The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has identified three or four individuals believed to be the leaders in a recent rash of juvenile gang-related trouble at the Huron Heights apartment complex on Leforge Road.
Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson says a group of mostly middle school to early high schoolers has been mimicking gang behavior, leading to numerous calls for police service.
Governor Rick Snyder says he's not giving up on plans to change Michigan's standardized student test. That's despite a provision in the School Aid budget that lawmakers could send to the governor soon. It says schools have to stick with the current test - the MEAP -- for at least another year.
The governor wants the state to use "Smarter Balanced," a new student test that's aligned with the controversial "Common Core" education standards.
Veterans spent close to 30 days waiting for their initial appointment at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and director Robert McDivitt says while that's not bad compared to other area healthcare facilities, it's also not where the VA wants to be.
Investigators who conducted a nation-wide audit of the VA health care system plan to make a return visit to the Ann Arbor facility, although no date's been set for that visit.
A proposed increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools would actually leave many area districts at the same or even lower funding levels next fiscal year.
That's according to Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, who says that would be the net result of moving from a funding formula in which poor districts get twice as large of a funding increase as wealthier districts, to a formula where the minimum foundation grant is boosted by $175.
Michigan film incentives to stay at $50 million, Senate leader wants more
The top Republican in the state Senate says he's not satisfied with the amount of money lawmakers have set aside for film and TV productions.
The Legislature is expected to wrap up a state budget this week. It will include $50 million in film incentives. That's the same as last year, but half of that money is now slated to continue into future budgets.
'Right to work' part of discussions on roads package
Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan's right-to-work law.
There's a lot of deal-making happening in Lansing as the Legislature enters the final days before its summer recess. The two biggest issues are finishing the state budget, and coming up with more than $1.2) billion new dollars a year for roads - Governor Rick Snyder's top priority before lawmakers leave Lansing.
The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.
Michigan lawmakers have given initial approval to a school budget that boosts spending by 4 percent and prohibits the state from replacing its standardized test next year with one developed by a group of states. The bill approved 4-1 Tuesday by a House-Senate conference committee is expected to win final legislative approval this week.
Custodians with Ann Arbor schools are considering forming a worker-owned cooperative as part of an effort to keep their jobs if their work is outsourced by the district. The custodians' union AFSCME Local 1128 voted Saturday to pursue forming the cooperative. The Ann Arbor News reports the district could contract with the co-op for custodial work without paying into the state retirement system for school employees.
The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority plans to install more electric vehicle charging stations, as use of the stations continues to grow.
A report to the U.S Department of Energy, which provided a grant that covered the cost of installing 18 charging units at six locations around town, shows usage grew from about 2,700 kilowatt hours in the third quarter of 2012 to over 14,000 kilowatt hours in the fourth quarter of 2013.
DDA director Susan Pollay says Ann Arbor residents tend to gravitate to and embrace new technologies like electric and hybrid vehicles.
Gov. Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.
Lawmakers will meet three days this week before they're expected to go on their summer break.
One of the governor's biggest priorities in his first term has been to boost infrastructure spending by more than $1 billion a year. But with political campaigns about to heat up over the summer, a legislative deal still hasn't materialized.
The governor does not want the issue to stay unresolved until the fall - or later.
Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange's proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets include $3 million for the fire department.
Some of that money would be used to repair and department's leaky roof. The plan is to install solar panels on the roof as the repairs are completed. It's estimated the panels could save the city $20-thousand a year in electricity costs.
Grants and other funding will be sought to replace aging extrication gear and buy a new fire truck.
The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians. Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem.