Preparations are wrapping up at this hour in Lansing for the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The event is expected to draw over 100,000 people to the city's downtown streets and shops. WKAR's Marites Woodbury and Kevin Lavery produced this audio montage.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says 1,000 job cuts are planned by early next year to help deal with the city's budget crisis.
The mayor's office said in a statement Friday that layoff notices will be delivered the week of Dec. 5. He says the cuts represent 9 percent of the city's about 11,000 employees and will save about $12 million.
On Wednesday, Bing said the city faces a $45 million cash shortfall by the end of its fiscal year in June.
A report just released by the University of Michigan says the state's economy will likely add jobs over the next two years - but slowly. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes to accelerate job growth by making Michigan a North American trade hub.
The U-of-M report says unemployment in Michigan is expected to remain above 10 percent for the next two years.
Republican leaders in Lansing say more money from the state is not the answer to fixing Detroit's financial problems. Detroit Mayor David Bing says the city is owed $220 million in state aid because of a deal made a dozen years ago.
East Lansing, MI – Twenty years ago, then-president Mikhail Gorbachev made a stunning announcement: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formally dissolved. The Soviet empire - America's ally in World War II and its adversary in the Cold War - was no more. The breakdown severed the communist monolith into a string of fledgling independent republics.
Lansing, MI – Lansing police have cancelled the evacuation of Lansing City Hall after a search of the building discovered no evidence of an explosive device. Police responded to an anonymous phone call around 9 a.m. indicating a bomb was in the building on Michigan Avenue. Employees were evacuated to the Lansing Center as a precaution. After an extensive search turned up no evidence of a device, the all clear was given just after 11 a.m.
Lansing police are investigating a report of a bomb threat at Lansing City Hall. Police received a phone call around 9 a.m. indicating a possible explosive device. Police Lieutenant Noel Garcia says no such device has been found. Employees were evacuated to the Lansing Center.
The state House Office Building was also reportedly evacuated.
We'll have more on this story as we learn more details.
EAST LANSING, MI – WKAR'S Melissa Benmark talks with the MSU College of Music's Kevin Noe about the next MSU Symphony Orchestra concert at Wharton Center. The performance includes selected works from Ginastera and Rachmaninoff, and Mozart's Symphony No. 36.
Retired public employees in Michigan who are 67 years old or younger will have to start paying state taxes on their pension income in January. That's according to a ruling Friday by the state Supreme Court. But, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the state Supreme Court also struck down part of the law.
Michigan ranks third highest in the nation for the percent of households that receive food stamps. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show nearly 17 percent of Michigan households have at least one person who receives food assistance from the federal government.
Karen Holcomb-Merrill is with the Michigan League for Human Services. She says about two million people receive aid to buy food. But she says that number has gone down since the beginning of the year.
Two students in Ann Arbor have collected more than 50,000 petition signatures they hope will help strengthen an anti-bullying proposal in the state Legislature. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
EAST LANSING, MI – Animal researchers at Michigan State University are urging dog owners to vaccinate their pets against a life-threatening bacteria. A number of dogs in the Detroit area are getting sick from the bacteria, and some are dying. Experts at MSU's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health have identified the bacteria as a rare strain of leptospirosis.
Human services advocates say the state Legislature needs to make sure people in low-income households do not have their heat turned off this winter. The federal government has proposed dramatic cuts to home-heating assistance.
Susan Sherer is CEO of the Heat and Warmth Fund. She says families in low-income homes cannot withstand the cut.
Police plan to pass out flyers on the anniversary of the day three young Michigan brothers last were seen.
Morenci police said in a statement Tuesday that the "road canvass" is from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Nov. 25 at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Morenci Road in Lenawee County, near the near the Ohio-Michigan border.
The Michigan Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court ruling that had cast doubt on thousands of home foreclosures across the state.
The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it's legal for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems to foreclose by advertisement when a loan turns bad. Known as MERS, the company acts as an agent for lenders.
Four people aboard a Detroit-to-Wisconsin flight have survived a plane crash during an emergency stop in Flint.
Spokeswoman Pat Corfman at Bishop International Airport says the twin-engine plane arrived without an engine Wednesday, landed and then flipped. She says the plane came in "too fast" and the pilot lost control on the runway.
Corfman says four people were injured but walked away from the crash.
The state Court of Appeals has ordered a trial to go forward in the case of a man charged with murdering a man during a robbery gone awry. The court says a detective investigating the case did not violate the man's Fifth Amendment rights by continuing a conversation after the defendant invoked his right to remain silent. More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.
Tonight's East Lansing City Council meeting could see the ouster of mayor Victor Loomis.
East Lansing is governed by a five-member city council and a city manager who reports to the council. Following last week's election, the council tonight will choose one of its members to serve as mayor. The mayor frequently represents the city at major functions, and for four years, Victor Loomis has filled that role.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed racketeering and bribery charges against a former fire chief in Pontiac. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, Schuette has filed many corruption charges against public officials since he took office in January.
Firearm deer season begins today in Michigan. State officials expect around 290,000 licensed hunters with firearms to pursue a white tail in the southern Lower Peninsula in the next two weeks.
Brent Rudolph manages the state's deer program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says the recent removal of baiting restrictions should increase the chances of smaller landowners seeing a deer.
A study says Michigan is among just a handful of states raising taxes on low-income working families to finance tax cuts for other groups.
The Washington-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities released its report Tuesday. It says Michigan, New Jersey andWisconsin have scaled back tax credits for low-income workers in recent years while cutting business taxes.