Not only are 22% of Michigan residents behind on rent, but from April to June, Michigan had the third highest average unemployment rate in the country. Gilda Jacobs, the President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy says the COVID-19 relief plan proposed by Senate Republicans is simply not enough.

Boy, 15, charged in fatal shooting of 10-year-old relative

Jul 29, 2020

  A 15-year-old Detroit boy has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old relative in an apartment that police say was being used like a “flophouse” by a group of young people. The teen was arraigned Tuesday. Orran Baugh of Detroit was shot once in the chest Wednesday in the Warren apartment, just north of Detroit. He later died at a hospital. Police say eight youths -- ages 13 to 17 -- were interviewed by investigators as witnesses.

Advocates: Shield poor students from pandemic budget cut

Jul 29, 2020


Whitmer opposes making schools offer in-person classes

Jul 29, 2020

  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unreceptive to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor’s comments Tuesday came after several districts recently announced they will start the academic year solely with distance learning regardless of whether Whitmer moves the rest of Michigan into phase five of her reopening plan.

Michigan inmates, advocates raise concerns over high temps

Jul 27, 2020
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  Inmates at Michigan's state prisons and those who advocate for their rights are raising concerns regarding the heat behind bars because most of the state’s 29 prisons don’t have air conditioning.

The heat is made worse by precautions and measures set in place to control the spread of COVID-19, according to advocates. Prisoners are required to always wear masks except when they’re eating, showering and sleeping. Prisoners say the reusable masks are made of thick cloth that makes it hard to breath through in the heat.

Dog park with drinks for owners in works near Grand Rapids

Jul 27, 2020
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  A cold one while Max chases his buddies? An indoor dog park is in the works near Grand Rapids. While pets get exercise, their owners might be able to get a drink. The Plainfield Township Board recently voted to give a liquor license to The Pack Indoor Dog Park. The recommendation now goes to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The 10,000-square-foot facility will have a bar overlooking a play area where dogs will be grouped by personality. The business could open by October after construction delays. Co-owner Raechel Macqueen says, “There’s been a ton of interest."

4 people injured in eastern Michigan restaurant shooting

Jul 27, 2020

  Police say four people have been injured in an early morning shooting at a Flint Township restaurant. Police officers responded around 4 a.m. Sunday to a report of a shooting at Mega Classic Diner. Authorities said a 25-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and two 26-year-old men were shot. reports they were all hospitalized, but their conditions were not immediately available. Flint Township Police Lt. Brad Wangler says it appeared the victims all knew each other. One male suspect was taken into custody. Police are investigating what prompted the shooting. 

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  Enbridge says damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of its underwater oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel may have been done by vessels working for the company. The Canadian company this week submitted to government agencies the results of its investigation into “disturbances” that were discovered during inspections of dual pipelines that run across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. They are part of Line 5, which carries oil and liquids used in propane. The report says a number of vessels that had been operating in the area were Enbridge contractors.

Underwater photo of Line 5


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The resolution follows on the heels of the city of Sterling Heights submitting a bid for consideration to be the site of Space Force’s command center. 

Republican State Senator Michael MacDonald introduced the resolution. He says he wants to turn Michigan into a “space state.” 

“We can launch satellites like any of the coastal states because of our water but what we can do that they can’t is we’re safe, we’re secure in the middle of the country where they are vulnerable. Any defense initiative should run out of Michigan.”