livonia http://michiganradio.org en The film on international adoption, 'Stuck,' shows in Livonia tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/film-international-adoption-stuck-shows-livonia-tonight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a special&nbsp; screening tonight at the AMC Livonia 20 of the documentary "Stuck." It was an Audience Choice Winner at the Heartland Film Festival.</span></p><p>The film focuses on the process of international adoption and the&nbsp; children and prospective parents who get "Stuck" in that process.</p><p>"Stuck" tells the story of four children and the families who want to adopt them following the children and families as they try to negotiate the bureaucratic ins and outs of the international adoption system.</p><p>Film producer Craig Juntunen joined us today along with Kendra Pinkelman. Pinkelman and her husband are trying to adopt a boy from Russia.</p><p>That adoption process came to a grinding halt when Russia banned U.S. adoptions last December.<br><br>And the Director of the Eastern Michigan Office of Adoption Associates, one of Michigan's leading agencies for international and domestic adoptions, Paula Springer also joined us. She has worked in the adoption field for some 30 years.</p><p><em>Listen to the full discussion above.</em> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:02:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 12371 at http://michiganradio.org The film on international adoption, 'Stuck,' shows in Livonia tonight Laura Bush to appear at Romney campaign event in Livonia http://michiganradio.org/post/laura-bush-appear-romney-campaign-event-livonia <p>Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has shown a renewed interest in Michigan with recent visits from Chris Christie, Ann Romney, and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.</p><p>Former first lady Laura Bush looks to be the next in line as she is scheduled to appear at a campaign event this Sunday in Livonia.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121026/POLITICS01/210260469/1409/metro/Laura-Bush-campaign-Romney-Livonia-Sunday">The Detroit News</a> has more:</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:41:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9647 at http://michiganradio.org Laura Bush to appear at Romney campaign event in Livonia Grand Rapids and Livonia team up to find best solutions for managing cities http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-and-livonia-team-find-best-solutions-managing-cities <p>Two cities from opposite sides of the state are working together to come up with better ways to manage local governments.</p><p>Livonia and Grand Rapids are teaming up to find solutions to all kinds of common city management problems; like, what&#39;s the best practice for hiring city workers? What about for borrowing money? What&rsquo;s the best accounting software for the price?</p><p>&ldquo;In essence it could be anything necessary to run local government and best practices that we could easily share,&rdquo; said Greg Sundstrom, Grand Rapids&rsquo; city manager.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:40:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8415 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids and Livonia team up to find best solutions for managing cities McCotter resignation, special election create a 'nightmare' scenario for city clerks http://michiganradio.org/post/mccotter-resignation-special-election-create-nightmare-scenario-city-clerks <p>City clerks in Thaddeus McCotter&rsquo;s former Congressional district say his resignation has created a &ldquo;nightmare&rdquo; scenario for them.</p><p>McCotter&rsquo;s resignation last week means clerks in suburban Detroit&rsquo;s 11<sup>th</sup> Congressional district have to do a lot more work in very little time.</p><p>Livonia city clerk Terry Marecki says she was surprised when state officials called the special election to fill what will amount to just a few weeks of McCotter&rsquo;s remaining term.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:11:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8237 at http://michiganradio.org McCotter resignation, special election create a 'nightmare' scenario for city clerks Michigan cities continue to lose population http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cities-continue-lose-population <p>Michigan cities continue to see their populations shrink.Where&rsquo;s everyone going?&nbsp; Texas, it seems.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/index.html">U.S. Census</a> is out with new numbers today that show population shifts in the nation&rsquo;s 715 largest cities. And the data is not good for Michigan.</p><p>Seven Michigan cities ranked at the bottom of the list of the nation&rsquo;s cities with more than 50,000 residents.</p><p>According to the report, Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia, Westland and Taylor all saw their populations drop 1 percent from 2010 to 2011.</p><p>Flint, Battle Creek and Saginaw also posted sharp population declines.</p><p>These latest population losses come after Michigan posted a slight population decline between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Texas had eight of the top 15 fastest-growing cities during the past year, according to the U.S. Census.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:26:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 8068 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan cities continue to lose population ACLU and Detroit suburb fight medical marijuana battle in court http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-and-detroit-suburb-fight-medical-marijuana-battle-court <p>A Wayne County Circuit Court Judge has heard arguments in a case that involves Michigan&rsquo;s medical marijuana law.</p><p>The Michigan ACLU is <a href="http://aclumich.org/sites/default/files/Lottcomplaint.pdf">suing the city of Livonia</a> (and two other Detroit suburbs with similar laws) on behalf of Linda Lott, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.</p><p>Lott and her husband want to grow marijuana on property they own in Livonia. But the city passed an ordinance prohibiting any activity that violates federal law.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:12:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2885 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU and Detroit suburb fight medical marijuana battle in court