southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org en Power outages plague Southeastern Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/power-outages-plague-southeastern-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just when you thought the weather was finally getting better, Michigan proves you wrong.&nbsp;</span></p><p>As of 11:00 a.m., high winds and downed power lines Monday morning have left more than 100,000 DTE consumers in the dark.&nbsp;</p><p>DTE's Outage Map, below, shows the outages that have been reported across the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:38:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17219 at http://michiganradio.org Power outages plague Southeastern Michigan Michigan getting more federal money to cleanup brownfield sites http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-getting-more-federal-money-cleanup-brownfield-sites <p>Michigan is getting about $1.5 million from the federal government to help with the continued cleanup of polluted former industrial sites.</p><p></p><p>The grant money will fund brownfield assessments, job training and cleanup of sites in Genesee County and southeast Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“By redeveloping these sites, cleaning them up and redeveloping them…we’re essentially contributing economic activity to these communities,” Susan Hedman, the region 5 EPA administrator, said at a news conference in Flint, “Creating jobs….and transforming communities.”</p><p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:56:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 14110 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan getting more federal money to cleanup brownfield sites Are stars aligning for a southeast Michigan transit authority? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-stars-aligning-southeast-michigan-transit-authority <p>Southeast Michigan county, business, and community leaders seem to agree; the region needs a transit authority to attract businesses and young talent.</p><p>Testimony at a House transportation committee hearing overwhelmingly supported bills to create an authority.</p><p>John Hertel is the general manager of the SMART transit system. He said this is the first time in four decades he’s seen this level of agreement between the city of Detroit and its suburbs.</p><p>"I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s wonderful to see. But while it’s there, we need to strike and move forward. This kind of thing obviously doesn’t come along very often," said Hertel.</p><p>Hertel said he’s not yet confident the Legislature will pass the plan.</p><p>Robert Daddow spoke on behalf of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. He’s confident the bills will pass.</p><p>"The governor has pressed this for some period of time, has been actively working in the coordination between the units – Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw - in trying to get an agreement together. And we’re very, very close, if not right there, right now," said Daddow.</p><p>State officials have tried many times to establish a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan.</p><p>Some supporters are skeptical it can get out of the legislature. Others worry about possible legal challenges if it does pass. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:08:50 +0000 Jake Neher 9272 at http://michiganradio.org Are stars aligning for a southeast Michigan transit authority? Fewer new homes available for buyers in southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-new-homes-available-buyers-southeast-michigan <p>There is a growing shortage of new homes in southeast Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That could be&nbsp;good news to the region&rsquo;s home builders who have been struggling since before the recession began.</p><p>New home construction bottomed out in southeast Michigan in 2009 when few people were in the market for a home, new or not.</p><p>Last year, the number of home construction permits tripled, but still demand for new homes outstripped the supply.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:02:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 6234 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer new homes available for buyers in southeast Michigan Wayne State University to track coyotes in southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-university-track-coyotes-southeast-michigan <p>A new study from researchers at <a href="http://wayne.edu/">Wayne State University</a> will track coyotes in southeast Michigan. The study is meant to fill a gap on information about coyotes that live in highly populated areas.</p><p><a href="http://www.clas.wayne.edu/unit-inner.asp?WebPageID=2735">Bill Dodge</a> is the graduate student in charge of the project. He says reports of coyotes attacking pets are rare:</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 18:46:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2612 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State University to track coyotes in southeast Michigan