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Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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How could ending NAFTA impact Michigan?

file8741346369542President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the ‘worst trade deal in history,’ saying he would like to either renegotiate the deal, or destroy it altogether.

The president has also indicated that he could impose a 20 percent tariff on goods coming into the U-S from Mexico.

Economists and local manufacturers are speaking up about the potential impacts those changes might have.

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Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.

Snyder’s proposed budget increases higher education funding

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Michigan’s fifteen public universities will see an increase in state funding in the next fiscal year if Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget passes.

The Governor’s proposed budget would increase funding for higher education by $36 million. That would bring total spending to $1.5 billion. Continue reading

Michigan gains new skilled workers

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A Michigan school that officials say is the second largest school of its type in the country is sending its most recent class of graduates into the job world. The Michigan Career Technical Institute trains students with disabilities for work in vocational careers. And 80-percent of their students find work.


Dozens of new workers are settling into their jobs this month.
Michigan Career Technical Institute recently graduated a class of over 150 students.

Erica Quealy is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She said MTCI does a good job helping people who have barriers to employment.

“This is a great opportunity for any person in Michigan who is over 18 years old, and maybe experiencing some sort of disabilities and need some help finding the appropriate training to help them reach their career success goals.”

Quealy said approximately 320 students graduate each year in 13 vocational programs, including automotive technology, graphic arts, and nursing assistant.

Sault-area school receiving attention for success of low-income students

file2511249323684Student success across the state often correlates with economic status.

That trend is being broken by only a few schools in Michigan, including one in Sault Sainte Marie.

The Joseph K. Lumsden Anishinaabe School is a K through 8 grant school chartered by Northern Michigan University. It serves nearly 500 students.

The school received recognition because students on the lowest end of achievement were almost evenly represented by low-income, middle income and upper income students.

Statewide economically disadvantaged students are nearly three times as likely to have low achievement as the non-economically disadvantaged.

Carolyn Dale works for the JKL school. She attributes the success to a combination of school supports and cultural acceptance.

“It really goes back to that sense of family and community. A sense of bonding a sense of these are our children. The Anishinabe culture is huge it’s woven into everything we do.”

Dale said the school can serve as a rubric for student success across the state.