Steve Carmody http://michiganradio.org en Republicans & Democrats vying for Michigan's open 8th congressional district seat http://michiganradio.org/post/republicans-democrats-vying-michigans-open-8th-congressional-district-seat <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/28/rep-mike-rogers-to-retire-launch-national-radio-show/">Republican Congressman Mike Rogers’ decision to retire </a>from his 8<sup>th</sup> congressional district seat is leaving a void that Michigan Democrats hope to fill.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18443 at http://michiganradio.org Republicans & Democrats vying for Michigan's open 8th congressional district seat Flint police are trying to whittle down a backlog of misdemeanor warrants http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-are-trying-whittle-down-backlog-misdemeanor-warrants <p>Flint police are launching a new effort this week to clear a backlog of misdemeanor warrants.</p><p></p><p>The department has more than 23,000 misdemeanor warrants on its books. Some of them date back to the 1970’s.</p><p></p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says these warrants for relatively minor offenses can lead to major problems for police.</p><p></p><p>“Because they’re wanted, they run for us. They engage in high-speed pursuits,” says Tolbert.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tolbert says “Operation Fresh Start” lets people resolve their outstanding warrants without being arrested.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18509 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police are trying to whittle down a backlog of misdemeanor warrants Lansing city leaders are being asked to welcome undocumented child immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-leaders-are-being-asked-welcome-undocumented-child-immigrants <p>This week, &nbsp;activists will ask Lansing city leaders to adopt a resolution welcoming thousands of undocumented children who’ve entered the U.S. this year.</p><p></p><p>Since the beginning of the year, more than 50,000 children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have crossed the southern United States border illegally. Most remain in overcrowded detention centers as their immigration status is reviewed.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>During the past month, anti-immigration groups have held vocal protests against efforts to bring undocumented children to Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18493 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city leaders are being asked to welcome undocumented child immigrants Major changes proposed to Flint governance http://michiganradio.org/post/major-changes-proposed-flint-governance <p>Flint city government may undergo some major changes, if the recommendations from a blue ribbon committee become reality.</p><p></p><p>Before the governor appointed an emergency manager to run the city of Flint in 2011, the city’s mayor ran much of the city’s day-to-day business. &nbsp; The city council, ombudsman and civil service office also held significant control.</p><p></p><p>When Flint eventually emerges from state oversight, someone else could be calling the shots.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18508 at http://michiganradio.org Major changes proposed to Flint governance Israeli and Palestinian supporters demonstrate in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/israeli-and-palestinian-supporters-demonstrate-michigan <div align="left"><p>Several thousand people turned out Wednesday night at a Southfield synagogue to show support for Israel in its current conflict in Gaza.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We stand with Israel,” shouted one speaker. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The overflow crowd cheered for local people with family members serving in the Israeli army in Gaza.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speakers blamed Hamas for the conflict, which has cost nearly a thousand lives in the past few weeks.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:54:39 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18491 at http://michiganradio.org Israeli and Palestinian supporters demonstrate in Michigan Michiganders could lose federal tax credits for Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-could-lose-federal-tax-credits-obamacare <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334034284/u-s-appeals-court-deals-blow-to-obamas-health-law">A federal court ruling</a> today could affect tens of thousands of Michiganders who got health insurance through Obamacare.</p><p></p><p>More than 237,000 of the 272,000 Michiganders who signed up for Obamacare&nbsp;selected a plan through the marketplace with federal financial assistance. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tax credits helped subsidize health insurance payments for low- and moderate-income people.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 18472 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders could lose federal tax credits for Obamacare DWSD will temporarily halt controversial water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/dwsd-will-temporarily-halt-controversial-water-shutoffs <p>The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will stop shutting off water service to people with unpaid bills. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Curtrice Garner is a DWSD spokeswoman. &nbsp;She insists this is a “pause," not a moratorium, to give people time to pay their overdue water bills.</p><p>“What we are going to do is temporarily stop the shutoffs or collections efforts,” says Garner, “However, after the 15 day period, we’ll commerce what we were doing which is shutting off those who are in delinquent status.