jack martin http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: New DPS EM, retiree health care in Pontiac, EPA funds Great Lakes projects http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-new-dps-em-retiree-health-care-pontiac-epa-funds-great-lakes-projects <p><strong>Detroit Public Schools get new emergency manager</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has named Jack Martin as the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-has-new-emergency-manager">new emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools</a>. Martin replaces Roy Roberts, who is retiring after two years in the position. Martin is leaving his position as Detroit’s chief financial officer. &nbsp;Roberts says DPS still has a long way to go, but conditions are noticeably better than when he started; the current budget deficit is more than $70 million.</p><p><strong>Retiree health care coverage suspended in Pontiac</strong></p><p>Pontiac’s emergency manager Louis Schimmel has proposed the Emergency Loan Board address an expected $6 million general fund shortfall in the current budget year. The board approved <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/healthcare-coverage-suspended-city-pontiac-retirees">a plan to suspend health care coverage for retirees</a> from the city of Pontiac and increase their monthly pension payments. The city's roughly 1,000 pensioners will get an extra $400 a month to buy their own health care, the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>EPA now accepting Great Lakes grant applications</strong></p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has $9.5 million to distribute for Great Lakes projects and is looking for takers. The money comes from the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri/">Great Lakes Restoration Initiative</a>, an Obama administration program to clean up and protect the lakes from a variety of threats. A webinar explaining the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2013rfa01/index.html">application process</a> will be held July 30.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:30:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13548 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: New DPS EM, retiree health care in Pontiac, EPA funds Great Lakes projects Detroit Public Schools has a new emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-has-new-emergency-manager <p>After two years as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, Roy Roberts has officially left the position. Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder named current Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jack Martin to replace him.</p><p>Martin has also served as emergency manager of Highland Park Schools, and as CFO of the U.S. Department of Education.</p><p>Governor Snyder says he expects the transition between Roberts and Martin to be seamless.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:31:05 +0000 Jake Neher 13551 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools has a new emergency manager