FRIDAY, Sept. 9 — A roundup of news from around the state, provided by our partners at Capital News Service. Follow the links for the full stories.
Michigan legislature split on how to handle college tuition Michigan officials are scrambling for solutions to a university funding crisis that saddles the state’s students with the ninth highest average school-debt in the country. That’s how a recent report ranks the state in a study that says state support has dropped 30 percent since 2003.
Rescued food feeds the poor: Trucks carrying some 40,000 tons of cherries will soon deliver them for distribution to food banks across the state, part of an increasing statewide drive to minimize food waste and maximize the good it can do.
Bill reducing penalties for underage drinking one step closer to becoming reality: Lawmakers are poised to ease Michigan penalties for underaged drinking — for the first offense. Kids caught with alcohol would be ticketed and fined the first time. The second time they could be charged with a criminal offense.
Waters rise, gas prices drop and boats boom in summer 2016: Higher water levels on the Great Lakes meant more boating slips were leased this summer at Michigan ports. Looper traffic — boaters who travel nearly 30,000 miles from Port St. Lucie, Fla., through the Great Lakes to Chicago and down the Mississippi to the Gulf Intracoastal waterways — is up 200 percent this season.
Bill would exterminate breed discrimination: Legislators are studying a bill that would eliminate dog breed distinction, now a fact in 29 cities in the state. Any new local regulations would have to be based on breed-neutral characteristics, such as size.
Snowplowers still liable for slips on uncleared pavement: An attempt to ease the liability of snowplow companies for people who slip and fall on plowed pavement has failed to get traction with state lawmakers.