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Morning News Roundup, Friday, February 24th, 2012
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Morning News Roundup, Friday, February 24th, 2012

4 Days To Go: MI Presidential Primary

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak at Ford Field today in Detroit as part of a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. The Detroit Free Press has an interesting article detailing how the Romney campaign and the DEC plan to make the stadium appear more crowded for the event. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum plans to be in Walled Lake and St. Clair Shores today and then travel to Troy tomorrow. Ron Paul has announced several visits throughout the state this weekend, including a stop at Central Michigan University tomorrow. Michigan's presidential primary is Tuesday.

Highland Park

The Highland Park school board has cleared the way for Governor Snyder to quickly re-appoint an emergency manager, Sarah Cwiek reports. From Cwiek:

The board chose not to appeal the state’s finding of a financial emergency in the district. It was the second time a state review team made that finding. But the emergency manager Governor Snyder had already appointed, Jack Martin, had to step down to comply with a court ruling that voided the appointment process. So the state had to quickly re-do the whole process this week. The board fought the decision and lost the first time, but decided not to appeal this time… In the meantime, the state has approved an emergency aid package that should keep Highland Park schools open--at least temporarily--and get teachers paid, though not until next week at the earliest. But that money would also follow students if they choose to leave the district.

Winter Weather

It appears winter might finally be making an appearance in Southern Michigan. A winter storm, “is bringing wet snow, slippery roads and school closings to southern Michigan, with up to 9 inches forecast in parts of the state. The National Weather Service says winter storm warnings were in effect for much of the southern Lower Peninsula on Friday. About 5 to 8 inches was expected in areas including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Parts of southeast Michigan could get up to 8 inches,” the Associated Press reports.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.