Lack of Funding Affects Michigan Schools

Twenty-one-year-old Tim Ashley loves his job. “The job was fun, I like being at a job standing up walking a lot it’s better than being at a desk or a chair for eight hours,” he said.  

His mom, Nancy Ashley, never thought he’d be able to hold the job he has today. “Our son Tim Ashley was born in 1996 and he was diagnosed with Noonan Syndrome,” Ashley said. 

Noonan syndrome affects his cognitive and physical abilities. Nancy Ashley credits Tim’s success to the special education programs he receives attending high school, but a recent task force committee determined special education is underfunded by 700-million dollars.

Athletic Doping – Local MSU Athletes Say It’s Not Worth It

On December 5, the International Olympics Committee ruled that Russia will be suspended from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games because of doping. The country had two scandals back in the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, and now they are paying the price for their previous actions. Doping is the act of illegally using drugs or other substances in order to enhance athletic performance. Performance enhancing drugs have long been a problem in sports and local athletes here at Michigan State say the cheat isn’t worth the risk. Michigan State varsity rower Zach Klucevek explains why he thinks athletes may feel the need to utilize performance enhancers.

Lansing Catholic players Skype Colin Kaepernick

Lansing, Mich.- Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah, Kabbash Richards and Roje Williams created controversy earlier this year when they took a knee during the national anthem at one of their Lansing Catholic football games. All four players received some kind of discipline from the school and were benched during the football game. The Lansing Catholic students did it to protest social injustice and it caught Colin Kaepernick’s attention. Last weekend, the boys skyped Kaepernick for 20 minutes and talked about their actions. 

“He showed me to be courageous and to stand up for what I believe in,” Richards said. 

Kaepernick came under scrutiny last year when he didn’t stand for the national anthem during an NFL game, a protest for what he says is police brutality against young African Americans. This caused a nation-wide protest, some saying it was blatant disrespect for the flag, but it also sparked a movement by others, including these four students.

MSU freshman’s legacy lives on with memorial rink

Plymouth, Mich.- On Sept. 19, 2016, Michigan State University freshman Mitchel Kiefer was killed in a car accident on I-96. Kiefer went home for the weekend and was driving back on Monday morning for class when a distracted driver rear-ended him, which caused his car to cross the median and a truck crashed into his car. Fast forward to a little over a year now and Kiefer’s family are trying to end distracted driving and help his legacy live on. “We thought that if we could raise money and also spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving that would be a much better way to honor Mitchel’s memory,” Steve Kiefer, Mitchel’s dad, said. 

One way they are honoring Kiefer’s memory is by naming an ice rink in his name.

Watch Focal Point: Nassar sentenced, Trees for Troops and more

Former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography with more charges coming in state court. Plus, a local tree farm is using their holiday spirit to help our nation’s heroes. Finally, we look at the aftermath of the MSU football teams bowl announcement. Those stories and more on our final show of the semester.