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Sarah Cwiek

Sarah Cwiek - Detroit Reporter/Producer

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October, 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit. Before her arrival at Michigan Radio, Sarah worked at WDET-FM as a reporter and producer.

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The latest rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Gov. Snyder and Canadian dignitaries are gathering in southwest Detroit for official groundbreaking on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge this morning.

Gov. Snyder has been instrumental in making the new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario a reality. He did an end-run around the state legislature and signed a deal with then-Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012.

Six years later, they’re finally breaking ground on the U.S. side of the Detroit River.

City of Detroit

After years of being ravaged by property tax foreclosures that claimed more than one in three city homes,  Detroit will see fewer than 5,000 properties go to the annual Wayne County tax auction this fall.

The county announced preliminary 2018 tax foreclosure numbers Friday. They show the county is set to foreclose on 4,676 properties this year, with 1,499 of them occupied properties.

If you see this label, your piece of furniture likely contains flame retardant chemicals.
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

The International Joint Commission has released recommendations to limit the toxic impacts of flame retardant chemicals in the Great Lakes environment.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Detroit expanded a program this year that gives some people a last-minute chance to avoid tax foreclosure, but its reach could be limited by time and money.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Some supporters of an anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal are targeting the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and particularly board chairman Mark Davidoff, over the Chamber’s support for a lawsuit that aims to get the proposal removed from the November ballot.

Urban Institute

African-American homeownership has fallen further in Michigan than in any other state since 2000, and a growing number of low-income renters in Metro Detroit are “being squeezed from all sides” when it comes to finding affordable housing.

Those are two just two notable conclusions from a series of reports released by the Urban Institute this week about major issues in Southeast Michigan’s housing market.

A flooded road in Houghton.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

The state is asking President Trump to declare three Upper Peninsula counties hit by flash flooding last month disaster areas.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley wants the federal designation extended to Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties. Those counties were hit by record-breaking rainfall on June 17th, flooding homes, buckling roads, and causing one death.

Wikimedia Commons

The Trump administration has extended temporary protections for some Yemenis currently living in the U.S., but the decision also leaves others in a state of limbo.

City of Troy

Troy’s former city manager is in major trouble again – this time, on federal bribery charges.

Brian Kischnick, 50, was charged in a criminal information. It alleges that between September 2015 and March 2018, Kischnick “solicited and accepted cash and other things of value totaling $20,879.50 from a contractor with the intent to be influenced and rewarded in connection with business and transactions …involving that contractor.”

The charges bring the possibility of up to ten years in prison, though a criminal information generally means that a plea deal is in the works.

The latest rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has made a long-awaited announcement about the private contractor that will build the new Gordie Howe International Bridge.

That contractor is Bridging North America, which is made up of an international consortium of companies including ACS Infrastructure Canada and Fluor Corporation. Other private partners include engineering, architecture, and financial firms.

Running faucet
Melissa Benmark / Michigan Radio

Most Detroiters facing possible water shutoffs will get a short reprieve this week.

According to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the reprieve is due to the July 4th holiday coming right in the middle of the week, not the high heat that’s expected to continue for the next few days.

Michigan's 14th congressional district
Public Domain

Michigan really does has a gerrymandering problem, according to a non-partisan group’s report.

Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio

General Motors is warning that President Trump’s threatened tariffs on car imports could shrink the company and cost U.S. jobs.

Kenny Eishoff / WDIV

Thursday night’s Republican governor’s debate saw Attorney General Bill Schuette touting his ties to President Trump, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley focusing on his record with Gov. Snyder, State Senator Patrick Colbeck playing up his conservative credentials, and Dr. Jim Hines playing the role of non-politician outsider in the race.

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed has proposed a sweeping overhaul of Michigan’s public education systems that would increase school funding, provide universal early childhood education, and make college near tuition and debt-free for most students.

Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

The head of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says a portion of Michigan’s new lead and copper rule is an “unfunded mandate”— and one that Detroit can’t comply with without some help from state and local government.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Detroit’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office was shut down for a brief time Monday morning, as activists protesting U.S. immigration policies blocked driveways outside the ICE office.

It's part of a larger protest that aims to "occupy" Detroit ICE headquarters this week.

unclelkt / pixabay

As Michigan’s population ages, the state’s new budget will fund a study looking at better ways to pay for and run long-term care systems.

Dean Reynolds
via Facebook

A jury has found a former Clinton Township trustee guilty on fourteen bribery charges in a “pay-to-play” public corruption case.

artist rendering of proposed bridge
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

The family that owns the Ambassador Bridge is apparently trying a new tactic to stop a competing bridge from being built: a TV ad appealing directly to President Donald Trump.

Michigan Central Station circa 2018
Ford Motor Company

With big new development projects like Ford’s overhaul of Michigan Central Station in the pipeline, some Detroit groups are calling for an overhaul of the city’s community benefits ordinance.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Detroit Economic Club.
U.S. State Department / via Twitter

The United States is taking a “really hard line on foreign practices that harm America,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Detroit Economic Club today.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

One Detroit family celebrated getting a new home Thursday, as they also called for other families like them to receive similar compensation as victims of what they call “illegal” foreclosures.

John Conyers III
Conyers for Congress / via Facebook

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that John Conyers III won’t be among the official field of candidates running for his father’s vacant seat in Congress.

A map of the GOAL line bus route.
city of Detroit

Despite their ongoing competition for students, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and charter schools will team up to provide some joint services for students and families.

The city’s newly-formed Community Education Commission will take on that task. Its first order of business: running a bus loop connecting six DPSCD and four charter schools on the city’s west side.

Michigan's 13th congressional district
Wikipedia

Three of the six candidates vying to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional district showed up for a candidate forum at a Detroit church on Saturday.

Dominic Simpson / flickr

Detroit is trying again to craft a city ordinance to regulate its burgeoning marijuana industry.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Updated on 6/7/18 at 11:10 am.

On the day Michigan's state legislatue moved to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, one Democrat running for governor was focused on health care.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

June is national Gun Violence Awareness Month, and people from across metro Detroit kicked it off with a “Wear Orange” rally in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue today.

Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

Four years ago, Detroit began aggressively shutting off water service to customers with overdue bills.

Since then, the number of shutoffs has fallen. There are new options for people who need help with their water bills.

It has made a difference, but plenty of households are still falling through cracks in the system.

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