Flint http://michiganradio.org en Major changes proposed to Flint governance http://michiganradio.org/post/major-changes-proposed-flint-governance <p>Flint city government may undergo some major changes, if the recommendations from a blue ribbon committee become reality.</p><p></p><p>Before the governor appointed an emergency manager to run the city of Flint in 2011, the city’s mayor ran much of the city’s day-to-day business. &nbsp; The city council, ombudsman and civil service office also held significant control.</p><p></p><p>When Flint eventually emerges from state oversight, someone else could be calling the shots.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18508 at http://michiganradio.org Major changes proposed to Flint governance Flint residents criticize state troopers during a community meeting http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-residents-criticize-state-troopers-during-community-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan State Police troopers faced a barrage of criticism during a community meeting in Flint today. Much of the complaints centered on recent fatal auto accidents involving state troopers.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a sometimes emotional three hour meeting between Flint residents and state police commanders.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many people, including family members of two women killed in auto accidents linked to car chases involving state troopers, blasted the state police.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You don’t even have a 'Plan B' when you’re chasing somebody,” a woman in the audience, “That just doesn’t make any sense, to come here as a professional and kill people who were not even involved in what you were dealing with.”</span></p><p>Dozens of Michigan State Police troopers are patrolling Flint city streets and assisting with investigations in the city. &nbsp;The troopers are augmenting Flint's depleted police department, which has been decimated in recent years by budget cuts.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:54:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 18433 at http://michiganradio.org Flint residents criticize state troopers during a community meeting Flint's all-female poetry slam team goes to national competition http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-all-female-poetry-slam-team-goes-national-competition <p></p><p>The 17<sup>th</sup> annual International Youth Poetry Slam festival is in Philadelphia this week.</p><p>Flint is sending a team made up entirely of high school girls.</p><p>They’ve been practicing for months, writing poetry from their own lives about things like family, abuse, mental illness, and love.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:17:02 +0000 Kate Wells 18426 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's all-female poetry slam team goes to national competition Some Flint residents want state troopers to leave town http://michiganradio.org/post/some-flint-residents-want-state-troopers-leave-town <p>Frustration of about the presence of Michigan State Police troopers patrolling Flint hit the street today.</p><p></p><p>Flint city councilman Wantwaz Davis organized a rally that brought out more than 100 people to Flint city hall. &nbsp;Davis says state troopers are driving on city streets “like renegades and cowboys.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:45:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 18372 at http://michiganradio.org Some Flint residents want state troopers to leave town The week in review: Art, oil, schools and money http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-art-oil-schools-and-money <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review</em>, while Emily Fox sits in for Rina Miller, she and Jack Lessenberry discuss how selling works from the Detroit Institute of Arts wouldn't make <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/report-dia-collection-worth-much-46-billion">financial sense</a> in helping with the city's bankruptcy, the threat of an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-oil-spill-under-mackinac-straits-would-be-deathblow-northern-michigan">oil spill </a>under the Straits of Mackinac, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/so-how-big-flint-schools-deficit-depends-who-you-ask">money problems</a> with Flint Community Schools.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:06:04 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18355 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Art, oil, schools and money So, how big is Flint schools' deficit? Depends who you ask http://michiganradio.org/post/so-how-big-flint-schools-deficit-depends-who-you-ask <p></p><p>Flint Community Schools says it's got a $20 million deficit ($10 million of which was only recently discovered, according to the district.)</p><p>But if you ask Lisa Hagel, Flint Community Schools owes another $8.6 million on top of that.</p><p>Hagel is the superintendent of the Genesee Intermediate School District, which is now suing Flint schools over allegedly misspending $8.6 million of countywide tax money. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:27:36 +0000 Kate Wells 18342 at http://michiganradio.org So, how big is Flint schools' deficit? Depends who you ask Detroit, Flint get $9 million for doctor training http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-flint-get-9-million-doctor-training <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit and Flint areas are getting nearly $9 million to help train new primary care providers.