Allison Lyons en Michigan's Population is Balanced <p>For the first time in six years, Michigan has a balanced population.&nbsp; An even number of people moved out of&hellip; and into&hellip; the state in 2011, according to Atlas Van Lines.</p><p>The report says Michigan is one of only three Midwest states to have a balanced population, including Iowa and South Dakota.</p><p>Ken Darga is the state demographer. He said some of the stabilization came from those left when unemployment hit its highest, and are now returning.</p><p>&ldquo;People who left Michigan in previous years for economic reasons, are now able to come back now that the economy is improving,&rdquo; Darga said.</p><p>Darga also attributes the balance to students who left the state for college and returned after graduation.</p><p><i><b>Inform our coverage</b></i>:<i> <a href="" target="_blank">Have you or someone you know left the Midwest</a>? </i> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:18:57 +0000 Allison Lyons 5634 at Republican state lawmakers propose reductions in Michigan university boards <p>Some Republican state lawmakers are questioning whether each state university in Michigan needs its own board of trustees.</p><p>State Rep. Bill Rogers is sponsoring a proposal to evaluate the need for separate boards.&nbsp; Rogers said&nbsp; it&#39;s part of an effort to make college education less expensive and more efficient.</p><p>Mike Boulus, the executive director of the <a href="">Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan</a>, said&nbsp; having separate boards allows universities to make quick decisions.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:37:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Allison Lyons 5617 at Scone bandits eat Christmas present <p>When Rhonda Pillote&rsquo;s brother-in-law received a call that his Christmas gift was incorrectly delivered across the street, he did not rush over.</p><p>Two days later he arrived to pick up the package and it was gone.</p><p>Pillote, an Ann Arbor resident, sent him &nbsp;a box of scones, honey and coffee from <a href="">Zingerman&rsquo;s</a>.</p><p>She says he told her the neighbor ushered him into the kitchen, and announced &ldquo;Funny thing&hellip;we ate it!&rdquo;</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 00:18:03 +0000 Allison Lyons 5566 at U-M to Make Gender Neutral Housing More Accessible <p>The University of Michigan student assembly wants to make it easier for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual students to live together. It&rsquo;s part of a movement called gender neutral housing.</p><p>The student organization wants to see a gender neutral housing option on next year&rsquo;s on-campus housing application. It would allow students to be contacted by the LGBT student resource center, and partnered with a roommate they feel comfortable with.</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:16:01 +0000 Allison Lyons 5301 at Student-made satellites launch into space <p>Students at the University of Michigan got to see two satellites they built blast into space today.</p><p>Engineering Professor James Cutler said it was an exciting moment for his students to be able to watch the NASA rocket that carried the satellites fire up and launch.</p><p><em>&quot;They see all their theoretical knowledge come to life,&quot;</em> said Cutler.<em> &quot;They get to apply everything they&rsquo;ve been learning to a real-world problem. They get to see things that are real-world and unscripted.&quot;</em></p><p>RAX&nbsp;is the name of one of the satellites. It will do atmospheric experiments and measurements for the National Science Foundation.</p><p>Noah Klugman is a junior who worked on the second satellite, called M-Cubed. It&#39;s flying a technology demonstration mission for NASA. He&rsquo;ll help operate the satellite from Ann Arbor, and take pictures of Earth.</p><p><em>&quot;I plan on having a lot of fun with that, and getting better with that,&quot;</em> Klugman said.<em> &quot;I can&rsquo;t wait for my first picture to come down.&quot;</em></p><p>Video of the launch was provided by NASA:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:15:27 +0000 Allison Lyons & Sarah Hulett 4741 at Student-made satellites launch into space