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National group throws weight behind effort to fix Michigan civil asset forfeiture laws

Darlene Hellenberg was on the dance floor when masked gunmen stormed the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, ordering her and other patrons to the ground. “What’s going to happen to me? And where am I going to end up when this is all over?” she said this week, recalling the panicked thoughts that raced through […]
Mandatory Labor Law Posting Change in Michigan

Mandatory Labor Law Posting Change in Michigan

Michigan had a recent mandatory change in the MIOSHA posting. The description of the change is below: Safety and Health: The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated their Safety and Health Protection on the Job notice. Employers are now required to notify the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs within 24 hours […]

Detroit Journalism Cooperative to extend focus on city’s bankruptcy and impact

  As part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, Michigan Radio will extend its exploration of Detroit’s financial issues and engage citizens in finding solutions to challenges facing the city. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has agreed to provide an additional $500,000 in support for the five nonprofit news partners in the project […]

Pittsfield Township rejects Zingerman’s liquor license application

The Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees has rejected a class C liquor license application from Zingerman’s Creamery. Zingerman’s is proposing a new two-story, 3,200-square-foot creamery at 3728 Airport Drive, across from its current location in the Airport Plaza, and the liquor license was to be a part of those plans. But township Clerk Alan Israel said the […]

Despite Snyder’s efforts, liquor license fees unlikely to increase

The push by Gov. Rick Snyder to increase liquor license fees by 50 percent appears to be “dead.” At least that’s how one state lawmaker — echoing the sentiment from both chambers in the state Legislature — described the proposed fee increase in Snyder’s latest budget proposal. While the administration is still interested in updating a variety […]

Powdered alcohol might not debut in Michigan under new bill

Powdered alcohol might not make its debut in Michigan. State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced a bill that could ban the use, possession and distribution of powdered alcohol — or Palcohol — in Michigan. The product was approved by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.“I believe powdered alcohol will lead to […]

Family Christian books bankruptcy: Chain faces scrutiny

Grand Rapids-based national bookstore chain Family Christian faces an uncertain future after its plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy collapsed amid questions regarding the interplay between the not-for-profit company and its evangelizing corporate parent. Family Christian – which traces its roots back to its days as a Zondervan brand founded in 1931 – filed for […]

Liquor store closed for selling to minors

GRAND BLANC TWP. – The Grand Blanc Township Police Department reports that The Liquor Carousel, a retail liquor store located at 2372 E. Hill Rd., had their liquor license suspended effective Monday. The store was cited for sale of alcohol to a minor in September of last year, using an undercover decoy. In February they […]

State Liquor Control Commission discusses self-serve beer and wine at bars

If a rule change proposal under consideration by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is approved, bar patrons across the state could soon be helping themselves to their next drink. The proposal, which deals with allowing alcohol-dispensing machines at bars, was recently discussed during a Michigan Liquor Control Commission public hearing. But as bartenders and patrons […]

Township sets licensing fees for smoking lounges

As part of the consent agenda, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted last month to establish an initial non-refundable application fee and a license renewal fee for smsoking lounges operating in the township.   According to the resolution adopted at the Jan. 20 meeting, Chapter 14 of the township’s Code of Ordinances requires that […]