saginaw http://michiganradio.org en 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 Saginaw postpones LGBT discrimination ban http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-postpones-lgbt-discrimination-ban <p>Saginaw is putting off a decision about whether to have a citywide ban on discrimination based&nbsp;</p><p> on sexual orientation or gender identity. &nbsp;</p><p>The Saginaw Council chambers were packed to capacity, according to the Associated Press.&nbsp;</p><p>But the council voted not to make a decision just yet. A few members said they wanted time to talk with the city's business and religious community.</p><p>But Councilwoman Annie Boensch&nbsp;says she thinks churches will support it, once they understand they're exempted from the ban.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:33:01 +0000 Kate Wells 17322 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw postpones LGBT discrimination ban Saginaw County Sheriff to outfit some inmates with stun vest http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-county-sheriff-outfit-some-inmates-stun-vest <p>The Saginaw County Sheriff Department plans to outfit inmates they believe could become violent in court with a "stun vest."&nbsp;</p><p>Inmates will wear the vest underneath their clothes.&nbsp;</p><p>Officers can use a remote control to deliver an electric shock if an inmate tries to attack someone and does not listen to a verbal command to stop. The shock is similar to that of a Taser device.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:58:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17208 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board approves deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-approves-deficit-elimination-plan <p>The Saginaw School&nbsp;District Board of Education approved a deficit elimination plan Monday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>The plan trims nearly $5 million from the district’s budget by closing three schools, laying off dozens of district employees, and other spending cuts. The district has a $6 million deficit.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:29:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 16485 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board approves deficit elimination plan Saginaw school officials struggle to agree on a deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-officials-struggle-agree-deficit-elimination-plan <p>The Saginaw School Board is going down to the wire in considering a deficit elimination plan for the district. &nbsp;&nbsp;The board must approve a plan today or risk losing state funding.</p><p></p><p>The Saginaw school board has been meeting since noon on a plan to close and consolidate schools, lay off teachers and support staff and cut union wages. Administrators say the plan could save about $4.9 million.</p><p></p><p>The district has a $6.1 million deficit.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:44:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 16481 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school officials struggle to agree on a deficit elimination plan Saginaw school board to vote on revised Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-vote-revised-deficit-elimination-plan-tomorrow <p></p><p>Saginaw school board members will vote tomorrow afternoon on a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for closing two elementary schools, turning the city's two high schools into seventh through twelfth grade schools and laying off dozens of employees.</p><p></p><p>The board has been struggling for the past two weeks to come up with a plan to eliminate the district’s $6.1 million deficit. State Education officials are threatening to withhold the district’s March state aid payment unless the district delivers a workable plan by Tuesday.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16456 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board to vote on revised Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow Crunch time: Saginaw school leaders work to draft a deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/crunch-time-saginaw-school-leaders-work-draft-deficit-elimination-plan <p>Saginaw school officials are spending today crunching the district’s budget numbers.</p><p></p><p>They have two days to come up with a deficit elimination plan that will do away with the district’s $6.1 million deficit over the next two years.</p><p></p><p>“We’re going to work furiously to make sure we’re going to put forward the best plan that can not only sustain Saginaw public schools but also help us rebuild in a way that would be very vibrant,” Saginaw School Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said after last night’s school board meeting.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:01:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 16452 at http://michiganradio.org Crunch time: Saginaw school leaders work to draft a deficit elimination plan Saginaw school board members will try again this week to craft a deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-members-will-try-again-week-craft-deficit-elimination-plan <p>Saginaw school board members will meet again Tuesday to discuss how to deal with the district’s multi-million dollar deficit.</p><p></p><p>Saginaw school board members have met three times in the past week to hash out a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The most recent proposal called for laying off employees and closing three schools, including Saginaw High School.</p><p></p><p>Parents and students have attacked the plan and the board for considering it.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16370 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board members will try again this week to craft a deficit elimination plan Saginaw school officials put off decision on closing schools http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-officials-put-decision-closing-schools <p>The Saginaw school board has put off a decision on the district’s financial future.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A few hundred people attended a meeting last night on a controversial plan that includes closing one of the district’s high schools.</p><p></p><p>“My pressure’s going up just by the thought of Saginaw High closing,” said Saginaw city councilman Norman Braddock, which drew cheers from the audience.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16327 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school officials put off decision on closing schools Saginaw school leaders may vote on deficit elimination plan tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-leaders-may-vote-deficit-elimination-plan-tonight <p>The Saginaw school board is expected to vote tonight on a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for major changes to the district, which is facing a multimillion dollar deficit.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state education department is threatening to withhold the district’s February state aid payment unless a new deficit elimination plan is submitted by Monday.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:19:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16311 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school leaders may vote on deficit elimination plan tonight Group calls Michigan's African-American homicide rate a public health crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/group-calls-michigans-african-american-homicide-rate-public-health-crisis <p>African-Americans in Michigan are murdered at one of the highest rates in the nation. That's according to a study from the<a href="http://www.vpc.org/"> Violence Policy Center.</a></p><p></p><p>The Center says 31 of every 100,000 black Michiganders was a homicide victim in 2011. That's twice the national rate for blacks and seven times the rate for Americans overall.</p><p></p><p>Josh Sugarmann is the Center's executive director. He says this is part of a public health crisis in America.