Now-dissolved Buena Vista School District has a large debt from its dissolution process. Its remaining debt could be paid off in the near future under legislation approved by the state Senate, this week.
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, or VIDA, would set a national precedent for controlling boat ballast water that enters the U.S.
The bill was revived when Senator Gary Peters of Michigan added an amendment that would require all ships that enter the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway to dump their ballast water prior to entry.
Ballast water is considered to be one of the biggest doorways for aquatic invasive species to enter our waterways.
The USDA is set to provide 1.2 billion dollars over five years to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in the Great Lakes basin.
State lawmakers have introduced a bill that they say will help counter the rising cost of higher education, giving they say high school students an earlier chance to earn credits at a four-year University.
Right now, dual enrollment is allowed only at community colleges. Continue reading
Scientists in the DNR are looking forward to continuing biodiversity efforts and taking a more “holistic” approach to forest management.
The state says its bi-annual energy appraisal shows that residents will have a bit more money in their pockets this Winter.
Judy Palnau is a media specialist with the Michigan Public Service Commission. She says although unit price has risen for natural gas users, overall they should be paying less.
“Bills will be going down despite the fact that natural gas prices per unit are expected to be up. Last year was actually the reverse. We were paying an 11-year low per unit of natural gas, but because we were using so much more of it to keep warm, many people saw their bills actually go up, despite the lower price.”
Palnau says the estimate is based on the assumption that Michigan will have a return to normal winter weather this year.
We spoke to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. Their meteorologists say Michigan will likely see a slightly colder than normal winter, however it will be nowhere near as cold as last year’s Polar Vortex.
The MPSC says even if Michigan has another remarkably cold Winter, there is enough energy stored to avoid a crisis.
We have a state tree, a state bird and a state flower. Why not a state poem? Continue reading
Our nation’s capital this week will host hospital administrators and families from Michigan and around the country for what’s called the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Continue reading
A new mid-year state budget bill will spend 215 (m) million dollars on road construction and maintenance. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.