Deadly EEE virus in Michigan forces daylight football starts,  cancellations

Deadly EEE virus in Michigan forces daylight football starts, cancellations

September 20, 2019 | Robin Erb

Friday night football has moved to daylight for at least two schools in Kalamazoo County, the epicenter of the outbreak of Eastern equine encephalitis. Eight people in Michigan have been infected.

Michigan jails filled with unlicensed drivers, people who miss court dates

September 20, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

Michigan’s jail task force is finding that one explanation for the state’s crowded county jails is thousands of people being locked up for relatively minor charges rather than dangerous crimes.

Detroit Police opt for safety over privacy, as facial recognition approved

September 20, 2019 | Kyla Smith in Detroit

After months of controversy, a police oversight board approves the use of facial recognition technology in Detroit, as some other cities nationwide prohibit it over accuracy and privacy concerns.

How four Detroit students hope to make it through the first year of college

September 20, 2019 | Lori Higgins in Talent & Education

Detroit graduates must navigate patchy academic preparation, culture shock, and often their own shaken confidence if they are to stay enrolled and on track to earn a degree that is their best chance to jump into the middle class as adults.

Dems break with Whitmer, pass small funding increase for Michigan schools

September 19, 2019 | Ron French, Riley Beggin in Talent & Education

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is left out of negotiations as legislators boost budget for state $15.2 billion. The budget doubles the number of literacy coaches, but critics say the funding isn’t enough to improve test scores.

Without L. Brooks Patterson, new hope for mass transit in metro Detroit

September 19, 2019 | Steve Pardo in Michigan Government

After years of blocking mass-transit efforts, Oakland County has a new executive, Dave Coulter, who is bullish on regional transportation. That’s led to hopes for a multibillion-dollar tax plan next year.

Opinion | Stop pleading poverty, Michigan colleges. Taxpayers are plenty generous

September 19, 2019 | James Hohman in Guest Commentary

Maybe the state Legislature shouldn’t be debating how much money to give Michigan’s public universities, but how little. It’s time for taxpayer-supported colleges to get serious about financial restraint.

Opinion | It’s time to hold Michigan businesses accountable for air pollution

September 19, 2019 | Abdullah Hammoud in Guest Commentary

Metro Detroit has some of the worst air quality ratings in the nation. A new set of bills would add accountability and transparency between businesses and communities.

It's official: Flavored e-cigarettes are now illegal in Michigan

September 18, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Emergency rules aimed at protecting youth make distribution and sale of flavored vaping products punishable by six months behind bars.. Retailers have 14 days to remove the products from their shelves.

What to expect when you're expecting a Michigan government shutdown

September 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

From student financial aid and liquor, to state parks and hunting and fishing licenses, here’s what services might be temporarily blocked if state leaders don’t strike a budget deal by Oct. 1.

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

September 18, 2019 | Barbara Gottschalk in Guest Commentary

Reading scores are going down in Michigan despite efforts. Maybe it’s time to redirect that early literacy funding toward reducing class size, says one teacher.

As Detroit schools rebuild, a veteran and aviation academy show a way forward

September 17, 2019 | Koby Levin in Talent & Education

Backers of Davis Aerospace Technical Academy refused to allow Detroit to shut one of the only high schools in the nation to train aviation mechanics. Their success suggests a disconnect between Detroiters and their schools is beginning to mend.

Ossian Sweet defied segregation. Now his Detroit home will be a museum.

September 17, 2019 | Kyla Smith in Detroit

The black doctor stood up to a white mob upset that he moved into their neighborhood, igniting one of the most important –  and incendiary – housing discrimination cases in history. A fundraising effort is underway to make his former home a museum.

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