toledo http://michiganradio.org en Proposed food truck rules go back to Ohio mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-food-truck-rules-go-back-ohio-mayor <div>TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Proposed regulations for food trucks in a northwestern Ohio city have gone back to the mayor for more discussion after opposition from supporters of the mobile businesses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/07/02/Council-avoids-vote-on-food-trucks.html#KKD8Lv869TfYQe52.99." style="line-height: 1.5;">The Blade newspaper in Toledo&nbsp;reports </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that Toledo City Council declined to vote on Mayor Michael Collins' proposals last week. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:52:31 +0000 Associated Press 18271 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed food truck rules go back to Ohio mayor Ohio paper considers layoffs, closing facility http://michiganradio.org/post/ohio-paper-considers-layoffs-closing-facility <p>TOLEDO, Ohio - <a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/">The Blade</a> newspaper in Toledo says it's considering shutting down its printing and mailing facilities and laying off about 130 workers.</p><p>Block Communications Inc. notified city officials in a letter released Friday that it plans to begin the job cuts in August.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 17:33:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17818 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio paper considers layoffs, closing facility Gap in concrete wall found at nuclear plant near Toledo http://michiganradio.org/post/gap-concrete-wall-found-nuclear-plant-near-toledo <p>OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) - Operators of a northern Ohio nuclear plant that sits along Lake Erie say workers there found a gap within the concrete of a protective wall.<br /><br />Officials at the<a href="https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/fecorp/about/generation_system/FENOC/davis-besse.html"> Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo </a>describe the gap as an air pocket and say they don't believe it affected the structural integrity of the shield wall.<br /><br />The gap was discovered Thursday while the plant was shut down to replace two steam generators.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:02:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16465 at http://michiganradio.org Gap in concrete wall found at nuclear plant near Toledo Rail company to keep trying for Toledo link funds http://michiganradio.org/post/rail-company-keep-trying-toledo-link-funds <p>BLISSFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A railroad company in southeastern Michigan's Lenawee County says it will keep pushing for financial help in reestablishing a freight line to Toledo, Ohio.</p><p></p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:17:34 +0000 Associated Press 15986 at http://michiganradio.org Rail company to keep trying for Toledo link funds National Museum of the Great Lakes opens spring 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/national-museum-great-lakes-opens-spring-2014 <p>Organizers are still raising money for what's expected to be an almost $13 million project and they're in the process of putting the final touches on all the exhibits at the museum.</p><p>Once the The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio opens you'll be able to learn about how booze was transported across the waterways from Canada into the United States during Prohibition.&nbsp; Along with lots of other cool things about the Great Lakes.</p><p>Here's what the museum says on its website:</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:05:26 +0000 Kyle Norris 15324 at http://michiganradio.org National Museum of the Great Lakes opens spring 2014 Putting focus on city neighborhoods instead of downtowns http://michiganradio.org/post/putting-focus-city-neighborhoods-instead-downtowns <p></p><p>Historically, Detroit has often served the function of sort of a national canary in the coal mine. Miners used to take canaries down the shafts with them, because the birds were much more susceptible to dangerous and invisible gas. When they keeled over, it was time to get out, fast.</p><p>Similarly, Detroit’s boom-and-bust auto economy has been an indicator of national trends. When we got rich, the world was better off. When Americans caught an economic cold, Detroit got pneumonia.</p><p>This analogy may also apply in connection with the Detroit pension fund crisis. One reason the city is headed for bankruptcy today is that its pension funds seem to have been woefully underfunded. I’ve suggested that, if you live elsewhere, you might want to inquire about the health of your town’s pension funds, and don’t take, “oh, nothing to worry about,” for an answer.