Michigan

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Fri March 1, 2013
U.S.

Michigan Officials Take Control Of Detroit's Empty Wallet

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:01 pm

With a declining population and dwindling tax base, Detroit has grappled with severe financial problems in the past decade.
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In a small public-TV studio before an invitation-only audience of 30 people, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made his case Friday for taking control of Detroit's finances away from the city's elected officials.

The state's signature city is grappling with a declining population, a dwindling tax base and decades of mismanagement — including corruption so pervasive at times that former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is currently on trial for federal racketeering charges.

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10:45am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Michigan Governor Declares Financial Emergency In Detroit

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 4:55 pm

The General Motors world headquarters building dominates the Detroit skyline.
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Saying it was a "sad day," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a financial emergency in the city of Detroit. He said that while it would not be appropriate to appoint an emergency manager, now, he would think about doing so after March 12. That's the day set aside for a hearing, if the city appeals his decision.

"I do have a top candidate," Snyder said during a press conference.

The Detroit Free Press explains:

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8:15am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Which Is The Most Miserable U.S. City? Detroit.

A pedestrian walks in downtown Detroit on Oct. 24, 2012.
Carlos Osorio AP

Forbes magazine is out with its latest ranking of "Most Miserable Cities" in the U.S. and of 20 metropolitan areas listed, Detroit is on top.

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3:07pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Defying Expectations, GOP Governors Embrace Medicaid Expansion

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, favors a federally subsidized expansion of Medicaid in his state.
Carlos Osorio AP

Top-ranked archrivals Michigan and Ohio State faced off Wednesday night on the basketball court for the second time in this season (Michigan won in overtime to split the series).

But both states' Republican governors have something more in common this week than an intense distaste for their neighboring state's athletic team.

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