A Michigan Senate panel Wednesday approved four bills aimed at accelerating autonomous vehicle projects in Michigan.
The legislative package now moves to the full state Senate. It approves testing of the new technology on 122 miles of roads in the state and opens the way for the American Center for Mobility to redevelop the old Willow Run airport for autonomous vehicle testing and research.
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The first ever live news broadcast, the reading of local election results, was made on this date in 1920 from 8MK in Detroit. The station, then owned and operated by The Detroit News, had only been broadcasting music programs for one week, albeit to a very small audience. The Detroit News went on years later to launch Michigan's first television station. Little 8MK is still on the air as WWJ.
Source : Michigan Historical Society Facebook Page, August 31, 2014.
Michigan’s first newspaper appeared two hundred years ago. The first – and possibly only – issue of The Michigan Essay; or, the Impartial Observer was printed on August 31, 1809. James M. Miller published this four-page paper, printing it on the press of Father Gabriel Richard.
“A Shaky Start and a Short Life…”
Senate Offices Slated For January Move-In
As major renovations on the Capitol View building continue in anticipation of the Senate moving most of its offices there, inventory is being taken at the Senate's current offices so senators and staff can plan their move, with an official up-and-running estimate of January.
Most Students Still Not Proficient On State Tests
On this year's M-STEP tests, just one grade and subject -- fifth grade English Language Arts (ELA) -- had at least 50 percent of Michigan students proficient or above, marking the second year in a row that just one grade and subject had at least 50 percent proficiency.
Otherwise, every other grade fell below the 50 percent mark in proficiency. That covers third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades on ELA; third through eighth grade in math; fourth, seventh and 11th for science; and fifth, eighth and 11th for social studies.
With the exception of fifth-grade English and 11th-grade English, less than half of Michigan’s students reached proficiency in core subjects on the state’s M-STEP standardized exam, according to results released Tuesday.
The statewide scores on the 2016 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, given for the second time last spring, show relatively little variation from the first version of the exam, administered in 2015.
In 2015, third-grade English was the only subject in which half of the test-takers statewide achieved at least 50 percent proficiency.
Ron French, "How long will Flint’s water chief remain unpaid?" : Flint hired a former brigadier general to oversee replacement of its lead pipes. The Mott Foundation gave Flint money for his salary. So why hasn’t Michael McDaniel been paid? The answer tells you all you need to know about the slow pace of Flint’s recovery.
As fall semester beings, health officials are urging Michigan public and private colleges and universities to streamline policies and efforts to increase disease immunization among students.
Eden Wells, chief medical officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, urged higher education institutions to consider use of procedural tools like a standing order to improve vaccination rates on campus.
The recommendation follows a mumps case at Calvin College in May and a July bacterial meningitis death in Macomb County.
Gov. Rick Snyder should not be using public funds for private attorneys for defense on Flint water crisis litigation, said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, who is preparing to introduce legislation to limit future spending.
The pending bill would prohibit the governor and some other statewide officials from using taxpayer funds to hire private counsel “to defend a suit relating to a matter connected with his or her respective office,” according to a draft reviewed by The Detroit News.