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July 03, 2018 - 4:54:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Detroit real estate investor Dennis Kefallinos has purchased a large former Boy Scouts of America campground in Lupton about 10 miles from the Huron National Forest.

It's not yet known what Kefallinos plans to do with the 630-acre property at 3552 Lakeshore Drive, about 20 minutes northeast of West Branch, Chris Mihailovich, one of his top lieutenants, told me.

"We are evaluating what's the best use of the property going forward, wish I had some more news," he said in a text message Monday night, adding that he did not know the purchase price.

July 02, 2018 - 2:29:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS Podcasts

Polling data from MIRS and Target Insyght last week didn't come without questions. How were independents factored into the equation? How many cell phones were used? Why were the ballot questions worded the way they were? Ed Sarpolus of Target Insyght answers those questions and talks about how political polling, in general, has been subject to criticism since the 2016 election.

July 02, 2018 - 2:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Prospective Michigan teachers won't have to take the SAT anymore to be certified in Michigan, a move that might help attract more teachers to the profession and help districts struggling with classroom vacancies.

The SAT has been the basic skills exam teachers have had to take since last year, but Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last week eliminating the Michigan law that requires a basic skills exam in the first place.

July 02, 2018 - 2:08:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Transportation

With Georgia joining the list on Sunday, 16 states to date have enacted hands-free driving laws.

According to the Governor's Highway Safety Association, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car crashes resulting in injury and death in the U.S.

July 01, 2018 - 2:16:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Few could dispute the importance of literacy. But children have no fundamental right to learn to read and write, according to a federal judge whose ruling in a closely watched lawsuit Friday left some disheartened and others raising questions.

"I'm shocked," said Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. "The message that it sends is that education is not important. And it sends the message that we don't care if you're literate or not."

July 01, 2018 - 7:28:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

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June 30, 2018 - 4:56:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Agriculture, History

In the waning days of prohibition, Congress legalized 3.2 beer, opening up a new market for Michigan farmers.

For years they had been growing Spartan barley, a grain developed at Michigan State College in 1916, and sold it to soup makers and producers of livestock feed. After low-alcohol beer became legal, maltsters from Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee discovered it made a good malt for beer too, according to a 1933 article in the Detroit Free Press.

June 30, 2018 - 4:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

According to Best Colleges Online, MSU’s W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Hidden Lake Gardens are ranked among the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

June 30, 2018 - 4:49:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

A 3.3-magnitude earthquake that struck 13 miles southeast of Battle Creek today has scientists scratching their heads.

Today's temblor was about 20 miles from the location of a magnitude-4.2 quake that occurred 5 miles south of Galesburg on May 2 — the strongest earthquake recorded in Michigan in more than 67 years. The two quakes are far enough apart that today's is likely not an aftershock of the previous quake and is apparently not on the same fault line, said Harley Benz, a seismologist with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado.

June 30, 2018 - 4:47:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On June 30, 1995, workers reconstructing Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, Michigan, ran into a series of logs lying side by side two feet below the road surface. An on-site technician from the Michigan Department of Transportation recognized the logs as a significant historical discovery, the remains of one of Michigan's early plank roads.