</p><p>Most of the money announced&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;goes to the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority for training in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. Flint's Hamilton Community Health Network is getting $900,000 for family medicine training.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the money is part of $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs nationwide. Overall, it will help train more than 550 doctors during the 2014-2015 academic year.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18288 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit, Flint get $9 million for doctor training Vacant lots in Flint are becoming urban gardens http://michiganradio.org/post/vacant-lots-flint-are-becoming-urban-gardens <p>There are more than 12,000 vacant lots in Flint, and Genesee county is trying to change that.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:00:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18283 at http://michiganradio.org Vacant lots in Flint are becoming urban gardens "Autoworld" opened its doors in Flint 30 years ago http://michiganradio.org/post/autoworld-opened-its-doors-flint-30-years-ago <p></p><p>30 years ago, "Autoworld" opened its doors on July 4, 1984 in Flint, Michigan.</p><p>It was an indoor theme park and museum dedicated to preserving and spreading automotive achievements. &nbsp;</p><p>Bill Shea, editor and reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, said that the attraction wasn’t that popular and visitors were confused about what Autoworld was.</p><p>Was it supposed to be a museum or a theme park?</p><p>This led people to ask why a group of people invested $80 million into the endeavor.</p><p>Organizers hoped&nbsp;Autoworld&nbsp;would revitalize the inner city of Flint, develop Michigan’s tourism industry, and preserve the automotive history in the city.</p><p>But, in 1987, the attraction closed its doors permanently. Here's a video of them imploding the building from ABC News:</p><p>http://youtu.be/TOmifOLSSRs</p><p>*<em>You can hear our interview with Bill Shea today at 3 p.m. We'll add the interview to this post at 4:30 p.m.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:49:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18236 at http://michiganradio.org "Autoworld" opened its doors in Flint 30 years ago Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-budget-deficit-soars-20-million <p>The Flint school district is sinking deeper into red ink.</p><p></p><p>Less than 12 months ago, an audit placed the district’s budget deficit at $10.4 million.&nbsp; It's now pegged at $20.4 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Flint school district has been struggling to reduce its multi-million dollar deficit for years. But last night, school district officials described recent budget plans as being “far from reality,” even describing the district’s current budget as only ”close to reality.”</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:48:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 18179 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million Michigan soccer fans celebrate USA victory over Ghana in the World Cup opening round http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-soccer-fans-celebrate-usa-victory-over-ghana-world-cup-opening-round <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Soccer fans packed World Cup watch parties across Michigan Monday evening.</span></p><p></p><p>In Flint, dozens of people packed a downtown sports bar to cheer Team USA to its 2-1 victory over Ghana.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The watch party doubled as a fundraiser to collect money to help rehab Flint’s 85-year-old Atwood Stadium.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“It’s encouraging,” says Tom Saxton, Michigan State University’s women’s soccer coach, “The game gets better and better every year in the United States, and we're excited to be a part of it.”</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:20:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 18029 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan soccer fans celebrate USA victory over Ghana in the World Cup opening round Feathers fly in Flint over backyard chickens http://michiganradio.org/post/feathers-fly-flint-over-backyard-chickens <p>One of Flint’s leading urban farmers is being told she has to get rid of her chickens.</p><p></p><p>Roxanne Adair operates a commercial urban farm in Flint. She sells the produce from her two-acre farm at the local farmers market and to individual clients. She also keeps eight chickens in her home's backyard.&nbsp;&nbsp; She’s been raising chickens in her backyard for the past few years.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Adair says she eats many of the eggs herself and gives others away. She admits she will also sell another dozen or so a week. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18022 at http://michiganradio.org Feathers fly in Flint over backyard chickens Flint dealing with water issues http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-dealing-water-issues <p>Flint’s water department is getting plenty of complaints about the smell and taste of the city’s tap water.</p><p></p><p>This Spring, the city started using water from the Flint River after decades of getting its water from Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Daugherty Johnson is Flint’s utilities administrator. He says complaints about Flint’s water are nothing new.