Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Unions were disappointed. Canadians were thrilled. All in all, reactions were varied as Michigan voters shot down all six statewide ballot proposals.
Unions were disappointed. Canadians were thrilled. All in all, reactions were varied as Michigan voters shot down all six statewide ballot proposals. (See all statewide election results here.) The six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan were: How did you vote on these proposals?
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The campaign Obama won was the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Nearly 200 people attended a town hall meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday at Liberty School.
While Michigan has been "going downhill since the ‘60s," Gov. Rick Snyder said he's proud of his record thus far and hopes to change the state's decadeslong trend. He told a crowd of nearly 200 people at Saline's Liberty School on Monday night that he ran for governor “to fundamentally change how we are doing things" and has accomplished that by insisting the focus be on “relentless positive action." He said he is opposed to blaming, doesn’t care who gets credit for goals accomplished and believes the focus of government should be on problem solving rather than turf battles. The governor said his two goals are “to create more and better jobs in Michigan” and “to create a bright future for our kids.” Government should be looked at as “a …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Shelby Township and Utica have miles of mountain bike trails for residents to enjoy while the autumn leaves change to breathtaking streaks of gold, orange, red and yellow.
With fall arriving and the temperature dropping every day, it becomes tempting to staying inside and cuddle up on the couch rather than venture out into the chilly autumn winds. But with the beautiful scenery in Shelby Township and Utica surrounds us with, why not take advantage? Combined, the two neighboring cities have miles of mountain bike trails for residents to enjoy while the autumn leaves change to breathtaking streaks of gold, orange, red and yellow. The average peak color for the area is from late September to mid-October. So where should Utica and Shelby Township residents go to enjoy the brisk autumn air and the amazing trail scenery? To download a map, click here. For an online map visit orchardtrail.org. As part of an $8.5-…
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Low income Michigan residents have a month to apply for assistance with their heating bills.
State Rep. Mark Ouimet is reminding lower-income residents that they still have time to apply for a home heating credit. Applicants must fill out the home heating credit form by Sept. 30. "Home heating bills tend to fluctuate every year and can especially affect people living on fixed incomes, such as senior citizens,” said Ouimet, R-Scio Township. "I encourage people who think they may qualify to learn more about the program and get their applications in as soon as possible." Eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan, must own or rent the home in which they live, and for the standard allowance, their income must fall within certain limits. Special exemptions are available for residents who are deaf, blind, a person with a …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending a slew of construction projects across the state to help ease traffic flow for holiday commuters.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on 100 of 155 projects statewide to alleviate traffic woes for Fourth of July travels. From 3 p.m. July 3 to 6 a.m. July 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges while regular construction lane restrictions will be in place on the weekends before and after the July Fourth holiday. "We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones during this busy summer holiday weekend," Michigan Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. "Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination safely." During the holiday, the following 55 work …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Lottery ticket-holders in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland each selected the winning numbers, which were: 2-4-23-38-46, and Mega Ball 23.
Lucky lottery ticket-holders in Kansas, Illinois, and Maryland likely put an end to the fantasies of a nation after Mega Millions winners were announced Friday night. The $640 million jackpot, believed to be the world's largest such prize, is expected to be split between three winners who picked: 2-4-23-38-46, and Mega Ball 23. The Mega Millions game, played in 44 states and jurisdictions, gripped imaginations and pocketbooks alike all week after the prize grew by more than $300 million since the previous drawing on Tuesday. On Patch, Twitter, and Facebook, ideas for how to spend the loot ranged from philanthropic to frivolous: As of Saturday morning, no media outlet had reported any of the tickets as being claimed. Earlier this week, …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Michigan Senate joins the House in voting to lift the safety requirement for riders older than 21.
Motorcycle riders could head out on the highway, looking for adventure, without wearing helmets if the governor signs a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon. Senators voted 24-14 to let bikers older than 21 ride bare-headed if they've been licensed at least two years or complete a safety course, The Detroit News reports. They'd also need at least $20,000 of medical insurance coverage, a requirement lowered from $100,000 to match a bill the House passed last November by 69-39. Michigan is among 20 states requiring helmets for all motorcyclists. Seven others exempt riders over 21, while 19 let those older than 18 choose whether to strap on a helmet. Four have no helmet law. Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a…
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Are you more inclined to play with a prize like that?
Need $363 million? Who doesn't, right? Well, Tuesday could be the day. The Mega Millions lottery prize has been increased to $363 million, one of the highest jackpots ever. The next drawing will be 11 p.m. Tuesday, so you can still vie for a piece. This is the third-largest prize in the multi-state lottery's history, behind a $390-million jackpot in 2007 and $380-million jackpot in 2011, according to megamillions.com. Earlier this week, Michigan made national news because five tickets, matching five of the six Mega Millions numbers, were sold at the same Meijer store in Northville. Those prizes were $250,000 each, according the Michigan Lottery. “There are a lot of things that can sometimes seem like they’re impossible to happen. But we …