sharing payments this year — about $50,000 less than it received last year — according to recent estimates from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

August 29, 2016 - 10:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Environmental Studies   Categories: Environment News Items

Low oil and natural gas prices are proving to be a short-term ally for environmentalists and consumers but a job killer for the industry as new drilling slows in Michigan.

The state is on pace to issue its fewest number of drilling permits in almost 90 years, while the amount of oil extracted from Michigan properties hit at least a 25-year low last year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics.

August 29, 2016 - 8:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Library News and Grants

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce a new Library Services & Technology Act grant program. The grant program is designed to provide Michigan libraries with the opportunity to develop innovative programs or services that have the potential to develop into sustainable regional or statewide programs, and include strong partnerships between libraries, and/or community groups or agencies.

Applicants may propose a library program or service in any content area appropriate for library services, such as:

August 29, 2016 - 4:28:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Aug. 29, 1925, prospectors began drilling into the earth in an area known as Deindorfer Woods after discovering what would become the state's first oil field a week prior. The Saginaw Prospecting Company oversaw the operation and discovered oil at 1,873 feet, creating a well that yielded about 23 barrels per day.

Source: The Saginaw News

August 29, 2016 - 4:21:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

An experienced negotiator, Governor Lewis Cass was again called upon to work to secure more Indian lands for the United States. Therefore, he traveled to Chicago- then just a remote outpost- to meet with approximately 3,000 members of the Potawatomi, Ojibway, and Odawa nations. Believing it was morally wrong to influence negotiations with alcohol, an otherwise common practice, Cass forbade it.

August 28, 2016 - 1:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Corrections, Courts

Relief does not always come so swiftly to those who prevail in the nation’s highest court — even when they have waited for decades to win a decisive landmark victory.

Consider, for example, the 363 Michiganders serving mandatory life terms for crimes they committed when they were teens.

In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was against the law for states to mandate life prison terms with no possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.

August 28, 2016 - 4:40:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day a state law banning hitchhikers and bicycles from freeways went into effect.

Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012

August 28, 2016 - 4:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day in 1938, the veritable Charlie McCarthy was awarded the first ever degree to a ventriloquist's dummy. The "Master of Innuendo & Snappy Comeback" was awarded on air at Northwestern University, the alma mater of Edgar Bergen, McCarthy's human partner. Bergen was born and raised in Decatur, Michigan.

Source : Michigan Historical Society Facebook Page, August 28, 2014.

August 27, 2016 - 10:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Recreation and Tourism

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources plans a stepped-up effort to boost public awareness of water trails.

The agency says it hasn’t paid as much attention to boating and paddling trails as it has to trails designed for hiking, biking, off-road vehicle riding, snowmobiling and horseback riding.

But the DNR is now developing a policy to include water trails in its trail program.