The Detroit Jazz Festival announced a slew of headliners Tuesday, including jazz icons Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter, for the 35th annual festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.
The four-day explosion of jazz, the largest free jazz festival in the world, will be presented on four stages from the Detroit riverfront up to Campus Martius from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Saxophonist Joshua Redman, who’s toured with Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny, will be the 2014 Artist in Residence.
Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp. The detours for this phase of the project will be as such:
A Ready-Mix concrete company, McCoig Materials, is looking to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea, between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. The area has numerous bodies of water and natural areas that could be impacted by the move. McCoig wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel.
This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment, Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor Emerita of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and Scio Townships.
778 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes came together Saturday to smash the Guinness World Record requirement and make it into the history books. The Yankee Air Museum, Michigan Aerospace Foundation and Save the Bomber Plant campaign attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the "most Rosie the Riveters in one place" in October 2013.
More than 770 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes, including 19 "Original Rosies" turned out to the Willow Run Airport Saturday, March 29, to help set a Guinness World Record for the "most Rosie the Riveters in one place."
The University of Michigan Health System is helping cut through confusion surrounding the upcoming Affordable Care Act deadline.
Americans have until March 31 to enroll in a private health insurance plan or pay a penalty and be forced to wait until the next open enrollment period. That wont come until November. UMHS spokesperson Kara Gavin says enrollment in Michigan's own expanded Medicaid program does not begin until April 1.
The Bay County Sheriff's Department is asking for help finding a man missing for close to two weeks. Twenty-five-year-old Alex Schuhmacher was last seen at around 2 p.m. on March 14, when he left a job interview at Logan's Roadhouse in Saginaw Township.
Bay County Sheriff's Department asks for help finding missing man Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:23 PM EDT BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (03/26/14) - The Bay County Sheriff's Department is asking for help finding a man missing for close to two weeks.
UPDATE 4:52 PM Rick Pluta is reporting that no decision was reached in today's hearing. The trial is likely to go to the Supreme Court which is not likely to decide another same-sex marriage case before its next session. Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan’s ban say holding up recognition of same-sex marriages hurts families with children.
ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) -- The term "yooper" is getting recognition in the dictionary.
Residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula call themselves "yoopers." The Daily Press of Escanaba and MLive.com report officials announced Monday that the term will appear in the 2014 edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, which goes on sale next month.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says April 1 is when hundreds of thousands of low-income adults can begin enrolling for health insurance under Michigan's expansion of Medicaid. The Republican governor says he's comfortable with the launch date after his administration tested computer systems and developed a plan to get the word out to the public. Coverage will be retroactive to the first day of the month in which people apply.
Retiring Congressman John Dingell headlined today's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber lunch meeting.
Dingell says organizations like chambers of commerce are an important part of the community, offering the chance for people to speak with elected officials and make sure government is running as it should.
Congressman John D. Dingell speaking after the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's lunch meeting.
Dingell has announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up. His wife, Debbie, is running to replace him in the 12th Congressional district, as is Ypsilanti resident Terry Bowman who's running as a Republican.
Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program. A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.
Governor Rick Snyder says the state could do a better job protecting foster children if it changed the way it paid for the service. The governor unveiled a report Thursday that says the state should pay foster care agencies based on their performance. Right now, those agencies all get paid the same regardless of their track records or the needs of individual foster children. "Let's focus on what's best for the child," said Snyder. "And the child shouldn't have to think about, worry about, or be concerned about who's bringing those services. They just want the outcomes.
Michigan had a seven percent decline in farms from 2007 to 2012. The U-S Department of Agriculture's farm survey found nationwide a four percent decline. Overall Michigan declined from about 56,000 farms to just over 52,000 farms.
WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.