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A group of investors, headed by Guardian Industries President Bill Davidson, bought the Detroit Pistons on July 29, 1974, for $8.1 million.
The other owners announced that day were Herb Tyner, co-owner and president of Hazel Park Raceway; David and Eugene Mondry, operating officers of Highland Appliance; Warren Coville, president of Guardian Industries’ Guardian Photo Division; William Wetsman, movie-theater chain owner, and Oscar Feldman, partner in Katcher, Feldman and Wienner.
Source : Zlati Meyer, "Investors headed by Bill Davidson buy Pistons", Detroit Free Press, July 28, 2013.
A bill allowing "no-fault' divorces was signed into law. Prior to this law an individual seeking a divorce had to prove their partner was an abuser, a drunk, an adulterer, or had deserted.
Source : MIRS, July 29, 2014.
Summer Of Road Funding? Not Exactly
The Senate pledged to work through the summer on a road funding solution, but now as the legislative summer draws into its final month, the chamber and its counterpart in the House are not expected back until mid-August, but officials in both chambers say a lack of physical presence doesn't necessarily mean nothing is being done at all.
Michigan Democrats Considering Changing Name Of ‘Jeff-Jack' Dinner
Michigan Democrats, like their colleagues in other states, are reviewing whether the time has come to change the name of their annual fundraising dinner, long known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
Capitol Restoration Work Continues
Reporters and later legislative leaders got a rare view Tuesday of the city of Lansing from atop the Capitol, where restoration efforts are expected to continue through November, though the scaffolding around the dome is slated to begin coming down next month.
Snyder To Begin Conference Calls With Leaders On Road Resolution
Conference calls between Governor Rick Snyder and the four legislative leaders are to begin later this week as the state's top officials continue efforts to find a resolution to increased funding for roads.
Legislators Raised $2.1M, PACs $12.9M
Legislators collectively raised $2.1 million during the most recent reporting period and the state's top political action committees have raised $12.9 million during the first six months of 2015, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
School Choice Draws At-Risk Students
When school districts were first opened to choice in the mid-1990s, the goal was to provide additional options to at-risk youth, and the program appears to have achieved that goal, a study released Tuesday by Michigan State University said.
Group Files Notice Of Intent To Sue Federal Government On Pipelines
Unless the U.S. Department of Transportation fulfills its duties to regulate oil and natural gas pipelines in 60 days, National Wildlife Federation officials in Michigan said Tuesday they would file suit to force them to do so.
Ag Group, Environmental Organization Teaming Up To Stop Algae Blooms
The toxic algae blooms most acutely affecting western Lake Erie the last two years have prompted the Michigan Agribusiness Association and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to form a partnership on the issue.
Supreme Court: Sex Crime Conviction Upheld, Testimony Issue Clarified
In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court upheld the criminal sexual conduct conviction of a minister for abusing a young girl in his congregation, but in so doing clarified whether comments of alleged prior acts could be admitted.
Loepp Named To Succeed Kelley On Mackinac Island Park Commission
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan President Dan Loepp, once the driver for former Attorney General Frank Kelley, was named to the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, succeeding Mr. Kelley.
Hertel Calls For Schuette To Pay $1.9M Fee From Same Sex Marriage Case
Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. is calling for Attorney General Bill Schuette to pay the $1.9 million requested from attorneys who were victorious in getting the state's ban on same sex marriage overturned after the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Mr. Schuette's office has been unresponsive.
MSF Approves Grant For Chinese-Owned Auto Supplier
YFS Automotive Systems, Inc., a supplier of fuel tanks and urea systems for automotive manufacturers, plans to acquire about 30 acres of vacant industrial land in Detroit to construct a 150,000 square-foot facility to design, test and manufacture automotive fuel system components, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday, earning itself a $1.3 million business development program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #55, Report 147, July 28, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
A company that once pledged to create 400 jobs in Kalamazoo -- but for years reported creating no jobs at the site -- had its state-awarded property tax incentive quietly removed by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board today.
The company, MPI Research, had originally predicted 400 jobs at the site upon receiving a tax break via the state's renaissance zone designation.
The project was originally announced in 2008, but the remaining building to be developed still appeared dormant when MIRS visited it in April. Yet, the tax break for the site, which had saved the company at least $750,000 in property taxes, remained in place until the MSF acted today.
For the full article, see "Seven Years & Zero Reported Jobs Later, Project Sheds State Tax Break", Inside MIRS Today, July 28, 2015.
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A state judge recently ruled against fees associated with Consumers Energy's smart meter program, saying a state board and the utility did little to justify the costs.
The Michigan Public Service Commission, charged with setting electric and gas rates across Michigan, will likely have to go back to the drawing board after the ruling July 22.
For the full article, see Will Forgrave, "Judge rules against Consumers Energy's smart meter fees", MLive, July 28, 2015.
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