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  • Joe Biden Wins Michigan

    Daniel Marans|Mar 12, 2020

    DETROIT ― Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Democratic primary in Michigan, according to network projections, demonstrating the breadth of his political coalition and dealing a heavy blow to the campaign of rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Six states held primaries on Tuesday, but Michigan was the biggest and, in the eyes of many political observers, the most politically important. It has been a key target in Democrats' plans for the general election ever since President Donald T... Full story

  • Wayne County homeowners can avoid foreclosure, stay in their homes

    Mar 12, 2020

    DETROIT – Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree joined Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Executive Warren Evans this week for a bill signing to provide tax relief to tens of thousands who owe back property taxes in Wayne County. "Taxpayers who have received a poverty tax exemption from their home city or township and have unpaid delinquent taxes are eligible for PAYS if their home city or township has not opted out of the program, said Sabree. "We will have a list of p... Full story

  • DETROIT HIT HARD-Part Two

    Steven Malik Shelton, Contributing Columnist|Mar 12, 2020

    Since taking office in 2014, Mayor Mike Duggan has spent close to 300M dollars in federal Hardest Hit Funds to tear down thousands of homes in the city of Detroit. Moreover, he has stated publicly on numerous occasions that these funds were strictly allocated toward demolitions and he was powerless to spend them to keep Detroiters, suffering under a litany of burdens and abuses, in their homes. Yet, when the United States Congress passed the TARP legislation in 2008, it specifically set asidea... Full story

  • Detroit set to restore water service amid coronavirus fears

    Mar 12, 2020

    DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of Detroit residents who have had their water service shut off due to nonpayment of bills can have it restored under a plan that aims to allow them to wash their hands at home as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The Coronavirus Water Restart Plan will be in effect for the duration of the global outbreak of the virus, officials said Monday. Close to 3,000 households in the city have had water service disconnected, according to a Detroit Water and...

  • Korean War Veteran Receives High School Diploma in Wayne

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Mar 12, 2020

    In 1953, at the age of 17, Avery Hall left his home in Wayne, dropping out of high school to enlist in the U.S. Army and serve in the Korean War. He never had the opportunity to walk across the stage at Wayne Memorial High School and receive his high school diploma. Hall did go on to serve 20 years in the military, eventually serving in Vietnam as well, and attaining the rank of sergeant first class. He married and he and his wife of 60 years, Aloisia, welcomed five children into their family.... Full story

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Repurposes Inkster Home for Needy Veteran

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Mar 12, 2020

    The chilly March breeze didn't deter the volunteers working to repurpose a home in Inkster on Wednesday, March 4. The volunteers were part of Habitat for Humanity's International Women Build Week 2020. Across the globe on that day, and in Inkster as well, women were using hammers, running power saws, and applying paint in an effort to provide housing for needy, qualified applicants. In Inkster, nearly 60 volunteers converged on a house originally built in 2011 by Habitat for Humanity. Some came... Full story

  • Michigan announces first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19

    Mar 12, 2020

    LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Division and Wayne County Health Department announced today that two Michigan residents tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the first confirmed cases in the state. The governor has declared a state of emergency to maximize efforts and assist local governments and officials to slow the spread of the virus. “We are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep Mic... Full story

  • Companies Owned by Women of Color Account for 89 Percent of All New Women-Owned Businesses

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Coresspondent|Mar 12, 2020

    Crystal Etienne is a businesswoman, wife, and mother of two children. She's also the founder of Ruby Love, a $10 million personal care company that she built in just four years. "My dream was to always work for myself," Etienne, a New York native, stated in an email to NNPA Newswire. "However, I did have thoughts about going to law school. Understanding the political side of things, certain laws, and the rights of those around me always excited me, especially if I felt someone was wronged," she... Full story

  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK

    Mar 12, 2020

    James Robert Lawrence, Jr. and Marloshawn Franklin receive the Staff Leader Award from Tashawana Gill and Al Williams during the 7th Annual African American Leadership Awards... Full story

  • Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events Over 50 People

    News from the Governor|Mar 12, 2020

    Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events Over 50 People Order follows new CDC guidance on large events and mass gatherings LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-11, to prohibit all events over 50 people or assemblages in shared indoor spaces over 50 people beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00am. Executive Order 2020-11 changes the temporary restrictions imposed on events and assemblages by Executive Order 2020-5, to...