ESCANABA, MI--   The Bay College Board of Trustees has approved the next school year’s operating budget at Bay de Noc Community College.  

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to legislation to coax more newly hired school employees into a 401(k)-only benefit instead of one that includes a traditional pension.

The Republican-controlled House approved the bill 55-51 Tuesday. It will go to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature after a procedural step in the GOP-led Senate.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University ranks 13th in the country for the best bachelor’s degree program in insurance and risk management. 

That’s according to Online Accounting Degree Programs. The ranking was based on NMU’s previous finance major with a concentration in risk management. The College of Business is launching a new insurance and risk management-specific major this fall.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University campaign to raise awareness of the damaging impact of stereotypes has been honored. 

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has given the Remove the Label campaign a Circle of Excellence Gold Award. Launched in April 2016, the program urged people to assess each other based on individual traits instead of negative assumptions, misinformation, or unfair generalizations.

An event in Jamrich Hall encouraged students to rip off Post-it notes with handwritten stereotypes from posters on display.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   The University of Michigan will offer four years of free tuition for in-state students whose families make less than $65,000 annually. 

The school says it's "Go Blue Guarantee" starts Jan. 1. Regents approved it Thursday as part of the $2 billion fiscal year 2018 general fund budget for the Ann Arbor campus.

Chair Mark Bernstein says the guarantee is expected to increase socio-economic diversity on the campus. It will not cover room and board, but students also may be eligible for additional aid to cover non-tuition costs.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The rink at NMU’s Berry Events Center is being renamed the Rick Comley Rink in honor of the longtime head hockey coach. 

Comley spent 26 years behind the Wildcat bench and helped the team win the 1991 NCAA Division I Championship.

As the ice goes in this week, crews will place cutouts of the university and rink names around the center-ice circle.

A formal dedication ceremony will be held at the first regular-season home game October 7. Northern’s opponent will be Lake Superior State University, where Comley played and began his coaching career. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has approved a collaborative operating agreement between Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone and authorized a no-cost rental agreement with the Department of Corrections to develop its outdoor forensic research center.

Northern submitted a grant application to the Michigan Economic Development Authority for the SmartZone to assume responsibility for the management and operations of Invent@NMU. Northern will serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is approved.

Michigan ends zero tolerance policy in schools

Jun 14, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Zero tolerance in Michigan schools is out. Now the State Board of Education is working on revising the Model Code of Student Conduct to reflect the change. 

Last year Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation effectively getting rid of zero tolerance in schools. Schools now have to consider things like age, student’s disciplinary history, and seriousness of a violation before they can expel or suspend a student. 

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said the revision is a good idea. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   A group of researchers at Michigan Tech has figured out how to travel through history.

A digital map-based project called Keweenaw Time Traveler allows users to explore how the region and its population have changed throughout the years.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University is one of 80 schools nationwide to be recognized by University Research & Review as a 2017 Best Value School.