Genesee County http://michiganradio.org en Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills http://michiganradio.org/post/program-helping-genesee-county-teens-get-workplace-skills <p>Hundreds of Genesee County teenagers just completed a program that may help them land a summer job.</p><p></p><p>Teen Quest gives 14 to 19 year olds a chance to learn a variety of skills, from how to apply for a job to how to behave in the workplace.</p><p></p><p>Rhetta Hunyady is the Vice President of Education and Training for the Flint &amp; Genesee Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says it’s very important for young people to learn workplace skills.</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17028 at http://michiganradio.org Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills Consumers Energy puts Genesee County power plant project 'on hold' http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-puts-genesee-county-power-plant-project-hold <p>Consumers Energy is suspending plans to start building a $700 million power plant in Genesee County.</p><p>The utility announced today it will instead buy an existing Jackson County power plant for $155 million.</p><p>“You know, frankly, we can look out our windows at our headquarters at Consumers Energy, look east, and see the steam when that plant is operating, which is quite often,” says Dan Bishop, a Consumers spokesman.</p><p>The Jackson County power plant has been generating electricity for a decade. As a merchant power plant, it sold electricity on the wholesale market.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16244 at http://michiganradio.org Consumers Energy puts Genesee County power plant project 'on hold' Flint taking a look at pawn shops and scrap yards http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-taking-look-pawn-shops-and-scrap-yards <p>The city of Flint may soon propose new regulations on pawn shops and scrap yards.</p><p></p><p>Flint police chief James Tolbert says he’s concerned about “the crime behind the crime” of burglaries in the city.</p><p></p><p>He’s looking at a new ordinance for city pawn shops and scrap yards.</p><p></p><p>“We’re working on a way where we can better monitor what goes in and goes out,” says Tolbert, though he declined to say exactly how that would be done.</p><p></p><p>Tolbert says he’s also been talking with other Genesee County chiefs of police about the problem.</p><p></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16082 at http://michiganradio.org Flint taking a look at pawn shops and scrap yards Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties http://michiganradio.org/post/slow-enrollment-obamacare-rural-counties <p>People in rural areas trying to enroll for health insurance as part of the new Affordable Care Act can face special challenges. Registration must happen online, and many people in Michigan’s rural counties do not have a home computer or access to the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15874 at http://michiganradio.org Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/genesee-county-ending-no-kill-policy-animal-shelter <p>Genesee County Commissioners decided today to resume euthanizing dogs and cats at the county animal shelter.</p><p></p><p>Less than two months ago, the county decided to institute a ‘no-kill’ policy at the shelter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Under the old policy, dogs and cats would only be “put-down” with a written order from a veterinarian or a court.&nbsp;&nbsp; But shelter officials say the shelter’s animal population has soared since the policy began.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new policy will give the shelter broader latitude to euthanize dogs and cats.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:42:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14272 at http://michiganradio.org Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter Flint conference looking at ways to help Michigan's manufacturing industries http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-conference-looking-ways-help-michigans-manufacturing-industries <p>Federal, state and local government officials are meeting with Genesee County business leaders today to discuss ways to build up the county’s manufacturing industry.</p><p></p><p>After decades of decline, Genesee County’s manufacturing base has been growing since the recession.</p><p></p><p>Much of the growth has been tied to the auto industry.</p><p></p><p>Janice Karcher is with the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. She says Flint-area manufacturers are about more than cars and trucks.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14256 at http://michiganradio.org Flint conference looking at ways to help Michigan's manufacturing industries Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ground-broken-quarter-billion-dollar-water-pipeline-michigan <p>A quarter billion dollar water pipeline project broke ground today near the Lake Huron shoreline.</p><p></p><p>The source of the water was on the minds of the people at the groundbreaking, including Pastor Floyd Fuller who gave the invocation.</p><p></p><p>““Drink from your own cistern.&nbsp;&nbsp; Running water from your own well,” Fuller said, quoting from the Book of Proverbs.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The well in this case is not a well but a lake.&nbsp; Lake Huron to be specific.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:42:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 13304 at http://michiganradio.org Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan Courting buyers for GM's old properties in Flint, Genesee County http://michiganradio.org/post/courting-buyers-gms-old-properties-flint-genesee-county <p>The man leading the effort to clean up and dispose of General Motors’ vacant properties says more potential buyers are showing interest.</p><p></p><p>Elliot Laws is the Administrative Trustee of the RACER Trust. &nbsp;&nbsp;RACER stands for “Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response.”&nbsp; The trust was created during GM’s bankruptcy.</p><p></p><p>Laws says interest in the old GM plant sites is rising along with the economy.</p><p></p><p>“There’s a lot of cash out there for people to invest,” says Laws, “They’ve been holding onto trying to see what’s going to happen.”</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:26:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13249 at http://michiganradio.org Courting buyers for GM's old properties in Flint, Genesee County Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home <p>State wildlife officials have agreed to let a Genesee County family keep its pet deer.</p><p></p><p>Lilly the deer was born shortly after her mother was struck and killed in an auto accident. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A family took the animal in and for the past five years has raised it as a pet.&nbsp; Lilly has the run of the house and the fenced-in yard.</p><p></p><p>But it’s against the law in Michigan to keep a deer as a pet. After receiving a complaint, the Department of Natural Resources tried to remove Lilly from the home.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:13:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 13220 at http://michiganradio.org Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home Tornado touched down in Atlas township last night http://michiganradio.org/post/tornado-touched-down-atlas-township-last-night <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tornado conditions merely amounted to warnings in </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County, but a tornado did touch down in Atlas township last night.