Michigan State University
February 23, 2017 - 4:41:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Governor Soapy Williams, on the cover of Time, September 15, 1952, courtesy of the Wikipedia Commons

February 23, 2017 - 4:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
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The Village of St. Ignace in Mackinac County was incorporated. The village is Michigan's second-oldest continuous settlement and remains the county seat of Makinac County until this day.

Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

February 23, 2017 - 4:18:00 am (America/Detroit)
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On February 23, 1870, what was then known as State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) opened its doors to 10 female students. These women, ranging in age from 16 to 23 - studied subjects including chemistry, botany, horticulture, floriculture, trigonometry, surveying, and entomology. No special courses for women were offered at that time, so they took the same classes as men and participated in the daily fieldwork alongside male students.

February 23, 2017 - 4:05:00 am (America/Detroit)
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On February 23, 1802, adoption of fire regulations marked the beginnings of the City Of Detroit Fire Department.

Source: Detroit Historical Society

February 22, 2017 - 6:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard was struggling Wednesday to round up votes for a revised Republican plan to cut personal income taxes that faces continued opposition from GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.

Leonard, R-DeWitt, and other House leaders were pulling members off the floor for private discussions as they sought the 56 votes needed to advance legislation that would cut Michigan’s 4.25 percent personal income tax rate to 3.9 percent by 2021. Snyder has said he has a “billion dollars worth of concerns” over the plan’s long-term budget impact.

February 22, 2017 - 4:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Local government leaders strongly support reforming Michigan's emergency manager law, according to a new survey that credits the Flint water crisis for helping to bring sharper focus to the subject.

More than 1,300 officials from cities, counties, townships and villages participated in the Michigan Public Policy Survey conducted by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

February 22, 2017 - 4:13:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Most of Michigan's congressional delegation signed a bipartisan letter Wednesday urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite its study of upgrading vital shipping locks on the river connecting Lakes Huron and Superior.

Only one of the four aging locks in Sault Ste. Marie is large enough to handle ships that carry 70 percent of the cargo through the corridor. For years, the delegation and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have been pushing to replace two outdated locks with a new one capable of handling the largest freighters.

February 22, 2017 - 2:49:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Well, at first glance it might look like the legislature came to its senses yesterday, at least so far cutting the state income tax is concerned. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

February 22, 2017 - 12:44:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Working with Federal Funding Program Directors

February 23rd - 3 p.m.
Main Library, Fourth Floor North – Green Room (MAP)

February 22, 2017 - 4:55:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Photo of J. K. Simmons, courtesy of Wikipedia