As a part of our ongoing series of reports on homelessness, Ben Thorp went to a Saginaw soup kitchen to talk about the services they offer. He wound up speaking to a CMU professor about poverty, its persistence, and what we can do to eradicate it.
Officials are urging travelers to drive safely in work zones after one highway worker was killed and another injured in Wexford County on Monday.
Governor Rick Snyder had to push past a throng of protesters as he prepared to present his budget plan for the coming fiscal year. As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, much of the plan focuses on crises that emerged last year, including the Flint water crisis.
Reservation requests are opening next week (Thursday Feb. 4th) for eleven Michigan parks that offer a quiet fireworks free 4th of July weekend. Continue reading
Residents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading
Walmart announced today it will donate 176 truckloads of bottled water to help school children in Flint. The goal is to provide the students with drinkable water until the end of 2016. Continue reading
Sex traffickers in Michigan may face increased penalties, under recommendations made to the legislature by a state commission.
Removing prostitution offenses for trafficking victims, and providing them with a safe place to stay are just some of the recommendations being made to the legislature by the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.
A new petition with nearly 100-thousand signatures, and over 30-thousand comments is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment to reject a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.
Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of Tuesday’s State of the State speech to the Flint water crisis. He promised to fix the problems that started while the city was under state emergency management. And he promised to do a better job of helping the public understand what went wrong.
It was a humbled Governor Snyder who took to the podium for the sixth State of the State address of his administration.
A year ago, he was just-reelected to a second-term, pondering a bid for the presidency, and basking in the apparent success of Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.
Today, the governor’s reputation for can-do accomplishment has been shredded by the water crisis in Flint. Children are showing elevated lead levels that could lead to all sorts of neurological and developmental health risks.
A visibly emotional Governor Snyder told Flint residents fixing that is a responsibility he takes personally.
“I give you my commitment that Michigan will not let you down.”
That’s after months of administration officials denying was a problem, followed by a shakeup that cost at least two senior environmental officials their jobs, and last week, the state asking the federal government for help.
The Obama administration partially approved the request for assistance. This is White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest.
“This is obviously an effort that should be led by state and local officials, but the federal government is mobilizing significant resources to support that ongoing effort.”
That includes sending bottled water from emergency reserves and sending advisors to help the city tap into more federal resources.
Governor Snyder said he will ask the federal government to send more help. He also promised a short – and long-term strategy for helping Flint and other cities with water infrastructure.
The governor called the Flint water crisis a failure at “every level of government” – city, county, state, and federal.
“We will not stop working for the people of Flint until every single person has clean water every single day no matter what.”
The sounds of protests could be heard inside the Capitol even as the governor delivered his speech.
“What do want?” “Clean water!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”
Nayyarah Shariff was one of those demonstrators. She said it took too long for the state to acknowledge the problem and to start doing something about it.
“And now we’ve got the whole world looking at Rick Snyder and, hopefully, that will force him to change, because we had to drag him kicking and screaming into this fight.”
In the speech, Snyder promised to release his e-mails related to the Flint water crisis to show what his administration did right, and to help the public understand how things went wrong.
Rick Snyder and his aides said they understand the reality that he owns the problem. And that it’s up to Rick Snyder to fix it.
Community members in Gratiot County will be discussing issues concerning the Pine River on Wednesday night.
The Pine River, which flows through Gratiot County, has contamination issues dating back decades. Continue reading
Residents and representatives in the Clare Gladwin county are trying to find the right balance between religious freedom and personal safety after a series of Amish buggy collisions culminated in a death this past December.
The White House says Governor Rick Snyder can expect a response soon to his request for emergency assistance to help Flint with the water crisis. The governor made the request late yesterday.
A panel of state budget experts anticipates a 300 (m) million dollar windfall left over from the last fiscal year.
Saginaw County 911 faced a half an hour outage this morning during a generator test.
The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.
Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.
She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.
Governor Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met today to discuss the city’s water crisis, and the state’s role in solving a problem it helped create.
Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayer Karen Weaver are set to meet on Thursday to discuss the city’s water emergency.
Michigan motorist will not have to fumble around in the glove box any more, now you can show your proof of insurance on your smart phone or tablet.
A new law in the new year will give people who use service animals in Michigan an official way to identify them.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) broke its own rule on road safety studies. That’s according to a new report from the Michigan auditor general’s office.
The state Senate has passed new legislation that clarifies Michigan’s sex offender laws. This, after U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland declared parts of those laws unconstitutionally vague earlier this year.
The rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading
Environmentalists say there’s an option to sending oil through an aging pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits: Other pipelines.