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.