Summary
5:34 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

News roundup for today

Illegal oil spill workers caught in Texas

  • The Associated Press reports "42  suspected illegal immigrants have been detained in Texas after returning from an oil spill cleanup job in Michigan." A subcontractor working on the clean up has been under fire for bringing in the illegal workers.  A report by the Detroit News says Hallmark is alleged to have "bused in illegal immigrants from Texas, made them work 12-14 hour shifts and paid them $800 a week." Representative Mark Schauer recently called for a federal investigation into the problem.
     

Free power for your car...

  • If it's electric.  The state's first electric vehicle charging station opened in Detroit today. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports "it's one of 5,000 charging stations that will be given out free to people and businesses around the country."  500 of these stations are expected to be built in Michigan. They're getting ready for an electric vehicle revolution. Consumers have yet to chime in on whether they will actually buy the cars. Here's a piece from the Wall Street Journal on the obstacles EVs face.

Watch your speed in Livonia

  • Livonia was named the city with the worst speed traps in Michigan by the National Motorists Association.  The Detroit Free Press has an article with a quote from Livonia Police Chief Robert Stevenson

"That designation doesn't bother me at all because we don't have speed traps -- we just enforce the law."