jackson http://michiganradio.org en 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 Demolition crews bring down part of a downtown Jackson landmark, sparing another http://michiganradio.org/post/demolition-crews-bring-down-part-downtown-jackson-landmark-sparing-another <p>After days of worry, demolition crews successfully brought down part of one downtown Jackson landmark without damaging another.</p><p></p><p>Demolition crews have spent months gutting the old Consumers Energy headquarters in Jackson.</p><p></p><p>But Thursday, part of the building started leaning precariously toward a century and a half old church next door.&nbsp; First Congregational Church and other nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution.</p><p> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:21:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14427 at http://michiganradio.org Demolition crews bring down part of a downtown Jackson landmark, sparing another In this morning's news: pet coke removal, Jackson layoffs, and the DIA collection http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-pet-coke-removal-jackson-layoffs-and-dia-collection <p><strong>Deadline set for the removal of pet coke</strong></p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has ordered the removal of all petroleum coke from the city's riverfront.&nbsp; Detroit Bulk Storage must remove the material by Aug. 27.&nbsp; The Associated Press <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-sets-deadline-pet-coke-removal">reports</a> that the storage company failed to move the pet coke by a previous deadline set by Detroit's Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department.</p><p><strong>Jackson city employees face layoffs</strong></p><p>Some Jackson employees may be laid off after a blow to the city's budget.&nbsp; The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down Jackson's storm water fee as an illegal tax.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/jackson-laying-city-employees-close-budget-gap-created-court-ruling">reports</a> that "since 2011, the city collected more than two million dollars from the fee to pay for street cleaning and leaf pick up. But without the storm water fee revenues, Mayor Martin Griffin says the city will have to cancel those city services and lay off the city employees who performed them."</p><p><strong>Oakland County leverages DIA millage</strong></p><p>Oakland County is trying to protect its contributions to the Detroit Institute of Arts.&nbsp; There is concern that the $23 million in annual millage money from several counties may fall into Detroit's creditor's hands rather than the DIA.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-detroit-sell-dia-art-lose-regional-millage">reports</a> that "Oakland County officials have threatened to revoke its portion of the millage if the DIA’s assets are diminished, or if any of that millage money ends up going to pay off the city’s debts." Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:46:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13975 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: pet coke removal, Jackson layoffs, and the DIA collection Jackson laying off city employees to close budget gap created by court ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-laying-city-employees-close-budget-gap-created-court-ruling <p>Some Jackson city employees are getting layoff notices this morning.</p><p></p><p>The layoffs come as city leaders come to grips with a court ruling striking down Jackson’s storm water fee.</p><p></p><p>This month, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Jackson’s storm water fee was an illegal tax. &nbsp;&nbsp;The city has decided not to appeal the ruling.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13974 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson laying off city employees to close budget gap created by court ruling Federal prosecutors increase focus on health care fraud http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-prosecutors-increase-focus-health-care-fraud <p>Federal prosecutors reached a multimillion-dollar, out-of-court settlement this week with a Jackson cardiologist in a health care fraud case.</p><p>It’s the latest in a string of Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases in Michigan.&nbsp;Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Michigan have filed nearly 300 charges of health care fraud during the past five years. Half the time, defendants have pled guilty or were convicted.&nbsp;And the pace of prosecutions has picked up during the past few years.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:01:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 13511 at http://michiganradio.org Federal prosecutors increase focus on health care fraud Closings of Michigan airport control towers delayed http://michiganradio.org/post/closings-michigan-airport-control-towers-delayed <p>DETROIT (AP) - The closings of three air traffic control towers in Michigan are among 149 nationwide that will be delayed.<br><br>The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it needs more time to deal with legal challenges to the closures announced because of government-wide spending cuts.<br><br>The planned tower shutdowns include those at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Coleman A. Young in Detroit and Sawyer International in Marquette County's Sands Township.<br> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12034 at http://michiganradio.org Medical marijuana patients say they can't wait for new rules to be written in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-patients-say-they-cant-wait-new-rules-be-written-michigan <p>More than a hundred medical marijuana patients and their supporters turned out for a rally in Jackson today.&nbsp;&nbsp; They’re concerned that legal wrangling is getting in the way of patient care.</p><p>A month ago, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal.</p><p>The court's decision came in a case out of Mt. Pleasant.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:01:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 11609 at http://michiganradio.org Medical marijuana patients say they can't wait for new rules to be written in Michigan Commuter rail cars to be tested between Pontiac and Jackson http://michiganradio.org/post/commuter-rail-cars-be-tested-between-pontiac-and-jackson <p>Some refurbished commuter rail cars will start test runs in southeast Michigan today.</p><p>The stainless steel, bi-level cars will run on tracks between Pontiac and Jackson.</p><p>State officials hope the cars will eventually be used for separate commuter rail lines connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor, and Ann Arbor and Livingston County.</p><p>Janet Foran is with the Michigan Department of Transportation.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:02:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9873 at http://michiganradio.org Commuter rail cars to be tested between Pontiac and Jackson