george zimmermann en In this morning's news: Rally for Trayvon, Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline, student loan debt <p><strong>Rally held in Detroit for Trayvon Martin</strong></p><p>More than a hundred <a href="">protesters rallied in Detroit</a>'s Grand Circus Park yesterday in response to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Rally goers described a desire for overall social change regarding civil rights issues like education, mass incarceration and gun violence.</p><p><strong>Oil pipeline worries Michigan environmentalists </strong></p><p>Environmental groups have rallied to call attention to an <a href="">oil pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac</a>, the area linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. Critics say the 60-year-old pipeline at the bottom of the straits is aging and risky.They also fear Enbridge will pump heavy tar sands oil through the line, although the company says it has no plans to do so. It says the line is safe and regularly monitored.</p><p><strong>Student loan debt higher for less expensive colleges</strong></p><p>College students who go to pricier state schools are graduating with less student loan debt than those from supposedly less expensive state schools. On average, graduates from Michigan Tech, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan University all have more student loan debt than those from Michigan State or the University of Michigan. Debbie Cochrane, research direction at the Institute for College Access and Success, says because of the amount of financial aid that might be available, the high sticker price of a larger school might actually end up costing less than a supposedly more affordable state school.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:18:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13525 at In this morning's news: Rally for Trayvon, Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline, student loan debt Group plans Detroit protest against George Zimmerman jury verdict <p>DETROIT (AP) - Several groups say they're holding a rally at a downtown Detroit park to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.<br><br>The Coalition Against Police Brutality says it and other groups are holding the rally at 6 p.m. Sunday at Grand Circus Park, which is near Comerica Park and Ford Field.<br><br>The group says the action is a protest against the "egregious jury verdict in favor of George Zimmerman."<br> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 16:35:26 +0000 The Associated Press 13522 at Group plans Detroit protest against George Zimmerman jury verdict 'Pure Michigan' campaign brings $1 billion to businesses <p><a href=""></a></p><p>(I&#39;m partial to the Grand Rapids video... but <a href="">there&#39;s lots more here</a>.)</p><p><a href="">A new report shows</a> the <a href="">Pure Michigan campaign </a>drove a record one billion dollars into the state&rsquo;s economy last spring and summer. That&rsquo;s almost twice as much as the spring and summer of 2010 (it was $605 million then).</p><p>&ldquo;This is the biggest result ever for the campaign,&rdquo; said George Zimmermann, director of the state&rsquo;s tourism group, Travel Michigan. &ldquo;The results just every year are a little better, little better; now this year is a pretty big jump,&rdquo; George Zimmermann said. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:30:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6800 at Pure Michigan success “just getting started” <p>The head of Michigan&rsquo;s travel association says the state will continue to expand the Pure Michigan marketing campaign in 2012.</p><p>George Zimmermann is with the state&rsquo;s tourism group, Travel Michigan. He told a group of business leaders in Grand Rapids that Michigan has the 7th largest travel budget compared to other states in the country.</p><p>&ldquo;2010 was the first time ever that non-residents spent more in Michigan on leisure travel than residents,&rdquo; Zimmermann said, &ldquo;My prediction is that will never cross back the other way.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:33:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5804 at Pure Michigan success “just getting started” Pure Michigan takes step to getting $10 million dollars more from state <p>A State House committee this morning&nbsp;approved $10 million&nbsp;to for the <a href="">Pure Michigan</a> tourism advertising campaign. The full House is expected to vote on the funding this week, and the Senate next week.</p><p>The measure may hit the governor’s desk before the end of the month.&nbsp;</p><p>George Zimmerman is a vice president with Travel Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the money is needed as soon as possible.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;"The funding for the national cable TV buy has already been provided up to this point.&nbsp;&nbsp; But we don’t really have the funding yet for the regional Spring/Summer buys, in key out of state markets like Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus etc."</p></blockquote><p>The Pure Michigan campaign is expected to be fully funded at $25 million&nbsp;this year with a mix of public and private money.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Pure Michigan advertising campaign is credited with boosting the state’s tourism industry, but state budget cuts threatened to keep the campaign off the air. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:04:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 1205 at Pure Michigan takes step to getting $10 million dollars more from state