morning news http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-260 <p><strong>Judge restores power to Flint&#39;s mayor and city council</strong></p><p>An Ingham County judge has restored authority to Flint&#39;s mayor and city council while ruling a state review team violated Michigan&#39;s Open Meetings Act during the process that led to a state-appointed emergency manager.&nbsp;The order Tuesday from Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is another legal defeat for Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s&nbsp;administration since the adoption of a state law last year that gave emergency managers expanded powers when appointed to help cities and schools fix<strong> </strong>their finances.&nbsp;Aquilina&#39;s order comes in a lawsuit brought by the leader of a union that represents some city of Flint employees.&nbsp;The decision invalidates last year&#39;s appointment of Flint emergency manager Michael Brown.&nbsp;Snyder pokeswoman&nbsp;Geralyn&nbsp;Lasher said the state will appeal the ruling to the Michigan Court of Appeals.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>State&nbsp;Supreme Court&nbsp;to&nbsp;hear&nbsp;Oakland County&nbsp;Board of Commissioners&nbsp;case</strong></p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court is getting&nbsp;ready to hear oral arguments over who has the power to redraw lines&nbsp;for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners&#39; districts.&nbsp;Lawyers for the Republican-controlled board and Oakland County Democrats will argue the case at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Hall of&nbsp;Justice. The justices will decide at a later date whether they&#39;ll take up the case on appeal.&nbsp;The Court of Appeals and a lower court already have ruled that a law passed last year by the GOP-controlled Legislature to give redistricting power to the commission rather than a bipartisan&nbsp;apportionment committee was a local act affecting only one government. The courts said the measure didn&#39;t meet constitutional&nbsp;requirements because it didn&#39;t pass with the necessary two-thirds majorities in the House&nbsp;and Senate.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Interlochen&nbsp;Arts Academy celebrates 50th&nbsp;anniversary</strong></p><p>The Interlochen Arts Academy is&nbsp;celebrating its 50th anniversary with a national concert tour.&nbsp;The academy&#39;s orchestra, band and choir are set to play Chicago&#39;s Harris Theater on Wednesday.&nbsp;They&#39;ll be at Orchestra Hall in Detroit on Thursday. The tour&nbsp;wraps up with shows in Washington on Saturday and New York on Monday. The students, faculty and staff will travel 2,200 miles by bus,&nbsp;transport 992 pieces of luggage and gobble up 6,750 boxed lunches along the way.&nbsp;Founded in 1962, the boarding fine arts high school has produced dozens of Grammy winners and Presidential Scholars.&nbsp;In 2006, the Interlochen Arts Academy was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation&#39;s highest honor for an arts organization.&nbsp;The school sits on a 1,200-acre campus in northwestern Michigan near Traverse City. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 09:39:30 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6719 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-259 <p><strong>Foggy&nbsp;roads&nbsp;in SE Michigan</strong></p><p>Authorities are urging motorists to drive more&nbsp;cautiously in southeast Michigan because of heavy fog that&#39;s<br />blanketing the area.&nbsp;The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for Monday morning for Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pontiac, Lapeer, Port Huron,&nbsp;Monroe, Adrian and other area communities.&nbsp;In places, visibility was greatly reduced because of the fog. It&nbsp;comes as the state faces another day of unseasonably warm weather.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:45:53 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6683 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-103 <p><strong>Election Day</strong></p><p>It&rsquo;s election day in Michigan but, as Steve Carmody reports, very few people expect long lines at polling stations. From Carmody:</p><blockquote><p>There are dozens of school millage votes and school board elections taking place today&nbsp;in Michigan.&nbsp; But school races rarely draw large crowds of voters.</p><p>There are a few communities voting on controversial, or at least well publicized, issues.</p><p><a href="../../post/flint-voters-must-decide-two-public-safety-millages-tuesday">Flint </a>voters are casting ballots on two millages.&nbsp; One would generate $2 million&nbsp;a year to reopen the city jail. The other would continue to fund a dozen police officers.</p><p><a href="../../post/lansing-voters-have-choice-higher-taxes-or-deeper-cuts-public-safety">Lansing</a> voters are deciding if they want to increase their property taxes to trim their city&rsquo;s projected 20-plus million dollar budget deficit nearly in half.</p><p>And in <a href="../../post/jackson-residents-face-difficult-choice-tuesdays-public-safety-merger-vote">Jackson</a>, voters will decide if they want to merge their city police and fire departments into one public safety department.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Lawmakers Continue Work on Budget</strong></p><p>State Senators will take-up Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s tax reform plan at the state Capitol this week. The tax plan would eliminate the unpopular Michigan Business tax and, instead, tax only some corporations and eliminate tax exemptions on certain retiree pensions. Supporters of the plan say it will improve the state economy by helping businesses. Opponents say the plan gives businesses tax breaks on the back of seniors, low income families, and children.</p><p><strong>Michigan Gas Prices Hit Record High</strong></p><p>Gas prices in the state have never been this high, according to GasBuddy.com. An analyst with GasBuddy says the old record was $4.25 a gallon. Now, prices at the pump in many parts of the state are higher: at $4.29 per gallon or more. It&rsquo;s predicted that prices could go up even further. Tue, 03 May 2011 12:34:19 +0000 Zoe Clark 2321 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-101 <p><strong>Snyder Addresses Education Reform</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-snyders-education-reforms">addressed education reform</a> in Detroit yesterday. The governor said Michigan does not have to spend more money to improve the performance of a failing education system, Rick Pluta <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/governor-outlines-education-reforms-plan">reports</a>. From Pluta:</p><blockquote><p>The governor say it&rsquo;s largely a matter of reallocating resources to reward success and to craft a system that reflects Michigan&rsquo;s new economic realities.</p><p>Governor Snyder says his education plan would refocus schools on student advancement and performance, empower teachers and hold them responsible, and offer parents more options when schools are failing.</p><p>The governor says recent test scores show too many students do not graduate from high school and, for those that do, too many are not ready for college or for 21st Century jobs.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Rally Against EFM in Benton Harbor</strong></p><p>About 200 people rallied in Benton Harbor yesterday against <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/emergency-financial-manager-appointed-benton-harbor">Joe Harris</a>, the city&rsquo;s emergency financial manager, Lindsey Smith <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/rally-benton-harbor-against-emergency-managers-takeover">reports</a>. Harris is the first Emergency Manager in the state to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-called-ground-zero-fight-over-emergency-manager-powers">exercise broad new powers</a> that Governor Snyder signed into law last month. The law gives emergency managers more power to fix financial problems in school districts, cities and villages, Smith <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-benton-harbor-strips-power-elected-officials">explains</a>. Three cities (Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac) and Detroit Public Schools are currently run by emergency managers. Harris plans to unveil his plan to turn around the city tonight.</p><p><strong>House Committee OK&rsquo;s Measure to &#39;Decertify&#39; Teachers&#39; Unions that Authorize Strikes</strong></p><p>The Michigan House Education committee has approved <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28ksdrt055z4bxfy55ymsek1a3%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4466">a bill</a> that would <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-debate-penalties-illegal-teacher-strikes">decertify a teachers&rsquo; union</a> if its teachers vote to go on strike, Steve Carmody <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/state-house-education-committee-passes-bill-decertify-teachers-unions-authorize-strikes">reports</a>. From Carmody:</p><blockquote><p>Individual teachers could also be fined or fired under the legislation. It&rsquo;s currently illegal for teachers to strike in the state. The Michigan Education Association has been asking its members if they would be willing to take part in a work stoppage. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:04:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 2259 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news...