*County News*

View on Education Legislation: So Many Bad Bills, So Little Time

December 10th 2014

View on Education Legislation: So Many Bad Bills, So Little Time (Guest View by Michigan Parents for Schools, Dec. 10, 2014) We’re in the legislative “lame duck” session, so that means it must be time to push a lot of bad ideas into law while Michigan voters are getting ready for the holidays. And we […]

VIEW: SEMCOG’s Stand on Transportation Funding Legislation

December 8th 2014

VIEW: SEMCOG’s Stand on Transportation Funding Legislation (Guest View: South East Michigan Council of Govenments – SEMCOG, Dec 8, 2014) At last Friday’s Executive Committee, a resolution was passed in support of the Senate-passed transportation funding legislation that will: ~Eliminate the fuel tax and create a tax on the wholesale price of fuel. ~Include a […]

EMU Extends EAA Agreement in Spite of Opposition (video)

December 5th 2014

EMU Extends EAA Agreement in Spite of Opposition (video) (C. Proxmire, Dec. 5, 2014) For nearly an hour the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents heard from the public about the Education Achievement Authority, a State-run school district that partners with EMU. The contract was set to expire and Regents had until the end of […]

Drink Until 4am? Senate Passes Bill, House Still to Vote

December 4th 2014

Drink Until 4am? Senate Passes Bill, House Still to Vote (C. Proxmire, Dec. 4, 2014) With a 22-14 Vote the State Senate passed a measure that would give local communities with a central business district the option to allow bars to serve alcohol until 4am. The municipalities would have to approve the extension of hours […]

Religious Freedom Bill Passes in House, Moves to Senate

December 4th 2014

Religious Freedom Bill Passes in House, Moves to Senate (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 4, 2014) A religious freedom bill passed in the State House Dec. 4, that would give corporations, employers and individuals more freedom to use religion in decision making, even when it potentially affects the civil rights of others. Religious Freedom claims have […]

Bills to Give LGBT People Civil Rights Protection Stuck in Committee

December 3rd 2014

Bills to Give LGBT People Civil Rights Protection Stuck in Committee (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 3, 2014) Bipartisan efforts to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act did not get enough votes in a committee hearing today to make it out of committee to a full House of Representatives Vote. After an hour-long public hearing – […]

Guest View: An Open Letter to EMU on the EAA

December 2nd 2014

Guest View: An Open Letter to EMU on the EAA (Guest View by Karen Twomey, Dec. 2, 2014) On Friday the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University will meet at 1:30 in Welch Hall to discuss the Educational Achievement Authority and whether or not to continue in an inter-local agreement as the authorizing body. […]

Massive Power Outages in Detroit Today

December 2nd 2014

Massive Power Outages in Detroit Today (Compiled, Dec. 2, 2014) Detroit is not the place to be today, as massive power outages have affected everything from traffic lights, to police stations, courthouses, jails, and other public buildings. USA Today reports “A massive cable failure triggered a huge power outage in downtown Detroit Tuesday, knocking out […]

SOCRRA Accepting Styrofoam at Drop Off Center

November 30th 2014

SOCRRA Accepting Styrofoam at Drop Off Center (Compiled, Nov. 30, 2014) SOCRRA [Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority] is now accepting Styrofoam at their Drop-Off Center in Troy, starting December 1. You can now drop off the following items: Cups and takeout containers Egg cartons Rinsed meat trays Food trays/lunch trays (No Styrofoam peanuts) All […]

…Event to Honor Police Fallen in Line of Duty Dec. 2

November 30th 2014

  Hazel Park Hosting Event to Honor Police Fallen in Line of Duty Dec. 2 (C. Proxmire, Nov. 29, 2014) When Hazel Park Officer Jessica Nagle-Wilson went to a home on Jarvis in response to an animal not being on a leash, she had no way of knowing that a man would be waiting on […]

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