Metro / Politics
House Bill 5184 intends to end energy monopoly in Michigan

House Bill 5184 intends to end energy monopoly in Michigan

Cheaper utility bills might be on the way for Michiganders as House Bill 5184 aims to end the duopoly of DTE Energy and Consumers Energy on the supply of energy in Michigan. The bill would effectively repeal a 2008 law, […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant / Politics / Student Government
CMU student pushes for campus polling location at city commission meeting

CMU student pushes for campus polling location at city commission meeting

An on-campus voting location could be a future reality for Central Michigan University students and staff. Rockford junior Brynn McDonnell, the Voices for Planned Parenthood Student Government Association representative, spoke to city commissioners during the public comment portion of Monday’s city commission meeting. […]
Metro / Politics
Plaintiffs to lift the ban on gay marriage, April DeBoer, background left, and her partner Jayne Rowse, stand outside Federal Court in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 on a lunch break during their trial. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Same-sex marriage in Michigan left in legal limbo after weekend court orders

When Brighton senior William Joseph learned of Friday’s court order ruling Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, it came as a welcomed surprise. “The decision makes sense,” Joseph said. “If you look at what’s happened in other states over the past […]

Student loan debt seen as ‘major’ issue for young people as elections approach

As the November midterm elections approach, student loan debt might be given a bigger spot on the national political stage. A December poll of Americans ages 18 to 24 conducted by the Harvard University Institute of Politics found 57 percent […]
Metro / Politics / U.S./World

‘Rape insurance bill’ sparks controversy over insurance plans funding abortions

Michigan residents who buy health insurance will now have to purchase separate policies or “riders” to cover most abortions. The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act, labeled by Democrats and other opponents of the law as the “rape insurance bill,” bars health […]
Isabella County / Metro / Politics
A car drives over potholes on E. Campus Drive on Sunday. A state plan for $100 million in extra road repair funding is in the House. (Adam Niemi | Assistant Photo Editor)

Michigan Senate OKs additional $100 million in road maintenance, bill awaits House approval

Approval of a Feb. 20 bill by the Michigan Senate will shift $100 million statewide to road agencies to help clear roads and fill potholes following a brutal winter. The supplemental appropriations bill passed 32-6 by the GOP-led Senate, with each […]
Business/Nonprofits / Metro / Mount Pleasant / Politics
Matthew Taylor trims a marijuana bush on Feb. 5. (Katherine Ranzenberger | Senior Reporter)

Growing Green: New medical marijuana regulations could affect local dispensaries, send production out of Michigan

Matthew Taylor is worried about a new law that could send the growth of medical marijuana to Canada. Taylor, who is the former owner of Compassionate Apothecary, a marijuana dispensary previously located in Mount Pleasant, said he does not need […]
Administration / Budget / Politics / University
President George Ross testifies before the Senate Higher Education Committee on Thursday at Michigan State University. Ross called on state senators to reform the way universities receive per-student funding. 
(Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer)

CMU President George Ross calls on state to change performance-based funding during Senate testimony

LANSING, Mich. — Seven key areas determining how Central Michigan University receives state funding should be reformed, said University President George Ross. “Why should a student at CMU be supported by less than $3,600 per year in state funding, while […]
President Barack Obama speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Washington. (Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press/MCT)

Obama to sign $500 billion farm bill at MSU Friday

President Barack Obama will sign the long-contested farm bill, which provides assistance to farmers and funds food stamps, Friday during his visit to Michigan State University. “The President will see firsthand the research that institutions like MSU are doing to […]
Metro / Politics / U.S./World
General Jeffery Buchanan leaves Baghdad for Camp Adder, in Southern Iraq, one of the last bases in operation before the final departure of all American troops in mid-December. (Carolyn Cole | Los Angeles Times | MCT)

Americans believe U.S. should avoid foreign entanglements

Two years after the Iraq War’s end and more than 12 years since the beginning of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Americans are becoming increasingly disapproving of foreign military interventions. “The American population is ready for a change in policy […]
Budget / Politics / University

Snyder proposes 6.1-percent higher education funding increase, CMU could see additional $5.8 million

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday he would raise state appropriations for public universities by 6.1 percent for the 2015 fiscal year. The total higher education appropriation equates to $80.3 million in funding for the state’s 15 public universities, according to […]
Politics / Student Life

Former Mackinac Center president Lawrence Reed to speak Tuesday at Park Library

Lawrence Reed, a former president of the Mackinac Center and current president of the Foundation for Economic Education, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. The event is sponsored by University Libertarians at Central […]

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