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:28:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15218 at http://michiganradio.org Putting focus on city neighborhoods instead of downtowns Chrysler putting $20M into northwest Ohio plant http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-putting-20m-northwest-ohio-plant <p><a href="http://www.chrysler.com">Automaker Chrysle</a>r plans to put close to $20 million into one of its northwest Ohio plants.<br><br>Chrysler says the work at the machining plant just outside Toledo will go toward new equipment and tooling. The investment won't bring any new permanent jobs though.<br><br>The spending will increase capacity for a torque converter for the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.<br><br>The plant near Perrysburg makes torque converters and steering columns for several Chrysler plants in the Midwest as well as Canada and Mexico.<br>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:16:54 +0000 Associated Press 12311 at http://michiganradio.org Metal heads and academics unite http://michiganradio.org/post/metal-heads-and-academics-unite <p>This weekend an international heavy metal conference for academics and researchers is happening in Bowling Green, Ohio. It's called "<a href="http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/popc/page128702.html">The Heavy Metal &amp; Popular Culture Conference</a>," and organizers say it's the first of its kind in the U.S.</p><p>It will feature presentations by heavy metal scholars from around the world about race and gender in the genre, and about its growing popularity in places like Finland and Puerto Rico.</p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 18:10:03 +0000 Kyle Norris 12037 at http://michiganradio.org Metal heads and academics unite Several local cities rank high on a list of the best places to rent out single family homes http://michiganradio.org/post/several-local-cities-rank-high-list-best-places-rent-out-single-family-homes <p>A new report finds three regional cities are good places to buy and rent out single family homes.</p><p></p><p>A new Realty Trac survey lists Detroit, Saginaw and Toledo among the 20 best markets in the country to own and rent single family homes. Florida cities dominate the rest of the list.</p><p></p><p>The top 20 are based on the markets with the most potential cash flow and capitalization rates on a 3-bedroom home.</p><p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 04:14:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12000 at http://michiganradio.org Several local cities rank high on a list of the best places to rent out single family homes Commentary: Politics and civility http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-politics-and-civility <p></p><p>While Toledo, just south of Michigan’s border, is part of Ohio, it shouldn’t be. Geographically and economically, it is more part of the Michigan economy, right down to the Jeep plant.<br>&nbsp;Its 300,000 people tend to share our state’s demographics and the same range of difficulties Michigan manufacturing cities face as they attempt to transition to a twenty-first century economy.</p><p>Last week I spent some time with the mayor of Toledo, Mike Bell, who for many years was the fire chief. Four years ago, he got elected by running strictly as an independent -- unbossed and unbowed. He takes stands on issues, but doesn’t endorse partisan candidates. Though he’s been a longtime state official, he’s never held elected office before.</p><p>I asked him what had been the biggest surprise for him in his first term as mayor. When I’ve asked other politicians that, they’ve often said that the job turned out to be far more complex than they’d imagined. But not Mayor Bell. The shocker for him is the lack of civility, courtesy and respect people show officials these days.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:50:57 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10934 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Politics and civility Kansas company has deal to buy Ann Arbor Railroad http://michiganradio.org/post/kansas-company-has-deal-buy-ann-arbor-railroad <p>A Kansas-based company says it has a deal to buy the short line Michigan rail company Ann Arbor Railroad Inc.<br><br>Pittsburg, Kan.-based Watco Companies LLC says the deal awaits approval from the Surface Transportation Board, which is expected in late January or early February.<br><br>The Ann Arbor Railroad serves southeastern Michigan and the Toledo, Ohio, areas, mainly shipping auto and other manufacturing goods. It operates 50 miles of track between Ann Arbor and Toledo and has Toledo-area terminals serving General Motors Co., Chrysler and Ford Motor Co.</p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:15:42 +0000 Associated Press 10567 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: View from Toledo http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-view-toledo <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">If you ever took a course in Michigan history, you may remember that Toledo was originally supposed to be part of Michigan. We lost it after the infamous Toledo War.