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Report: More low-income students getting a higher ed head start

file000727454092More Michigan kids are making college dreams come true while still in high school. That’s according to a new report that finds the number of low-income Michigan pupils taking Advanced Placement coursework has increased eight-fold over the past ten years.
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Penn. transportation official explains how Michigan can fix roads

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACounty road commissioners meeting in Lansing Wednesday heard from a Pennsylvania transportation official on how Michigan can spend more money on its crumbling roads.
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AARP offers tax help for Michigan seniors

gr-37857-1-1Tax season is here, and so is free help for those in need.

AARP’s Tax-Aide program, the nation’s oldest free tax-preparation service, can help middle- and lower-income older Michiganders prepare basic federal, state and local income tax returns – for free.
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Safety of electronic cigarettes still under debate

gr-37917-1-1Electronic cigarettes often are advertised as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but there are a lot of questions about those claims.
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Social workers bridging the gap between veterans and civilians

gr-37414-1-1While it’s good to come home to family and friends after military deployment, getting back into the swing of daily life can be difficult for armed services members, and social workers in Michigan are helping to ease the transition for many veterans.
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Does class size matter? New research says ‘Yes’

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs school districts across Michigan continue to cope with dwindling budgets, new research examines the impact of class size and the role that crowded classrooms can play in students’ educational outcomes.
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Detroit’s RTA fails to meet startup deadlines

Detroit’s Regional Transit Authority has failed to meet at least one of the goals set for it by the legislature.
It doesn’t yet have a director and it won’t ask voters for tax money until 2016.
Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports.
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Michigan dentists aim to help more children smile

gr-37524-1-1February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, but for many Michigan children there isn’t much to smile about when it comes to their oral health.
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Report: Cost of textbooks a roadblock to learning

gr-37439-1-1The rising cost of college tuition, room and board isn’t the only financial obstacle to higher learning.
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Muslims launch education, awareness initiative in Michigan

Drivers on some Michigan highways may have noticed billboards offering the chance to “Gain Peace,” discuss Islam, and obtain a free copy of the Muslim holy book. It’s all part of an Islamic outreach group’s attempt to change the conversation about the religion.

Dr. Sabeel Ahmed is the director of the Gain Peace campaign, which he said is not about trying to convert anyone, but simply an educational effort.

“We want to make sure that we work on the commonalities that there may be between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths,” he said. “If they are activists in the church or in the synagogue, we would like to work with them for the betterment of the society.”

Gain Peace is a national organization supported by the Islamic Circle of North America. In addition to the billboards, the group has taken out newspaper, television, and radio ads in different parts of the state.

Ahmed said that, despite Michigan being home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country, there are still many misconceptions about the religion and what he described as a certain degree of “Islamophobia” in the state. He said the response to the campaign has been largely positive.

“Not only (do) we have our Christian friends and our Jewish friends calling, we’ve also had a few atheist people who are calling, and they want to know who is doing this, and they want to engage with us about discussing topics within Islam,” he said.

According to FBI statistics, hate crimes against Muslims nationally jumped 50 percent in 2010 and remain at what the Bureau calls “relatively high levels.”

On The Web:
Gain Peace Campaign: www.GainPeace.com

This story was produced by Mona Shand with the Michigan News Connection.

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