MDOT and Michigan State Police announce freeway and non-freeway corridors selected for speed limit increases

TweetLANSING, Mich. — In accordance with new state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan State Police (MSP) have identified 900 miles of non-freeway state highways for speed limit increases to 65 mph, and 600 miles of freeway for speed limit increases to 75 mph. Select freeway routes will have increased speed limits posted beginning May 1. Public Act 445, passed by the state Legislature in late 2016, tasked the two agencies with increasing speed limits on some state highways and freeways based on 85th-percentile speeds (the speedRead More

PHOTOS: 2017 MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester, MI

TweetAmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at the 2017 MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester, Mich. This high-profile community event highlights the efforts of area businesses and community organizations to Make Earth Day Matter.  The festival offers a wide variety of exhibits, attractions and activities. It featured dozens of green/wellness products, services & program exhibits, displays of vehicles & renewable energy systems, Food & Farm areas with local & organic products & food service along with free samples, giveaways and show specials. Other activities included dancing and live music entertainment, a WholeRead More

WATCH: 420 Day celebrated in Ann Arbor, Michigan (U of M campus)

TweetAmericaJR’s Mike Wrathell reports from the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. 420 day is known as “marijuana culture’s high holiday.” April 20 has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the legalization of cannabis. In this video, watch for interviews with Arleen Kosak, Owner of Stairway to Heaven, Madison Ortiz with Hemp-Infused CannaSmack and two University of Michigan students.    

PHOTOS: New Amazon distribution center under construction in Livonia, MI

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the site of the new 1 million-square-foot Amazon distribution center in Livonia, Mich. It is being built from the ground up on the former location of the GM Delco Chassis plant. The online shopping website is spending $90 million in Livonia. The new distribution center is expected to open at 13000 Eckles Road in October. More than 1,000 full-time jobs will be created at this new facility. To apply for one of those jobs, visit www.amazon.jobs

Opera Review: ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ Hits Detroit

Tweet “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~~~Ben Franklin   I’m trying to get myself edumacated. So, when I saw that a relatively obscure, but highly underrated Giacomo Puccini opera was coming to Detroit, I decided it had my name on it. Ben Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” He’s so right. Right AF. So, and it might help that I’m a bit OC, before I went to the Detroit Opera House last Saturday to see the opera, I watched theRead More

PHOTOS: “University of Michigan: Past and Present” exhibit @ Michigan Union

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the University of Michigan for their Bicentennial Celebration. The “Past and Present” exhibit profiles of U-M’s first six students, and the two faculty who taught them. The exhibit features research conducted by Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program students and displays designed by students from the Stamps School of Art & Design. Did You Know? The University of Michigan was founded in Detroit back in 1841. At the time, there was only one degree offered. Now, there are 265 degree offerings and 44,718 students attending U-M.Read More

Dinner to Celebrate Polish Baseball and Softball and Kickoff the 2017 MLB Season

Tweet LIVONIA, Mich. — Plenty of surprises will be showcased during a sportsmen’s benefit dinner to celebrate the 2017 baseball season. The evening will also highlight the work of the Polish National Youth Baseball Foundation which supports baseball and softball in Poland. The keynote will be Al Moran who played for Casey Stengel and the New York Mets. His topic of motivation will be, “Life Lessons Casey Taught Me.” Scheduled for Thursday, April 6th with cocktails beginning at 6:00 p.m. and hosted at the Monaghan Council Knights of Columbus BanquetRead More

PHOTOS: Fresh Thyme joins crowded grocery market in Canton, MI

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market on Ford Road in Canton, Mich. This is the second new grocery store to open within the city in the last two weeks. Fresh Thyme features an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen and health supplement products. The store donated all of its Boar’s Head hot dog cart proceeds to The University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens.Read More

PHOTOS: “A Great Big World – An Evening with Ian & Chad” @ The Ark

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at The Ark for the concert “A Great Big World – An Evening with Ian & Chad.” The pop/rock duo from New York sang their hits “Say Something” and “Hold Each Other” along with several other songs from their latest album, When the Morning Comes. They also performed their version of “When I Was A Boy,” a cover of the Jeff Lynne song. Pop/rock musician Allie Moss opened the show. Her song “Corner” was featured on “Pretty Little Liars,” episode It’s Alive and on episodeRead More

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opens 57th store in Canton, MI

TweetCANTON, Mich. — The grocery wars are heating up in Canton. A brand new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is now open at the corner of Ford Road and Morton Taylor. About 100 full- and part-time jobs were created from this new store opening. Just last week, a new Busch’s grocery store opened up on Canton Center Road near Cherry Hill. Both are competing along with existing stores like Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart. Back at Fresh Thyme, the store held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. Then, it openedRead More