City hall, county government and the state legislature


Gov. Whitmer blocks immigration detention center

February 20, 2019
LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blocked the sale of a former state prison that was proposed as the site of a privately operated federal immigration detention center, drawing praise from immigrant rights activists and criticism from a Republican lawmaker whose district stood to gain jobs. Read More

Michigan joins lawsuit challenging border wall declaration

February 19, 2019
| By AP
LANSING — Attorney General Dana Nessel said Michigan has joined a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Read More

Businessman accused of stealing campaign signs

February 18, 2019
| By AP
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — An elected official has been charged with stealing the campaign signs of a school board candidate. Read More

Riverside Park lands $150K DNR grant

Funds will be used for universal-access canoe and kayak launch.

February 15, 2019
More community members will be able to enjoy paddling activities at Riverside Park thanks to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources recreation passport grant. Read More

City prohibits holding phone while driving

February 14, 2019
| By AP
A city in the region has made it illegal to drive while holding a cell phone. Read More

Gov. Whitmer delivers State of the State

February 13, 2019
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a "real solution" to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates attend college or get vocational training. Read More

Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency in Grand Rapids

February 11, 2019
| By AP
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms. Read More

Audit: State should monitor job-creation promises better

February 7, 2019
LANSING — Michigan's economic development arm should better ensure that businesses receiving cash incentives create and keep promised jobs, according to a state audit. Read More

Gov. Whitmer signs directive on public records

February 4, 2019
New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a directive aimed at making it easier to obtain public documents from state departments, but she stopped short of taking the same action for the governor's office, one of just two nationwide wholly exempt from open-records laws. Read More

Individuals on parole, probation could save on court-ordered fees

Legislation would reduce monthly costs associated with monitoring devices.

The idea behind reducing supervision fees paid by individuals on parole or probation is, surprisingly, to raise money. Read More