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Nov 4, 2011

Detroit bus drivers refuse to drive

Drivers refused to go on their routes after a fellow driver was involved in an altercation with passengers. More from the Associated Press:

Dan Lijana, a spokesman for Mayor Dave Bing, tells The Associated Press that Detroit Department of Transportation drivers reported to work early Friday but refused to drive. He says the mayor's office believes it's in response to Thursday's altercation at downtown's Rosa Parks Transit Center.

WDIV-TV broadcast video of the altercation it says was submitted by a viewer and shows a driver backing away from several people.

Mayor Bing's office just put this out over Twitter:

We are in discussion with the bus drivers’ union and are optimistic DDOT buses will be operational today. #Detroit

Supreme Court wants more info on emergency manager case

The Michigan Supreme Court says it wants more information before deciding whether to hear a case challenging Michigan's new emergency manager law. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reports:

The Supreme Court gave both sides until mid-December to file arguments on why the justices should circumvent the usual path of a lawsuit through the appeals process, and why they should win in the end.

An emergency manager for Highland Park schools?

Detroit Mayor Bing has speculated that Detroit might eventually need an emergency manager. Now, there's speculation that Highland Park schools might also need an EM.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports:

Highland Park schools could be Michigan’s second school district to get an emergency manager. The state moved a step closer to that scenario today.

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a 10-member team to comb through the troubled school district’s finances – and maybe help it avoid a state takeover.