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Michigan Legislature Votes to Eliminate Straight Ticket Voting

December 17th 2015

Michigan Legislature Votes to Eliminate Straight Ticket Voting (C. Proxmire, Dec. 17, 2015) Lansing, MI – Voting just got more complicated in Michigan as the Legislature voted, mostly along party lines, to eliminate straight ticket voting.  They also removed a companion bill that would have expanded absentee voting options. After breaking for the holiday, Republicans […]

Guest View: Data-Based Look at Straight Ticket Voting in Michigan

December 17th 2015

Guest View: Data-Based Look at Straight Ticket Voting in Michigan (Kurt Metzger and Phil Lombard, Dec. 17, 2015) The Michigan State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 13, which does away with straight party ticket voting. All Republicans but two voted for it and all Democrats voted against it. It is unclear why the legislation is […]

Novelty Lighters Could be Dangerous Holiday Choice… (video)

December 16th 2015

Novelty Lighters Could be Dangerous Holiday Choice Fire Marshal Says (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 16, 2015, orig. Dec. 15, 2014)   Lighters are not toys. It seems like an obvious statement for adults, but for Ferndale Fire Marshal Brian Batten it is a lesson that cannot be stated enough. Even in the Ferndale area […]

Contest: Students Invited to Design State of the State Program Cover

December 14th 2015

Contest: Students Invited to Design State of the State Program Cover (Gov. Rick Snyder Press Release, Dec. 14, 2015) Lansing, MI – Michigan high school, junior high, and elementary school students are encouraged to submit designs for the cover of the 2016 Michigan State of the State program contest, Gov. Rick Snyder announced today. Snyder […]

LGBT Community Considers 2016 Ballot Initiative (video)

December 8th 2015

LGBT Community Considers 2016 Ballot Initiative (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 8, 2015) Ann Arbor, MI – In Michigan it is illegal to discriminate against people based on factors such as race, religion, age and disability. However, discrimination continues against people in the LGBT community because it is legal to do so. In Michigan people […]

Girl Scouts Earn Bikes and Lesson in Building Them

December 7th 2015

Girl Scouts Earn Bikes and Lesson in Building Them (Girl Scouts of SE Michigan, Dec. 7, 2015) Some lucky Girl Scouts recently earned free bicycles—and they REALLY earned them! Ten Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors learned how to completely take bikes apart and rebuild them as part of the Youth Earn-A-Bike program at Back Alley Bikes […]

Sheriff’s Dept. and Police Return Military Items to the Feds

December 3rd 2015

Sheriff’s Dept. and Local Police Agencies Return Military Items to the Feds (C. Proxmire, Dec. 3, 2015) Pontiac, MI – Across the county, local law enforcement agencies are turning in their armored vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets, high caliber rifles and other items that are now prohibited or controlled as acquisitions from Federal agencies due to […]

Another Step Closer: A Look at the Gordie Howe Bridge

December 1st 2015

Another Step Closer: A Look at the Gordie Howe Bridge (Guest View by Carmine Palombo, SEMCOG, Dec. 1, 2015) Last week, Canada celebrated the opening of the Herb Gray Parkway – essentially a $1.4-billion driveway to the new Gordie Howe Bridge. Michael Cautillo, head of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, charged with building and operating the […]

Analysis: Marriage and Divorce Trends in Oakland County

December 1st 2015

Analysis: Marriage and Divorce Trends in Oakland County (Guest View by Kurt Metzger, Dec. 1, 2015) I have been married for 37 years and, as a result, have a very personal interest in its success and permanence. However, the institution of marriage took on a great deal more importance for me two years ago. That […]

Job Listings ~ Dec. 1, 2015

December 1st 2015

Job Listings ~ Dec. 1, 2015 Welcome to this edition’s Job Listing.  This list is compiled from several sources, but primarily by Ferndale Michigan Works.  There are several Michigan Works Office through Oakland County that provide valuable services to job seekers and employers.  Check out the Ferndale Michigan Works site at http://www.ferndaleschools.org/community/miworks/job-flash/. Company: Stansley Industries […]

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