Category Archives: Economy

Detroit schools EM: Bankruptcy no option

School desksThe emergency manager of Detroit’s public schools says he thinks there should be changes to the state’s emergency manager law. Former federal bankruptcy judge Stephen Rhodes is the district’s fourth emergency manager in seven years.

He says the law focuses too much on finances.

Rhodes appeared on the Michigan Public Television show “Off The Record.” Rhodes says a state financial rescue of Detroit’s schools is necessary because bankruptcy is not a viable alternative for the district. Rhodes presided over the city of Detroit bankruptcy.

Counties pursuing millages for vocational programming in schools

P1040068Clare County will vote today on a millage to support vocational classes in the county’s school districts.

It’s one of many counties across the state looking for wider support of classes that train students for jobs right out of high school.

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Indigenous people feel their concerns about pipelines fall on deaf ears

TranscanadaA Canadian oil company is suing the American government for denying the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aldo Seoane is the Co-founder of the Wicaheli League, and an advocate for indigenous peoples rights.

Seoane said while the legal issues are being handled in court, there is a voice going unheard.
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Michigan looks to save energy as coal power plants shut down 

downloadThe state is asking for public comment on how to get more households on power saving plans with their electric company.

Those plans are called Demand Response Programs.
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More governments turning to local funding to fix roads 

IMG_8023-1 (1)Infrastructure across the state is notoriously out of date, but with the 1.2 billion dollar road funding plan approved last year, many counties felt like help was on the way.

What local communities across the state are coming to realize is that the road plan comes with a few strings attached.

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Fly fishers challenge DEQ approved fish farm

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A group of fly fishers 8-hundred strong have challenged a fish farm on the Au Sable river.

Although the farm has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, the anglers are still worried it poses a threat to the river.
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