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23
Apr

Fort Hood ministry teams care for, counsel Soldiers, families in aftermath of tragedy

In the aftermath of the April 2, 2014, Fort Hood shooting, Chaplains and chaplain assistants coordinated coverage to provide counseling and care to the Army family.

Read more here: Fort Hood ministry teams care for, counsel Soldiers, families in aftermath of tragedy

23
Apr

DNR Announces Recipients of $1 Million from New Aquatic Habitat Grant Program

The Department of Natural Resources has approved the first projects under the new Aquatic Habitat Grant Program. From the 58 applications received and evaluated, the DNR approved the following 8 projects, totaling $1 million:

Applicant Name Project Name Applicant County Grant Amount Recommended
Huron Pines Golden Lotus Dam Removal
- Pigeon River
Otsego   $272,500
City of Niles Pucker Street Dam Removal Berrien   $200,000
Conservation Resource Alliance Sanborn Creek Crossings
Restoration Project
Lake   $48,615
Timberland RCD Hubbardston Dam Removal, Fish Creek Ionia   $200,000
DNR Fisheries Division
- Thompson State
Fish Hatchery

Thompson Hatchery Dam Removal
and Restoration of Thompson
and Williams Creeks

Schoolcraft  $60,900
Barry Conservation District High Bank Creek Habitat Restoration Barry   $94,700
City of Rochester Paint Creek Habitat Restoration Oakland   $98,285
Forest Resources Division, Ocqueoc River  Ocqueoc River Grist Mill
Abutment Removal 
Presque Isle   $25,000

The program was designed to protect intact and rehabilitate degraded aquatic resources throughout the state; develop self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing recreational opportunities and natural resource-based economies; and develop strong relationships and partnerships.

“Grants awarded this year will enhance a broad range of aquatic habitat that is the foundation for Michigan’s world-class fishing opportunities,” said Chris Freiburger, coordinator of the program. “We’re excited for these projects to get underway and really make a difference.”

The new program is being funded by the new license structure for fishing licenses. When anglers purchase licenses, their dollars make opportunities such as the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program possible. Anyone interested in learning more about this program should visit www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

22
Apr

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Over $5 Million for City of Norway Water Project

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the City of Norway will receive $5.6 million to support necessary improvements to its water and wastewater system. This major investment is part of Sen. Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill, which increased funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental programs. President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law at Michigan State University in February.
‘The 2014 Farm Bill increased support to improve rural water infrastructure and help communities across Michigan grow and thrive,’ said Stabenow. ‘Today’s announcement is great news for families and small businesses in the City of Norway and Norway Township who rely on a safe, clean water supply in their community.’
The City of Norway will receive a $1,154,000 grant and $1,651,000 loan through USDA Rural Development to fund necessary improvements to the existing wastewater system. The City will also receive a $2,807,000 loan to fund improvements to the water system. Sen. Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects.

Read more here: Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Over $5 Million for City of Norway Water Project

22
Apr

Opening Michigan’s Doors to Immigrants IPPSR’s 2014 Forum Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:30 a.m.

IPPSR’s April Forum will look to a panel with deep knowledge and experience in opening doors to Michigan’s next generation of global leaders. Why has Michigan set a commitment to opening doors to immigrants? What are the real challenges for doing so? What is the perspective of other regions on state immigration? Are there best practices noted for universities, private sector recruiters and policy makers for working together to grow population and diversify the talent base? How might our state become more inclusive toward new immigrants once they are here? How can we assure that immigration in Michigan does not become migration to regions outside of the Great Lakes?

Speakers:

· Peter Briggs, Director, MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. Briggs has more than 30 years experience in services to international students and scholars.

· Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit. Tobocman has spent the past three years spearheading a regional economic revitalization strategy focused on immigration and global connections.

· Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director, Michigan Office for New Americans. Phillippi has worked in immigration law for more than 20 years.

· Ann Marie Schneider, Director, Program Planning and Development, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She leads IPPSR’s program planning and development division and advises the Institute’s communications and marketing strategies.

You are invited to register for all IPPSR forums online or by calling 517-355-6672. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited. A light lunch is served on a first-come, first-served basis so registration is advised.

All forums, unless otherwise indicated, begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. Forums take place at the Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol. The address is 124 N. Capitol Ave.

Policymakers, state directors, capital staff, business and community leaders, university faculty and researchers, media and the general public are especially invited to attend IPPSR’s Forum Series.

22
Apr

Michigan Online Learning Students Awarded Scholarships to Vermont Language Academy

MVS students awarded scholarships to Middlebury Interactive Languages renowned residential Language Academy

Lansing – Three Michigan Virtual School® students will spend four weeks this summer immersed in world language and culture thanks to a partnership with Middlebury Interactive Languages, the academic leader in world language education for K-12 students.

Samantha Huelke (Milan High School), Gabrielle Kosiba (O.E. Dunckel Middle School, Farmington Hills) and Jacob Scherba (Hartland High School) were awarded $5,995 scholarships to attend the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), a four-week, residential language immersion academy at Green Mountain College in Vermont.

“The residential academy is a fun and effective way to experience a new language and culture with other teens from around the country,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of MVU. “I’m confident the summer academy will have a tremendous impact on the scholarship winners and influence their future academic and career plans in profound ways.”

