Wyoming http://michiganradio.org en Veteran treasure hunter solves the last 'Wyoming Riddle' http://michiganradio.org/post/veteran-treasure-hunter-solves-last-wyoming-riddle <p>I got some bittersweet news this morning.</p><p>Bitter because after more than 30 years running, the last “Wyoming Riddler” treasure hunt is over. Sweet because one of the veteran hunters <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/last-treasure-hunt-wyoming-riddler-retires-after-34-years-silver-bounty">I followed to tell the story last month </a>turned out to be the winner.</p><p>I watched Robert Lyons do the heavy lifting one day, shoveling about five feet of snow packed around a utility pole in single-digit temps.</p><p>We found nothing.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:55:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16822 at http://michiganradio.org Veteran treasure hunter solves the last 'Wyoming Riddle' The last treasure hunt: ‘Wyoming Riddler’ retires after 34 years of silver bounty http://michiganradio.org/post/last-treasure-hunt-wyoming-riddler-retires-after-34-years-silver-bounty <p>Every winter, hundreds of people living around Grand Rapids go on a treasure hunt of sorts. They’ve been doing it for decades.</p><p>Robert Lyons has been hooked on the treasure hunt for 25 years. Over the years, he’s taken his kids and even his grandkids.</p><p>Lyons found the treasure once. He’s still got the newspaper clipping.</p><p>“I think it says right on here, I got a 1997 champion cup, which of course is about as proud as you can get of anything,” Lyons said. His treasure also included 34 silver dollars and a complete set of silver tableware.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:46:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16589 at http://michiganradio.org The last treasure hunt: ‘Wyoming Riddler’ retires after 34 years of silver bounty Michigan Supreme Court to consider medical marijuana ban http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-consider-medical-marijuana-ban <p>The Michigan Supreme Court says it will consider the legality of a city's zoning ordinance that prohibits the use, manufacture or cultivation of medical marijuana.</p><p>The court issued an order Wednesday agreeing to hear an appeal filed by the city of Wyoming in the Grand Rapids area. Justices want to know if the zoning ordinance is superseded by Michigan's 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law.</p><p>Significantly, the court also plans to consider if the state law is pre-empted by a federal law that makes marijuana use illegal.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:25:42 +0000 The Associated Press 12017 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court to consider medical marijuana ban In this morning's news: Marijuana ban in court, right to work lawsuit, public defenders http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-marijuana-ban-court-right-work-lawsuit-public-defenders <p><strong>Michigan Supreme Court to consider city ban on medical marijuana </strong></p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court will consider the legality of a zoning ordinance that prohibits the use, manufacture or cultivation of medical marijuana in the city of Wyoming.</p><p>“Justices want to know if the zoning ordinance is superseded by Michigan's 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law,” according to the Associated Press.</p><p><strong>Right to work lawsuit allowed to move forward </strong></p><p>“An Ingham County judge says a lawsuit seeking to repeal the state’s new right-to-work law can proceed. The suit says the Legislature violated the Open Meetings Act when it closed the Capitol as the bills were debated,” Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-says-anti-right-work-lawsuit-can-proceed">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Lawsuit over criminal defense system proceeds</strong></p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals will allow a long-running lawsuit challenging the system of appointing lawyers for poor criminal defendants to continue. &nbsp;</p><p>“In a 2-1 decision released Wednesday, the court says a lower judge was okay to reject the state's contention that the case shouldn't be granted class-action status. The suit says the rights of poor people have been violated because of the paltry pay for court-appointed lawyers,” the Associated Press <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawsuit-court-appointed-lawyers-allowed-proceed">reports.</a></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:22:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12003 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Marijuana ban in court, right to work lawsuit, public defenders Writer creates 'documentary play' based on stories from a shuttered GM plant http://michiganradio.org/post/writer-creates-documentary-play-based-stories-shuttered-gm-plant <p></p><p>It's a familiar Michigan story. In 2008, General Motors decided to shutter a stamping plant in Wyoming - just outside Grand Rapids.</p><p>But to Austin Bunn, a new professor of writing at Grand Valley State University, the close of the plant wasn't the end of a story, but a beginning.</p><p>For the next four years, Bunn interviewed the workers at the plant about the experience of job loss, displacement and their lives after the close.</p><p>From these transcripts he created a documentary play, <em>RUST</em>. It was originally produced at the Actors' Theatre of Grand Rapids.</p><p>What you're about to hear is adaptation of the play for radio using local actors.</p><p>RUST was co-produced by Austin Bunn and Zak Rosen. Interviews conducted by Austin Bunn and Working Group Theatre.&nbsp;Featured actors include Tracey Walker, Rena Dam, Chris Nye, Wayne Swezey, GF Korreck, Paul Arnold, Fred Stella, and Laurence Drozd.</p><p>You can learn more about the <a href="http://actorstheatregrandrapids.org/rust">Actors' Theatre of Grand Rapids</a> and <a href="http://austinbunn.com/sample-page/">Austin Bunn's</a> work by visiting their websites.</p><p><em>Listen to the full audio above.