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AMBER ALERT: Possible kidnapping of 13 year old Detroit boy


An Amber Alert remains in effect tonight for a 13 year old black male from Detroit.

Deontae Mitchell was last seen Tuesday night at 10:30 with his cousin outside Nino’s Market, 15901 E. Warren. He was wearing a lime green shirt, grey sweatpants and black gym shoes.

Police say he was likely taken by a black male in a 2002 Chevy Impala.

The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public’s help and is encouraging anyone with information to call 911.

The photo below is the suspect who police say they believe took Deontae.

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Michigan cities in financial trouble

money-coinsThe revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships. Great Lakes Economics Consulting’s Mitch Bean spoke at a Municipal League event on Monday. Bean says Michigan’s property tax caps combined with a big drop in revenue sharing played a big role in the financial crises in cities like Flint and Detroit.

The League says state revenue sharing with cities dropped more than 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, even though state revenue grew about 30 percent in that time.

Central Michigan University hosts debate on Emergency Financial Manager Law

file0001605429169Central Michigan University hosted supporters and detractors of Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager Law to talk about whether the controversial law has a place in the state.

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Snyder scales back proposed overhaul of Detroit schools

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Governor Rick Snyder says he’s slowing down his plans to fix Detroit’s schools in order to the process moving. In the face of resistance from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, the governor says he wants to break up the work, focusing first on retiring the district’s massive debt.
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Detroit schools rescue plan stalls

Detroit-and-Wayne-County-MAThe Legislature is set to recess next week for the balance of 2015 with some big jobs left undone. Governor Rick Snyder was hoping lawmakers would address what he says is the next stage of the Detroit turnaround — and that is doing something to fix the city’s schools. Instead, the governor, Detroit’s parents, and school kids will have to wait ‘til next year.
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Snyder affirms Wayne County fiscal emergency


Governor Rick Snyder has made a decision that pushes Michigan’s most-populated county closer to state oversight.

Governor Snyder ratified the findings of a state board that found Wayne County faces a financial crisis that could reach 171 million dollars by the end of the decade if it goes unchecked. Continue reading

Group seeks to put mandatory paid sick leave on the 2016 ballot

voteAn effort is underway put mandatory paid sick leave for all Michigan workers on the November 2016 ballot.

The proposal would require businesses to offer paid leave if a worker or someone in their immediate family is sick. The initiative from the Time to Care Coalition would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers eye bill to keep water flowing to Highland Park

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A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. Continue reading

Snyder: Helping inmates find jobs key to stopping cycle of crime

prison 11-26-13Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a public safety agenda on Monday that includes parole and sentencing reforms, job training for inmates, and more help finding a job once they’re released from prison.

Snyder says there are data-driven ways to reduce the state’s prison population without compromising public safety. Continue reading

Senator Smith arraigned on three felony charges

Michigan Senate voting board lists Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) as absent. Credit: Jake Neher/Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan Senate voting board lists Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) as absent. Credit: Jake Neher/Michigan Public Radio Network

State Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) has been charged with multiple gun and assault felonies. He’s accused of hitting his ex-wife and shooting 10 bullets into her car.
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Insurance panel OKs auto no-fault overhaul with rate rollback


A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. It would set new limits on what hospitals could charge insurance companies. It would also guarantee a two-year rate rollback of at least 100 dollars per vehicle. Continue reading