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Advocates launch fundraising effort to clear rape kit backlog

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.

Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.
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MI GOP looks to energize conservatives ahead of election with Rand Paul visit

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.

The Michigan Republican Party is trying to energize its conservative base ahead of next week’s election. On Wednesday, Republicans brought in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to speak with GOP supporters and volunteers in and around Detroit.
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Snyder pleased with speedy Detroit bankruptcy

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s relieved the Detroit bankruptcy trial is over and he’s looking forward to a judge’s decision late next week. The governor says he’s pleased that city pensioners and creditors agreed to settle, as an alternative to drawn-out litigation. Continue reading

FEMA approves more than $33 million for Michigan flood victims.

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Federal and state officials say their efforts to get Michigan flood victims to apply for assistance are working. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says more than 40,000 people have applied in less than two weeks.
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Snyder: Detroit, Allen Park show emergency manager system working


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Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Allen Park’s financial emergency has been resolved and its emergency manager is leaving.

The Detroit suburb has been overseen by a state-appointed emergency manager since October of 2012. Snyder says it is another example that shows state takeovers of cash-strapped cities work.
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Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding

SSM flooding 11.18.13Gov. Rick Snyder says massive flooding this week in and around Detroit reinforces the need to boost state spending on roads. Snyder says Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure may have played a role in the floods, although it’s too early to tell for sure.
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Gov. Snyder suspends UP trip to survey Detroit flood damage

Gov0812-fotoGov. Rick Snyder briefly suspended a week-long trip to the Upper Peninsula Tuesday to come back and survey damage in and around Detroit due to massive floods.

Many freeways and major roads were closed in Metro Detroit after a record rainfall Monday – some sections of roads having been swept away in flood waters.
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Snyder signs Detroit rescue package, stresses city’s recovery

file8831282848632Governor Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that authorizes the state’s $195 million contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement. The governor says the settlement is a good deal for taxpayers because it sets the stage for the city’s comeback.
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Detroit bills could be on fast track through state House


file8831282848632A vote on the 195 (m) million dollar package to help Detroit with its bankruptcy could come in the state House as soon as tomorrow (Thu.). As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, a House committee has put the legislation on a fast track.
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Lawmakers could cast first votes on Detroit bailout

file8831282848632There could be a first vote tomorrow (Wed.) in the Legislature on an almost 200 (m) million dollar bailout for the city of Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan was one of those who testified prior to the historic vote. Duggan says, overall, he supports the plan.
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Detroit EM tries to sell bailout to lawmakers


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Governor Rick Snyder says he thinks there’s progress in negotiations with the Legislature to put 350 million dollars of state money toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement. Detroit’s emergency manager just spent two days in Lansing in an effort to build support for the deal.

That money from the state would help fund pensions and ensure the assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts don’t get put up or auction.

The governor says now he’s pushing for lawmakers to vote on a bailout package in May or early June.

“The goal is to get it done before there’s a recess for the summer.”

Snyder says the bargain has to include an end to legal challenges to the bankruptcy. He would also like an oversight panel to help manage the city’s finances post-bankruptcy. He says that should also help reassure reluctant legislators.

Warren Buffett in Michigan: Praises Detroit, announces investment in local businesses

Buffett1126-fotoWarren Buffett was in Michigan Tuesday to help launch a program that will invest $20 million in small businesses in and around Detroit.

Buffett is an advisor to Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which is committing $15 million of capital to support small businesses in and around the city. Another $5 million will go to business training for Detroit entrepreneurs.

Despite Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing, Buffett says the city has a “huge potential” for economic growth.

“You may need a reorganization plan,” said Buffett. “Exactly what it should be, I’m not an expert on that. But I do know that the resources in terms of the people, the businesses, the history, the culture are all here to have a great city in the future.”

“The United States with a flourishing Detroit is going to be a lot better United States than without one,” he said.

The announcement at Ford Field was a who’s who of business leaders and Michigan politicians. Buffett was joined by Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, White House officials, and many more.

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said the company would not invest in Detroit if it didn’t believe the city will make a comeback.

“It wasn’t a great city. It was the greatest industrial city in the country – probably the world,” said Blankfein. “And so, I would not bet against it, I’d bet for it, and that’s what we’re doing here.”

Businesses interested in the 10,000 Small Businesses program have until January 6th to apply.

Click here too view information on the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative http://10ksbdetroit.com/