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MEAP Test Results

The latest report from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program found students in the eighth grade have made great progress in reading, but third graders are still struggling. The MEAP results were released Friday and showed gains in science and writing for students in all grades but math and reading results …

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MI Lotto Extends Contract

The Michigan Lottery has extended its contract with the GTECH Corporation by two years, which provides products and services to support the Lottery’s draw games, such as Powerball, Mega Millions, Classic Lotto 47, and Club Keno. The Lottery’s current six-year contract with GTECH was scheduled to expire on January 19, …

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Firearms Records to be Protected

The Michigan House will soon consider bills that exempt firearm records from the Freedom of Information Act. The bills also set up a method for law enforcement to obtain the records if it’s needed for investigation purposes, although the bill says they would have to detail “reasonable suspicion” before they …

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Study on Marriage and Heart Disease

A new federally funded study will look at the relationship between the stress of marriage, and heart disease. Michigan State University researchers will be leading a study on how biology and social factors interact with marriage to affect cardiovascular health. They say the findings will have important implications for health …

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CopperDog 150 Tonight

The big race is finally here. Tonight in Downtown Calumet will be the site of the start of the CopperDog 150 dog sled race. Mushers from across the country will be in attendance to try and conquer the 150-mile, 3-day race with their 10-dog teams. Tom Bauer, who has been …

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Roll-over Victim Identified

The driver in yesterday’s fatal rollover accident has been identified. 68-year-old Micheal Nutini from Calumet died after his vehicle flipped over on M-203 near Christiansen Road in Hancock Township. Police say Nutini was travelling southbound when he veered over the centerline and struck a snowbank. The vehicle then hit a …

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Scalping Bill Approved

It would be legal to re-sell game or concert tickets above face value, under a measure approved by the Michigan House on Thursday. Current law prohibits selling above face value without the written consent of the event operator and the venue operator. The measure, which now goes to the senate, …

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New Budget Proposal for Schools

Superintendents, school leaders, parents and other public school advocates across Michigan have unveiled the “Classrooms and Kids” budget proposal that places an emphasis on putting resources into the classroom. Backers say the proposal provides $250-$291 per pupil by eliminating $186 million in line-item spending that benefits a limited number of …

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Graudation Rates Up

There’s a bit of good news today regarding graduation rates for high schoolers. The Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information reports that graduation rates increased by seven-tenths of a percentage point in 2013, compared to 2012. Overall, the graduation rate in 2013 was 76.96 %. In addition, the dropout …

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Reform Initiative at the DHS

The Michigan Department of Human Services has announced a reform initiative that it says will positively impact child welfare services across the state, specifically foster care and adoption services. The fundamental change will ensure that just one agency provider will manage the case for a child from beginning to end, …

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