Detroit

A quiet force for good.  A gifted and intuitive communicator.  A treasured member of Detroit’s creative community.  A jazz lover, enthusiast, scholar, and promoter.  All of these phrases describe W. Kim Heron, recipient of the 2017 Detroit Jazz Hero Award presented tonight at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club by the Jazz Journalist’s Association (JJA).

Prison
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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.  

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Yousef Ajin, the Ann Arbor father who was facing deportation, will be allowed to stay in the United States.  A rally was held before an immigration hearing took place.   


McNamara Building
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A rally is being held in Detroit today to show support for an immigrant who has been living in Ann Arbor and now faces the possibility of deportation. 

Detroit
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Lawmakers want to offer more incentives to developers building on undesirable land.  The legislation revives a law that didn’t pass last session. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results.  That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit.


Rick Snyder
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Ten million people.  Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above that number before the next US Census.  It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered Tuesday night at the state Capitol.


American Center for Mobility
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By the end of 2017, the American Center for Mobility facility in Ypsilanti Township is expected to be up and running.  It will serve as testing facility for autonomous vehicles.  And as the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, several of its participants spoke about the future of the center.


Lisa Barry

With Christmas just a few days away, local college campuses become a lot quieter as most students head home to be with their families.  But not every student has that opportunity.


Ballot Box
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The state will look into problems with ballots cast in 20 Detroit precincts in last month’s elections.  The recount last week showed big discrepancies in the number of votes counted and the number of ballots stored in containers.  That left more than half the city’s precincts unrecountable.


Border Fence
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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder called for a “pause” in re-settling refugees from the Middle East in Michigan.  Before that, Snyder described himself as the nation’s most pro-immigration governor.


Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan, including Washtenaw County, is one of the few major metropolitan areas without mass transit.

After the November election, that does not appear to be changing any time soon...


Voting Booth
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The day is here!  The polls are now open and will remain open until 8 o'clock tonight as voters decide the future of the country and many other local issues. 


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As home to one of the nation’s largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants, the Detroit area is a natural destination for refugees fleeing violence in places like Syria.  But the leader of the largely suburban county that neighbors the city has called for a stop to refugee resettlements and has threatened to go court.  That has become a hot issue in the race for Oakland County executive. 


Senator Tim Kaine Talks Poverty And Jobs In Detroit

Oct 19, 2016
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Senator Tim Kaine was in Detroit Tuesday.  The running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at the non-profit Focus: HOPE.


Rick Pluta / MPRN

One day before the voter registration deadline in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she’s going to spend the last month of the campaign delivering "a positive message."


Hillary Clinton
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will visit Michigan today for the first time since August. 


Detroit
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A federal appeals court says it’s too late to go back and rehash the “Grand Bargain” that allowed Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago. 


Detroit Public Schools Logo
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Poor performing Detroit schools could be closing soon.  Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion clarifying a section of the school code Wednesday.


Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.  The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. 

Michigan School Reform Office
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Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools.  But 184 schools are still on the list. 


Hillary Clinton
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Small businesses are a priority.  That’s the message Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending to Michigan voters.  Clinton released a plan for small businesses Tuesday. 


Many factors have shaped jazz in Ann Arbor, but trumpeter and educator Louis Smith has to be at the top of the list for modern jazz and education.  Sean Dobbins, Rick Roe, Justin Walter and Ingrid Racine will testify to his grace, wisdom, strength and total honesty as a teacher.  He encouraged a professional attitude and exponential musical growth from middle school students.  His students could play rings around others years older!

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.  The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.


Voters in Washtenaw county as well as in the Detroit area, will be voting on the expansion of mass transit in the region in this November's election. 

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