natural disaster http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-chrysler-recall-disaster-declaration-mi-detroit-zoo-and-dia-saved <p><strong>Chrysler waves the white flag</strong></p><p>Chrysler is now <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall">agreeing to recall </a>some 2.7 million older model Jeeps. At first, Chrysler refused to recall the cars and the company maintains the vehicles are not defective. Safety regulators say 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty Vehicles can catch on fire when they're rear-ended. The design flaw has killed 51 people in fiery crashes.</p><p><strong>Michigan counties will receive disaster relief </strong></p><p>President Obama has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/president-signs-disaster-declaration-16-michigan-counties-hard-hit-spring-floods">approved a disaster declaration</a> for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods. The declaration will help communities repair and rebuild roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding. This does not include assistance for individuals or businesses. State and federal agencies will soon hold briefings across the state to help communities understand and start the application process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Detroit Zoo and the DIA are safe</strong></p><p>Legislation was signed into law yesterday allowing the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-will-protect-dia-and-detroit-zoo-millage-funding"> Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts</a> to get millions of dollars in tax revenues as promised from the metro region. Several metro cities were skimming some of the revenue generated by multi-county millages voters approved to support the zoo and the museum.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:11:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13124 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved President signs disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods http://michiganradio.org/post/president-signs-disaster-declaration-16-michigan-counties-hard-hit-spring-floods <p>President Obama has approved a disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Heavy rains in April and May inundated communities across the state.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The president’s disaster declaration will help communities repair and rebuild roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding. The disaster declaration does not include assistance for individuals or businesses.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:55:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 13123 at http://michiganradio.org President signs disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-62 <p><strong>Ballot hearings today</strong></p><p>The state Supreme Court will hold a hearing Thursday on whether four proposals should appear on the statewide November ballot. The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on whether the proposals' wording met the requirements in the state constitution. "The proposals would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution, allow more casinos in Michigan, require super-majorities before the Legislature can increase taxes, and demand voter approval before the state could build a new international bridge to Canada. Some of the campaigns – the ones blocked from the ballot – want to see some changes in how elections decisions are made. They say a state elections board should not make determinations on whether proposals meet the requirements of the Michigan Constitution -- that’s up to the courts," Rick Pluta reports</p><p><strong>Drought and heat makes Michigan a natural disaster area</strong></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared the entire state of Michigan a natural disaster area because of the continuing drought and heat. Governor Rick Snyder says the declaration will help state farmers get more federal aid in dealing with crop or livestock losses.</p><p><strong>Closure of pipeline would increase heating bills </strong></p><p>Michigan residents might see an increase in their heating bills if a Texas company shuts down a natural gas pipeline. "Trunkline Gas Company is asking regulators for permission to abandon some 770 miles of natural gas pipeline. Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop says the utility gets 60% of its natural gas supply from Trunkline. Governor Snyder, The Michigan Public Service Commission and a coalition of businesses are also asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny Trunkline's request," Rina Miller reports. The pipeline runs from the Gulf of Mexico to White Pigeon, just north of the Indiana line in southwestern Michigan. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:01:53 +0000 Emily Fox 8882 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Help for Joplin, Michigan judge organizing relief convoy to Missouri http://michiganradio.org/post/help-joplin-michigan-judge-organizing-relief-convoy-missouri <p>Jodi Debbrecht, Waterford&rsquo;s 51<sup>st</sup> District Court Judge, is organizing a donation drive to help the city of Joplin, Missouri.</p><p>On an Oakland County website &quot;<a href="http://www.oakgov.com/jodihelpsjoplin/">Judge Jodi Helps Joplin</a>&quot; Debbrecht writes about her personal connection to the Joplin area:</p><blockquote><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Like many in southeast Michigan, I was overcome with emotion when I saw the television images of the devastation from the tornado that touched down in Joplin, Missouri. For me, Joplin&rsquo;s violent weather literally struck close to home. I grew up in Missouri, and would frequently vacation with my family in the Joplin area and many of my relatives still live in Missouri.</font></font></p></blockquote><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Main Street Oakland County&rsquo;s Manager, Bob Donohue, is helping organize the donation effort. Donohue has been in touch with </font></font>the <a href="http://www.oakgov.com/jodihelpsjoplin/help/">Mayor of Joplin, Mike Woolston, who provided a list</a> of things needed. The list includes everything from wheelbarrows, to pet food, to power tools.</p><p>They&#39;ll collect the items at <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/jodihelpsjoplin_drop_off_locations.pdf">11 drop off centers around Oakland County</a>.</p><p style="margin-left:-22.5pt;">Absent these items, Mayor Woolston said money would be the biggest help:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: -22.5pt;">&quot;We&rsquo;re benefiting from tremendous generosity from people all over the country, but if people can give cash, that&rsquo;s the best way to help us right now.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp">Missouri Department of Public Safety</a> has set up a website directing people to where they can donate.</p><p>And if you want to volunteer in the Joplin area, you can find more information from the <a href="http://www.stl.unitedway.org/getinvolved/volunteercenter/volunteer/joplin.aspx">United Way</a>. Tue, 31 May 2011 19:05:09 +0000 Mark Brush 2692 at http://michiganradio.org Help for Joplin, Michigan judge organizing relief convoy to Missouri