liquor en Stateside: A good city for a drink <p>Imagine going to your pharmacy to fill a keg of hard cider.</p><p>Such was reality in 19<sup>th</sup> century Detroit.</p><p>Stateside’s Cyndy Canty spoke with Bill Loomis, writer for the Detroit News, about the city’s history of dedicated drinking.</p><p>“You could get liquor almost anywhere. Pharmacies sold liquor. You would bring in your container and they would fill it up and charge you,” said Loomis.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:17:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 9603 at Stateside: A good city for a drink In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Welfare benefits lost if children miss more than 10 days of school</strong></p><p>"A new policy goes into effect Monday that takes away welfare benefits from families with children who miss more than 10 days of school without an excuse. The policy requires families that apply or re-apply for cash assistance to prove their children don’t have too many unexcused absences," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Liquor license bill passes state House</strong></p><p>"The state house has approved a bill that would let Michigan businesses get a liquor license more quickly. The review process often takes months and in some cases, years. The proposed law would allow a conditional liquor license while a review is under way," Rina Miller <a href="">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Law would allow STD treatment of partners without exam </strong></p><p>"A bill in the state House would let doctors prescribe medication to the partner of a patient who's been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease -- without examining the partner. The law would apply to chlamydia and gonorrhea. More than 50,000 cases of chlamydia and more than 13,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in Michigan in 2011. Both are highly infectious and can cause serious damage to a woman's reproductive system," Rina Miller <a href="">reports. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:32:51 +0000 Emily Fox 9305 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Relaxing Liquor Laws <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Back in the 1980s, The Detroit News had an excellent editor named Lionel Linder, who did his best to improve the intellectual quality of the newspaper.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:53:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5369 at Relaxing Liquor Laws Michigan grocery stores can now give free samples of wine and beer <p>Free wine and beer samples may soon be regular features at Michigan grocery stores. A <a href=";objectname=mcl-436-2027&amp;query=on&amp;highlight=sample">law</a> passed last November allows businesses already licensed to sell wine and beer for take-out to apply for an additional license to distribute free samples. This includes supermarkets and party stores.</p> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2191 at Michigan grocery stores can now give free samples of wine and beer Flying Dog sues state Liquor Control Commission over free speech <p><a href="">Flying Dog Brewery</a>, a Maryland-based beer maker, is suing <a href=",1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">Michigan&#39;s Liquor Control Commission</a> for violating its free speech rights.</p><p>The Brewery applied for a license to sell its 20th anniversary commemorative beer &quot;Raging Bitch&quot; in 2009. The beer&#39;s label included the following text:</p><blockquote><p>Two inflammatory words... one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release it....stand back!! Wallow in its golden glow in a glass beneath a white foaming head. Remember, enjoying a RAGING BITCH, unleashed, untamed, unbridled- and in heat- is pure GONZO!! It has taken 20 years to get from there to here. Enjoy!</p></blockquote><p>According to <a href="">Business Wire</a>, the Michigan Liquor Commission barred the sale of the beer claiming the &quot;beer&#39;s label &mdash; designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman &mdash; is &#39;detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.&#39;&quot;</p><p>Michigan is the only state, of the more than 40 states where the beer is sold, to ban it. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:06:27 +0000 Mark Brush 1819 at Flying Dog sues state Liquor Control Commission over free speech State Senate approves bill giving control over Sunday AM liquor sales to local governments <p>The state Senate approved a measure this week that would allow local governments to once again prohibit Sunday morning liquor sales.&nbsp;</p><p>The measure would allow local governments to opt out of the Sunday morning liquor law approved by the Legislature late last year. Lawmakers who sponsored the new measure say the opt-out was always supposed to be included in the original package, but was accidentally left out because it was slapped together and approved during hasty lame-duck negotiations.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:14:37 +0000 Laura Weber 1349 at State Senate approves bill giving control over Sunday AM liquor sales to local governments Sunday morning alcohol sales won't happen everywhere <p>Michigan's <a href="">new liquor law</a> that allows alcohol sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day starts this weekend for establishments that have bought the proper permits. But, some <a href="">communities in the state say they plan to continue to ban alcohol sales</a> during certain hours on Sunday.