Battle Creek Public Schools increased its graduation rate by 10 percentage points last year, according to data released Thursday. The district reported a 55 percent on-time overall graduation rate last year, up from 44 percent in 2013. Nearly 82 percent of students at Battle Creek Central High School graduated on time in 2014. That’s compared to about 75 percent for 2013. (Battle Creek Enquirer)


(MPRN-Lansing) Legislation to end Michigan’s film incentive program could face a major obstacle in the state Senate. House Bill 4122 is moving quickly through the state House. But Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) says he is not eager to take it up. 


(MPRN-Lansing) One of the top Republicans in the state House has introduced bills that would make sweeping changes to Michigan’s energy policies. House Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), who is chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, introduced the legislation a week before Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to unveil his own plans on the issue. 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, who moved to Congress in 2003 after two terms as a popular Michigan secretary of state, announced Thursday that she will not run for re-election in 2016. Miller, a Republican, told the Free Press in an interview her surprise decision was based solely on a belief that she has been in the nation's capital long enough and she is looking to spend more time at home in Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)

Still image from Natural Life. Reenactments in prison cell shot at an abandoned prison in Jackson, Michigan.
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Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole for minors falls under “cruel and unusual punishment.” But the states are still deciding what to do with current inmates sentenced to life as children, and to date Michigan is among the states with the most juvenile lifers in the country.