The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.
Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock says he's filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor.
Murdock says Ypsilanti has done a lot to "right its ship", and he'd like to help maintain that direction.
"We've done a lot of things financially and things are looking a little better than they were four years ago, six years ago," Murdock says. "I think I have the experience and knowledge to provide that leadership."
Murdock says public safety and economic development will continue to be big issues, and he's hopeful the AAATA transit millage will pass next month.
People who live and work along Prospect Road in Ypsilanti are glad to hear the city has approved spending some money to patch up the road and improve driving conditions until the road is completely re-built next year.
Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.
"Long time coming," Mufarreh says. "It's well-needed. It's terrible out there. It's a terrible road. It's been needed for years."
Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.
Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case. They want the case to move quickly, but they say the Cincinnati-based court should stick to its practice of assigning cases to a three-judge panel.
General Motors says it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims involving conduct before its 2009 bankruptcy. The company revealed its strategy late Tuesday in a motion filed in a federal court case in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounding defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall more than 2 million cars.
The Detroit pension fund that covers all retirees except former police officers and firefighters says it has reached a tentative agreement with the bankrupt city. Tina Bassett, a spokeswoman for the city's general pension fund, says retirees would see a 4.5 percent cut and their cost-of-living payments would be eliminated under a deal reached late Tuesday.
Detroit's emergency manager is thinking about privatizing the city's water and sewerage department, which provides water for the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority and scores of other communities in southeast Michigan.
YCUA Director Jeff Castro says the proposal is still in negotiations, but could have a local impact.
"The local suburban communities might not have as much say in certain aspects of the Detroit water and sewer system as we do today," Castro says.
Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share
Local officials say not enough of the revenue Michigan takes in around Tax Day goes to cities, towns, and counties.
The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council released a study Tuesday that shows state revenue grew by more than $1 billion between 2009 and 2012. At the same time, local government revenue dropped by about the same amount.
Ann Arbor officials expect to have the construction schedule for the rest of the new skatepark set within the next week. Park Planner Amy Kuras thinks the facility will be completed by the scheduled June 21st grand opening unless there are a lot of weather issues.
Kuras says most of the remaining work is in two areas.
With less than a month to go in its fundraising effort to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant, the Yankee Air Museum today welcomes the Spirit of '45 Express to Hangar 1 at Willow Run airport.
The Spirit of '45 Express crosses the country to remind Americans how the people of our nation came together and helped each other during World War II.
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project. Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.
It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing. The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.
A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.
The Central Student Government examined the school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday. Central Student Government President Michael Proppe says one finding really stuck out.
Windy conditions continue today and it's causing an increasing number of power outages. DTE Energy spokesperson Alejandro Bodipo-Memba tells WEMU about six-thousand Washtenaw County customers are without electricity.
Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017. The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.
Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable. He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses how a county-wide funding model for policing could work for both communities with their own police department and those that contract for policing from his department.