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Hanley officially named LSSU president

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI-- The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees has endorsed the selection of the school’s next president. Rodney Hanley will become LSSU’s next leader no later than July 1. He comes from Fisk University in Nashville, having served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past four years. The Board of Trustees voted to hire Hanley at a meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Friday. Peter Mitchell has served as interim president since the unexpected death of...

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Some Retailers Are Holding Your Returns Against You

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Shoppers and consumer advocates are up in arms after finding out that major retailers have been keeping closer tabs on them than they thought.

Retailers such as Best Buy, Victoria's Secret and the Home Depot have been working with a third-party organization to manage a database that determines which of their consumers should be banned from making returns, The Wall Street Journal reports.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 2 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club announced late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.56 per gallon. AAA notes it's the first decline in three weeks. Prices are about 20 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.49 per gallon in the Flint area. The highest was about $2.62 per gallon in the Marquette area.

There's a big movement among major retail companies to become more than just places that sell you things. In the latest example, Walmart is partnering with a home-services app called Handy to give shoppers a deal on professional help assembling furniture or installing a TV.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state schools chief wants to let local districts experiment with student testing.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston says Michigan will file for a federal waiver to allow five percent of the state’s school districts to opt out of the M-STEP and try their own tests.

Whiston says technology and social media are changing how kids learn, and student testing should reflect that.

“And kids are going to do very well at it because it’s where they’re at,” he says.

Whiston notes student testing has not kept up with how kids think.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The Nature Conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is ramping up security for midterm elections, but experts aren't satisfied.

Michigan Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says the state will hand-count ballots in all precincts chosen in the post-election audit for the first time during the May and November races.

Cybersecurity experts aren't fully reassured, however. They say the state should instead promise to audit elections before certifying the results and codify these post-election procedures into state law.


Michigan Shipwreck Research Association

SOUTH HAVEN, MI (AP)--   Michigan shipwreck hunters say they've found the remains of a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan in 1873.

The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association announced this past week that the Lizzie Throop was found in 280 feet of water along western Michigan's coastline some 15 miles northwest of the city of South Haven.

MLive.com reports the two-masted, 86-foot-long schooner set sail from Muskegon, Michigan, on Oct. 16, 1873, on a lumber run to Chicago. It sank during a squall. Two crewmen died.

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