Dry conditions across much of Michigan have fire safety officials on high alert. Governor Rick Snyder is considering a ban on open burning across much of the state, but won’t prohibit fireworks before the July Fourth holiday.
The Michigan Court of Appeals says the state Department of Human Services can cut off cash assistance welfare benefits to people who hit the federal time limit – even if they have time remaining on their state benefits.
Now that the budget’s done, Governor Rick Snyder goes to work on his goals for the balance of the summer. He spent a few minutes with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta just after he signed the new state budget.
RICK PLUTA: Governor, thanks for sitting down with us. So, just name one thing in this budget that you consider to be a really major accomplishment.
Ingham County’s new consolidated 911 dispatch center is set to open Wednesday. Its start comes after a brief court-ordered delay at the request of the dispatchers.
Dispatchers had asked an Ingham County judge to block the county center’s opening because they felt their training had been inadequate. The new center uses a telephone touch screen system that displays information about county emergency units and assets. The dispatchers had been trained in Livingston County, and said that information did not give an accurate picture of their duties.
For years, East Lansing has struggled over what to do about the derelict buildings at Grand River and Abbot Road. Some say an ambitious, multi-use development--City Center II--could be transformational. That proposal enters a crucial phase today. The city council begins what could be the final discussions involving Strathmore Development’s $105-million downtown development plan. WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on what could be “high noon” for the seven year old public-private venture.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down state laws that allow juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Michigan is one of several states that allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.
A jobs fair for veterans in Detroit this week is expected to draw thousands of job seekers and prospective employers from across the Midwest.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Administration. The need in Michigan and surrounding states was a big reason to hold the event in Detroit.
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy director Jason Allen says more than one in 10 Michigan veterans are unemployed and looking for work. Employers from across the Midwest will be interviewing for 22,000 openings.
Hundreds of people were on hand yesterday at a DeWitt church to help the family of Olympic hopeful Jordyn Wieber follow her to London this summer. Wieber's mother, Rita, expressed gratitude for the turnout.
U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill. Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners.
The farm bill that cleared the Senate Thursday cuts some $24 billion over the next decade. It would end direct federal subsidies to farmers who’ve relied on those payments since the 1980’s. Tonsager says farmers are doing well enough economically that there’s less need now for government assistance.
Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and you hear his reports on state politics every morning here on 90.5. Between an eventful few weeks in Lansing and the approach of the August primary, it seemed like a good time to get his perspective. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.