jackson http://michiganradio.org en A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help http://michiganradio.org/post/delicate-piece-art-history-jackson-michigan-geting-little-help <p>A piece of Jackson’s art history, which narrowly avoided the wrecking ball, may soon have new life.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 28' x 9' glass mural depicting the history of electric power hung in Consumers Energy’s old Jackson headquarters for more than four decades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Preservationists were able to save it from the wrecking ball that brought the building down last year. The mural was disassembled and has been in storage ever since.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan now is to reconstruct the glass mural, replace its internal lighting system, and build a new outdoor display to house the mural.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mural would be placed on the grounds of a new city park being built on the site of the old Consumers Energy headquarters.</span></p><p>“We hope to be able to have the new mural in place by….this time next year,” says Grant Bauman, whose part of the team working on the project.</p><p>He says the glass mural will add to the mix of public art in downtown Jackson.</p><p>This month, the project received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Organizers still need to raise about $200,000 for the glass mural project.</p><p>A Consumers Energy spokesman says the company has contributed to the preservation of the mural in the past, but has not committed to donating to the current project.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:40:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18388 at http://michiganradio.org A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help Prison museum in Jackson offers a "captivating" experience http://michiganradio.org/post/prison-museum-jackson-offers-captivating-experience <p>This Saturday, a unique museum experience will open in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“Cell Block 7” at the state prison in Jackson will officially open to the public. &nbsp;The museum is located in the old Southern Michigan Correctional Facility. The cell block was closed in 2007.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The museum will chronicle <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_Prison">the history of state prisons in Jackson</a>, which dates back to the 1830s. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18132 at http://michiganradio.org Prison museum in Jackson offers a "captivating" experience Attracting young professionals to small cities http://michiganradio.org/post/attracting-young-professionals-small-cities <p>There’s a new effort underway to make smaller Michigan cities more attractive to young professionals.</p><p></p><p>After college, many up and coming young professionals are drawn to the big cities where the nightlife is livelier and there's more diversity. But several smaller Michigan cities are trying to change that perspective.</p><p></p><p>Jackson recently launched the Anchor Initiative. &nbsp;More than a dozen of the city’s largest employers are joining forces to make Jackson’s downtown more attractive to young professionals looking for a place to live and work.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17751 at http://michiganradio.org Attracting young professionals to small cities 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 City of Jackson looks for ways to avoid cuts to police and fire services http://michiganradio.org/post/city-jackson-looks-ways-avoid-cuts-police-and-fire-services <p>Potential layoffs to the city of Jackson’s police and fire departments will figure prominently at a public hearing tonight.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The city of Jackson needs to trim more than $700,000 from next year’s budget. The plan now calls for most of that to come from cuts to the city’s public safety budget and it would include several layoffs.</p><p></p><p>“While we don’t want to cut, sometimes when you are in an urban core community … where (property) values and revenues are going down ... we don’t have that much of a choice,” says Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:29:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 17574 at http://michiganradio.org City of Jackson looks for ways to avoid cuts to police and fire services Jackson voters may be asked to reconsider controversial storm water fee http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-voters-may-be-asked-reconsider-controversial-storm-water-fee <p>Jackson residents may decide in August if they are willing to pay a special tax to clean up their city streets.</p><p></p><p>Last year, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the city of Jackson’s storm water fee was actually an illegal tax. The fee generated about a million dollars a year for street cleaning and leaf pickup programs which without funding the city cancelled last year.</p><p></p><p>Councilman Derek Dobies says that meant homeowners couldn’t just sweep their leaves into the street they had to dispose of the leaves themselves.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 19:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17554 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson voters may be asked to reconsider controversial storm water fee U of M students are coming up with ways to make local governments more open http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-students-are-coming-ways-make-local-governments-more-open <p>Some University of Michigan graduate students spent a few hours today outlining plans for using new technologies to make local governments more open.</p><p></p><p>The students have been using the city of Jackson as a civic laboratory to come up with ways to improve connections between local governments and residents.