Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.
The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.
More young people in Southeast Michigan will continue to have opportunities to make art thanks to several people attempting to eat 20 foot long brats. Ypsilanti’s Wurst Bar is hosting the first ever Wurst Challenge Thursday evening as a fundraiser for the Fly Children’s Art Center.
Developers of the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have secured a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehiabilitation Act tax credit from city council.
Project partner Tyler Weston said the city also approved a Brownfield plan for the project, so the next step is to ask Washtenaw County for Brownfield tax credits.
"What Brownfield allows us to do is essentially get paid back for site improvements at the property" Weston explained. He said those improvements include things like added parking space and structural improvements to the building.
Washtenaw County drivers are on notice: if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.
The Washtenaw County Sherrif's Office is leading a drunk-driving crackdown that runs through the first week of April.
Derrick Jackson is Director of Community Engagement for the Sheriff's Office. He said it's a team effort.
"We have partnered with Pittsfield Township and a couple other agencies throughout the county to really focus in on looking for drunk drivers and traffic enforcement around this time of year," Jackson said.
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The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake on Monday - thanks to a robot writer. Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs. Mr Schwencke told Slate magazine that it took around three minutes for the story to appear online.
YPSILANTI – Six new police officers were sworn in this month as the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety took another major step in its plan to expand off-campus patrols and collaboration with other area law agencies.
Chief of police Bob Heighes, far left, swears in new officers (l-r): Ermir Vila, Michael Richardson, Michael Harhold, Kevin Dorsey, Bridget Bofysil and Helaina Bell.Credit Eastern Michigan UniversityEdit | Remove
The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning that area roads will continue to be in rough shape for a while, as long as the weather continues to freeze and thaw.
Jim Harmon is the road commission's Director of Operations.
"We're experiencing rough road conditions s county-wide at this time," Harmon said, "both on our paved roads and un-paved roads, and our crews are working each day to try and patch and hold these roads together until things completely thaw out and stabalize."
PTSD patients now able to get medical marijuana card in Michigan By Jake Neher
Michiganders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get a card to use medical marijuana.
The state's Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Steve Arwood, gave final approval to add PTSD to the state's medical marijuana program about a week after it was recommended by a state review panel.
Ann Arbor officials are warning motorists to avoid Covington Drive on Ann Arbor's west-side. A water main break is disrupting traffic on Covington between Scio Church and Agincourt. Crews are on the scene making repairs.
The American Red Cross was on the scene of a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire at the Alpha Gamma Delta house is still under investigation.
If you gave $120 or more to WEMU this spring, your admission for two is a bonus premium and your name is on the guest list for the Blues Barbecue Friday, June 6th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center (In the atrium in case of rain). You may also select an additional premium at or below your pledge level.
Live music from Bobby Murray, a great barbecue menu that includes ribs, chicken, hot dogs, and lots of vegetarian options, plus a cash bar.
YPSILANTI – Ford Motor Company, Crain’s Detroit Business and Bearclaw Coffee are among the best-run businesses in Michigan, according to students in the Eastern Michigan University College of Business.
Those businesses and 11 others were honored during an Academy-Award style event Friday, March 14 at the EMU Student Center. Ford won in the large business category, Crain’s won for medium-sized businesses and Bearclaw Coffee earned top honors for small businesses. Ford also won in the manufacturing category.
With developers of the Thompson Block securing their first commercial letter of intent, City Council tonight will consider a tax exemption to help move redevelopment of the property forward.
Thompson Block partner Tyler Weston says a local restaurant entrepreneur has taken the first step toward becoming a tenant, and a coffee shop has also expressed interest.
Weston says the development plan has improved greatly since he came on board a year ago, with parking space now included for commercial and residential tenants, along with patio space for commercial tenants.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's planned fundraising swing through Michigan is drawing criticism from Democrats. Christie is raising money as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is scheduled to attend association fundraisers in Michigan Wednesday.
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Ypsilanti Community Schools has several buildings it isn't using, and the district is considering its options on what to do with them.
Superintendent Scott Menzel says a lot depends on enrollment.
"We know that 3,000 students for Schools of Choice made other options in prior years," Menzel said. "Our hope is that we truly become a first choice for exceptional cradle to career education and that perhaps some of these buildings will be brought back on line."
Rick Pluta reports on plans for legislative hearings on electricity deregulation.
Hearings open this week at the state Capitol on a proposal to lift Michigan's cap on electricity companies competing for customers. A 2008 law says no more than 10 percent of the state's electricity can be directly provided to consumers by an alternative to a region's major utility.