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Wayne County Commission moves closer to putting bus tax on August ballot

Voters in many Wayne County communities will likely be asked for a 40 percent increase in tax support for Metro Detroit's suburban bus service in a 1-mill proposal headed for August's primary ballot. More

Detroit reaches tentative deal with pension funds

The Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association's board voted unanimously Tuesday to support the city's latest offer to settle their claim in the bankruptcy. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Detroit reached tentative deals with two pension funds late Tuesday that would lead to modest reductions in monthly pension checks, free up cash to revitalize city services and speed the end of the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. More

State retracts plan to restrict Belle Isle in Sept., says public will have access

Hank Johnson and K.C ,both of Detroit, fishing on Belle Isle in 2013. David Coates / The Detroit News

After saying Belle Isle would be closed to the public for several days in September during a private event showcasing driverless vehicles, state officials promised Tuesday to provide some public access to the island. More

Ex-Detroit library official pleads guilty in $1.4M bribery scheme

Cromer David Coates / The Detroit News

— A former top Detroit Public Library official at the center of several spending controversies pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to pocketing $1.4 million in kickbacks from contractors. More

Detroit mob beating victim slowly getting better

Steve Utash has walked a short distance in his hospital room, although he's still floating in and out of consciousness, his brother-in-law said Tuesday. More

Duggan: More than 80% of Detroit parks will be regularly maintained

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, left, Bishop John Henry Sheard watch Kimberly Jones, from the city's general grounds department, attach signage at Diack Park in Detroit where a City-Community Partnership will keep parks in the city. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

Mayor Mike Duggan said today the city would maintain about 250 of its more than 300 parks during the summer — a significant increase from last year. More

Off-duty Windsor police officer charged in Detroit with drug possession

This undated photo provided by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office shows David Bshouty, a police officer from Windsor, Ontario, has been charged with drug possession after crossing the Ambassador Bridge into the United States. AP/Wayne County Sheriff's Office

A Windsor police officer accused of crossing the border into Detroit with cocaine while off-duty has been arraigned, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday. More

Convicted ex-Wayne Co. aide says feds' sentencing recommendation too harsh

The attorney for a former top aide to the Wayne County executive convicted of heading a public corruption scheme said Tuesday that federal prosecutors' sentencing recommendations are too harsh. More

Romulus man, 35, sent to prison for trafficking protected marine species

Seized baby alligator illegally collected from Big Cypress National Preserve and later sold to undercover agents. Joseph Franko, 35, of Romulus was sentenced in Key West for conspiring to purchase, transport, harvest and sell sea fans, ornamental tropical fish and alligators.

A southeast Michigan resident was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Florida for conspiring to traffic protected marine species between the two states with a second area man. More

Detroit council OKs transferring city-owned properties to land bank

Detroit — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement to transfer its inventory of 16,399 city-owned residential structures to the Detroit Land Bank Authority. More

Taylor man, 67, faces charges in sexual assaults of four teens


A 67-year-old Taylor man has been charged in the alleged sexual assaults of four teen girls, police said. More

Hamtramck official amends lawsuit against other officials to include ethnic slur allegations

The director of Hamtramck's public works department claims not only did city officials try to frame him for a crime, they also violated his civil rights. More

Bashara, judge agree proceedings are taking too long

Robert Bashara David Coates / The Detroit News

Robert Bashara and the judge presiding over his pending murder trial agree: The proceedings are taking too long. More

Detroit property tax reform approved

State regulators have approved a plan that will overhaul the troubled Detroit department that sets property taxes amid complaints of widespread over-assessments. More

Urban farmers expecting full harvest with co-op

Emily Brent carries daughter Vivienne Bingham as she plants strawberry sprouts with fellow farmers at City Commons. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

On the urban prairie, the chickens are laying, fresh compost is piled in a heap and a group of Detroit farmers is readying the land with the kind of hope and energy that spring brings. More

Detroit closes in on pension fund deal

Bankruptcy negotiators appear close to a deal with at least one of Detroit's pension funds, while the city has begun to abandon the idea of a cash-generating regional water authority in the face of suburban opposition. More

Detroiters raise objections to proposed parking fee hikes

Chief Compliance Officer Gary Brown listens during a public hearing on the parking rates in the City of Detroit. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

A handful of residents and advocates spoke out Monday against the emergency manager's plan to increase parking fines in Detroit and criticized the city's broken meter system. More

Detroit: Regional water negotiations have 'run their course'

The city on today filed a court motion saying negotiations with three suburban communities over operations of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department have 'run their course,' but that it will participate in mediation if ordered to do so. More

Amid crisis, Detroit urged to outsource more

City Airport, emergency medical services and parking violations are among the city services up that could be up for privatization in Detroit. Photos by The Detroit News

Detroit has made progress in contracting with private firms for certain services, but outsourcing advocates say there are more opportunities yet unexplored. More

Snyder says Lincoln Park in financial emergency, making bankruptcy an option

Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday a financial emergency exists in Lincoln Park, a decision that gives the Downriver suburb options, including filing for bankruptcy to straighten its finances. More

Detroit auction site launches with 15 houses

Detroit — City officials launched a new website Monday designed for auctioning city-owned houses to bidders who want to fix up and reoccupy them under the city's new neighborhood rebuilding initiative. More

Detroit finance chief: Budget process is 'very fluid'

Mayor Mike Duggan's budget presentation to Detroit's City Council was postponed until the city releases a new plan of adjustment in U.S. Bankruptcy court, Chief Financial Officer John Hill told the panel today. More

Moody's sees 'signs of progress' in Detroit bankruptcy

Moody's Investors Service says it expects general obligation bondholders in Detroit's bankruptcy will receive less than unlimited tax obligation bondholders — and said there are 'signs of progress' in the nation's largest Chapter 9 filing. More

Johnson bows out of congressional run, seeks re-election to state Senate

State Sen. Bert Johnson said Monday he is abandoning his run for Congress and instead running for re-election to the district that includes Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, the Grosse Pointe communities and part of northeast Detroit. More

Detroit man accused of fatally stabbing mother faces arraignment today

Detroit — A man accused of fatally stabbing his mother is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon on a felony murder charge, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. More

Boy, 5, returned to family after being discovered at Detroit coney island

Jason Banks Detroit Police Department

Detroit — A five-year-old boy who was found at an east side coney island very early Monday morning has reportedly been reclaimed by his mother. More

Barricaded gunman situation in Southgate ends in arrest

Southgate — A SWAT team arrested a barricaded gunman peacefully Monday morning after a more than three-hour standoff, police said. More

Man shot at McDonald's drive-thru on Detroit's west side

A man was shot multiple times at a McDonald's drive-thru on the city's west side early Monday morning, according to police. More

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Southfield Freeway

Detroit — A motorcyclist died Monday morning after losing control on the freeway and crashing into a semi-trailer, according to Michigan State Police. More



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