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The nation's first mile of concrete highway is laid.
With Detroit moving rapidly to become the nation's automobile capital, residents demanded better roads. In response, the Wayne County Road Commission laid the first stretch of concrete highway on Woodward Avenue between Six and Seven Mile roads. Cost: $13,000.
Source : This Day in History, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, April 20, 2008, B.4.
Michigan's highway department repeatedly hires contractors whose work requires fixes, hasn't tracked contractors who've failed to fix their work, and relies on a faulty federal program to weed out bad actors.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says 13% of warrantied roads jobs have required corrective action. But documented weaknesses in MDOT's oversight beg the questions: How many needed fixes have been missed? And what might be wrong on the 55% to 65% of MDOT jobs that aren't warrantied?
Many lawmakers are fuming over those questions as voters are asked May 5 to take on $1.2 billion a year in new roads taxes and expand the troubled warranty program to local roads.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley and Steven R. Reed, "After 18 years, MDOT 'still learning' troubled oversight program", Lansing State Journal, April 19, 2015.
For another, see Steven R. Reed and Justin A. Hinkley, "Audits detail MDOT's warranty woes", Lansing State Journal, April 19, 2015.
Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed $75 million for distressed school districts is facing skepticism from the House and Senate as they work toward finalizing a state budget,.
Snyder called for the money in his budget address to help the state's 56 school districts that have a deficit.
Nineteen of those schools are expected to eliminate their deficits by July. For those schools that still project a shortfall at that time, their deficit could total more than $242 million.
Detroit Public Schools alone projects a $164.5 million deficit.
For the full article, see Alisha Green, "Legislature not convinced on aid for schools with deficit", Battle Creek Enquirer, April 19, 2015.
The Holocaust (also called Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933, when Hitler became chancellor of Germany, to May 8, 1945 (V-E Day), when the war in Europe ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of thousands of Jewish communities. These deaths represented 2/3rds of European Jewry and 1/3 of world Jewry. The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the "Final Solution" (Endlösung).
Michigan helps preserve the memory of this gruesome period in human history by providing a site for the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Alexa Stanard, "WW II-era Boxcar Comes to Holocaust Memorial Center", Hour Detroit, May 2012.
On April 19, 1995, a truck-bomb explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, left 168 people dead and hundreds more injured. The blast was set off by anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh, who in 2001 was executed for his crimes. His co-conspirator Terry Nichols received life in prison. Until September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil. Both men were found to be members of a radical right-wing survivalist group based in Michigan.
Oklahoma City Bombing via History.com
Oklahoma City Bombing wikipedia entry.
Dominic Adams, "Oklahoma City bombing memories fade in rural Michigan town at center of plot", MLive, April 19, 2015.
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