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Detroit city officials misplace $1 million check for a month

Officials in the financially beleaguered city of Detroit misplaced a $1 million check made out to the city’s school system for a month. According to Bloomberg News, the fact that the check languished in a drawer, forgotten, for weeks from late February to March is another sign of the city…

Detroit workers fear city’s bankruptcy could wipe out their pensions

Thousands of pensioners already struggling to get by are afraid they will be pushed into poverty if the city of Detroit is able to slash their benefits in a bankruptcy court. Retired fire chief Jerry Franklin Smith spent 39 years battling blazes in a city filled with abandoned buildings and…

Detroit emergency manager proposes cutbacks in health plan for city workers to save $12 million

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr on Friday proposed a new healthcare plan for city workers that is projected to save the city $12 million a year by raising deductibles and trimming the number of plans available. Orr aims to cut the number of healthcare plans available to…

Even when jobs return, Detroit’s workers fall short on skills

By Nick Carey DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has a long list of things to fix in the city and among them is one that may sound surprising: there are not enough skilled workers to fill job openings as they become available. “Every problem in this city…

In cash-strapped Detroit, few critics question new sports arena funding

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – While Detroit has become a top emblem of U.S. urban economic decline with its recent bankruptcy filing, it remains a resilient and vibrant sports town. Major League Baseball’s Tigers and the National Football League’s Lions, like teams in other U.S. cities, have obtained public…

Detroit bankruptcy case heads to Wednesday hearing on labor union pension challenges

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) – Labor unions trying to stop Detroit from cutting pensions filed a new challenge to the city in bankruptcy court as the federal judge overseeing the case said he would hear arguments on Wednesday. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed on Monday to a…

Michigan appeals state judge’s order to stop Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday appealed a state judge’s declaratory judgment that the bankruptcy petition Detroit’s emergency manager filed in federal court Thursday should be withdrawn. The appeal of Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Friday order was made in the Michigan Court of…

Detroit becomes largest city to file for bankruptcy

The city of Detroit on Thursday became the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy protection, court documents showed. Once the fourth largest US city, Detroit has seen its population shrink by more than half, from 1.8 million in 1950 to 685,000 today, as crime, flight to the…

Detroit accuses bond insurer of stifling agreement with creditors

By Karen Pierog and Steve Neavling (Reuters) – The city of Detroit filed a lawsuit against bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc claiming the company blocked an agreement the city hopes to conclude with major creditors involving revenue from the city’s three casinos. The suit filed on Friday by Detroit’s state-appointed…

Bullied Michigan 8th grader dead after shooting himself in school bathroom

An eighth grader at Davidson Middle School in Southgate Michigan is dead after shooting himself in one of the school’s boys bathrooms. According to Detroit’s Fox 2 News, the teen was found and rushed to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center where he died of his injuries. Shortly after 9:00 a.m., school…

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