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:50:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 18453 at http://michiganradio.org DWSD will temporarily halt controversial water shutoffs Fmr. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants more foreign investment in the Great Lakes region http://michiganradio.org/post/fmr-us-treasury-secretary-henry-paulson-wants-more-foreign-investment-great-lakes-region <p>The nation’s former Treasury Secretary has an idea about how to bring more foreign investment to the Great Lakes region. He’s coming to Detroit today to pitch it to the city’s business leaders.</p><p></p><p>Henry Paulson sees the Great Lakes region as a place presenting a lot of opportunities for emerging markets, like China, to invest.</p><p></p><p>Paulson was President George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary during the 2008 financial crisis. He championed the $700 billion bailout of the nation’s banks. Before that, Paulson headed the investment firm of Goldman Sachs.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18436 at http://michiganradio.org Fmr. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants more foreign investment in the Great Lakes region Plan to transform downtown Detroit released http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-transform-downtown-detroit-released <p>Downtown Detroit could undergo a major transformation under <a href="http://districtdetroit.com/">a development plan</a> unveiled today.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The organization that owns the Detroit Red Wings says it wants to transform the northern part of downtown Detroit into a sports/entertainment/retail and residential destination.</p><p></p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:50:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 18445 at http://michiganradio.org Plan to transform downtown Detroit released Flint residents criticize state troopers during a community meeting http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-residents-criticize-state-troopers-during-community-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan State Police troopers faced a barrage of criticism during a community meeting in Flint today. Much of the complaints centered on recent fatal auto accidents involving state troopers.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a sometimes emotional three hour meeting between Flint residents and state police commanders.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many people, including family members of two women killed in auto accidents linked to car chases involving state troopers, blasted the state police.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You don’t even have a 'Plan B' when you’re chasing somebody,” a woman in the audience, “That just doesn’t make any sense, to come here as a professional and kill people who were not even involved in what you were dealing with.”</span></p><p>Dozens of Michigan State Police troopers are patrolling Flint city streets and assisting with investigations in the city. &nbsp;The troopers are augmenting Flint's depleted police department, which has been decimated in recent years by budget cuts.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:54:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 18433 at http://michiganradio.org Flint residents criticize state troopers during a community meeting Candidates using deep pockets to bankroll Congressional campaigns http://michiganradio.org/post/candidates-using-deep-pockets-bankroll-congressional-campaigns <p>New data show Michigan congressional candidates are digging deep into their own pockets to pay for their campaigns.</p><p></p><p>A trio of businessmen running for Republican congressional nominations have dug the deepest, according to filings with the<a href="http://fec.gov/disclosurehs/HSState.do"> Federal Election Commission</a> this week.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:02:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18398 at http://michiganradio.org Candidates using deep pockets to bankroll Congressional campaigns A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help http://michiganradio.org/post/delicate-piece-art-history-jackson-michigan-geting-little-help <p>A piece of Jackson’s art history, which narrowly avoided the wrecking ball, may soon have new life.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 28' x 9' glass mural depicting the history of electric power hung in Consumers Energy’s old Jackson headquarters for more than four decades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Preservationists were able to save it from the wrecking ball that brought the building down last year. The mural was disassembled and has been in storage ever since.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan now is to reconstruct the glass mural, replace its internal lighting system, and build a new outdoor display to house the mural.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mural would be placed on the grounds of a new city park being built on the site of the old Consumers Energy headquarters.</span></p><p>“We hope to be able to have the new mural in place by….this time next year,” says Grant Bauman, whose part of the team working on the project.</p><p>He says the glass mural will add to the mix of public art in downtown Jackson.</p><p>This month, the project received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Organizers still need to raise about $200,000 for the glass mural project.</p><p>A Consumers Energy spokesman says the company has contributed to the preservation of the mural in the past, but has not committed to donating to the current project.