Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre may re-open in the fall with operating expenses cut roughly in half. Former staff members and other supporters will present the proposal to the Performance Network Theatre board next week, less than a month after operations were suspended.
Local governments in Michigan may get a smaller increase in state revenue sharing than hoped.
Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a 15 percent increase in statutory shared revenue. But House Republicans say a budget agreement includes a 5.5 percent boost in statutory revenue sharing for cities, townships and villages — not including $8 million for financially distressed local governments.
Municipalities also are expected to get 3 percent more next year in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution. A House-Senate committee plans to approve the budget plan Monday.
The Snyder administration said last week revenue sharing would stay "pretty close" to what Snyder proposed. But it's looking like that may not be the case after revenue estimates were revised downward recently.
Snyder's plan to significantly boost payments to counties is intact.
When a new batch of Tonys was awarded Sunday night, Audra McDonald walked off the stage as the most decorated actress in the event's history. McDonald won for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill.
At first glance, a news organization may seem to be an odd duck in the university family. We don’t enroll students directly. We don’t give PhDs, and few of us have them. Some critics even assert that we might have a conflict of interest working for a state university and reporting on state officials. But look deeper, we have much in common.
1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.
The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs. This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous. Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".
This year's tax foreclosure auctions are a mixed bag for Washtenaw County.
There are fewer items for auction this year, but the number land parcels has increased. The major cause for the difference is the foreclosure of three incomplete subdivisions, which are being sold as combined items. County Treasurer Catherine McClary says they are still preparing a list of all properties being auctioned but should have it available to the public in coming days.
Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Lisa Brown made a stop in Washtenaw County last weekend to push running mate Mark Schauer's plan to move Michigan forward.
Brown says education is an important issue for the people she spoke with during a visit to Ann Arbor, adding that Governor Rick Snyder has disappointed a lot of people who plan to vote Democratic next time.
The Cinetopia Film Festival is underway! In this week's edition of Cinema chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins fill you on all there is to see at the festival and beyond.
Cinetopia starts tonight in Ann Arbor with screenings of “1982,” “The Skeleton Twins” & John Sayles’ “Go For Sisters!”
Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night signed off on a handful of budget amendements that direct funds toward non-motorized plan projects, renovation work at the Freighthouse, and future traffic calming projects.
Council member Pete Murdock says the $220,000 for the Freighthouse will go toward upgrading mechanical systems.
Other amendments include spending $100,000 over the next two budget years on non-motorized projects like the Border-to-Border Trail and a mid-block pedestrian crossing on Michigan Avenue near Water Street.
Michigan Supreme Court names workgroup to improve system for collecting fines
A group of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys goes to work Thursday on finding new and better ways to collect fines and fees from defendants, and to ensure that people are not sent to jail because they don't have the money to pay.
It looked like there might be a wave of bipartisan cooperation in Lansing. Lawmakers recently voted to raise the state's minimum wage and contribute almost $200 million to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy.
But that doesn't seem to be the case anymore with road funding negotiations in flux.
State lawmakers want to find a way to increase funding for roads in the next couple weeks. That's when they leave Lansing for the summer.
MI Supreme Court says governor cannot un-commute life sentence
The Michigan Supreme Court says a governor cannot take back a decision to commute a prison sentence once the papers are signed and filed.
Matthew Makowski helped plan the robbery of a co-worker in 1988, but was not there when the attempt went awry and Pietro Puma was stabbed to death. Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder for his role in the killing and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole, the mandatory sentence.
Michigan Supreme Court strikes down "one parent" doctrine
A Jackson County man will get a trial on whether he gets to keep his kids after a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court.
The state Supreme Court struck down a policy that allows authorities to limit or terminate both parents' rights to their children when one of them runs into trouble with the law. In this case, the mother lost her parental rights when the couple's newborn daughter tested positive for drugs.
Ypsilanti Community Schools' first graduating class receives their diplomas Tuesday evening at the EMU Convocation Center.
Not only will this be the first group of seniors to graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School following the consolidation of Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools, but Ypsilanti New Tech High School is celebrating its first graduating class after opening four years ago.