</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:40:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 11896 at http://michiganradio.org Writer creates 'documentary play' based on stories from a shuttered GM plant Grand Rapids voters decriminalize marijuana, Kent County prosecutor sues http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-voters-decriminalize-marijuana-kent-county-prosecutor-sues <p><strong>Update 9:00p.m.</strong> - There's a growing crowd of people who say they'll protest the prosecutor's decision in Grand Rapids on Thursday. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/522360374455396/">The event was posted on facebook </a>this evening.</p><p>The City of Grand Rapids was ready to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana this week. But a Kent County judge issued the city a temporary restraining order Monday afternoon at the request of the Kent County prosecutor to prevent implementation.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:28:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10193 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids voters decriminalize marijuana, Kent County prosecutor sues Project in 23 Michigan schools seeks healthy approach http://michiganradio.org/post/project-23-michigan-schools-seeks-healthy-approach <p>DETROIT (AP) - Michigan education officials are launching a pilot project in 23 high schools that aims to boost academic achievement by incorporating physical, emotional and social health programs.<br><br>The effort dubbed "think.respect." is funded through a $24 million federal grant and will be administered by the Michigan Department of Education. Schools were selected based partly on persistently low achievement.<br> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:10:24 +0000 associated press 9659 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-66 <p><strong>Three ballot proposals approved</strong></p><p>Michigan voters will decide on six ballot proposals in November. The state Supreme Court rejected challenges to three out of four proposed amendments yesterday. The court approved amendments to guarantee collective bargaining rights, to require two-thirds super-majority votes in the Legislature to increase taxes, and statewide votes for any future international bridges to Canada. The proposal to authorize eight more casinos in the state was not approved.</p><p><strong>Bentivolio wins primary in 11th disctrict </strong></p><p>Former teacher Kerry Bentivolio won the special primary election in Michigan’s eleventh district. Bentivolio was one of four Republicans vying to complete the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter’s term in Congress. He'll face Democrat David Curson in the special general election to decide who serve the remaining few weeks in McCotter’s term. McCotter resigned in July after it was discovered that petition signatures were forged or copied in at least two of his campaigns.</p><p><strong>Medical marijuana debate in Wyoming, Mich.</strong></p><p>The Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming is challenging a judge’s ruling that overturned its ban on medical marijuana. The Wyoming City Manager says city council worries that medical marijuana will increase crime and cause confusion for police. Michigan’s Court of Appeals struck down Wyoming’s medical marijuana ban last month. The court says any prosecution under federal laws would be up to the federal government, not local governments.</p><p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:57:15 +0000 Emily Fox 8968 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Wyoming will appeal court’s decision overruling city’s medical marijuana ban http://michiganradio.org/post/wyoming-will-appeal-court-s-decision-overruling-city-s-medical-marijuana-ban <p>The Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming will appeal a judge’s ruling that overturned its ban of medical marijuana. Wyoming is one of a handful of Michigan cities with an outright medical marijuanna ban. Others have instituted zoning restrictions.</p><p>Wyoming City Manager Curtis Holt says city council worries that medical marijuana will increase crime and cause confusion for police.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:34:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8962 at http://michiganradio.org Wyoming will appeal court’s decision overruling city’s medical marijuana ban City of Wyoming's medical marijuana ban goes up in smoke http://michiganradio.org/post/city-wyomings-medical-marijuana-ban-goes-smoke <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Court of Appeals has struck down a city ordinance banning medical marijuana. Supporters of the voter approved medical marijuana law are calling it a huge victory.</p><p>The Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming is one of several Michigan cities or townships that have restricted the medical marijuana act voters passed in 2008.</p><p>Wyoming resident and medical marijuana patient John Ter Beek sued the city in 2010. Shortly after the ACLU joined the case.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 20:31:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8508 at http://michiganradio.org City of Wyoming's medical marijuana ban goes up in smoke Former GM plant rebranded to attract new global company http://michiganradio.org/post/former-gm-plant-rebranded-attract-new-global-company <p>A former <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/general-motors">General Motors </a>plant in a Grand Rapids suburb is getting new life and a new identity.</p><p>The 2 million square foot stamping plant in Wyoming, Michigan was the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/company-buys-shuttered-gm-manufacturing-plant">first manufacturing plant sold </a>after GM&rsquo;s bailout. The more than 75 year old plant is almost completely demolished now. The plant was once the city of Wyoming&rsquo;s largest taxpayer and employer.</p><p>Now it&rsquo;s been rebranded as <a href="http://www.site36plan.com/">&ldquo;Site 36&rdquo;. </a>(It&rsquo;s located on 36<sup>th&nbsp;</sup>street in Wyoming.)</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=j8SiiiwX9CA</p><p>&ldquo;We cannot go to a customer, a company, a site consultant and say &lsquo;well we&rsquo;ve got a former General Motors site.