LaughFest 2013 brings Lewis Black, Wayne Brady, Joel McHale and Brian Regan to Grand Rapids in March
(LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a new initiative on Tuesday to promote safe driving among teens.
The initiative, sponsored by Ford Motor Co., aims to reduce crashes caused by teen drivers. The Parent's Supervised Driving Program uses web resources, printed materials and a mobile app to help parents train the teen drivers. The goal is to require more from teen drivers than the existing 50 hours of supervised practice driving time.
A statement from the Michigan Department of State cites statistics that show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens age 14 to 18 in the U.S. In 2012, drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 10 percent of all fatal vehicle...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- A U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruled on Tuesday that Detroit is legally eligible to pursue bankruptcy.
The ruling, according to Gov. Rick Snyder, allows the city to "stay on a path to a brighter future."
Detroit can now file a plan to restructure nearly $18 billion in long-term debt. That figure is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Snyder said, "Authorizing the emergency manager to seek federal bankruptcy protection was...the last viable option to restore the city and provide Detroit's 700,000 residents with the public services they need and deserve."
"We know that Detroit's comeback is already in motion. We've seen the revitalization in downtown and midtown,"
(DETROIT) -- An "Identify the Missing" event will be held this Tuesday in Detroit to help solve missing person's cases.
Families are encouraged to bring police reports, photographs, and dental records to the event.
The event will be held at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is jointly organized by the Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, and National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
The state says planning for a "Missing in Michigan" event, which allows families to collect tips, raise awareness, and update records, is tentatively scheduled for May 2014 in Flint.
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(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds residents, who intend to shop online this holiday season, to keep their receipts.
Purchases made online are not tax-free, though retailers online sometimes do not collect sales tax. In these cases, Michigan law requires the purchaser to report and pay the "Use Tax."
Taxpayers are expected to keep their receipts and report the six percent tax on their state individual income tax return.
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(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Lottery plans to offer the online purchase of lottery tickets by the end of 2014.
The state lottery states that the new iLottery services should be available by the fourth quarter of 2014.
Online lottery players will require age and identity verification and an account. Players must play from within the state and will have spending limits.
Illinois and Georgia already offer iLottery services and Nevada and Delaware -- and soon New Jersey -- offer online gaming via casinos.
The online lottery system is expected to provide about $480 million in revenue over the next...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- A seven-mile stretch of I-96 in Wayne County is set to close in early 2014 to be reconstructed. But, the Department of Transportation says the road will stay open until the North American International Auto Show ends.
The $170 million reconstruction project will include upgrading the freeway, utilities, and overpasses between Newburgh road and Telegraph road.
The Department of Transportation said the closing date should be announced in January.
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(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- A Lyons man has been sentenced to 720 months, or 60 years, in prison for producing child pornography.
Floyd Andrew Brown, Jr., 36, was first under investigation in late 2012 when he printed a pornographic image of a minor at a department store, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported on Friday.
Authorities then recovered a "substantial amount of child pornography" at his home and discovered he had been sexually abusing young girls and producing child pornography.
Brown was arrested in Dec. 2012 on two counts of producing child pornography. At his plea hearing, Brown reportedly admitted to sexually abusing young girls and producing...Read more
(LANSING, Mich.) -- Over 90 percent of Michigan drivers wear their seatbelts, a survey conducted this year says.
The study, conducted by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group and funded by the federal government, found that 93 percent of Michigan drivers and front-seat passengers were buckled up, a minimal drop off from 2012.
Men and younger occupants were less likely to wear their seatbelts, though even within those demographics, seat belt use remained over 90 percent.
Michigan seat belt use ranked fifth in the country, behind only Washington, Oregon, California and Texas.
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(LANSING, Mich.) -- After five years, Detroit Public Schools have been taken off of federal high risk status by the Michigan Department of Education.
In recent years, DPS has seen academic improvements, lower rates of student enrollment loss and financial and administrative improvement, according to the department.
The district underwent years of administrative and financial improvements in order to be taken off federal high risk status.
While classified as "high risk," DPS had to put any purchase or service valued at over $25,000 out for bid. The district also had to have its "school improvement plans" approved by the Department...Read more
(DETROIT, Mich.) -- After about 302,000 people in Detroit were left without power following severe thunderstorms and strong winds over the weekend, DTE Energy reports that they have restored electricity to about 172,000 customers by Tuesday morning.
Sunday's storms were among the largest and strongest in the region this year, DTE says, and crews are working 16-hour shifts to make repairs and restore service. DTE expects about 120 crews from around the nation to arrive in Michigan by Wednesday to assist with the recovery effort.