9:19 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Snyder cheers bond funding for workforce training programs

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at Franchino Mold and Engineering, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Lansing, Mich.
Credit Dave Wasinger / Associated Press

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state board has approved taking on debt to come up with $50 million dollars to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.

Governor Rick Snyder Snyder (R) has made career tech training a high priority. He says that’s because employers are looking for skilled workers, and most states have fallen behind in meeting the demand.

“So we’re going to keep growing in the skilled trades,” he says. “We’re going to be Number One.”

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9:36 am
Mon February 23, 2015

LSSU to expand Aquatic Research Lab

The planned Center for Freshwater Research and Education

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Officials at Lake Superior State University say they're excited about the

prospect of opening a planned Center for Freshwater Research and Education now that they have backing from Governor Rick Snyder for the $12 million project.

Snyder included funding for the center Feb. 11 in his proposed $54 billion budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

The center would involve an expansion of the Upper Peninsula school's existing Aquatic Research Laboratory.

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9:25 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmaker wants to allow more snow days


LANSING, MI (AP)--   Winter's icy grip on Michigan has some in the Legislature arguing once again that 

the state should allow schools more days for weather-related closures before they must add extra days to the end of the school year.

Schools can be closed for up to six days before they must make up time to receive full funding from the state. But Michigan's 852 school districts missed an average of 9.5 school days in the 2013-2014 school year. And this winter is shaping up to be harsh as well.

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12:10 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Tax decision forces PWPL to cut Sunday service


MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library in Marquette is closing Sundays beginning in March to make up for nearly $31,000 it owes Duke LifePoint. 

The Michigan Tax Tribunal upheld a hospital appeal of the city’s property tax assessment from 2013 and 2014, reducing its taxable value and making every tax-dependent organization, like the library, the County and MAPS, responsible for the difference. 

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9:24 am
Mon February 16, 2015

WI governor doesn't like new standardized test

MADISON, WI (AP)--   As Wisconsin schools prepare to give new standardized tests this spring, teachers and administrators say the time, effort and money they're putting into the exams may be pointless.

That's because Governor Scott Walker has called for scrapping the new tests next year before school officials can analyze the results.

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