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In a little more than two weeks, Michigan will formally join the list of states where an adult can legally buy marijuana for recreational purposes. 

But most Michigan cities and towns are saying “no” to the retail market.

Michigan voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana use by a wide margin 12 months ago.  

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Every homeowner at least occasionally needs some tools. But they can be expensive and inaccessible for some people, especially in low-income communities.

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Detroit will use a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight lead hazards in 450 homes.

The effort will target 48209, one zip code in southwest Detroit. It was chosen because of its high percentage of very old housing stock, and high poverty rate. It’s also a designated “Opportunity Zone,” a designation for certain low-income communities that gives capital gains tax cuts for investments in those zones as part of President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cut package.

Emma Hernandez poses, smiling, next to statue of a man in a hat
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The alleged owner of three dogs that attacked and killed a nine-year-old Detroit girl was arraigned on murder charges Thursday.

Emma Hernandez poses, smiling, next to statue of a man in a hat
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Nine-year-old Emma Hernandez should be getting ready for fourth grade. Instead, her family is planning her funeral.

On Monday, the little girl was attacked and killed by three dogs as she rode her bike near her Detroit home.

The dogs' owner has been arrested and is expected to be charged today by the Wayne County Prosecutor. The three pit bulls are expected to be euthanized.

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The Community Development Advocates of Detroit is hosting a community conversation about the impact of payday loans on Detroit residents Tuesday night.

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A federal human trafficking operation led to the recovery of nine children in Detroit. The FBI's Operation Independence Day recovered victims of child sex trafficking and arrested traffickers.

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What happens with a cash-strapped city loses its grip on the ability to govern and provide basic services for residents?

New research from Michigan State University shows nonprofits and foundations are stepping in to fill the void in Michigan's cities, like Detroit and Flint.

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A new study suggests gun violence tends to go down when abandoned buildings are demolished. The study focused on Detroit.

Researchers saw an 11% drop in gun-related violence in areas with more than six building demolitions. They found areas with six to 12 demolitions had the greatest reduction in gun violence.

The University of Michigan and Harvard University team used pre-existing data from the state. Marc Zimmerman of the University of Michigan was part of the study.

Study ranks car mileage by vehicle and city

Aug 1, 2019
Looking east down I-94 toward Detroit.
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A group says the Chevrolet Suburban is the most driven used car in Detroit and Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo. iSeeCars.com says they looked at over 2.3 million sales of used 10-year-old cars for the study. It looks at the most popular cars driven annually.

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For a while now, conversation has been buzzing about the possible closing and removal of the long-standing Heidelberg Project, an "outdoor art environment" within a Detroit-based community. Jenenne Whitfield, president and CEO of the Heidelberg Project, wants people to know that the project isn't actually going anywhere - it's evolving.

Measles case in Detroit confirmed, says health department

Jul 19, 2019
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The Detroit Health Department has confirmed a case of measles in Detroit. The person is a resident of Detroit, and had recently returned from traveling overseas. 

The person went to the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan on July 16 between 12:30 and 9:30 p.m.

They also went to their physician’s office in Macomb County, Michigan, and everyone who was exposed at that location was directly informed.

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Detroit and Flint both rank low in a new report on the Best and Worst Run Cities in America.

The report was produced by WalletHub, which is a personal finance website.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says they based their ranking on 2018 data looking at a variety of topics, including crime, pollution and the fiscal health of cities.

She says Detroit (145) and Flint (143) both ranked in the bottom ten of 150 cities.

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JPMorgan Chase announced it will invest an additional $50 million to aid in Detroit’s economic recovery. 

This is the latest in a series of investments from the financial services firm and bank. JPMorgan Chase had initially invested $150 million in the city starting in 2014, over a period of five years. This additional $50 million extends the firm’s commitment through 2022.

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Detroit and Lansing are among ten U.S. cities picked to be part of an effort to improve economic mobility.

Foundations linked to billionaires Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Ballmer are behind the effort to improve the future of America’s children.

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The home of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia is getting relocated to Detroit's Eastern Market. As part of the Eastern Market Garden project, the house will be moved from the former state fairgrounds.

