Ann Arbor's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the climate action plan received a boost in next year's budget. Council amended the $98 million general fund budget to include $125,000 for advocacy and education programs around reducing energy use.
Lyndon Township's Planning Commission will take its time reviewing a proposed sand and gravel mine. They have tabled for six months McCoig Materials special land use application for the site on M-52 across from Green Lake.
The art moderne facade on Ann Arbor's Greyhound Bus Station will be preserved as the building is torn down for a new six story building. The plannning commission Tuesday night will consider the site plan for a nearly 90,000 square foot building at Huron and Ashley.
The environmental risks of oil and gas developments and local solutions will be discussed Tuesday night at a meeting at the Scio Township Hall. Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards are hosting the meeting which will include consultant and former Department of Environmental Quality official Chris Grobbel.
EAST LANSING, MI- Michigan State University reports that it arrested 261 people for drugs in 2012, a 158 percent increase from two years earlier.
The Detroit Free Press says the East Lansing school had more drug arrests than any state school in 2012, the last year for which figures are available. The news says Michigan State had 31 percent more drug arrests than the 199 arrests at the University of Michigan that year.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Pontiac Silverdome once was THE place to see big events.
The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, WrestleMania, a papal visit and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.
Nowadays, the venue north of Detroit is a shell of its former self. Its roof is in tatters, allowing the elements to wreak havoc on the seats and turf below. A lack of electrical power has left the stadium's innards dark and mold-covered.
Many western Washtenaw county residents remain concerned about the proposed sand and gravel mining operation in Lyndon Township. The planning commission Monday will continue discussions on the special land use request from McCoig Materials for property on M-52 across from Green Lake.
With a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, a sublime feel for the blues, Cécile McLorin Salvant is jazz’s brightest rising star and the darling of Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, and fluent in English, Spanish, and French, she confidently delivers jazz interpretations in a gorgeous, accessible program of standards and originals. While she is still only in her mid-20’s, her new album, WomanChild, was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Touring festivals the world over, “Salvant has it all” (New York Times).
The Department of Transportation is ordering General Motors to pay a record $35 million civil penalty for its handling of a recall of more than 2 million vehicles for ignition switch problems. The government says GM violated federal safety laws.
The fine is part of a "consent decree" that's being announced Friday. The agreement also calls for GM to change how it handles review of safety issues.
Before you set out on your morning run Saturday, consider running for a good cause.
Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) is hosting its 2nd annual WIHI Charity 5K run/walk.
Last year's inaugural run raised over $3,000 for the Wall of Courage at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. This year's run also benefits the hospital, with money raised going toward the Perioperative floor.
The theme of this year's event is "Run for Hope".
The WIHI Charity 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Nichols Arboretum ion Ann Arbor.
American Craft Beer Week is drawing to a close, but the opportunity to sample some Michigan-made brews will continue long after the week-long celebration ends.
Michigan Brewers Guild Executive Director Scott Graham says Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in number of breweries, and while the amount of beer sold in Michigan that's MADE in Michigan stands at under five percent, there's no reason that number couldn't top 20 percent in the future.
If you missed American Craft Beer Week, don't fret. July is Michigan Craft Beer Month, and Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week is August 1-9.