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Judge hears arguments over recognizing 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday.  DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.”

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.”

Some 300 same-sex couples in Michigan are waiting to hear whether a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments on Thursday from attorneys for the state and for the same-sex couples.
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Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan

prison 11-26-13Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs. That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.

The audit shows the Michigan Department of Corrections failed to identify prisoners who qualify for federal assistance to take classes. And it says the department didn’t assess the programs to make sure they’re effective.
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Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.

Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation say they will fight to get federal help for people affected by massive floods in and around Detroit.

Thousands of people in and around Detroit are still dealing with damage after massive floods last week.
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Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding

SSM flooding 11.18.13Gov. Rick Snyder says massive flooding this week in and around Detroit reinforces the need to boost state spending on roads. Snyder says Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure may have played a role in the floods, although it’s too early to tell for sure.
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Lawmakers looking for new road funding ideas

DSC07421State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

A state Senate workgroup met for the first time Thursday to hammer out a solution. Senators and staff involved in the meeting say it consisted of members offering wide ranging ideas for how to address the issue.
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State releases school rankings and ratings, education groups call info “confusing”

School desksMore Michigan schools are meeting goals in areas such as student performance on standardized tests and graduation rates. That’s according to the state’s annual school accountability report, which was released Wednesday.

The number of schools meeting most of their learning goals jumped by almost 30 percent since last year. Read more

Gov. Snyder suspends UP trip to survey Detroit flood damage

Gov0812-fotoGov. Rick Snyder briefly suspended a week-long trip to the Upper Peninsula Tuesday to come back and survey damage in and around Detroit due to massive floods.

Many freeways and major roads were closed in Metro Detroit after a record rainfall Monday – some sections of roads having been swept away in flood waters.
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State Board of Education to tackle charter school issues this week

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe state Board of Education this week will unveil its plan to deal with problems in Michigan charter schools.

It’s a reaction to a recent Detroit Free Press series that suggested conflicts of interest, mixed academic results, and a lack of transparency in Michigan charters.
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