</p><p>As The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Flint, Muskegon Heights, Garden City, Sturgis, Charlotte and all of Oceana, Ogemaw and Mecosta counties are among the places opting to continue banning Sunday morning sales.</p></blockquote><p>Local governments had until yesterday to let <a href=",1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">officials</a> know if they wanted to continue to ban or limit the sales on Sunday mornings. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:10:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 616 at Sunday morning alcohol sales won't happen everywhere UPDATE: Sunday morning liqour sales rules loosening <P>UPDATE: 3:30pm</P> <P>&nbsp;The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is loosening up its interpretation of the state’s new Sunday morning liquor sales law.&nbsp;</P> <P>The new law includes a provision allowing local governments to prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday mornings.&nbsp; But the commission had said that any town or city doing so would be outlawing liquor sales ALL DAY Sunday.&nbsp; That left many communities with a very uncomfortable choice.</P> <P>Julie Wendt is the director for executive services for the liquor commission.&nbsp; She says the commission has decided to put aside i Fri, 10 Dec 2010 20:30:19 +0000 550 at UPDATE: Sunday morning liqour sales rules loosening Local governments consider controls on Sunday alcohol sales <p>Many communities across the state are deciding this week whether or not they should allow alcohol sales on Sunday morning. The state law allowing sales on Sunday morning and Christmas was <a href="">signed into law last month</a>. But local governments can opt their community out of the new rule.</p><p>After nearly a century as dry community, voters in Zeeland decided to allow alcohol to be sold within city limits every day but Sunday. Four years later, Zeeland has one carry out store and one restaurant that sell alcohol. Rick Van Dorp sits on <a href="">city council</a>. “I mean it was a close vote – only won by a handful of votes, maybe 14, when it did pass. And it failed a couple different times previously. So it’s kind of a contentious issue,” Van Dorp said. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 03:43:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 496 at Local governments consider controls on Sunday alcohol sales Last day for alcoholic energy drink sales <p>Today is the last day that stores in Michigan can sell alcoholic energy drinks.&nbsp; Last month, the <a href=",1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">Michigan Liquor Control Commission</a> announced it would ban sales of the <a href="">controversial drinks</a> because of health risks.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="">Food and Drug Administration</a> is requiring major brands of caffeinated alcoholic drinks to be taken off store shelves nationally by mid-December because of similar concerns. The agency says the combination of caffeine and alcohol in the drinks can lead to a "wide-awake drunk" and alcohol poisoning, car accidents and assaults.</p></blockquote><p>At least four states have banned the drinks. You can find a list of the banned-drinks <a href="">here.</a> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 13:43:50 +0000 Zoe Clark 451 at Last day for alcoholic energy drink sales No Sunday morning liquor sales... yet <p>Today is the day that a <a href="">bill </a>that allows alcohol sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day goes into effect. But, liquor control officials are still working on how to implement the new law.&nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A spokeswoman for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission said Tuesday the agency will be posting applications for the $160 license needed to sell alcohol on Sunday mornings and notifying local governments about the new law this week. Local governments will have until <span>Dec</span>. 15 to notify state officials if they opt to ban Sunday morning sales.</p></blockquote><p>Lawmakers <a href="">last month approved</a> the bill&nbsp; that allows alcohol to go on sale starting at 7am on Sunday mornings and on Christmas Day. Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:36:45 +0000 Zoe Clark 413 at No Sunday morning liquor sales... yet Will we finally be able to have a Bloody Mary at Sunday brunch? <p><strong>UPDATE 1:38 PM:</strong> <em>The Associated Press is reporting that the state Senate passed the bill 25-13.&nbsp; The bill now goes to the House.</em></p><p>I just got a heads-up from our Lansing-based reporter Laura Weber.&nbsp; She says a deal has been reached between the state House and Senate that would allow for liquor sales in Michigan on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day.&nbsp;</p><p>A previous bill that would have allowed for the sales was <a href="">vetoed</a> by Governor Granholm last month.&nbsp; Now, it appears lawmakers have reworked the bill for the governor's approval.</p><p>The Senate is expected to vote on the measure this afternoon. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:18:27 +0000 Zoe Clark 304 at Will we finally be able to have a Bloody Mary at Sunday brunch?