Local Government

City of Detroit to provide free legal representation for residents facing eviction

BY: - May 12, 2022

The Detroit City Council this week approved “a historic” measure that will provide lower-income residents with free legal representation when facing eviction. The right-to-counsel ordinance passed 9-0 on Tuesday, and Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration endorsed it. “I believe this is about stabilizing our neighborhoods, it’s about protecting our most vulnerable,” Council President Mary Sheffield, who […]

Grand Rapids protesters call for justice after police officer fatally shot Lyoya

BY: - April 14, 2022

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Grand Rapids this week after a Grand Rapids police officer fatally shot Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Black man, earlier this month.  “It has been a tough situation and a traumatizing situation,” said Jimmy Barwan, Lyoya’s older brother, who was present at the peaceful protests Tuesday and Wednesday.  […]

Lucido under investigation for alleged sexual harassment at Macomb Co. office

BY: - March 25, 2022

Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido, who faced numerous credible allegations of sexual harassment while serving in the state Senate, is now the subject of another claim — this time from at least one employee in his new office. WXYZ-TV confirmed Thursday that the Macomb County government has hired a law firm to investigate “complaints alleging […]

Biden urges city leaders to take advantage of billions in federal relief funds

BY: - March 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday urged local and city governments to continue to use the $130 billion in funds allocated to them from the American Rescue Plan to help during the pandemic. The president of the National League of Cities, Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia, introduced the president to attendees of the […]

New: Prosecutor says Howell woman who tweeted criticism of COVID misinformation won’t be charged

BY: - March 10, 2022

There will be no charges filed against a Howell woman who was investigated for cyberstalking after publicly calling out a nurse educator for spreading medical misinformation. Kasey Helton was accused of harassment by Holly Austin, also of Howell, who filed a report with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in December after Helton posted a series […]

LARA: Nurse didn’t violate public health code with anti-mask and anti-vax comments

BY: - March 7, 2022

A state agency has determined that a Livingston County nurse did not violate public health codes by her public statements against masks and COVID-19 vaccines. Holly Austin of Howell is a nurse educator with Schoolcraft College who was investigated by the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) after statements she made during government […]

‘I need to heal’: Michigan health officer resigns in wake of mask mandate anger

BY: - March 3, 2022

When Lisa Peacock resigns as the health officer at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at the end of April, she plans to get as far away emotionally as she can from these past two years.  She plans to heal. Heal from the trauma of the pandemic. From being scared for her life. From receiving […]

Ann Arbor subdivision becomes 1st in Michigan to repeal racist property covenant

BY: - February 25, 2022

With papers filed and a $30 fee exchanged at the Register of Deeds Office, Ann Arbor’s Hannah subdivision on Thursday became what is thought to be Michigan’s first neighborhood to repeal an outdated whites-only housing policy that is baked into many property agreements both across the state and nationwide. “[N]o person of any race other […]

‘We seem to let our guard down too quickly, and the virus comes roaring back’

BY: - February 16, 2022

After going through “far and away the biggest outbreak we’ve seen,” Michigan’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have begun to drop following a months-long surge. That’s because vaccination rates continue to increase and the omicron variant has infected such a large swath of the population that it now has far fewer people to find as hosts, […]

With all Michigan counties dropping mask mandates, schools have decisions to make

BY: - February 15, 2022

Every county in the state is set to drop mask mandates for schools in Michigan and school districts are rolling back their own masking policies in response.  Wayne County was the last of Michigan’s 83 counties to hold on to its mask mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic, but announced Friday it will be lifted by […]

Benson asks police, AG to investigate reports of election equipment tampering in N. Michigan

BY: - February 11, 2022

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday evening that she asked state police and Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate “multiple credible allegations” her office received this week that at least one unauthorized third party illegally tampered with voting equipment in northern Michigan’s Roscommon County and Richfield Township. The party reportedly “gained inappropriate access to […]

New: Whitmer budget plan hikes higher ed by 5%, also boosts nursing home worker pay

BY: - February 8, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new budget plan will include a 5% funding hike for Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges — the highest increase in decades. Universities would have to cap tuition increases. She also will propose that all nursing home workers stretched thin during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a $2.35 per hour […]