- February 18, 2014
Minimum wage supporters: $10.10
Supporters of boosting the hourly minimum wage in Michigan want to put a bigger proposed increase before voters than previously announced, organizers of the effort said Monday.Continued ...
Over 3 days, volunteers pack 2 million meals
They came from all walks of life — Girl Scouts troops, National Guard units, financial planning offices, Zumba classes — to spend three days packing food for thousands of hungry children they’ll never meet.Continued ...
- February 16, 2014
Fur dealers could trap beavers under proposal
Licensed fur dealers could trap beavers under legislation recently introduced by lawmakers.Continued ...
- February 15, 2014
Great Lakes become nearly covered with ice
From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders — a battleground for the icebreaker’s 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory.Continued ...
Michigan Tax Tribunal announces improvements
An administrative court that hears appeals about taxes in Michigan has eliminated a backlog of 40,000 cases and launched efforts to make the system more user-friendly, officials said.Continued ...
- February 13, 2014
Michigan in Brief: 02/13/2014
Sentencing rules for young killers OK’d; New laws bar felons from having ammo; Bills: Give tuition in trade for future pay. (Plus more)Continued ...
- February 12, 2014
Mich. official: Potholes could be worse than ever
Michigan's top transportation official warned lawmakers Tuesday that the coming pothole season may be worse than many drivers have ever seen, blaming a "brutal" winter for ruining deteriorating roads he said already are in poor condition because of a long-term funding crisis.Continued ...
- February 11, 2014
Water main break floods several blocks of Detroit
A broken water main flooded a several-block area in southwest Detroit on Tuesday, trapping several cars.Continued ...
Backers stump for minimum wage of $9.50
Backers of a $9.50 hourly minimum wage in Michigan sought approval Monday to collect signatures needed to put their measure on the ballot in November.Continued ...
Belle Isle becomes a state park
Belle Isle in Detroit officially became Michigan’s newest state park on Monday, with the Department of Natural Resources taking over management of the 985-acre island park in a move that’s expected to save the bankrupt city between $4 million and $6 million a year.Continued ...
- February 10, 2014
Police: Woman fires shot over wrong burger order
Police say a woman fired a shot into a Michigan restaurant's drive-thru window after workers got her burger order wrong a second time.Continued ...
- February 8, 2014
Panel says federal wolf plan used unproven science
A proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case.Continued ...
- February 7, 2014
Part-time Legislature ballot drive moves ahead
Advocates wanting to make Michigan’s Legislature meet part-time instead of year-round got the green light Thursday to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to qualify their measure for the November statewide ballot.Continued ...
Research money small but vital part of farm bill
A group of scientists at Michigan State University huddled around a computer screen earlier this week — not poring over scientific data but watching a webcast of the U.S. Senate.Continued ...
- February 6, 2014
Governor unveils $52B budget, tax cut for some
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed a $52 billion election-year budget that includes a tax cut targeted to low- and moderate-income residents, spending increases on education and local governments, and state aid for bankrupt Detroit’s pension plans.Continued ...