</span></p><p><a href="http://connect.mlive.com/user/rfonger/posts.html" target="_blank">Ron Fonger</a>, of MLive.com <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/05/national_weather_service_confi_1.html" target="_blank">reported that the majority of the damage</a> was probably caused by small twisters as well:</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 18:35:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12789 at http://michiganradio.org Tornado touched down in Atlas township last night Genessee County shuts down HAZMAT team http://michiganradio.org/post/genessee-county-shuts-down-hazmat-team <p><span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MLive's Ron Fonger</span></span> is reporting that <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/03/genesee_county_shuts_down_haza.html#incart_river_default">Genesee County has shut down its h<span style="font-size: 1em;">azardous materials response team.&nbsp; </span></a></p><p>This comes as state officials are investigating potential problems with the unit.<br><br>It will be the first time the county has been without a HAZMAT team in over 10 years.&nbsp; Now other counties will be asked to provide assistance when there's a hazardous materials emergency. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11930 at http://michiganradio.org Genessee County shuts down HAZMAT team Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-delay-decision-water-pipeline-project-again <p>The Flint city council has delayed a decision on whether to take part in a quarter billion dollar project to tap water from Lake Huron for the city’s drinking water. The panel delayed taking action on the proposal last week as well.</p><p></p><p>The project has been in development for years. But supporters say they will soon have to start work on the project. They want Flint leaders to decide now if the city is going to be part of the project.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 11752 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again Tuesday primary begins the process of filling an empty state senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/tuesday-primary-begins-process-filling-empty-state-senate-seat <p>Tomorrow, primary voters in Genesee County will narrow down the field of candidates to fill an open state senate seat.</p><p></p><p>There are seven candidates on the 27th state senate district primary ballot, though one has dropped out of the race.</p><p></p><p>On the Democratic side, State representatives Woodrow Stanley and Jim Ananich are facing off against Genesee County Commissioner Ted Henry and GM auto worker Chris Del Morone.</p><p></p><p>At a recent public forum, Stanley echoed the comments of his fellow Democratic candidates in hoping for a change at the state capitol.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11613 at http://michiganradio.org Tuesday primary begins the process of filling an empty state senate seat Michigan Governor rejects Flint crime fighting proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-rejects-flint-crime-fighting-proposal <p>The city of Flint consistently makes the list as one of the country's most violent.</p><p>Genessee County&nbsp; Sheriff Robert Pickell says he has a plan to cut down on crime in Flint, but it would cost $3 million. That's $3 million Pickell would like from the state.</p><p>Ron Fonger of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/02/gov_snyder_to_sheriff_thanks_b.html#incart_river_default">Flint Journal</a> reports Gov. Snyder has rejected Pickell's plan:</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:20:47 +0000 Mark Brush 11403 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Governor rejects Flint crime fighting proposal How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools http://michiganradio.org/post/how-social-media-closed-down-more-100-michigan-schools <p>You might have heard how Genesee and Lapeer counties <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/internet-rumors-close-genesee-co-lapeer-schools">closed down all their schools</a> today and tomorrow due to rumors spreading across Facebook, Twitter, and texts.</p><p>But how could a rumor close so many schools?</p><p>Below is a <em>Storify </em>narrative of how one text message prompted a social media wildfire in southeast Michigan.</p><p>You can click on any of the linked text or images to follow the story further.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:16:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10475 at http://michiganradio.org How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools Genesee County Jail to release inmates because of “overcrowding emergency” http://michiganradio.org/post/genesee-county-jail-release-inmates-because-overcrowding-emergency <p>The emergency was declared this week when the number of inmates remained above 700 for seven days in a row. The jail’s capacity is only 580 inmates.</p><p>That means <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(fe5fmo2yyte1dsiwjwiaqs2v))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=mcl-Act-325-of-1982&amp;query=on&amp;highlight=emergency%20AND%20overcrowding">state law now requires the jail </a>to release about 175 inmates in the next two weeks. The number needs to get to 555 within 12 days; if the sheriff’s department can’t do that it’ll create a list to hand over to judges to decide.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:44:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9172 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's new emergency manager says city does, in fact, need an EM http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-new-emergency-manager-says-city-does-fact-need-em <p align="LEFT">Flint's new emergency financial manager disagrees -- strongly -- with recent assertions by the city council's president that Flint doesn't need an emergency financial manager anymore.  </p><p align="LEFT">Ed Kurtz was Flint's Emergency Financial Manager a decade ago. He says the city is in much worse shape than the first time he was in charge.</p><p align="LEFT">The city has $19 million&nbsp; of debt, and nearly $1.5 billion in underfunded pension and retiree health care costs.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:20:16 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8841 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's new emergency manager says city does, in fact, need an EM Flint using special tax break to encourage downtown development http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-using-special-tax-break-encourage-downtown-development <p>A public hearing Monday morning will begin a process that could help renovate some long-vacant buildings in downtown Flint.</p><p> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8101 at http://michiganradio.org Flint using special tax break to encourage downtown development Federal aid coming to parts of Michigan hit hard by flooding in May http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-aid-coming-parts-michigan-hit-hard-flooding-may <p>Genesee County residents hard hit by a May flood will soon get some help from the federal government.</p><p>More than 5 inches of rain fell on parts of Genesee County on May 3 and 4.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:17:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 8095 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor asks (again) for federal help for Genesee County flood victims http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-asks-again-federal-help-genesee-county-flood-victims <p>Gov. Snyder is trying again to get some federal help for people in Genesee County hard-hit by spring floods.&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:07:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 8054 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor asks (again) for federal help for Genesee County flood victims