</p><p></p><p>“We’ve certainly had more complaints since the switch over…and we recognize those hardness issues that we’re working through right now,” says Johnson.</p><p></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18004 at http://michiganradio.org Flint dealing with water issues Flint school district lays off 250 staff http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-lays-250-staff <p></p><div>The Flint school district is sending out some 250 pink slips this week.</div><p>They're laying off non-classroom staff, from janitors to secretaries to school safety workers.&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Administrators say they have no choice: they're coming up against a state deadline to eliminate the district's $10 million general fund deficit.&nbsp;</div><div><p></p><p>Now the district will look to outsource those positions through a private company.</p><p></p><p>Karon Grubb is a secretary in the administration office.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:09:53 +0000 Kate Wells 17882 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school district lays off 250 staff New Flint church seeks to save a neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/new-flint-church-seeks-save-neighborhood <p>Flint’s newest church has an unusual mission.</p><p></p><p>Its goal is to save the neighborhood that surrounds it.</p><p></p><p>Community Impact Church held its first Sunday service yesterday in a formally abandoned church. The church is surrounded by abandoned homes, blight, and vacant lots filled with weeds.</p><p></p><p>Pastor Corey James says his Allen Park-based ministry decided to set up in one of Flint’s more distressed northside neighborhoods for a reason: To help people rebuild their neighborhood.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17820 at http://michiganradio.org New Flint church seeks to save a neighborhood Report: Flint man requests new trial in Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/report-flint-man-requests-new-trial-iran <p>DETROIT (AP) - A news agency reports that a retired U.S. Marine from Michigan has requested a new trial in Iran, where he has been imprisoned since 2011 after being accused of spying.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 21:31:39 +0000 The Associated Press 17748 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Flint man requests new trial in Iran Lower mortgage interest rates offered in 8 Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/lower-mortgage-interest-rates-offered-8-michigan-cities <p>LANSING – Michigan is helping provide lower interest rates to first-time homebuyers in eight cities.<br /><br />About 300 individual or families in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, and Jackson can take advantage of a program announced Friday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First-time homebuyers who meet eligibility requirements can get a 3.125% mortgage interest rate without down payment assistance. If they need help with their down payment, the interest rate is 3.625%.</span></p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to increase home sales in five cities hit hard by blight and three other cities needing a boost.<br /><br />Michigan State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Scott Woosley says most of Michigan's real estate market has bounced back, but some areas are still experiencing significant sales declines.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:03:36 +0000 The Associated Press 17733 at http://michiganradio.org Lower mortgage interest rates offered in 8 Michigan cities Flint's emergency manager proposes cuts to police, firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-proposes-cuts-police-firefighters <p></p><p></p><p>Flint's state-appointed emergency manager is proposing a $55 million budget that would cut 36 police officer positions and 19 firefighter jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>Darnell Earley's two-year budget plan also includes higher fees for property owners for street lighting, garbage pickup and water and sewer service.&nbsp;</p><p>Dayne Walling, the mayor of Flint, joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:29:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17564 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager proposes cuts to police, firefighters Turning a brownfield into a green space in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/turning-brownfield-green-space-flint <p>A place where General Motors built cars for nearly century may later this year begin <a href="http://www.thelandbank.org/downloads/reimagining_chevy_in_the_hole.pdf">transforming into a city park</a> in Flint.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17203 at http://michiganradio.org Turning a brownfield into a green space in Flint Marine veteran gets 10-year sentence in Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/marine-veteran-gets-10-year-sentence-iran <div>TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian news agency is reporting that an appeals court has overturned a death sentence of an American man convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The semiofficial </span>ISNA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> news agency reported Saturday that lawyer </span>Mahmoud<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Alizadeh<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tabatabaei<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a Revolutionary Court issued the verdict for U.S. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:24:21 +0000 Associated Press 17214 at http://michiganradio.org Marine veteran gets 10-year sentence in Iran