News Update For Friday, April 27, 2012

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula News

Once again vandalism has struck the Ishpeming High School track this spring.  The relatively new facility was spray painted with profanity and other symbols.  All the home meets are canceled for the season as the school was not able to cover up the damage by the start of the season.  A reward of $500 is being offered by Ishpeming Head Coach to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party.

State Officials say seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates declined in 15 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in March. The jobless rate in the Ann Arbor area rose slightly last month while the rate in the Lansing-East area was unchanged.  According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, total employment and labor force levels rose in most regions in March.  A spokesman says March was marked by seasonal job gains in leisure and hospitality services and construction.

The state house has passed a scaled-back version of a bill to expand so-called “Cyber Schools,” where students learn at home on a computer, instead of in a regular classroom.  The Republican-led chamber approved the legisation yesterday, which would gradually lift the cap on cyber schools, starting at five schools until 2014 and 10 in 2015.  It also gradually increases the number of students a cyber school can have from 2,500 in the first year to 10,000 in the third year.

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