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SEMCOG Says Stricter Regulations for Ozone Standards Are Not Needed

  Officials with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments are asking the US Environmental Protection Agency to maintain current national ozone standards. The Council wrote a letter to the EPA saying stricter regulations could hurt industries economically without achieving any additional environmental benefits.  Air Quality Specialist Joan Weidner says industries are already adapting to tougher..

Gas Prices Down 11 Cents

Wikimedia Commons AAA Michigan says gas prices in the state are down 11 cents this week. That’ s the first drop Michigan has seen in six weeks.  Spokesperson Susan Hiltz says the average gas price is significantly lower than at this time last year.  “We’re a $1.49 less than this same time last year,” Hiltz..

Washtenaw May Add E-Cigarettes to Indoor-Smoking Ban

 Xavierrap23/Creative Commons Washtenaw County residents have an opportunity to comment on possible changes to the county’s clean indoor-air regulation. Officials are considering adding e-cigarettes to an indoor-smoking ban.  Sharon Sheldon is the Program Administrator for the Disease Prevention Division at Washtenaw County Public Health.  She says the current regulation is unclear on whether e-cigarettes are..

State Seeks to Replace Retiring Superintendent

  Michigan has selected six finalists to fill the position of State Superintendent of the state’s schools. Current Superintendent Mike Flanagan will retire from the position in July. Michigan’s education system has had its highs and lows over the last few years. While high school graduation rates have been increasing, fourth grade reading proficiency ranks..

Charles H. Wright Celebrates 50!

The Charles H- Wright Museum of African American History is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month. Throughout the last five decades the museum of has had groundbreaking programs such as, Without Sanctuary, an exhibit about lynchings in the American South, and, Visions Of Our 44th President, the Wright Museum's first national traveling exhibit. LaNesha De-Bar-delaben is the Vice President of Community..