Green Ooze Clean Up in Madison Heights Could Cost Millions

  Fully cleaning up the source of the toxic green ooze found on Interstate-696 last month could cost taxpayers millions, according to officials. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emergency response team has been vacuuming contaminated groundwater for more than three weeks, fully cleaning up the site includes removing contaminated…

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Michigan Trump Republicans Hold Rally at Rep. Slotkin Community Conversations Event

Supporters of President Trump held a rally at a “community conversation” event held by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-8-MI) at Oakland University on Monday. The representative recently published an editorial in the Detroit Free Press voicing her support for the impeachment, as well as a follow up piece defending her decision.

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Michigan House Passes Bill to Make Cell Phone Use While Driving Illegal for Minors

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would ban drivers under the age of 18 from using cell phones while driving. Michigan law currently only prohibits those with a learner’s permit or restricted licenses from using cell phones while behind the wheel.

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Whitmer, Rice File Brief Supporting Challenge to Funding Law for Nonpublic Schools

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Rice filed a brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday supporting a challenge to a law prohibiting the funding of nonpublic schools, except in the case of transportation.

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Rockford Bus Driver Named Michigan’s 2019 Education Support Staff Professional of the Year

A Rockford bus driver has been named Michigan’s Education Support Staff Professional of the Year for 2019 as part of the Michigan Department of Education’s ongoing effort to highlight individuals who go above and beyond for their schools.

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Appeals Court Allows Michigan Township to Block Nestle Company Permit to Draw More Groundwater

A three-judge panel in the Michigan Court of Appeals struck down a lower court decision that required Osceola Township to approve an attempt from Nestle Waters North America to build infrastructure necessary to increase the amount of groundwater drawn from a wellhead near Evart, Michigan.

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Michigan Department of Transportation Awards Nearly $20 Million in Grants for Improved Infrastructure

  The Michigan Department of Education has awarded nearly $20 million grants to the cities of Detroit and Albion, as well as Wayne County, in order to improve infrastructure that will stimulate job growth and encourage existing jobs. MDOT announced on Monday that it gave a Transportation Economic Development Fund…

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Michigan A.G. Nessel Dismisses Charges in One Case, Takes Action in Other After Internal Investigation

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Monday that she filed a motion to dismiss charges against two defendants and set aside the plea of another after an internal investigation into the cases handled by Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej.

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Michigan Secretary of State Makes It Easier for Transgender People to Change Driver’s License

  Transgender residents of Michigan can now more easily switch the sex-indicator on their driver’s license, according to a change announced by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Monday. Individuals wanting to correct their license no longer need a birth certificate, passport or court order. Instead, they can change the…

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House Ethics Committee Extends Investigation into Rep. Tlaib Over Misused Campaign Funds

The Ethics Committee from the U.S. House of Representatives released a report on Thursday recommending an extension of the investigation into Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13), saying there is “substantial reason to believe” the representative misused campaign funds.

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Percentage of Students in CTE Classes Sees Little Growth, Even As Completion Rate Rises

The number of Michigan students completing career and technical education programs has increased by more than 75 percent over the last four years, even as the percentage of students in CTE classes has stayed roughly the same, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Education released this week.

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Gov. Whitmer Announces Date of Special Election for Flint-Area’s 34th State House District

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the dates of a special election for the 34th District for the State House of Representatives on Tuesday. The election aims to fill the spot left vacant by former state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-34-Flint), who resigned after being elected mayor of the city of Flint.

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Republicans Call On Whitmer to Restore Funding for Mental Health Program for Students, Pure Michigan Campaign

Several Republican Michigan representatives are calling for restored funding in the state budget for initiatives vetoed by the governor, including the Pure Michigan campaign and programs designed to help students with mental health issues and special needs.

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Dip in Test Scores Correlates with Enactment of Common Core

Fourth and eighth grade students in the U.S. again showed no to little improvement in their average reading and mathematics scores, according to a report released this week, a decrease that correlates with the enactment of the Common Core.

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NAEP Report: Michigan Fourth Graders and Eighth Graders See Dip in Test Scores, Despite Improvement in Test Rank

Despite showing moderate improvements in national rankings, Michigan’s average reading and mathematics scores for fourth and eighth graders have continued to fluctuate around the national average, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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