The Michigan History Center, the Eastern Market Partnership and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have been developing plans for the move for years. The house has sat at the now-closed state fairground since its relocation from its original address at 253 East Fort Street in 1936.

Brittany Smith grew up mostly in Detroit, earning a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. But when she and her then-boyfriend, Sam, began their careers, they ran into roadblocks. It was 2013, and Detroit was still struggling from the effects of the Great Recession. Sam Smith couldn't find full-time work. His job as a college career counselor wrapped when the campus where he worked shut down.

They began looking for an out.

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The city of Detroit is spending $100 million on what it calls the most expansive infrastructure investment in the city’s recent history this construction season.

It includes the resurfacing of nearly 100 miles of major and residential streets throughout the city, along with the rebuilding or rehabbing of five bridges.

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Nearly seven out of every 1,000 babies born in Michigan will not live to their first birthday. That rate is more than double when it comes to African American and Native American infants.

As part of its new effort to move the needle on infant mortality, the state is tailoring solutions to different communities. It recently released a draft of its 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHIEP).

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Ron Sweed, also known by his late-night television host character "The Ghoul," has passed away according to reports from friends and his ex-wife Barbara J. King.

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State environmental regulators are nearing a long-awaited decision on a permit to expand a hazardous waste facility in Detroit.

U.S. Ecology first applied for a permit to expand storage capacity ten-fold at its Detroit North facility in 2015. But the application stalled in the face of major political and community opposition.

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Displays at the "Black Bottom Street View" exhibition at Detroit Public Library's Main Branch.
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What is lost when an urban area is “renewed?”

That’s the question being asked by an exhibition called “Black Bottom Street View,” on display at the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch through March 15.

Detroit's Packard Plant bridge collapses

Jan 24, 2019
Collapsed Packard Plant bridge
Tony Brown / Michigan Radio

The historic Packard Plant bridge over East Grand Boulevard in Detroit collapsed the afternoon of January 23.

The Packard Plant was built in 1903 and stopped producing cars in 1956. The bridge, which was built in 1939, had in recent years become a famous landmark, especially for photographers of urban ruins.

An aerial view of Downtown Detroit with other part of the city in the distance.
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Seven companies have pledged a total of $35 million to Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund. Making the announcement this week, Detroit officials called it the largest-ever corporate investment in the city’s neighborhoods. The money will help fund improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other features in areas beyond Downtown and Midtown.

foreclosure sign in front of house
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The city of Detroit runs an annual property tax-exemption program for its lowest-income homeowners. The deadline is Monday, but many qualified residents don't know about it or struggle with their applications.

They risk heading into foreclosure and eventually seeing their homes sold in the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction.

Vintage photo of Faygo's headquarters in Detroit.
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"Remember when you were a kid? Well, part of you still is. And that’s why we make Faygo," goes an old jingle for one of Detroit's most iconic companies.  

Faygo was born on Detroit’s Eastside more than 100 years ago, and it remains a well-known pop brand in the United States today.

Joe Grimm is a journalism professor at Michigan State University and author of The Faygo Book

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Wayne State University

 

In Detroit, places like Downtown, Midtown, and Corktown are undergoing major changes. Investment is flowing, and an influx of white residents are moving in. In these areas, there are plenty of new businesses, restaurants, and other amenities. But that isn’t the case in many of the city’s older neighborhoods, where the population remains majority African-American.

 

Rose Gorman and Sonia Brown are both working to help close the gap between these “two Detroits.”

 

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A lot of people have tried – and failed – to make significant changes to Michigan’s auto insurance system. Michigan drivers pay some of the highest premiums in country. Enter Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert. The billionaire chairman of Quicken Loans says he’s ready to take the issue to the voters in the form of a ballot proposal, if the state Legislature doesn’t take action soon.

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer talks to Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about Gilbert’s plans.

Living with the Divide

Nov 13, 2018
Anthony Brown

There wasn’t always such a clear dividing line between the two neighborhoods on either side of Alter Road.

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