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Tuition at Michigan State University will rise 9.6 percent next fall, and some of the school's leaders placed the blame squarely on state lawmakers.******************** ****************************** ******




GENESEE COUNTY - Worried that taxpayers in Genesee and Shiawassee counties ultimately could be on the hook for more questionable spending at Career Alliance Inc., the county is bracing for the worst.

The county Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to put itself, Shiawassee County and the city of Flint in charge of hiring a consultant to help sort out 27 separate unresolved issues raised by state monitors and to approve in advance the appeal of any future disallowance by the state at Career Alliance, a job-training agency.

County Board Chairman Archie Bailey, D-Burton, said more disallowances - findings by the state of improper spending at the agency - seem likely, given what state officials have told him recently.

"There may be additional concerns that come along, and this (vote Tuesday) would address those as well," said Bailey, who called the problems at Career Alliance "the most serious issue I've had to deal with" as commission chairman.

Just last month, the state Department of Labor & Economic Growth started debt-collection procedures against Career Alliance for more than $88,000 - money it says should have been used to train the unemployed, but was spent primarily on administrative salaries instead.

The nonprofit agency, which contracts to provide job training in Genesee and Shiawassee counties using mostly federal money, has until next week to pay back the money or appeal the state's decision.

Career Alliance is overseen by the Genesee-Shiawassee Workforce Development Board, whose members are appointed by the city of Flint and the two counties.

On June 29, the board put Career Alliance's Chief Executive Officer Pamela Y. Loving on paid administrative leave after Flint Journal articles detailed the cost of her salary and benefits, and the agency's trouble with state regulators.

Also last month, the director of the state DLEG said he was "gravely concerned" about the condition of Career Alliance, including "accounting irregularities that have gone on for years."

On Tuesday, Commissioner Rose Bogardus, D-Davison, asked why Loving continues to draw her salary while not working, and what commissioners need to do to replace existing members of the Workforce Development Board.

But Commissioner Woodrow Stanley, D-Flint, said he wasn't ready to pass judgment on Loving, and pointed a finger at The Journal for its coverage of her and the agency.

"A lot of things are alleged, but they aren't always true just because they are alleged," Stanley said.

"Somebody's got an agenda other than just reporting balanced news."

********************FLINT -- Bill Cosby's second Flint visit in four months had its share of humorous moments, but the frank talk was dominated by a sober message for parents who fail to raise their children toward becoming successful adults.
The crowd at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church cheered the veteran comedian throughout the 40-minute speech, whether he was cracking wise or demanding parents to make tough decisions every day for the sake of their kids.

"If you love your child, then you embrace your child and protect your child," Cosby implored of the several hundred in attendance.

"Don't worry about if you're their best friend or not, because that can come when they actually have some common sense. These children need you."

Today's program was a followup to a March appearance at Mott Community College that focused on opportunities for Flint to rebound from decades of job losses, crime and other social problems.