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ST. PAUL, MN (AP)--   A study has found that the Great Lakes of Huron and Michigan have surpassed Lake Superior in water clarity. 

Minnesota Public Radio reports that scientists analyzed satellite images from 1998 to 2012 and found that the depth light could penetrate into the water increased by about 20 percent.

Scientists say less phosphorous runoff, climate change and an increase in invasive zebra and quagga mussels have contributed to the change.

HOUGHTON, MI--    A weekly magazine on higher education ranks Michigan Tech in the top 15 percent of schools and universities in the country. 

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2018 College Rankings placed Tech at #155 of 1,054 institutions this week. Tech ranked 33 of 275 Midwestern colleges and universities.

Times Higher Education is published in the United Kingdom. It collaborates with the Wall Street Journal on its world university rankings. Factors evaluated include resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. 

The controversial pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. The board was updated on the coating issue. But it’s waiting on a plan and repair schedule from Enbridge before deciding what to do next. 

The board did recommend state universities start a new study on the risks of the pipeline.

HOUGHTON, MI--   At a meeting Monday, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board recommended that Michigan Technological University lead a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

An alternative analysis for the dual pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac was completed this year, but the first risk analysis was halted three months ago due to a conflict of interest with a third-party contractor.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Members of the public will have an opportunity to participate in the search for a new Michigan Technological University president. 

Town hall meetings are being held Wednesday and Thursday on campus to gather input from the university community and residents. Two other meetings are being held downstate.

President Glen Mroz is stepping down at the end of June 2018 to return to the classroom. He’s served in the top post more than 13 years.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has been ranked third among 39 state colleges and universities in College Factual’s 2018 Best Colleges list.

It’s also placed in the top 20 percent of more than 1,300 schools evaluated nationwide.

College Factual is a website that assesses the quality of education, the cost of colleges and universities, and the majors they offer.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Michigan Technological University is using drones to map Hiawatha National Forest land on the Stonington and Garden Peninsulas. 

The FAA-approved flights began last week and will take place over a four-week period. They will gather information to assess the health and condition of the Forest's Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Data gathered will be used to maintain habitat for near-shore fisheries, habitats for migrating birds, and water quality. It will also be used for management of invasive species and features like roads, bridges, and levies.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   A former Michigan Technological University student has been awarded more than $42,000 compensation after agreeing to settle his lawsuit against the school over an alleged internet threat against black people. 

Matthew Schultz filed an agreement to settle the case in June, but terms weren't disclosed. MLive.com reports Wednesday a copy of the agreement obtained using the Freedom of Information Act says Schultz got a refund of about $27,800 he paid to the university and $14,500 for "other expenses."

HOUGHTON, MI--   A 2 percent increase for higher education in the state’s new budget means an additional $960,700 dollars for Michigan Tech. 

That accounts for 20 percent of the university’s more than $205 million operating budget. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year will average $14,774 for Michigan residents, which keeps Tech under the Michigan tuition increase cap of 3.8 percent.

Officials say MTU has never exceeded the state-set tuition cap since it was established in 2011. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Money Magazine has named Michigan Technological University one of the Best Colleges for Your Money.  

The magazine evaluated 2,400 colleges and universities using 27 criteria and winnowed the list to 711 schools Money considers the best bang for your buck. Of those, tech ranked 91st among all institutions and 46th among public universities.

Michigan Tech also ranked sixth in the nation for early career salaries. Tech’s average early career salary for graduates is $63,400 dollars a year.