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(LANSING, Mich.) -- The state Senate passed a bill that would aim to prevent low-income residents from having their heat turned off during the winter on Thursday.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Senate voted 34-4 on the bill, which will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder.
The bill would create a $50 million fund that would allow utility companies not to turn off utilities to those low-income Michiganders, says the Free Press. A surcharge would be included on all electric utility bills to bring in that money, but the surcharge would not surpass $1 per month.
Any utility that does not participate would be forbidden from turning off utilities to its customers between Nov. 1 and April ...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- On Tuesday, Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality announced more than $340,000 in Coastal Zone Management grants, intended to improve Great Lake waterfronts in ten Michigan communities.
The grants, which were awarded to nonprofit organizations and universities, will go towards projects that increase public access to coastal areas while preserving the waterfront’s history, culture, and environment.
The Clinton River Watershed Council, Western Michigan University, and the Land Information Access Association are among the organizations that received some of the $342,141 worth of grant money.
Funding for the program is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- Lansing police are investigating a homicide and a separate non-fatal shooting that both occurred early Sunday morning.
Officers were called to a business on South Pennsylvania Avenue at 2 a.m. after receiving a report of a shooting. They found a 21-year-old male at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, whose name has not been released pending full family notification, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
A little over a half-hour later, officers received information about another shooting victim. A 41-year-old Lansing man said he had been shot in the parking lot of a business on South Cedar Street. His wounds did not appear to be life threatening.
Detectives are...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has given the green light to disaster assistance for parts of West Michigan that were affected by severe flooding in April.
Through the SBA disaster assistance program, eligible residents and business owners affected by the flooding will have the option of obtaining low-interest loans to assist them with recovery efforts.
The approved disaster declaration covers Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties.
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(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan's Asian and Hispanic populations are the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the state, according to U.S. census data released Thursday.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the state’s Asian population grew by 3.2 percent from 2011 to 2012, and the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent.
Hispanics make up 16.9 percent of the general U.S. population and just 4.6 percent of Michigan’s population. Asians comprise 2.6 percent of Michigan’s population, just over half of the national average of 5 percent.
The new census data also shows that Wayne County is the only majority-minority county in Michigan, as 50.2 percent of...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning gas station owners against attempting to take advantage of the recent spike in gas prices around the state by price gouging or price fixing.
"Michigan consumers are struggling with rising costs just as summer vacations are getting underway, making it hard on family budgets," Schuette said in a statement Tuesday. "We will not tolerate unscrupulous behavior that violates Michigan law when it comes to gouging and price fixing. Gas retailers are warned: we are watching and will not hesitate to take action if you hurt consumers and break Michigan law."
Retailers cannot...Read more
(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- Grand Rapids will be the site of a world record attempt later this summer when the Mackinac Bridge Authority and MINI of Grand Rapids try to host the largest parade of Mini Cooper automobiles.
According to a press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation, the rally will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3, and will end with the Mini Coopers driving across the Mackinac bridge, the third-longest suspension bridge in the world. Mini Cooper drivers from all over the country are invited to take part in the event.
The current world record for most Mini Coopers in a parade is 1,450. "We gladly support this attempt at a new world record highlighting ...Read more
(PLYMOUTH, Mich.) -- A fire truck that burst into flames on Sunday caused over $500,000 worth of damage.
The fire at Plymouth's Fire Station No. 2 began when a fire truck burst into flames and damaged the station to the point that it cannot be used, says the Detroit Free Press.
The station operated on a paid-on-call basis, meaning the firehouse is not staffed at all times. Police officers who were down the hall from the garage smelled smoke at approximately 4 a.m. and went to investigate, said the Free Press.
Officers quickly called a fire crew and the blaze was contained. No one was injured in the fire and two other vehicles in the garage were rushed out ...Read more
(DETROIT) -- Authorities are seeking public assistance in the death of a 73-year-old man in Detroit who was shot and killed in his driveway on Wednesday night.
Shortly after Cleveland Hall, 73, pulled into his garage at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, he was approached by a pair of men who robbed and shot him, says the Detroit Free Press.
According to the Free Press, witnesses described the suspects as two black males in their 20s. One of the men was approximately 6-feet-2 inches tall with a skinny build. The other suspect is approximately 5-feet-7 inches tall and approximately 190 pounds with short hair.
Anyone with information regarding the crime or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers ...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget initiated the search for the state Christmas tree on Wednesday.
The search for the tree will begin by asking residents to "nominate" a tree. The state requires the tree to be either a spruce or a fir, be at least least 65 feet tall (with a maximum crown of 30 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches), be easily accessible from a road with no interference from wires and be available at no cost.
The Chief Deputy Director for the DTMB Phil Jeffery said in a statement, "I know it seems odd to start the search for a Christmas tree at the start of summer. In order to have time to conduct the search