Bill making it easier for companies to end landline service headed to Gov. Snyder It could soon be easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service in Michigan. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure Thursday. Senate Bill 636, which was championed by AT&T, now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. AARP and other critics say it could leave people in some areas of the state without reliable and affordable service.
At least one Ann Arbor neighborhood may change the way snow and ice is removed from sidewalks next winter. Ann Arbor businessman Paul Tinkerhess and others are working on the SnowBuddy concept to have a small tractor plow all of the sidewalks in the Water Hill neighborhood.
Lyndon Township's Planning Commission tonight continues discussions on a proposed gravel pit and sand mining operation. About 200 people attended a meeting last month on a special land use request from McCoig Materials for a site on M-52 across from Green Lake.
Authorities say a trumpet stolen from Detroit jazz star Marcus Belgrave is back in his hands, while the suspected thief is in theirs.
The Detroit Free Press says the horn was stolen Friday out of Belgrave's car in Detroit and arrived at a pawn shop. Police say an employee contacted officers to say the store had Belgrave's instrument.
An Ann Arbor woman is the new champion on the television game show "Jeopardy." Diane Peloquin last night earned $15,700 to win the night. The Law and social work graduate student unseated Arthur Chu who had been reigning champion for 12, days. Last night he earned no money and finished in last place.
If you got a ticket in Ypsilanti after our latest round of snow, it's because you didn't clear your sidewalk within the required trimeframe.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the grace period for clearing snow is shorter this year than it was last year, "to try and keep the sidewalks clear sooner rather than later". The city now gives residents and business owners 24 hours to clear snow, as opposed to 48 hours.
Fines for first offenses have also been reduced from $50 to $15.
The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state's first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.
The Legislature got around that by passing a new law that's the target of this ballot drive.
Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet. Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm.
The head of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority believes the data shows better performance by students in the program than they had in Detroit Public Schools. Eastern Michigan University hosted a panel discussion on the EAA Wednesday.
With 6-9 inches of snow expected today, all public school districts in Washtenaw County closed for the day. There is a long list of private and parochial closings, as well. The entire list for Washtenaw and surrounding counties can be found here:
Washtenaw County is among the many in Michigan under a Winter Storm Warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning, to be in effect until three this afternoon. Storm snowfall totals could reach between 6-9 inches.
According to the NWS Hazardous Weather Statement, the peak of the snowfall is expected between six and 10am, with up to one-to-two inches of snowfall per hour.
Jake Neher reports on legislation to deal with Michigan's ailing roads
State lawmakers will probably double the amount of money they had planned to spend on fixing roads torn apart by nasty weather this winter.
A legislative conference committee hopes to approve a mid-year budget bill Tuesday that will probably include about $200 million to fix potholes and help local governments pay for things like salt and snow plowing.
About 145,000 Michigan residents have selected private insurance plans under the federal health care law. Updated figures released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department show about 314,000 people in the state have completed an application and are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.
A person briefed on the matter says the Justice Department is investigating whether General Motors broke any laws with its slow response to a deadly problem with ignition switches on certain small cars. The probe is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is not public.
Legislation nearing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk would let community service be a requirement to receive welfare benefits. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Senator Joe Hune of Livingston County's Hamburg Township. The state Human Services Department already includes community service among the work participation programs it can require for cash assistance recipients. A bill approved 91-19 Tuesday by Republican-led House would codify the practice into law.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder would let high schools award diplomas to Vietnam War-era veterans who enlisted or were drafted before graduating. State law already lets schools grant diplomas to veterans who served honorably during World War II or the Korean War. The Michigan House on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill making Vietnam veterans eligible.