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:40:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18388 at http://michiganradio.org A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help The battle continues over bringing undocumented children to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-continues-over-bringing-undocumented-children-michigan-0 <p>The courts may be the next step for groups fighting plans to bring dozens of undocumented children to a facility in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Tens of thousands of undocumented children have flooded across the southern U.S. border since the beginning of the year. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.wolverinehs.org/">Wolverine Human Services</a> is negotiating a contract to bring up to 120 boys between 12 and 17 years of age to its facility in Vassar, Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:34:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 18374 at http://michiganradio.org The battle continues over bringing undocumented children to Michigan Some Flint residents want state troopers to leave town http://michiganradio.org/post/some-flint-residents-want-state-troopers-leave-town <p>Frustration of about the presence of Michigan State Police troopers patrolling Flint hit the street today.</p><p></p><p>Flint city councilman Wantwaz Davis organized a rally that brought out more than 100 people to Flint city hall. &nbsp;Davis says state troopers are driving on city streets “like renegades and cowboys.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:45:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 18372 at http://michiganradio.org Some Flint residents want state troopers to leave town Making plans for the future of the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/making-plans-future-kirtlands-warbler-michigan <p>The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/">Kirtland’s warbler</a> is starting its migration from Michigan to the Caribbean.</p><p>By the time the song birds return to their Michigan breeding grounds next year, <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/pdf/KIWA_MOU27April2011.pdf">the Kirtland’s warbler may no longer be listed as an endangered species. &nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 18254 at http://michiganradio.org Making plans for the future of the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan Fireworks business booming in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/fireworks-business-booming-michigan <p>Business is looking up for people selling fireworks in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Since <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_42271_59975---,00.html">state lawmakers expanded the kinds of fireworks that can be sold in Michigan</a>, fireworks are a growing business in the state.</p><p>Bill Weimer is a vice president with Phantom, one of the nation’s largest fireworks retailers. He says Michigan is a ‘developing’ market since the state loosened the rules on ‘consumer” fireworks starting in 2012.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 18253 at http://michiganradio.org Fireworks business booming in Michigan Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-already-spending-big-michigans-us-senate-and-governors-races <p>Nearly $18 million has been spent so far this year on political TV ads in Michigan’s U. S. Senate and governor’s races. Most of the money has been coming from national Republican, Democratic, conservative and liberal groups.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He analyzed TV ad buys by political groups in a half dozen television markets in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 18238 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races Highway Trust Fund shortage threatens road work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/highway-trust-fund-shortage-threatens-road-work-michigan <p>Transportation officials in Michigan are hearing from their federal counterparts this week about a funding shortage that may affect next year’s orange barrel season.</p><p></p><p>The problem is fuel efficient cars, at least partially. More fuel efficient cars mean less gas revenue flowing into the <a href="http://www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker">Federal Highway Trust Fund</a>. &nbsp;The federal gas tax rate has remained at the same level for two decades.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18232 at http://michiganradio.org Highway Trust Fund shortage threatens road work in Michigan Food trucks will soon roll into downtown Battle Creek http://michiganradio.org/post/food-trucks-will-soon-roll-downtown-battle-creek <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Battle Creek is the latest Michigan city to welcome food trucks to its downtown.</span></p><p></p><p>The city commission voted last night to lift a longtime ban on food trucks. &nbsp;Starting later this month, the city will start handing out permits to up to seven food truck vendors to set up shop in a specific zone in downtown Battle Creek. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Supporters say food trucks will add much-needed vitality and variety to Battle Creek’s downtown.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18233 at http://michiganradio.org Food trucks will soon roll into downtown Battle Creek Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-companys-legal-fight-against-obamacare-goes <p>A Michigan company’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement will likely continue, despite <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling</a> in a similar case Monday.</p><p></p><p>The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18211 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on