Economy

Economy
9:49 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Water shutoffs suspended in Detroit

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The city of Detroit says it won't shut off water to people with unpaid bills for the next 15 days, the latest response to a controversy that caused a large protest last week. 

The city gave an update Monday in bankruptcy court.

The water department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. Water was restored to 43 percent after customers paid or worked out payment plans.

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Economy
7:14 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Price of gas down a smidge

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about three cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.63 per gallon.  

The auto club says Sunday the average is down about 21 cents from this time last year.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Benton Harbor area, where it's about $3.57 a gallon. The highest average is in the Marquette area at about $3.72 a gallon.

Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.

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Economy
8:26 am
Fri July 18, 2014

WI officials say buy propane now for winter use

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin consumer protection officials are offering propane users tips on purchasing more gas.  

A number of Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, grappled with a pronounced propane shortage this past winter due large to extended periods of frigid weather, a pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says propane users should start planning ahead for this winter, saying prices are lower right now.

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Economy
8:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Badger State unemployment about the same

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin's unemployment rate is holding steady. 

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in June, unchanged from May. The state lost 1,200 private sector jobs overall between May and June, however.

The numbers are based on a survey of roughly 3.5 percent of the state's employers and subject to significant revisions.

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Economy
8:16 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Judge wants Detroit water shutoffs to stop

Judge Steven Rhodes

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy case has taken an interest in a hot topic: water shutoffs for thousands of residents who can't pay their bill. 

Federal Judge Steven Rhodes summoned city officials to court Tuesday before hearing from residents and retirees opposed to pension cuts and other lost benefits in Detroit's bankruptcy.

Rhodes says the shutoffs are causing anger and bad publicity. The city says many customers are getting their service quickly restored after paying overdue bills or agreeing to a payment plan.

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