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17370 at http://michiganradio.org U of M students are coming up with ways to make local governments more open Warmer temperatures may help get the tap water running again in Jackson http://michiganradio.org/post/warmer-temperatures-may-help-get-tap-water-running-again-jackson <p>Warmer temperatures may help break ice jams that have kept about a hundred homes and businesses in Jackson from having running water.</p><p></p><p>The deep freeze that gripped the state in January froze the pipes linking city water mains to more than 150 homes and businesses in Jackson. The problem is many of the lines were not buried below the frost line. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Many of the pipes are buried about four feet down.&nbsp;&nbsp; But this year, the record cold sent the frost line down five to seven feet.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17027 at http://michiganradio.org Warmer temperatures may help get the tap water running again in Jackson Snow, cold in Michigan, but power crews head south http://michiganradio.org/post/snow-cold-michigan-power-crews-head-south <p>JACKSON –&nbsp;A fresh wave of snow has fallen on much of Michigan over the weekend, but for once the worst of the weather is elsewhere in the region as CMS Energy Corp. dispatches dozens of its employees to help with a severe ice storm expected to hit Kentucky.<br /><br />Slippery streets and highways have caused numerous accidents in Michigan, including one in which a car hit a state police patrol car handling an earlier accident on Interstate 696 in Southfield.<br /><br />WWJ-AM says the trooper escaped injury in the crash. Traffic was halted on eastbound I-696.<br /> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:04:42 +0000 The Associated Press 16678 at http://michiganradio.org Snow, cold in Michigan, but power crews head south Jackson gets high-tech help from college students http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-gets-high-tech-help-college-students <p>JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Graduate students at the University of Michigan are turning the city of Jackson into a classroom.<br /><br />About three dozen students in the School of Information are tackling 10 projects in Jackson, including ways to promote vaccinations and digitize cemetery records. They'll help the police department adopt an anonymous text message tip system.<br /> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16077 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson gets high-tech help from college students Listen to these stories from those who knew what it was like in Jackson state prison http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-these-stories-those-who-knew-what-it-was-jackson-state-prison <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson, Michigan was home to one of the largest prisons in the world – the Michigan State Prison, later renamed the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.1875px;">State Prison of Southern Michigan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>We went on a tour of the old prison with <a href="https://www.historicprisontours.com/">Jackson Historic Prison Tours</a>. While there we met some former prisoners and prison staff, and decided to follow up with them afterwards.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:10:06 +0000 Allison Downey & Zak Rosen 15779 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to these stories from those who knew what it was like in Jackson state prison General Motors to sponsor Flint's 'Back to the Bricks' and other related car shows http://michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-sponsor-flints-back-bricks-and-other-related-car-shows <p>General Motors is heading back to its roots.</p><p></p><p>The automaker announced today that it will sponsor Flint’s <a href="http://www.backtothebricks.org/">“Back to the Bricks” </a>car show for the next five years. The show features hundreds of ‘classic’ cars and trucks.</p><p></p><p>“This is an event that is more than just a car cruise and a car show,” says GM spokesman Tom Wickham, “It brings people into a community…provides an economic boost to a community and we need an economic boost.”</p><p></p><p>About a half million people attended Back to the Bricks in Flint this year.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:07:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 15584 at http://michiganradio.org General Motors to sponsor Flint's 'Back to the Bricks' and other related car shows Jackson residents spend one final weekend bagging and dragging leaves around town http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-residents-spend-one-final-weekend-bagging-and-dragging-leaves-around-town <p>Jackson residents are spending a final weekend dragging loads of leaves around town.</p><p>A court ruling against the city led to an unusual leaf pick up in Jackson.</p><p>Like in most suburban communities, homeowners in Jackson are used to raking leafs into large piles at the curb, where city workers scoop the leaves up and take them away. &nbsp;But not this year.</p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the storm water fee the city charged to pay for the leaf pick up was actually an illegal tax.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15409 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson residents spend one final weekend bagging and dragging leaves around town What does the future look like for marijuana use in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-future-look-marijuana-use-michigan <p>It's been less than a week since voters in three very different Michigan cities all approved ballot initiatives allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.</p><p>And that has pro-marijuana advocates hoping those votes will boost pressure on state lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize pot.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing correspondent Jake Neher joined us today to give an overview of what efforts are underway.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:46:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 15222 at http://michiganradio.org What does the future look like for marijuana use in Michigan? Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody talks about votes to decriminalize marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-steve-carmody-talks-about-votes-decriminalize-marijuana <p>Marijuana was on the ballot on Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale, and voters in all three cities said "yes" to decriminalizing pot.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody joined us today to talk about the impact of this vote.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:38:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 15163 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody talks about votes to decriminalize marijuana Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-hopes-tuesdays-election-results-will-end-city-council-sniping <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says he hopes Tuesday’s election results will put an end to “sniping” in city politics.</p><p>Bernero easily won his third term as the capitol city’s mayor.&nbsp; His slate of city council candidates also won.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero says the results show voters want to end the gridlock on the Lansing city council.</p><p>“This is realignment.&nbsp; This is the voters saying to the council ‘Get with the program’.”]</p><p>Bernero believes it’s his ‘program’ the voters want.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:35:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 15154 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' Voters in three more Michigan cities pass marijuana decriminalization proposals http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals <p>Voters in three more Michigan cities approved ballot questions today decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>Ballot proposals in Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale each passed with more than 60% of the vote.</p><p>“This is an historic night ... a landslide by all considerations,” says Jeff Hank, who headed Lansing’s pro-marijuana campaign. “It sends a message not only to our local politicians, but politicians at the state level that it’s time to do something.”</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:21:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 15152 at http://michiganradio.org Voters in three more Michigan cities pass marijuana decriminalization proposals Three Michigan cities will vote on marijuana decriminalization ballot questions next week http://michiganradio.org/post/three-michigan-cities-will-vote-marijuana-decriminalization-ballot-questions-next-week <p>On Tuesday, voters in <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/government-and-politics/20131030/ferndale-expects-large-voter-turnout-on-mayors-race-marijuana-proposal">Jackson</a>, <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/government-and-politics/20131030/ferndale-expects-large-voter-turnout-on-mayors-race-marijuana-proposal">Ferndale</a> and <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20131026/OPINION01/310260005/Editorial-Marijuana-vote-mostly-symbolic">Lansing</a> will decide if they want their police departments to focus less on busting people for small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>The results should tell us something about whether Michigan is <a href="https://today.yougov.com/news/2013/10/21/poll-results-marijuana/">getting more comfortable with pot.&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/10/22/239847084/public-support-for-marijuana-legalization-hits-record-high">&nbsp;</a></p><p>In Jackson, <a href="http://norml.org/mi/item/jackson-county-mi-norml">Steve Sharpe </a>says volunteers have been handing out fliers and signs, talking with prospective voters and encouraging supporters to get out and vote. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He admits he’s been waiting for <a href="http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana">opposition </a>that so far hasn’t appeared.</p><p>“No one’s come to me and complained about this,” says Sharpe, who adds when he’s asked if he’s surprised by the lack of a sizable opposition, “I am totally surprised.”</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15069 at http://michiganradio.org Three Michigan cities will vote on marijuana decriminalization ballot questions next week Michigan's Amtrak subsidy is about to triple http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-amtrak-subsidy-about-triple <p>Beginning Tuesday, the subsidy that Amtrak gets from the state of Michigan is about to triple, from $8 million to nearly $25 million a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The reason for the increase is a 2008 federal law that requires greater cost sharing between the federal government and the states where Amtrak operates.</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14619 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Amtrak subsidy is about to triple Jackson homeowners will not be allowed to rake their leaves into city streets this fall http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-homeowners-will-not-be-allowed-rake-their-leaves-city-streets-fall <p>Autumn is a lovely time in Jackson.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But people living along Jackson‘s tree lined streets will face a problem this Fall: How to get rid of all those falling leaves?</p><p></p><p>It’s something of a suburban ritual.&nbsp;&nbsp; Once the leaves fall, homeowners rake them into the street to be cleared away.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But not this fall in Jackson.</p><p></p><p>The city recently lost a legal challenge to its storm water fee.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Court of the Appeals ruled the fee was actually an illegal tax.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14435 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson homeowners will not be allowed to rake their leaves into city streets this fall