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Peninsula hires Gilstorff as fire chief

TRAVERSE CITY — Peninsula Township's drive to rebuild its fire department went from smolder to flame when township trustees approved a contract with …

Employment

Westland approves buying new fire truck for almost $800K

The Westland City Council has approved the purchase of a new EONE fire truck with a 75-foot aerial ladder in the amount of $791,893. The purchase …

1 killed in fire at Westland apartment complex

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>CLOSE<p>TODAY'S TOP STORIES Tigers Spring Training: Miggy, V-Mart, Faedo Get Some Work | 2:11<p>Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, …

Detroit

Protest over Westland library layoffs continue

About 30 people turned out at a William P. Faust Library Board meeting Wednesday in Westland to protest the layoff of five librarians in March.<p>It was …

Detroit

Grindstone Smokehouse owner plans to build after fire

The owner of a Westland restaurant damaged by fire is planning to rebuild his business.<p>"I'm moving ahead with every intention of reopening. We had a …

Faust Library staff votes for union

Workers at Westland's Faust Library have voted overwhelmingly to unionize through the Service Employees International Union.<p>The vote was 27-5 in …

Employment

Legislation established for national registry for firefighters suffering from cancer

<b>WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLUC) -</b> U.S Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to establish a national registry that …

Cancer

Fire merger officially ended

The operational merger of the Westland and Wayne fire departments officially ended Feb. 1 but that doesn't mean the split is acrimonious.<p>Wayne Mayor …

Management

Westland aided in setting up warming shelter

In response to record breaking winds and power outages, the Westland Fire Department was prepared to provide overnight accommodations for residents …

Ann Arbor

One man dead, suspect arrested in fatal shooting at Oldsmar bar

OLDSMAR, Fla. - Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office say a U.S. Army veteran is dead after a shooting at Hennessy's Bar and Grill in …

Fire merger officially ended

The operational merger of the Westland and Wayne fire departments officially ended Feb. 1 but that doesn't mean the split is acrimonious.<p>Wayne Mayor …

Property tax laws: Why cities' services haven't recovered from housing bust

The cost of the housing bust isn't just measured in lost homes and property value.<p>Michigan communities cut nearly 3,000 police officers as falling …

Detroit

In retirement fight, GOP confronts cops, firefighters

LANSING — Republican lawmakers are colliding head-on with Michigan's most powerful public-sector unions after abruptly introducing bills during the …

Retirement

Effort to sell Wayne city building fails

A proposal to sell the vacant Wayne Activities and Banquet Center building for $150,000 fell short on a split vote by the council Tuesday.<p>It was a …

Pot operation explosion injures Wayne man

A Wayne man was injured in an explosion resulting from his efforts to extract THC oil from marijuana in his garage.<p>The incident was reported abiout …

Westland Animal Control worker fired after dumping dog's body in dumpster

<b>WESTLAND, Mich.</b> - Westland resident, Melissa Wise, thought it was odd when she noticed a Westland Animal Control truck pulled up next to a dumpster …

Westland has a new fire chief

In front of a crowd filled with family, friends and many firefighters, Michael Stradtner was sworn in as Westland fire chief at Monday's city council …

Public Pensions Are Good For Workers, Taxpayers, And The Economy

Contrary to popular belief, defined benefit pensions are not only good for workers and taxpayers, they’re also good for the economy, generating significant amounts of economic activity nationally each year. According to a report released by the National Institute on Retirement Security, state and …

Wayne, Nocerini agree to 4-year pact

A four-year contract for the services of Wayne City Manager Lisa Nocerini has been approved by the city council.<p>The contract is with Nocerini's …

Westland to hire parks director; Reddy is deputy mayor

Westland should have a new parks and recreation director and a new fire chief among several personnel changes made by Mayor William Wild.<p>Subject to …

Wayne, Westland officials' criminal cases resolved

Criminal cases pending against two former area officials have been resolved.<p>Former Westland Parks and Recreation Director John Adams entered a guilty …

Corruption

What Your Dispatcher Really Thinks About You

When I first began my dispatching career 26 years ago (happy anniversary to me this month!), my trainers hammered it into my brain on a daily basis …

City of Wayne's financial crisis dire despite federal grant

The financially struggling city of Wayne is getting nearly $1 million in a federal grant to add six firefighters to its ranks for two years, but the …

Detroit

The 401(k) is wreaking havoc on retirement, study finds

The shift from pensions to 401(k) plans is making retirement inequality much worse — and education is what separates the haves from the have-nots, a new study has found.<p>College graduates have always been able to get better jobs. What's new in recent decades is that traditional pensions have all but …

Response time questioned in death

Aug. 19, 2016<p>Plymouth Michigan News<p>Don Howard<p>Staff Writer<p>A 24-minute ambulance response time may have contributed to the death of a 63- year-old …

Federal grant funds hiring 6 new Wayne firefighters

Wayne has received a federal grant that will allow the city to hire six additional firefighters for two years.<p>The Staffing for Adequate Fire and …

Newport News firefighters change uniform so you won’t mistake them for cops

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Newport News Fire Department changed their uniforms so they don't look like police officers when they are responding to calls …

'Fill the boot' charity campaign gets the boot from attorney general

- Hardworking firefighters spending the week fighting both fires and muscular dystrophy with well-known "Fill the Boot" fundraisers may look like …

City of Wayne plans to ask state for financial review

<i>Wayne</i> — This blue collar town could be headed for emergency management after voters turned down a millage proposal that would have helped keep its …