Michigan Celebrating Feb. As Career/Tech Education Month

Over 96 percent of Michigan Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduates were successfully placed in 2016, highlighting this month’s observance of CTE opportunities and acheivements.

Michigan schools boast other successes for state and national celebrations of CTE Month in February:

  • The statewide graduation rate for CTE students was 96.6 percent last year, surpassing for the third straight year the 95-percent federal target for Michigan. The 2015 graduation rate (4-year cohort) for all Michigan students was 79.8 percent.

 

Help Available For People Who Are Behind On Student Loans

Michigan residents who are delinquent on their federal student loans can receive free one-on-one counseling to return to a path of financial success, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

Through a partnership with Inceptia—a division of the National Student Loan Program (NSLP) —Treasury is providing a one-year pilot program that assists borrowers by providing free financial literacy information and student loan delinquency counseling. Michigan student loan borrowers currently delinquent on their student loans can opt-in to this program.

 

Two Germfask Men Charged With Breaking Into Curtis Business

Two people who allegedly broke into a liquor store in Mackinac County earlier this week have been charged with several felonies.

The suspects have been identified as Zachery Roll and Christopher Bryant II, both of Germfask. They were arraigned in the 92nd District Court on February 2.

Zachery Roll is being charged with homicide attempted murder, breaking and entering with intent, and larceny of a building. His bond is set at $500,000 cash surety.

 

Casperson Introduces Bills To Help Residents Battle State Departments

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate that would require most state government departments to pay the court costs of those who prevail in court against a state department or agency.

The legislation is a reintroduction of bills approved last year by the Senate but not the House of Representatives.

Senate Bills 100 and 101 would encourage state departments to work with residents and businesses on disagreements or issues,

 

Dickinson County Prosecutor Investigating Teen ‘Sexting’ Incidents

The Dickinson County Prosecutor says criminal charges won’t be filed in the case, but says “sexting” will not be taken lightly.

“Given that the message is out now, future reports involving allegations of “sexting” may well result in the filing of criminal proceedings,” Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said in a media release on Friday.

Local Three News reports that authorities in Dickinson County have recently completed a joint investigation involving teen “sexting.”

 

Potential Data Security Breach In Unemployment Payment System

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the Unemployment Insurance Agency have identified a potential release of personal identifiable information for individuals whose payroll is processed by a third-party vendor.

A software update implemented in October 2016 that was provided and performed by the vendor supporting the unemployment benefits computer system introduced a vulnerability that allowed authorized users of the Michigan Data Automated System (MiDAS) to access Social Security numbers and names they were not authorized to view.

 

Rep. LaFave Holding Constituent Meeting Saturday In Iron Mountain

State Rep. Beau LaFave invites Upper Peninsula residents to come meet him this Saturday in Iron Mountain.

LaFave is hosting local coffee hours from 11 a.m. Central Time to 1 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Storheims Restaurant.

The restaurant is located on U.S. Highway 2 in Iron Mountain by Home Depot.

LaFave, who lives in Iron Mountain, represents an Upper Peninsula district including Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.

 

Escanaba Ice Skating Rinks Re-opening Friday Evening

There’s good news for skaters in Escanaba.

The Royce Ice Rink and Webster Ice Rink will be open effective Friday, February 3rd. The rinks have been closed for a couple of weeks because of warm temperatures and rain that melted the ice. But city crews have worked to repairt the ice, now that colder temperatures have hit Escanaba.

The Royce Ice Rink is located on the 700 block of South 19th Street.

 

Super Bowl Party Advice Offered For Michigan Liquor Establishments

As football fans across the state celebrate the big game this weekend, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is reminding liquor licensees to serve patrons responsibly.

During the Super Bowl, there is always an expected increase in business at restaurants and bars. That’s why MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney is offering the state’s 17,000 liquor licensees tips to help ensure a safe Super Bowl weekend.

“I encourage fans heading out for the big game to do so responsibly,” said Deloney.

 

Michigan Treasury Offers Tips On Picking Good Tax Preparers

Michigan taxpayers should choose a qualified tax preparer to ensure their individual income tax returns are completed correctly and appropriately, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

Under state law, taxpayers are responsible for the content within their tax returns and for any additional payments, penalty and interest that may result from a tax preparer’s error. While the state of Michigan does not require tax preparers to be licensed, many are licensed,