</p><p></p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16182 at http://michiganradio.org Helping schools spot mental illness http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-schools-spot-mental-illness <p>Every time we see still another story about school violence, we ask the same question: why wasn’t anyone able to stop it?</p><p>With still more school violence in the news this week, three Michigan school districts are splitting a $2 million grant to spot and treat mental illness in students.</p><p>Saginaw, Houghton Lake and Detroit’s Education Achievement Authority are getting this aid specifically because they're struggling with student mental health or safety issues, according to state and local data.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:05:33 +0000 Kate Wells 14990 at http://michiganradio.org Helping schools spot mental illness Flint begins knocking down hundreds of abandoned homes http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-begins-knocking-down-hundreds-abandoned-homes <p></p><p>The first of 1,600 homes in Flint fell to a backhoe today.</p><p>The Genesee County Land Bank and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority are using a $20.1 million federal grant to pay for the largest blighted home demolition program in Flint&rsquo;s history.</p><p>The program is expected to eliminate a quarter of Flint&rsquo;s 5,600 abandoned homes.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says tearing down a derelict home has a positive effect on the surrounding neighborhood.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:07:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14837 at http://michiganradio.org Flint begins knocking down hundreds of abandoned homes ACLU asks for wider federal probe of Saginaw's police department http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-asks-wider-federal-probe-saginaws-police-department <p>Civil libertarians are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to expand a probe into the Saginaw Police Department.</p><p>The Justice Department has been examining the case of Milton Hall. He's a mentally ill homeless man who was gunned down by six Saginaw police officers as he threatened them with a knife.</p><p>The case has raised questions about how the department deals with African-Americans.</p><p>Mark Fancher is with the American Civil Liberties Union. He says his office has received several allegations that Saginaw police officers operate in a racially biased manner.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:16:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14505 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU asks for wider federal probe of Saginaw's police department Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-fbi-crime-stats-show-more-work-needed-detroit-flint-saginaw <p>Governor Rick Snyder says new FBI crime numbers show there’s still work to be done to make Michigan cities safer.</p><p>Flint and Detroit topped the FBI’s list of most-dangerous cities, which is based on 2011 data.</p><p>But Governor Snyder says the state’s been aggressive about public safety, especially in Detroit, where violent crime rates have improved.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:55:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 14466 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw Five Michigan cities are getting federal funding to demolish blighted homes http://michiganradio.org/post/five-michigan-cities-are-getting-federal-funding-demolish-blighted-homes <p>The city of Detroit is getting $52.3 million to deal with its blight problem.</p><p>Several other Michigan cities are also getting money to tear down abandoned homes and clean up other vacant buildings.</p><p>In June, the U.S.Treasury Department approved $100 million dollars to help several Michigan cities deal with blight.&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to the money going to Detroit, the governor’s office announced today that the city of Flint will receive $20.1 million. Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Pontiac will also receive some money from the federal government’s Hardest Hit fund.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14065 at http://michiganradio.org Five Michigan cities are getting federal funding to demolish blighted homes Another Michigan school district will be dissolved this week http://michiganradio.org/post/another-michigan-school-district-will-be-dissolved-week <p>Buena Vista schools will become the second district to be permanently dissolved under a new state law this week.</p><p></p><p>After Buena Vista shut down without warning in May, state legislators decided they needed an additional tool to deal with fiscal emergencies besides the emergency manager law.</p><p></p><p>The new law requires financially troubled districts to prove they have enough money to make it through an entire school year. If not, they can be dissolved. That happened to Inkster's school district last week.</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13726 at http://michiganradio.org Another Michigan school district will be dissolved this week Stateside for Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-23rd-2013 <p>Lawmakers in Lansing recently approved a $65 million increase in the state's Great Start Readiness Program. That's Michigan's preschool program for 4-year olds at risk of being under-prepared for kindergarten. But, many childhood advocates say that's not enough. We took a look into whether more needs to be done.</p><p>We also heard about space exploration 21st century style. We spoke to a Michigan scientist who is using Kickstarter to make his research a reality.</p><p>Also, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will preside over the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. We spoke with Brent Snavely of the Detroit Free Press about what we can expect from the judge.</p><p>First on the show, the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit has some wondering if Detroit is not an isolated incident. Could other financially struggling cities be on the same path?</p><p>To help us answer this question, we turned to Michigan Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee. Kildee represents Flint and Saginaw.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:06:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 13657 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 Could Flint and Saginaw face the same fate as Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-flint-and-saginaw-face-same-fate-detroit <p>The Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit has some wondering if Detroit is not an isolated incident. Could other financially struggling cities be on the same path?</p><p>Yesterday on Stateside we spoke with Eric Scorsone, economist at Michigan State University:</p><blockquote><p>Certainly other cities in Michigan absolutely face these same cost pressures, whether it’s Flint or Lansing or Saginaw. They absolutely face these same problems. And, again, they’re better off relative to Detroit than today. But, they’re still facing these problems and they need to make sure they’re proactive in managing to prevent anything like this.</p></blockquote><p>With that in mind, we turned to Michigan Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee. Kildee represents two of the cities Scorsone mentioned: Flint and Saginaw.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 13651 at http://michiganradio.org Could Flint and Saginaw face the same fate as Detroit? Finding jobs for young people in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-jobs-young-people-michigan <p>Michigan’s teen unemployment rate is more than double the state’s overall jobless rate.</p><p></p><p>State and local officials say limits on federal grants intended to promote youth employment are partly to blame.</p><p></p><p>State labor officials say a quarter of Michigan teens who want a job can’t find one this summer. &nbsp;&nbsp;And they say part of the problem is the number of requirements on youth employment programs that are funded with federal grants.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13307 at http://michiganradio.org Finding jobs for young people in Michigan