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There have been 17 exonerations in Michigan involving misapplied forensic science. Several groups from different sides of the political spectrum are calling for improvements to forensic science and for better transparency and quality control in crime labs.

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Bad Forensic Evidence Sends Innocents To Prison

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Governor Granholm Called to Underfund Pensions 6 Years Before Company Bankruptcy

Jennifer Granholm criticized federal rules governing pensions and called for weakening their funding requirements. … more

More People Moving From Illinois To Michigan Than The Other Way

More people are moving to Michigan from Illinois than vice versa. That's a recent trend and a sign of Michigan's recovery. … more

How to Help Those with a Criminal Record Find Work

In Michigan alone, about 4 million people have some type of criminal record and 50,000 more people are convicted of a felony every year. Another 10,000 are released from prison each year back into our communities. … more

Half-A-Billion Dollars More This Year

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2017 Was Good For Michigan

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Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs

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DTE Produces Enough Wind Power To Run 24,000 Homes - But Part Of The Day Only

DTE Electric Company, Michigan’s largest electric utility, uses a simple rhetorical device to explain the impact of solar and wind energy. But one expert says it misleads people by making renewable energy appear more useful than it is in reducing the need for electricity from conventional fuel sources. … more

Detroit Ignores State Law, Turns Down Money to Avoid Selling Abandoned School

The conventional school district in Detroit is, by most measures, the worst performing district in the United States. Students have been fleeing for years, leaving for schools in other districts or charter schools in the city. To prevent that, the district is doing everything it can to stop parents from making this choice. … more

Bills Make It Easier For Private Marketing Bureaus To Force Dues on Businesses

A package of bills introduced in the Michigan Senate in December could make it more difficult for local hotel and motel owners to refuse to pay levies as high as 5 percent of their revenue to private marketing bureaus.  … more

Michigan law requires a permit to own a wolf-dog hybrid, and prohibits ownership by anyone who has been convicted of animal cruelty, or who has committed a felony within the last decade. According to a Senate Fiscal Agency analysis of the 2000 law regulating wolf-dog hybrids, opponents argued it is unfair to single out one type of dog for special regulations when other breeds including pit bulls, rottweilers, and Dobermans are known to exhibit predatory behavior.

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For the Record

Having fewer students in Michigan doesn't mean there's less money being generated for public schools. In fact, despite a drop in enrollment, Michigan's K-12 public schools are getting more money than ever. … more
A city commission member for the city of Traverse City says they don't have the money to repair the streets. The city's revenues tell a different story. … more
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm chided the state of California and praised Michigan as the place to live in 2003. Then, less than a month out of office, she bolted to live in the Golden State. … more
The average teacher salary fell to $61,875 in 2015-16, the fifth consecutive year it declined. But the vast majority of public school teachers aren't taking pay cuts. … more
The Detroit Public Schools Community District spends more per student than all but eight of the nation’s 100 largest school districts, or $14,259 … more
The federal tax reform bill expected to be approved by Congress this week temporarily retains a tax credit for people who buy an electric car. … more
Utica Community Schools has made reductions to try to balance its budget, but not nearly what they claimed. … more
National education writer and frequent critic of charter schools Diane Ravitch wrote in a Detroit News op-ed that she blames free-market reforms and charter schools for the problems in Detroit’s public school system. … more
Midland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin said the city has been very responsible in funding pension liabilities. He may want to recheck the math on that. … more
Alan Singer is an education professor at Hofstra University in New York, and as a contributor to the Huffington Post, he has written numerous posts attacking public charter schools. … more