A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today. Read more→
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.
It’s the billion-dollar question: what to do with the state’s budget surplus, and advocates for seniors say the answer is to ease the burden older Michiganders have been carrying since being hit with a series of tax hikes in 2011.
According to Lisa Dedden Cooper, manager of advocacy for ARRP Michigan, using the budget surplus to reverse some of that damage would have a ripple effect through the state’s economy. Read more→
The state Department of Education is looking for more volunteers to participate in Michigan’s Summer Meet Up and Eat Up food program. The program provides food for school children and teens over the summer months. Read more→
Autumn leaves are off the trees in many areas leaving behind trees that are vulnerable to the upcoming winter . Arborists say now is the perfect time for property owners to consider tree protection.
Winter is known for being a season of severe weather. Trees can be damaged by windstorms, lightning, ice and snow. Arborists say homeowners should know in advance how their trees will handle winter weather.
Ben Veling, master arborist with Timberwolf Tree Care, said a few tree species such as Chinese elm, silver maple and some poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken and can cause serious damage.
“The best thing people can do is to be active with their trees, is to have an interaction. Have a baseline, understand what the potential risks might be, some species are more prone to failure than others, and some have characteristic growth that is more likely to fail in storms or ice buildup than other trees. So having a good discussion with your arborist would be a great way to start, another thing to do is keep up on the maintenance.”
According to Veling, it’s essential to pay attention to a tree’s weakness because the stability and integrity will decrease over time as it ages.
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