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Snyder defends record, says he made tough calls

KALAMAZOO, MI - Republican Gov. Rick Snyder defended his record in a town hall-style campaign event Monday, saying he has faced some difficult choices but that he put Michigan on a positive path forward.

"I've made some really tough decisions. I've asked people for sacrifices. ... Could we really build a foundation to last for generations if we didn't go clean up a whole bunch of those giant messes that career politicians wouldn't address?" Snyder said in the hour-long event at Western Michigan University, calling attention to his role in Detroit's bankruptcy filing.

It was the first in a series of 10 planned town halls that Snyder will hold with what he said are undecided voters before the Nov. 4 election. He faces a tough re-election challenge from Democrat Mark Schauer, who has criticized the town halls as GOP partisan events.

Snyder spoke for about 17 minutes before answering eight questions about topics including his decision to sign a right-to-work law, education and road funding, and a business tax overhaul that led to retirees with pensions paying higher taxes. Questions came from a high school teacher, a businessman, a county commissioner, a local mayor and people on social media.


Judge won't stop Detroit water shutoffs

DETROIT - The judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy refused Monday to stop the city from shutting off water if people can't pay their bill, saying there's no right to water and the law doesn't him the power to keep the taps open anyway.

Judge Steven Rhodes gave critics of the shutoffs a two-day hearing last week. He said their arguments were "interesting and creative" but couldn't trump the legal standard under bankruptcy law or constitutional law - or the potential harm to Detroit's perilous finances. 


Detroit flood victims can begin applying for aid through FEMA

Deadline to apply is November 24, 2014

DETROIT, MI - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Michigan residents and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11-13, 2014.

Under the disaster declaration, Michigan residents hurt by flooding can receive assistance in a number of forms, such as a FEMA mobile home or travel trailer for up to 18 months; reimbursement for lodging expenses or rent; and money to fix their homes. 


Hartford "Musical Connection" presents Sensational One-Armed Trumpeter

DETROIT - On Friday, October 10, at 6 pm the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, “MUSIC CONNECTION” will present the Sensational One-Armed Trumpeter, Carlot Dorve who will perform with the Michigan State University, College of Music’s Cosmopolitan Brass Quintet.

The Free concert entitled “BRASS BASH & SONG” will showcase Dorve, a MSU senior from Haiti and a scholarship student of Richard Illman, Trumpet Chair, MSU College of Music.


Cass Community Book Launch and Ambassadors’ Tour to Benefit Nonprofit Organization

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Cass Community Publishing House (CCPH) celebrated its first publication: “This Far By Faith: Twenty Years of Cass Community,” written by Rev. Faith Fowler, at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Fowler is also the Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (Cass) and CCPH Publisher. 


Eastern High School of Detroit - All Classes Annual Alumni Reunion on Sunday, October 5, 2014

DETROIT - The Eastern High School Alumni Association of Detroit will hold its annual school alumni reunion on Sunday, Oct. 5th beginning at 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Ukranian Cultural Center on Ryan Road in Warren.

Eastern High School was formed in 1901. In 1967, a new Eastern High School was built on the corner of East Lafayette and Mt. Elliott. (Following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. , Mayor Roman Gibbs renamed Eastern High School, Martin Luther King Jr. High School.   


Big celebration for launch of new Red Wings Arena and 'District Detroit' groundbreaking

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Detroiters now have something new to celebrate; an exciting new project presented by Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., on September 29th during a well-produced ceremony framed by a beautiful autumn day. This new state of the art sports arena which will be the future home of the Detroit Red Wings and entertainment development that will be called “The District Detroit” and this presentation was the official launching and groundbreaking of the project.


Detroit crews start laying light rail track

DETROIT - Crews have started laying the track for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.

M-1 Rail construction workers dragged two 560-foot pieces of steel rail into the southbound lanes of Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit early Monday. The 4.5-ton strings of rail were delivered and welded earlier this month. They will next be set in place in preparation for their complete installment.

The 3.3 mile, $140-million light rail will stretch along Woodward Ave. from the city's riverfront to its New Center area. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016 and is expected to spur economic and job growth along the Woodward corridor.


Broadway In Detroit and ANNIE Support the Michigan Humane Society

With a Special Fundraising Event on Saturday, September 27

DETROIT - Broadway in Detroit today announced that it is partnering with the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) on a special fundraiser for the non-profit organization through the upcoming engagement of ANNIE at the Fisher Theatre. Those who are familiar with the iconic Tony® Award-winning musical know that it stars a red-headed girl named Annie and her best friend, Sandy the dog. 


I-375 Lafayette Street exit to get a makeover for the Fall of 2014

DETROIT, MI - Greektown Casino-Hotel has received approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation to widen the southbound I-375 exit ramp to Lafayette Street. The current single-lane exit will be widened to three lanes this fall to better serve Lafayette Street as well as Macomb Street, Monroe Avenue and the Chrysler Service Drive. The expansion will enhance safety and traffic flow in and around Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood and Central Business District. The wider Lafayette Street ramp is expected to handle up to 3,200 vehicles per hour compared to 1,600 vehicles currently.


U-M president, regents mum on Hoke and Brandon's handling of Shane Morris injuries

ANN ARBOR - University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and all eight members of the Board of Regents have remained silent about the apparent mishandling of the injuries suffered by sophomore quarterback Shane Morris during Saturday's 30-14 loss to Minnesota.

HUD awards $2.3 MIL to help low-income in Michigan train for jobs and find employment

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $2.3 million to help public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents throughout Michigan connect with local services to improve their education and employment and to put them on a path to self-sufficiency. Read more about the local impact of the grants announced today. 

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to celebrate Grand Opening of West RiverWalk this weekend. It's Free!

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is extending an invitation to the entire Metro Detroit community to celebrate the grand opening of the West RiverWalk— the newest destination along Detroit’s revitalized riverfront—on Saturday, October 4 from 1 to 8 p.m. The West RiverWalk is located at 1801 W. Jefferson between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Joe Louis Arena, just behind the main U.S. Post Office on Fort Street in Detroit. Parking for the event is available on West Jefferson..

Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference swells since Obama White House

WASHINGTON DC (Tell Us DC) - Welcome to the sprawling Walter Washington Conference center in the Nations Capitol and the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference 2014. It’s where more than four decades of tradition is once again being played out for black people who want to be involved, informed, and to find a way to a better future for themselves and their families.

Tickets now on sale for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Fisher Theatre, October 21 - November 16

DETROIT, MI - Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway In Detroit are proud to announce that single tickets for the Detroit engagement of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are now on sale. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, October 21 – November 16.

Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit To Focus On Ethnic Inclusion

General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Hyundai Motor America President & CEO Dave Zuchowski to Discuss the Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion in Business

DETROIT – The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, proudly announces its lineup of speakers for the 15thAnnual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit. This year’s theme is: “Driving Ethnic Inclusion in the Global Automotive Expansion.”  

Christie praises Snyder's handling of Detroit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumped for Rick Snyder in Detroit Friday as the Michigan governor seeks another term in office. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT - Chris Christie on Friday lauded fellow Republican governor Rick Snyder's leadership in bankrupt Detroit, calling the city a wake-up call to the rest of the U.S. but also a place that is showing signs of rebirth. 


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