Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

October 30, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 10/30/2013

State gets $1.8M for homeless services

LANSING — Michigan is getting more than $1.8 million to provide services to chronically homeless individuals including those with substance abuse problems.

The 3-year grant for the state Department of Community Health announced Tuesday is from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Services will include outreach, assessment, assistance in finding suitable housing, and substance abuse and mental health services. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority plans to assist the Department of Community Health on the efforts.

 

Education standards spending resumes

LANSING — The Michigan Legislature has given the final go-ahead to resume spending money to implement more rigorous and uniform national education standards.

The Republican-led House approved a resolution Tuesday on a voice vote.

Since Oct. 1, the state was unable to spend money to put in place Common Core math and reading standards in K-12 schools because of a provision in the budget pausing the work. The state Education Department immediately resumed Common Core-related activities last week, because both the House and Senate had affirmatively acted despite passing different versions of a resolution.

Now both chambers have approved the same measure.

 

Patrols aim to head off holiday destruction

DETROIT — Detroit residents and city workers are on patrol as part of an annual anti-arson campaign for the pre-Halloween period that once saw an upsurge of fires.

A curfew took effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday for those 17 and under. The Angels’ Night observance runs Tuesday through Thursday.

Police and fire officials say they won’t release any figures on fire reports until after the three-day effort ends.

The program is a long-running response to what used to be known as Devil’s Night, the day before Halloween.

In 1984, the city had more than 800 fires during the period. Last year, 93 fires were reported.

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