Middlebury Interactive has adapted Middlebury College’s gold-standard immersion methodology and expert curriculum to the digital environment. MVS has been working with Middlebury Interactive since 2011 to deliver a comprehensive offering of digital world language courses to K-12 students across Michigan. This year, more than 1,500 MVS students are taking courses powered by Middlebury Interactive, ranging from middle school through high school Advanced Placement courses.

The scholarship students from MVS are currently enrolled in one of the seven languages offered by Michigan’s online learning leader. Samantha, 11th grade, is taking AP Spanish; Gabrielle, 8th grade, is enrolled in German II; and Jacob, a senior, is studying AP French. Chinese, Japanese, Latin and American Sign Language are also available to Michigan students through MVS.

Every summer, MMLA convenes residential academies held at prestigious liberal arts colleges across the United States and at select locations abroad. Students engage in four weeks of full-immersion language learning while living in a safe, supportive environment with state-of-the-art facilities and top language instructors.

“We have been pleased to partner with MVS over the past several years to help more Michigan students gain the language skills and cultural understanding that will better prepare them for college and career success,” said Jane Swift, Chief Executive Officer at Middlebury Interactive Languages. “This scholarship program will allow these students to build on the language skills they have learned through MVS and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience this summer.”

22
Apr

Project 21: Supreme Court on Path to Ending Race Preferences

Washington, DC – Attorneys and activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are pleased about today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on race preferences, and hope the Court’s latest ruling on race-conscious school admissions policies will become decisive in finally ending government-enforced rules creating arbitrary demographic quotas.

“Today, the Supreme Court moved us closer to the colorblind principle that Martin Luther King advocated and that is embedded in the 14th Amendment,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former constitutional law professor. “I’m pleased that the principle of treating all Americans the same under the law can go forward in Michigan.

In the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last October, the justices considered whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals correctly voided an amendment to the Michigan state constitution, passed by voters in 2006, prohibiting preferential treatment in public employment, education and contracting based on “race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.” The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which became Section 26 of the state’s constitution after its enactment, was supported by 58 percent of Michigan voters. It was struck down, however, by the 6th Circuit in 2012.

Project 21 submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the Schuette case written and joined by the Pacific Legal Foundation , noting that “[t]he clear effect of Section 26 is to prohibit the State and its political subdivisions from adopting race- and sex-based preference programs.” The brief also presented factual data about how the prohibition of race-based preferences in California increased diversity and minority retention rates. Similar to Michigan, California voters outlawed race preferences in public college and university admissions in 1996.

Project 21 held a meeting of experts to discuss the case featuring Jennifer Gratz, the executive director of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative after the Court’s oral arguments. Gratz was the plaintiff in the 2003 case of Gratz v. Bollinger that found the University of Michigan’s race conscious admissions policy violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Her talk and the discussion following can be viewed online here.

“It remains to be seen as to whether this is the definitive ruling which will eliminate racial preference policies,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Cherylyn Harley LeBon, a former senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. “But I am encouraged that we are moving towards creating an equal playing field where the government does not choose the winners and inadvertent losers.”

During the last term of the U.S. Supreme Court, Project 21 was involved in the U.S. Supreme Court race preferences case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action as well as Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin on remand from the Supreme Court to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. In the previous U.S. Supreme Court term, it was involved in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and the voting rights case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

Project 21 legal experts and other members of the organization have discussed these cases and others in media interviews in venues that include MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, HBO, Glenn Beck’s Blaze TV, the nationally-syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show, Florida Public Radio, the Christian Science Monitor, Reuters and many others.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated .

Submitted by Project 21

22
Apr

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Over $5 Million for City of Norway Water Project

Major rural development investment is part of Sen. Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill

NORWAY – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the City of Norway will receive $5.6 million to support necessary improvements to its water and wastewater system. This major investment is part of Sen. Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill, which increased funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental programs. President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law at Michigan State University in February.

“The 2014 Farm Bill increased support to improve rural water infrastructure and help communities across Michigan grow and thrive,” said Stabenow. “Today’s announcement is great news for families and small businesses in the City of Norway and Norway Township who rely on a safe, clean water supply in their community.”

The City of Norway will receive a $1,154,000 grant and $1,651,000 loan through USDA Rural Development to fund necessary improvements to the existing wastewater system. The City will also receive a $2,807,000 loan to fund improvements to the water system. Sen. Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects.

22
Apr

Snyder Media Advisory for Wednesday, April 23

Wednesday, April 23 at 11:10 a.m.
Gov. Rick Snyder will tour the Career and Technical Education Showcase at the Capitol. 

Location:
Michigan State Capitol – First Floor, North and West Wings
101 N. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI

22
Apr

NASA Featured Prominently at USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27

Media are invited to join a host of NASA scientists, engineers and managers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington.

Read more here: NASA Featured Prominently at USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27

22
Apr

Wounded warriors share bonds with Boston Marathon victims

Staff Sgt. Julio Larrea gazed at a front-page newspaper photo of this year’s Boston Marathon, explaining that he and other Soldiers of the Army Wounded Warrior program keep in contact with those injured in last year’s marathon.

Read more here: Wounded warriors share bonds with Boston Marathon victims