Rashida Tlaib http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Senate didn’t do anything to bust scrap metal thieves http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-didn-t-do-anything-bust-scrap-metal-thieves <p></p><p>The Michigan Legislature passed some dramatic bills before adjourning for the year last week, bills that got a lot of attention.</p><p>There was the so-called “rape insurance” law, which prevents health insurance from automatically covering abortion even in cases of rape, incest or the mother’s health.</p><p>There was also a highly controversial campaign finance bill that doubles the amount the rich are allowed to give to political candidates, and allows special interest groups to spend vast amounts on so-called ‘issue ads” without disclosing the source of their funding.</p><p>But there were also things the lawmakers did that got lost in the shuffle. And the state senate did something guaranteed to help criminals in Detroit, and keep destroying the buildings that are left. They destroyed a bill that would go a long way to thwart scrap metal thieves, who are an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/scrap-metal-theft-huge-problem-some-cities-michigan">immense problem</a>.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:15:10 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15703 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate didn’t do anything to bust scrap metal thieves House bills aim to crack down on illegal scrapping http://michiganradio.org/post/house-bills-aim-crack-down-illegal-scrapping-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Michigan State House held its first hearing Monday on <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130605/NEWS06/306050038/House-takes-testimony-toughen-rules-metal-thieves-scrap-yards">bills to crack down on scrap metal theft</a>.</p><p>The scrap metal theft reform package “provides stronger tools for our local law enforcement and prosecutors, as well as theft protections for residents, businesses and farmers,” says Detroit state representative Rashida Tlaib, a co-sponsor.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:45:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12894 at http://michiganradio.org House bills aim to crack down on illegal scrapping Detroit closes Riverside Park; some suspicious of contamination claims http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-closes-riverside-park-some-suspicious-contamination-claims <p>The city of Detroit is temporarily closing Riverside Park in southwest Detroit because it sits on contaminated land.</p><p>But some residents are suspicious, because the park is no stranger to controversy.</p><p>Riverside Park sits next to the Ambassador Bridge. In 2002, the Detroit International Bridge Company fenced off part of the park, supposedly for security reasons.</p><p>After years of legal wrangling, the city evicted them and re-claimed the park for public use.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:38:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6743 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit closes Riverside Park; some suspicious of contamination claims Detroit legislator, Muslim groups call proposed state law "polarizing" and "racist" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-legislator-muslim-groups-call-proposed-state-law-polarizing-and-racist <p>The only Muslim in the Michigan state legislature says<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%283mlb3tv2e1n0ay45523gqy45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4769"> a bill that targets &ldquo;foreign laws&rdquo; </a>is xenophobic political pandering, and offensive to the Muslim community.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:50:53 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3784 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit legislator, Muslim groups call proposed state law "polarizing" and "racist" Snyder tours Detroit neighborhood, promotes new bridge crossing http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-tours-detroit-neighborhood-promotes-new-bridge-crossing <p>Governor Rick Snyder says a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor will benefit Michigan&rsquo;s economy, but should also benefit the community that hosts it.</p><p>Snyder toured Detroit&rsquo;s Delray neighborhood with community leaders today Tuesday. Delray is the proposed site of the <a href="http://topics.mlive.com/tag/New%20International%20Trade%20Crossing/index.html">New International Trade Crossing (NITC)</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 03:49:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3475 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder tours Detroit neighborhood, promotes new bridge crossing