labor day weekend en Calls to raise minimum wage return with Labor Day <p>DETROIT (AP) - A call to raise the minimum wage has returned in the run-up to Labor Day.<br><br>It's come in the form of worker rallies and a report finding Michigan ranks second-to-worst among states for wage growth during the past 30 years.<br><br>Fast-food workers in Detroit, Flint, Lansing and elsewhere protested Thursday demanding higher wages. They seek $15 an hour - more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25.<br> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:11:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14226 at Calls to raise minimum wage return with Labor Day Driving down nearly 7% in Michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Advocates say Michigan policymakers should wake up to the fact that residents are driving less and start focusing on public transit and biking alternatives.<br><br>Per-person driving miles in Michigan are down nearly 7% since 2005. It's a trend occurring across the U.S.<br><br>Some researchers say the changes are mostly a reflection of the economy and driving could bounce back. Others say the decline in driving reflects fundamental changes in the way Americans view the automobile.<br> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 17:03:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14224 at Driving down nearly 7% in Michigan Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year <p>AAA predicts that 1.2 million Michiganders will travel this Labor Day weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>More than 90 percent will be driving.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Gasoline prices took their usual pre-holiday weekend jump earlier this week in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; The statewide average is about $3.75.</p><p></p><p>But Patrick DeHaan with says that’s not too bad.</p><p></p><p>“Keep in mind last year…prices were north of four dollars a gallon,” says DeHaan, “So prices this year are about 30 cents per gallon than where they were last year at this time.”</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:51:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 14211 at Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year The 'last weekend of summer' could include a risk of wildfires <p>This has been a below-average summer for wildfires in Michigan.&nbsp; Though parts of the Lower and Upper Peninsulas have been under a ‘high fire danger’ warning for much of August.</p><p></p><p>Jim Fisher is with the Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;He says three-day weekends can add to the problem.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Usually on three-day weekends there’s many more people out and about in the woods doing things, including having campfires…it does usually cause more fires on those weekends when its drier,” says Fisher.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14205 at West Nile virus threatens Labor Day celebrations <p>DETROIT (AP) - People celebrating Labor Day weekend outdoors in Michigan could be setting themselves up as the main course for feasting mosquitoes including the species known to carry the West Nile virus.<br><br> The disease has become the summer scourge across the country and the state where on Thursday an 87-year-old Kent County woman became its fifth fatality.<br><br> State health officials are working with local governments to educate residents on how to best avoid the disease after an unusually warm spring encouraged the early hatching of mosquitoes that transmit the virus.<br> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 14:23:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 8913 at Michigan gasoline prices rising, Michigan Attorney General warns against price gouging <p>Michigan <a href="">gasoline prices</a> have risen 25 cents in the past week.</p><p></p><p>The price increase is tied to late summer driving demand and Hurricane Isaac disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p></p><p>The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Michigan stands at $4.08, according to <a href=""></a></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 19:30:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8868 at Michigan gasoline prices rising, Michigan Attorney General warns against price gouging One last shot of Summer <p>&nbsp;Many Michiganders will head to the beach or campgrounds to enjoy one last taste of summer during the Labor Day holiday weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">AAA</a> predicts 1.2&nbsp;million Michiganders will travel this weekend.&nbsp; 98 percent will be driving.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sergeant Jill Bennett is with the <a href=",4643,7-123-1586-261704--,00.html">Michigan State Police</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She says police will be out in force this weekend.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:34:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 4016 at One last shot of Summer