Detroit Free Press

3:31 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Adoptions could be refused based on religious beliefs

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The legislation would also prevent the state from giving taxpayer money to those agencies. The bills passed in the state House today without public input or debate.
Private adoption agencies could refuse to place children in homes based on sincerely held religious beliefs, according to a bill that passed a state House committee Wednesday. The package of bills have been touted as supporting "religious freedom" of adoption agencies by allowing child placing agencies to refuse to "provide a service or facilitate a placement" that violates its religious beliefs.
3:04 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy will not be a trend says U.S. Conference of Mayors

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President and Mesa, Arizona mayor Scott Smith says the problems that are facing Detroit—like rapid population decline, pension debt, and a decreasing tax base—aren't the same as other cities.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors said today he doesn't expect Detroit's financial crisis to lead to a spate of other municipal bankruptcy filings, characterizing the city's problems as 'an outlier' compared to others. Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa, Ariz., spoke to the Free Press on a trip to Washington.
5:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

State lawmakers join effort to free Flint man in Iran prison

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Amir Hekmati has been in jail in Iran for two years.
Supporters of a Flint man jailed in Iran for two years held a fund-raiser Wednesday night to help keep his memory alive and put pressure on Iran's government to free him. At the dinner at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms, U.S. Sen.
3:44 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Color-coded school ratings paint Michigan yellow

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The color code has five colors: green is the best while red is the worst. The majority of schools are falling into yellow which, according to officials at the Michigan Department of Education, means those schools need to be cautious. One of the only schools in Southwest Michigan to receive a ‘green’ was Greenwood Elementary in Kalamazoo.
A new accountability system being launched today for Michigan schools shows many have a long way to go to meet ambitious goals set by the state - with most schools and districts earning a mark that indicates they're in need of improvement. Few schools earned the best rating.
5:34 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Uninsured Michiganders to get help signing up

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Most residents have to sign up for one of about 14 insurance plans in Michigan or face tax penalties, but signing up online isn't easy for everyone.
Less than two months from the launch of the state's on-line insurance marketplace, four Michigan organizations have been handed $2.5 million in federal funds to help consumers navigate the new system. The health insurance exchange, part of federal healthcare reform, goes live Oct.

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