Poverty is defined by Merriam Webster as “the state of being poor,” or “a lack of something.” These definitions are vague; poverty is hard to define for a variety of reasons. What is necessary to sustain a person or a family varies from place to place. Most agree that food, clothing, and shelter are at..
You may see it everywhere, or you may never see it at all, depending on where you live. As the map below shows, metro Detroit's poverty is concentrated in certain areas. Poverty in Metro Detroit [MAP] Data source: American Community Survey 2009-2013 (provided with the assistance of Data Driven Detroit). Data are mapped by..
Detroit has the most people living in poverty, as defined by the federal poverty threshold, among the nation’s 20 biggest cities. The metro region and the state of Michigan are slightly ahead of the national rate as well. Erica Raleigh, director of Data Driven Detroit, talked with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda about some of the data..
Delphia Simmons meets a lot of people in financial distress. In her job at the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS). Sandra Svoboda in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, she’s witness to the myriad plot twists that land people in the homeless shelter from throughout the metro area. From job loss and chronic unemployment, to mortgage and tax..
Congressman Mike Bishop [R-8th District] says his discontent with the direction of national politics led him to run for public office once again. Bishop is former state Senate Majority Leader in Michigan, during Governor Jennifer Granholm's administration. "Once that flame is lit inside of you, the public-service flame, it's hard to extinguish," says Bishop...
Last week, Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his much-anticipated energy plan for Michigan, which includes finding and utilizing more renewable and energy efficient power sources for the state over the next 10 years. Snyder says the continued push toward modernizing Michigan's energy supply would --and has already been-- benefiting manufacturers, businesses and families, but it's a push that he says should come from the market and..
The State Board of Education is interviewing the final three candidates on Wednesday to become the next state school Superintendent. Current Superintendent Mike Flanagan will retire from the post at the end of June. Among the candidates being considered for the position is Scott Menzel. He serves currently as the Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. He has also been a superintendent..
Daylight Saving Time began last Sunday. But a Michigan lawmaker says it's time to end the practice of "springing forward" every spring and "falling backward" each autumn. Representative Jeff Irwin has introduced legislation to eliminate Daylight Saving Time. He tells WDET's Pat Batcheller that playing with people's sleep schedules twice a year causes a variety..
A federal judge in Detroit is sentencing a Palestinian activist to prison time for lying about her alleged role in a bombing in Israel. Prosecutors say the sentence should be so harsh it would deter terrorists from seeking shelter in the US. The judge ruled that 67-year-old Rasmieh Odeh lied on her citizenship application by..
Mike Flanagan The State Board of Education has named three finalists for the state Superintendent position. In a release sent out this week, the agency will interview Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston, Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie Markavitch, and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel. There were six semi-finalists who were interviewed publicly this week...