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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, March 1, 2005

It's in like a lion, I guess (a real lion, of course, not the Detroit variety).

Case Could Determine Beach Access
The Associated Press reports that the Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments March 8 in a case that has caught the attention of property owners, businesses, environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts. The outcome could affect not only beach walking, but the balance of power between riparian landowners and government regulators on shoreline environmental issues.

Michigan Identity Theft & Credit Reports
The Detroit News reports that a package of laws that include more protections of personal information, particularly Social Security numbers, add provisions giving victims more time to clear their credit history and make it easier to prosecute identity theft go into effect in Michigan today. This is a very detailed story (lots of info on how to read credit reports) that says consumers in Michigan can go to annualcreditreport.com or call (877) 322-8228 to receive free copies of their credit reports from the nation's three major credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Michigan Chamber Opposes "Blank Check" for Schools
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has a news release opposing legislation that would provide for automatic annual increases in government spending on K-12 school districts, community colleges, and state universities (Senate Bill 246). The Chamber takes issue with the fact that (a) no fixed dollar amount is associated and (b) no funding source is identified.

Port Huron Coast Guard Appreciation Day Planning
The Port Huron Times Herald reports that organizers are finalizing plans for Port Huron's first Coast Guard Appreciation Day (August 19-21). The event will pay homage to local "coasties" and give participants a glimpse of the Coast Guard lifestyle.

Gambling on Wind Energy
The Miami Herald reports that Clark County school officials (Las Vegas, NV) are talking with McKenzie Bay International Ltd., of Brighton, Mich. about building and operating wind turbines and selling the energy produced to the school district at a discounted rate.

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