Jul 19th, 2013 - State News
Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.
State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday asked a federal judge permission to place the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
If approved, the filing would allow Orr to liquidate city assets to satisfy a host of creditors and city pensioners lined up to recoup losses from bad bond investments and unpaid contracts.
A number of factors — most notably steep population and tax base falls — have been blamed on Detroit's tumble toward insolvency.
Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010.
Orr was unable to convince enough creditors, bondholders and employee pension representatives to accept pennies on the dollar as he attempted a fiscal restructuring of Detroit.
— Detroit's emergency financial manager says bankruptcy is the "first step toward restoring the city."
The comments came after Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday.
The filing put the city on an uncertain course that could mean laying off municipal employees, selling off assets, raising fees and scaling back basic services such as trash collection and snow plowing, which have already been slashed.
Emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr says it's business as usual in Detroit. He says the city will stay open and bills will be paid.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he didn't want the city to go bankrupt, but now that it's happened, the people of the city "have to make the best of it."
— Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says the timing of Detroit's bankruptcy filing was slightly affected by legal challenges from opponents.
Snyder nonetheless says a filing was inevitable after he agreed this week with a recommendation from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr.
Snyder spoke to reporters Thursday on a conference call, about two hours after a 16-page document was filed in bankruptcy court. He says "enough is enough of the downward spiral of Detroit."
Snyder says the city can get a "clean slate" with a judge resolving billions in debt. Detroit has more than $18 billion in debt and other liabilities and doesn't take in enough revenue to cover them.
City workers and retirement funds had sued to prevent Snyder from approving a bankruptcy request. That litigation will be suspended.
— The White House says it's standing by Detroit after it became the biggest city in America to file for bankruptcy.
Spokeswoman Amy Brundage says President Barack Obama and senior advisers are monitoring the situation.
Brundage adds that while Michigan leaders and the city's creditors understand their responsibility to solve Detroit's financial problems, the White House will continue to partner with Detroit as it tries to recover and maintain its status as one of America's great cities.
Thursday's filing in federal bankruptcy court was approved by Governor Rick Snyder. The move puts the city on an uncertain path that could lead to layoffs of city workers, the sale of city assets, higher fees and cuts in such services as trash and snow removal.
Mar 12th, 2014 - Local News
A job fair targeting U.S. military veterans is scheduled to take place Thursday, 3/13/14, at the Wyoming National Guard Armory on 44th Street.
The Hiring Our Heroes event will be held from 10 a.m. to...
Mar 11th, 2014 - Local News
A 14-year-old Belding boy was seriously injured Monday after he fell off a sled that was being towed behind a snowmobile. The accident happened in a field near Ellis Road just east of M-91. Ionia of...
Mar 12th, 2014 - State News
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislative leaders have agreed to set aside $215 million in the middle of the budget year for road maintenance, partly to help road agencies grappling with winter cos...
Mar 11th, 2014 - State News
It has been a record year for ice coverage on the Great Lakes. Over 90% of the lakes iced over this winter.
Meanwhile a group of 4 men recently walked on the Lake Michigan ice from Glen Arbor to Nor...
Mar 12th, 2014 - National News
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the co...
Mar 11th, 2014 - National News
UNDATED (AP) — Doctors say nearly 2 percent of Americans now have an artificial hip, knee or some other joint.
Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Berry of the Mayo Clinic says, "They are remarkable number...
Mar 12th, 2014 - International News
BERLIN (AP) — NATO says it's sent two surveillance planes to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in neighboring Ukraine.
The military alliance says two AWAC, or Airborne W...
Mar 11th, 2014 - International News
MADRID (AP) — The anniversaries of two disasters are being marked today.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to boost rebuilding efforts as his country marks the third anniversary of ...
Mar 12th, 2014 - Sports News
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Saginaw Spirit minor league hockey team game has been postponed following the death of 20-year-old player Terry Trafford.
A posting on the team's website announced the cha...
Mar 11th, 2014 - Sports News
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during ...
Jan 24th, 2014 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.
The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...
Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
DETROIT (AP) — More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...