</font></font></p> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:00:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8628 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: View from Toledo Toledo Zoo opens new elephant space http://michiganradio.org/post/toledo-zoo-opens-new-elephant-space <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) &mdash; The elephants at one Ohio zoo have a new home to roam.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The Toledo Zoo is showing off its new $15 million elephant exhibit this weekend. Zoo officials say the new area will give its four elephants more places to move and stretch their trunks.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The area called the Tembo Trail also has spruced up the zoo&#39;s home for its lions, rhinos and hippos.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The zoo&#39;s director tells <a href="http://bit.ly/JXWCOW">The Blade newspaper in Toledo</a> that zookeepers will be able to raise and lower the food hanging from man-made trees to give the elephants a little extra physical and mental stimulation.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The exhibit also gives visitors a better view of the elephants, including the baby of the group, 800-pound Lucas who was born last June.</span> Sat, 19 May 2012 17:11:11 +0000 The Associated Press 7540 at http://michiganradio.org Toledo Zoo opens new elephant space Contrasting Michigan policy, Toledo mayor considers domestic partner benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/contrasting-michigan-policy-toledo-mayor-considers-domestic-partner-benefits <p>Late last year, Michigan Gov. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-snyder-signs-measure-banning-live-partner-health-benefits">Rick Snyder signed a controversial law</a> barring many live-in partners of state employees from receiving government health benefits. Snyder and some members of the state legislature cited cost as the primary reason behind the ban. But critics of the law,<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-moves-forward-challenge-domestic-partner-benefits-ban"> including the ACLU of Michigan</a>, said the law unfairly targeted same-sex couples.</p><p>Now, just south of the border, things might be moving in the opposite direction.</p><p>According to<a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/04/27/Benefits-eyed-for-domestic-partners-of-city-employees.html"> a story in the Toledo Blade</a>, the city&#39;s Mayor Mike Bell is planning to bring legislation concerning domestic partner benefits before the city council. The measure would give Toledo city employees the opportunity to extend their health care benefits to cover their live-in partners, provided couples sign up for the city&#39;s Domestic Partner Registry.</p><p>More from the Blade:</p><blockquote><p>Both heterosexual and same-sex couples would be eligible for benefits under the proposed law...</p><p>&quot;What we&#39;re trying to do is bring our city, form the standpoint of human resources and affirmative-action policies, in line with what&#39;s happening nationally,&quot; Mayor Bell said. &quot;We&#39;re not the first train pulling out of the station here, we&#39;re actually in a way trying to catch up with the policies that make companies and cities competitive in the state of Ohio.&quot;</p><p>Other cities, including Cleveland and Columbus, along with Lucas County, the University of Toledo, Owens Corning, and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, offer benefits to domestic partners of employees, according to information provided by the mayor&#39;s office.</p></blockquote><p>But, the Blade reports, some council members are already voicing misgivings about the policy:</p><blockquote><p>George Sarantou said he has many questions about the proposed law and is concerned it could be too costly for a city that has struggled financially in recent years.</p><p>&quot;Cost is always a factor when you&#39;re dealing with a budget,&quot; Councilman Sarantou said...</p><p>Councilman Rob Ludeman, meanwhile, expressed both financial and moral concerns about the proposed law. During his last term, Mr. Ludeman was one of two councilmen who voted against the Domestic Partner Registry.</p><p>&quot;A lot of it was my own religious beliefs, but I think I represented a conservative constituency who were opposed to it, gay and straight people,&quot; Mr. Ludeman said.</p></blockquote><p>Mayor Bell told the Blade that he doesn&#39;t believe the benefits will present any financial strain and said it comes down to fairness:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;When you&#39;re the mayor, you represent everybody,&quot; the mayor said. &quot;Inside the city we have a lot of different lifestyles. All I&#39;m trying to do is be fair to everybody. ... I&#39;m trying to adjust our polices to the obvious that&#39;s in front of us right now at this particular time in history.