Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the US House for stricter gun laws

Courtesy of Congressman Kildee

Courtesy of Congressman Kildee

Democrats on the house floor in Washington D.C. staged a sit-in on Wednesday to push a vote on stricter gun laws.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee from Flint joined the sit in. He said his democratic colleagues simply want a vote. Continue reading

Foster care bills on Governor’s desk drafted by U of M law students

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Two bills signed into law this week could help keep siblings in foster care together.

We’ve already done some reporting on the bills, but not on the unusual path the bills took to get to Snyder’s desk.

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Michigan DNR’s longest serving veterinarian retires

Tom Cooley, Steve Schmitt, Al Stewert. Steve in hydrating newly arrived turkeys from Ontario that were part of a trade for moose at Rose Lake. January 1991

Tom Cooley, Steve Schmitt, Al Stewert.
Steve in hydrating newly arrived turkeys from Ontario that were part of a trade for moose at Rose Lake. January 1991

Steve Schmitt was hired as the wildlife veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1978.
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Governor Snyder signs Detroit schools bailout

Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder has signed a 617 (m) million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools.

The plan creates a new debt-free Detroit school district. It will focus on educating the district’s 46 thousand students while the old district pays down the old debt.

The bills signed by the governor also return control of the district to a locally elected school board following seven years of state control.

“So I think we’re on a positive path and I look forward to hopefully what that process happen.”

Critics say the Republican plan isn’t up to the task, and only delays the need for another rescue package or the collapse of the district.

The bills were adopted by the Legislature with no support from Democrats, Detroit lawmakers, or the city’s mayor.

Federal court tosses lawsuit filed by anti-Islamic group

6th Circuit Court of AppealsThe US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a First Amendment case filed against the Allegan Police Department by a group that tried to stage an anti-Islamic event at a high school. The group was promoting a bill to ban Sharia (shu-REE’-uh) law in Michigan.
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Changes to road signs and stoplights has made it safer for older drivers in Michigan

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The crash rate of drivers 65 and older has been reduced by more than 60 percent.

State officials say it’s the result of changes to road signs and stoplights

A study conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows that changing signage font, color, and material has made it easier for older drivers to see. Continue reading