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Michigan officially bans powdered alcohol

Since the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved the distribution and sale of powdered alcohol — or Palcohol— during March of this year, state officials have been moving fast to ban production across the country. Sen. Rick Jones R-Grand Ledge passed Senate Bill 240 this month banning not only the possession, but production and sale […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Gov. Snyder signs bill that allows wine, beer consumption while biking

Patrons on pedal-powered trolleys will be able to consume beer and wine while biking from bar to bar in cities like Traverse City under legislation Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Wednesday. Snyder signed a two-bill package sought by northern Michigan lawmakers to allow minivan-sized pedal trolleys to let their customers drink beer or wine […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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