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>-<em>John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:40:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7237 at http://michiganradio.org Contrasting Michigan policy, Toledo mayor considers domestic partner benefits A new idea for schools, make them centers of the community http://michiganradio.org/post/new-idea-schools-make-them-centers-community <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Toledo, Ohio is just across Michigan&rsquo;s southern border, but as far as policy makers in our state are concerned, it might as well be another country. In fact, virtually nobody in Michigan pays much attention to anything going on in Toledo, which is unfortunate.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:26:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5480 at http://michiganradio.org A new idea for schools, make them centers of the community Could the auto industry help revive Toledo? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-auto-industry-help-revive-toledo <p>Three big, new investments by automakers in one Ohio city are raising hopes for a revived economy. Chrysler and General Motors have promised to spend more than $800 million on retooling and expanding their factories in Toledo.</p><p>These moves announced in recent months will create at least 1,400 jobs and keep thousands more. Parts suppliers also are expected to add more jobs in and around Toledo.</p><p>Chrysler announced plans on Wednesday to build a new Jeep SUV at its Toledo assembly plant while adding 1,100 jobs. It also hinted that more work could be coming.</p><p>That&#39;s why Toledo Mayor Mike Bell calls the news &quot;the equivalent of a blood transfusion for our city.&quot; Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:20:11 +0000 The Associated Press 5074 at http://michiganradio.org Pres. Obama marks the end of government ownership of Chrysler http://michiganradio.org/post/pres-obama-marks-end-government-ownership-chrysler <p>President Obama congratulated a crowd of Chrysler auto workers <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/03/usa-campaign-obama-idUSN0312135220110603">today </a>in Toledo for their hard work as he stood surrounded by an assembly line of Jeeps. He stressed the importance of the 2008 bailout of Chrysler and G-M to the rest of the auto industry, including Ford:</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 18:17:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 2747 at http://michiganradio.org Pres. Obama marks the end of government ownership of Chrysler Obama to visit Chrysler plant in Toledo next week http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-visit-chrysler-plant-toledo-next-week <p>President Barack Obama will visit a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, next week to discuss the car maker&#39;s repayment of a federal loan that saved the company from financial disaster two years ago.</p><p>The White House says Obama will visit the auto plant on June 3.</p><p>Chrysler announced Tuesday the repayment of $5.9 billion in U.S. loans and $1.7 billion in loans from the governments of Canada and Ontario. It covers most of the federal bailout money that saved the company after it nearly ran out of cash in 2009 and went through a government-led bankruptcy.</p><p>The company recently posted its first profit in five years and has bolstered its lineup of Jeeps and cars. Thu, 26 May 2011 10:49:45 +0000 The Associated Press 2649 at http://michiganradio.org Obama to visit Chrysler plant in Toledo next week GM will (possibly) hire new workers as its invests in U.S. plants http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-will-possibly-hire-new-workers-its-invests-us-plants <p>General Motors has announced it will invest a total of $2 billion in&nbsp;17 of its&nbsp;U.S. plants.&nbsp;</p><p>The investment also means the company will re-hire its 1,357 laid-off workers, and possibly hire hundreds of new workers, especially if demand for GM cars continues to improve.</p><p>At GM&#39;s Toledo Transmission plant, UAW members gather to hear about what it means for their plant:&nbsp; a $200 million upgrade and&nbsp;the opportunity to build a new, fuel-efficient&nbsp;8-speed transmission.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 01:38:46 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2436 at http://michiganradio.org GM will (possibly) hire new workers as its invests in U.S. plants GM to add 250-400 jobs to Toledo factory http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-add-250-400-jobs-toledo-factory <p>A General Motors transmission factory will be adding 250 to 400 jobs, according to a union official quoted by the Associated Press.</p><p>The announcement will be made by CEO Dan Akerson and UAW Vice President Joe Ashton.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2011-05-09-gm-jobs-transmission-plant-toledo_n.htm"> AP reports:</a></p><blockquote><p>A union official says General Motors plans to add 250 to 400 jobs at its transmission factory in Toledo, Ohio.</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 20:19:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2414 at http://michiganradio.org GM to add 250-400 jobs to Toledo factory