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Rate hikes underway for municipal electric utilities

Detroit is among the municipal electric utilities that plan gradual rate increases this winter. Some have already implemented them to comply with federal environmental regulations and to keep local jobs. For example, Marquette Board of Light and Power will increase electric rates by 3.5 percent for customers by 2014. It will be the second rate hike for the company in 25 years. ...

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Fiscal cliff?

More than 11 million Blacks lived below the poverty line in 2011, including an estimated 5.2 million that languish in severe poverty, according to a recent report. The yearly report by the Half in Ten campaign found that even though Blacks comprise 13 percent of the total population in the United States, they accounted for 27.6 percent of Americans living below the poverty line, defined as “$23,018 a year f ...

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From Hotsauce to carriage rides

CWMAAH does Noel Night By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted its 40th annual Noel Night celebration  Dec. 1, with over 80 participating venues. The event was free and open to the public. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library and Zeta Phi Beta sorority were among t ...

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Regional transit bill passes Senate

By Zenobia Jeffries The Michigan Citizen LANSING — Supporters of regional transportation are a House vote away from seeing many years of hard work and dedication toward the measure materialize. The State Senate passed the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) bill package Nov. 27,                with strong bipartisan support. The bills are now going to the House of Representatives with hopes of success. ...

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Hantz opportunity

Hantz Farms’ drive to take over nearly 2,000 publically owned lots on the city’s east side is an opportunity to think very differently about how we approach land use. We urge the City Council to put in place productive, visionary principles, policies and practices to guide this and all future efforts at development. ...

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Lighting authority bills pass Senate

The Michigan Senate passed legislation Dec. 4 that would allow for the creation of a Detroit Lighting Authority (DLA). The main bill passed 25-13 after it was revised to allow the city to retain more local control. The legislation will now go to the House for an up or down vote before going to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for approval. Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, is the principal sponsor of the three-bill pack ...

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Residents propose plan for State Fairground property

The Michigan Land Bank “Fast Track” transfer program has devised a plan to give developer MAGIC Plus LLC the State Fairgrounds property to build an outdoor strip mall. The property is owned by the taxpayers of Michigan. According to Michigan Land Bank’s Web site, the proposal submitted by MAGIC includes a mixed-use development for the entire property that combines retail, residential, green space and entert ...

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