$100 million going to Detroit from JPMorgan Chase
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:39
DETROIT (AP) — Financial giant JPMorgan Chase says it will spend $100 million over five years in Detroit to support and accelerate the bankrupt city's economic recovery.

The banking company announced the effort Wednesday at an event in Detroit with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told reporters that his company is "a for-profit institution" and is investing in the city to make money.

June 5 hearing for foster worker in video beating
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:38
DETROIT (AP) — A 49-year-old a Detroit foster home worker returns to court June 5 for a hearing on whether to try her for the videotaped beating of a disabled woman with a mop handle and extension cord.

Detroit police arrested Kadia Konate-Dennard after WJBK-TV broadcast a video (http://bit.ly/1lM1DKA ) of the beating of the 24-year-old woman, who's autistic and can't speak.

The Associated Press left phone messages Tuesday and Wednesday seeking comment from defense lawyer Larry Polk.

Michigan Senate amends bill to double fuel taxes
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:33
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate set the stage Wednesday for a potential vote on a plan to raise $1.5 billion more a year to fix deteriorating roads, primarily through a significant hike in fuel taxes paid by drivers.

The chamber revised a House-approved transportation funding plan but stopped short of voting until next week, to see if majority Republicans and minority Democrats can strike a bipartisan deal to boost what often is seen as a third rail in politics: gas taxes. Democrats, for instance, want assurances that Michigan's minimum wage will be increased.

Restaurant, retail organizations oppose wage hike
Written by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:37
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Restaurant and retail associations denounced raising the minimum wage during a Michigan House committee hearing Wednesday, clashing with Democratic lawmakers who back an increase.

The Michigan Restaurant Association, National Federation of Independent Business and other groups said a wage hike would cut into businesses' profits, which could cause closures and layoffs. Many members said an ongoing ballot drive to up the wage to $10.10 an hour would be especially "devastating" because it eliminates a separate payment scale for tipped workers.

"If you could move something forward so at least it's a compromise, it'll be better than that ballot that's moving forward. That's the devastating one for us," said Jim Holton, MRA chairman and owner of Mountain Town Station Brewing Company & Steakhouse in Mt. Pleasant.

Filming begins in Detroit for Superman-Batman film
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Warner Bros. Pictures says filming has started in Detroit for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," starring Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The studio said Wednesday the action feature directed by Zack Snyder will also star Israel-born actress Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman; Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther; Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal guardian; and Holly Hunter in a newly created role.

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