&rsquo; Okay? That brings with it a certain image,&rdquo; said Birgit Klohs, President and CEO of The Right Place. It&rsquo;s an economic development group based in Grand Rapids that&rsquo;s helping market the site to international companies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Klohs says rebranding the site is important for the people who live here too. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re done grieving. We need to come up with the next strategy and rebranding to us was a key issue for us in saying it&rsquo;s time for the 21st century,&rdquo; Klohs said. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:00:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7091 at http://michiganradio.org Former GM plant rebranded to attract new global company Wyoming City Council adopts zoning limits on where parolees may live http://michiganradio.org/post/wyoming-city-council-adopts-zoning-limits-where-parolees-may-live <p>A Grand Rapids suburb has<a href="http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/docs/meetings/CC/agendas/2012/CCP20120116.pdf"> adopted zoning changes</a>&nbsp;(on&nbsp;page 31)&nbsp;that will limit where the state and federal government can house people on parole. The changes will limit the number of parolees who can live in&nbsp;1&nbsp;place to&nbsp;2&nbsp;people.</p><p>Most parolees go home when they&rsquo;re released from jail. Those who don&rsquo;t have a safe place to reintegrate into society are housed through reentry programs. People are usually on parole for two years or less. Usually state&nbsp;parolees are housed in the county where they&nbsp;were sentenced.</p><p>Police Chief James Carmody says he supports efforts to house and rehabilitate parolees from Wyoming. But he&rsquo;s concerned too many are being concentrated in a couple of motels in his city.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/wyoming-consider-zoning-limits-where-parolees-may-live">At a meeting last month Carmody said the concentration </a>of dozens of parolees in a couple of motels was &ldquo;beyond (his) department&rsquo;s ability to control.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Facilities for housing parolees in the future would only be allowed in an industrial area. The two inns would be grandfathered in.&nbsp;The zoning change includes a wide-ranging exemption for family members.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;As long as they stay out of trouble and they don&rsquo;t offend, that&rsquo;s great,&rdquo; Carmody said. &ldquo;The problem is the residual effect on my organization is&nbsp;we&rsquo;ve got to constantly monitor these individuals and keep track of them. So that&rsquo;s a huge undertaking.&rdquo; Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:26:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5811 at http://michiganradio.org Wyoming approves plans to demolish huge former GM Stamping Plant http://michiganradio.org/post/wyoming-approves-plans-demolish-huge-former-gm-stamping-plant <p>A 2-million-square-foot former General Motors stamping plant in the Grand Rapids suburb of <a href="http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/">Wyoming </a>will be demolished this year. Monday night Wyoming&rsquo;s city council approved plans to destroy the 75-year-old building and <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/company-buys-shuttered-gm-manufacturing-plant">redevelop the site</a>. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:01:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1744 at http://michiganradio.org Wyoming approves plans to demolish huge former GM Stamping Plant Company buys shuttered GM manufacturing plant http://michiganradio.org/post/company-buys-shuttered-gm-manufacturing-plant <p><a href="https://www.motorsliquidation.com/">Motors Liquidation</a>, the official name of “old General Motors”, has a buyer for its 2-million-square-foot former <a href="http://www.gm.com/vehicles/?seo=goo_%7C_GMBP_Retention_%7C_GM.com_General_%7C_GM_HV_%7C_gm">GM </a>stamping plant in the Grand Rapids suburb of <a href="http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/">Wyoming</a>.</p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:46:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 866 at http://michiganradio.org Company buys shuttered GM manufacturing plant ACLU adds Wyoming to its list of medical mariuana lawsuits http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-adds-wyoming-its-list-medical-mariuana-lawsuits <p>The <a href="http://www.aclu.org/affiliate/michigan">ACLU</a> has filed <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/aclu-sues-cities-medical-marijuana-bans">lawsuits</a> on behalf of medical marijuana users in the cities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Livonia after those cities effectively banned medical marijuana.</p><p>Now add the city of Wyoming to the list of cities being sued by the ACLU. The ACLU said it will represent <span style="font-size: 10pt;">John Ter </span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Beek "a</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> medical marijuana patient who fears being penalized by local officials if he grows or uses medical marijuana in compliance with state law." </span></p><p>The Wyoming city council <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/despite-potential-legal-case-recall-effort-city-approves-medical-marijuana-ban">unanimously passed</a> a ban on medical marijuana earlier this month.</p><p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:30:20 +0000 Mark Brush & Lindsey Smith 623 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU adds Wyoming to its list of medical mariuana lawsuits Businesses rush to get tax breaks for next year http://michiganradio.org/post/businesses-rush-get-tax-breaks-next-year <p><span class="article-content"><span>Local approval is one of the first hurdles companies must overcome to get the tax breaks they want. The deadline to get tax breaks in 2010 is October 31st. That means there&#39;s a surge of projects in front of local city councils and commissions.<br /> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:07:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 163 at http://michiganradio.org Businesses rush to get tax breaks for next year