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Businesses big and small flock to SVSU for sustainability conference

Saginaw Valley State University is partnering with Shri Ram College of Commerce from India to host a conference on sustainability.

The event is bringing together corporate representatives and small business owners alike, in order to discuss the many aspects of sustainability on several levels.

J.J. Boehm (Baem), Director of Media Relations for SVSU, says the barriers between local and international business are getting smaller every day.

“It used to be that you could be a successful local or regional business, but in today’s marketplace you need to be able to compete globally in order to succeed even as that local or regional business. And by the same token, a local or regional business may have opportunities in an emerging economy such as India.”

Speakers will take a look at sustainability in regards to energy, family business, agribusiness, and economic development.

The conference began Wednesday, September 24 and runs through Friday the 26.
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Japan Culture Center Festival offers unique look at Japanese arts, drums and more.

Stone lanturn at Saginaw Japan Culture Center Photograph by Arielle Breen

Stone lanturn at Saginaw Japan Culture Center Photograph by Arielle Breen

If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a faraway place, but don’t have the time or money right now, how about a trip to Saginaw instead. At one of the city’s culture centers you can literally set foot in Japan.

At Saginaw’s Japanese Cultural Center you can technically stand on Japanese soil, take a step and you’re back in America. Continue reading

Kildee hopes to use repurposed federal funds to tackle commercial blight

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Congressman Dan Kildee is hoping to get the federal government to help foot the bill for tearing down abandoned commercial properties in Michigan’s cities.

The Flint Democrat says abandoned commercial properties can be a drag on entire neighborhoods, hurting property values and affecting quality of life.
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Tornado touches down in Saginaw

Picture provided by the National Weather Service

Picture provided by the National Weather Service

A tornado damaged 20 homes and injured at least one person in Saginaw County Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service says the EF1 tornado touched down near Brant and Saint Charles right before 6pm. It was packing winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour.

Matt Mosteiko is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

He said that severe weather can be hard to predict, especially when it’s tied to warm fronts.

“Usually along that warm front it’s really tricky to have to forecast any type of severe weather so lots of times we will mention there will be severe weather possible near that warm front, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of ingredients that were favorable earlier in the day so it was kind of a ‘nowcast’ as far as meteorologically. Soon as we saw that a storm was coming together and getting more organized that’s when we put out that tornado warning.”

The storm was on the ground for 13 minutes, and left a damage path up to 300 yards wide. Mosteiko said there was one minor injury, and that treatment was refused.

He also said the storm had a rotating updraft in it. A rotating updraft is also known as a mesocyclone. That means air rises and starts to rotate around a vertical axis thus forming a tornado.

Picture provided by the National Weather Service

Picture provided by the National Weather Service

Kildee introduces legislation to reduce urban violence

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Last week, the City of Flint was ranked as the second most dangerous city in America by the FBI, second only to Oakland, California.

The city’s representative in the U-S House, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), is not happy with that ranking. He has introduced legislation that aims to put criminals behind bars, and keep young people from turning to a life of crime.
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The Saginaw Public School Board is running out of time.

The Saginaw School Board meets Tuesday to vote on a deficit elimination plan.

If a viable plan is not approved, the state may withhold the district’s February state-aid payment of just under $5 million.

On Saturday more than 200 people attended a board meeting to express their opinions on why the schools should remain open.

Tamara Dietrich is an alumni of Saginaw High, which is one of the schools that may close. Her daughter currently attends there.

She said it could be a rough transition for students moving from Saginaw High to Arthur Hill. “They’ve always been rival schools from day one. So I think that would cause a lot of issues too. Yeah know and especially for the children that are losing their home school or you know the high schoolers that are looking forward to graduating this year how emotional are they going to be if their the last class of the trojans.”

If the three east side schools shut down it would potentially affect more than 1,450 students.

The Saginaw School Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 at the district administration building.

UPDATE: Saginaw’s east side schools to potentially close down

Funding and enrollment issues surrounding the Saginaw School District are beginning to resemble the closure of Buena Vista, last year.

Parents, students and faculty of Saginaw High, Ruben Daniels and Heavenrich Elementary will know their fate on Saturday.

Yesterday, the board was expected to vote on the closure of all three schools located on Saginaw’s east side.

M-Live reported this morning that the vote for the original proposal to close the schools was delayed, 6-1, until Saturday.

Saginaw Superintendent Carlton Jenkins and his administration originally proposed a restructure of the district. It would include the school closures, moving students and making cuts.

Recently, the Michigan Department of Education was unable to approve Saginaw Public School’s 2013-14 Deficit Elimination Plan.

According to a letter sent to Saginaw from the department, the state is concerned the district is not making significant changes in its operations to mitigate increases in its current deficit.

In addition, the letter said that Saginaw will be given until Monday, February 10, to come up with a viable Deficit Elimination Plan.

If a viable plan is not approved, the state will withhold the district’s February state-aid payment of just under $5 million.