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Report Recommends New Education Policies

A new report on the strengths and weaknesses of Michigan’s educational system shows the state is lacking in achieving goals that have needed to be reached over the last 14 years. The five-point plan suggested by the Education Trust Midwest is one that has been seen before, and the group’s Brian Gutman tells Michigan News Network it can be frustrating.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Talks Surplus

Michigan lawmakers are facing a possible surplus of $500 million over the next two years, and it’s looking like at least some of that money will go toward fixing the state’s roads. State Representative Kim LaSata tells WSJM News she was hoping for a tax cut.. ...Read Full Story

Commission Discusses Short-Term Rentals

It was a packed South Haven City Hall Monday as the city council considered a motion to amend the short-term rental ordinance. The ordinance amendments would be presented to the planning commission, but first, the city council had to take public comment. Around 30 members of the public took to the podium to speak while attorneys for the city clarified some public misconceptions in a four hour public meeting, after which the council went into closed session. The overwhelming opinion of those attending the meeting was to end the current six month moratorium on new short-term rentals in Wards 1 and 2 because it is presenting a hardship for people who depend on rental income during the summer months. In the end, the city council voted to send the six amendments to the planning commission and also voted to request that body to expedite its review of the proposed amendments. Details on the proposed amendments can be found on the City’s website.. ...Read Full Story

Judicial Forum This Week

Working on issues that affect Native American children in Michigan. That’s what is happening at a forum of state, federal, and tribal judges in Petoskey this week. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack is taking part in the forum and told Michigan News Network the state has 12 federally recognized tribes.. ...Read Full Story

State Board Issues LGBT Ruling

From the Associated Press — The Michigan Civil Rights Commissions says the state’s civil rights law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The board voted 5-0 to issue the interpretative statement Monday, with one commissioner abstaining. An LGBT rights group had requested the move. Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Agustin Arbulu says he commends the commission “for the courage they’ve shown in making this decision.” The department will begin processing complaints of sex discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity on Tuesday. The issue may not be settled. A conservative legal group had submitted opposition from 10 Republican lawmakers who say an interpretive statement is not binding law and note that the Legislature has rejected adding more classifications to the state civil rights law 11 times since 1999.. ...Read Full Story

City Commission Hears Harbor Study

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have heard a report on a study done by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and others regarding possibilities for development of the local harbor. The Twin Cities Harbor Study took a look at the potential for commercial and residential developments along the shore with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission’s John Egelhaaf noting there’s a great deal of value there that could be even better utilized.. ...Read Full Story

Click It Or Ticket Underway

Michigan law enforcement is once again holding the Click it or Ticket campaign to reduce crashes and deaths this coming Memorial Day weekend. Kendall Wingrove with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning told Michigan News Network the campaign is not a money grab.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Community Grants

The Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation has announced its latest round of grants. The organization tells us a total of more than $18,000 will be going to nearly 20 local non-profits this year. Recipients of grants will include the South Haven Speaker Series, Junior Achievement, SHOUT for South Haven, the South Haven Performance Series, the Al-Van Humane Society, and Michigan Maritime Museum. The Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation supports organizations with cultural, educational, and community service programs. It announces its grants every spring. You can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story