Local Government

Airbnb boom means mixed bag for Michigan communities

BY: - May 24, 2019

Carole and Terry Tufts live in suburban Kentwood, just 20 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, in a gray four-bedroom home. There’s a plush floral couch in the living room, and a large dinner table where they host their four-child, 12-grandchild, two-great-grandchild family. Their lawn slopes down to a creek, with a park and playground just […]

State and Detroit officials approve Fiat-Chrysler deals

BY: - May 21, 2019

Officials for both the state and the city of Detroit gave their final approvals on Tuesday for Fiat-Chrysler Automotive’s long-planned, $4.5 billion expansion in Southeast Michigan. In February, the Auburn Hills-based automaker announced its plans — including $2.5 billion investment into two Detroit facilities — that the company says will result in about 6,400 new […]

Map of PFAS sites in Oscoda

Report: Michigan has most PFAS sites in the nation

BY: - May 6, 2019

Michigan has the most sites in the country known to be contaminated with the group of toxic chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group. The environmental and public health watchdog used federal reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Defense and Northeastern University’s Social […]

FCA-Detroit deal edges closer to reality

BY: - May 6, 2019

The city of Detroit continues to get closer to securing a $2.5 billion investment from automaker Fiat-Chrysler Automotive (FCA). The city announced Friday that it had completed deals — a week later than an initial 60-day deadline — with various property owners to acquire about 215 acres on Detroit’s east side. As part of the […]

Booker’s upbeat message resonates with Black officials in Detroit

BY: - May 2, 2019

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) brought his message to Detroit of how “love is the best strategy” to defeating President Donald Trump. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd at the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO) Economic Development Conference on Thursday morning, the presidential hopeful recalled meeting with an Iowa voter who said he wanted […]


Grand Rapids police under fire from civil rights groups for Latino arrests

BY: - April 30, 2019

Civil and immigrants’ rights groups in Michigan want the state to put the Grand Rapids Police Department under a microscope. On Tuesday, the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) filed formal complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) over what they allege is a […]

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Measles outbreak has cost Oakland County at least $200K

BY: - April 25, 2019

The response to this year’s measles outbreak, Michigan’s worst since 1991, has cost Oakland County at least $200,000 according to health officials. Speaking before the state House Health Policy Committee Thursday morning, Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said that “conservative estimate” included the cost of around-the-clock staff response to potential cases or exposures, […]

That time when Nessel blasted bigotry against Catholics in Plymouth

BY: - April 23, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has drawn fire from conservative critics about her handling of the Catholic church sex abuse investigation she inherited from her GOP predecessor, Bill Schuette. That began when Nessel held a press conference in February updating reporters on the investigation in which she said that the church should “stop self-policing” and parishioners […]


Kate Gasparro: Civic crowdfunding reduces the risk of ‘bikelash’

BY: - April 22, 2019

Bike-sharing and dockless bike ventures are spreading as more people get around on two wheels. Cyclists, planners, environmentalists and others are excited to see these initiatives thrive. At the same time, there are reasons for concern. Nearly 800 American cyclists died in 2017 after being hit by cars or trucks. Those fatalities were up 25 […]

DEQ: New lead regulations will likely uncover more impacted communities

BY: - April 18, 2019

As multiple lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis drag on, Michigan may soon find that other cities have lead levels higher than allowed by state regulations. Top Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that the state’s 2018 update to the Lead and Copper Rule, adopted under former Gov. […]

Ananich: Won’t endorse yet in Flint election, says Dems will work with GOP on roads

BY: - April 18, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich is nearing a full decade of service in Michigan’s Legislature, and he doesn’t mince words while looking back: “I think we’re going to look back at the tenure of [Republican former] Gov. [Rick] Snyder as one of the worst things to happen to Michigan,” the Democrat said when asked about […]

White House lists Flint mayor at Opportunity Zone Conference

BY: - April 17, 2019

President Donald Trump spoke at a conference Wednesday at which Flint Mayor Karen Weaver was scheduled to be in attendance, according to a White House official. The president’s remarks were tailored to creating new economic opportunities in areas “that have been left behind,” the White House office said. The Opportunity Zone Conference was meant to […]