Category Archives: WJR News

Godspeed To ‘The Queen’

  Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76. Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her…

Ford Corktown Project: $740 Million

Ford Motor Company has revealed how much it expects to spend to renovate the old train station, and other nearby properties : 740-million dollars. That’s how much Ford estimates it will cost to develop it’s campus for autonomous and electric vehicle technology in Corktown. The project is spread across 5 buildings, featuring the vacant Michigan…

Old Friends Fight, Now One Goes To Jail

They had known each other for about 20 years, one often doing odd jobs for the other. But their friendship ended in a fight over some missing money. Roy Abrams is to be sentenced today in the severe beating and stabbing of 53 year old Joe Kendra of Brownstown Township. Kendra said he did Abrams…

Detroit Embezzler Sentenced

A former city of Detroit employee is scheduled to be sentenced today for stealing more than 265-thousand dollars from the city. 53 year old Masharn Franklin was responsible for overseeing the execution of garnishment orders for the salaries of city worker in 2016 and 2017. According to the U-S attorneys office, she tricked the city…

They’re Old And Broke

Americans 65 and older are filing for bankruptcy in high numbers. Experts say this is not hurting economic growth, but presents a serious social problem as debt and medicine costs go up and seniors’ savings and pension benefits go down. This problem raises a question for elected officials and candidates now campaigning for office about…

SUV’s Stolen From FCA Plant

Police are searching for several new vehicles that were stolen early this morning from the Fiat Chrysler Jefferson Assembly Plant. The thieves crashed through a fence with the stolen Durango SUV’s. No arrests have been made. One of the vehicles hit a pole outside of the plant. A number of new vehicles were stolen from…

Schuette Picks Running Mate

Lisa Posthumous Lyons is the runningmate for Republican Bill Schuette in his run for governor. Posthumous Lyons is the Kent County clerk, and a former state legislator. Her father, Dick Posthumous, is a former Lt. Gov., ran and lost for governor to Jennifer Granholm, and  is currently the chief of staff for Gov. Snyder. The…

Another Detroit Cop Dies

A Detroit Police officer who was run down by a hit-and-run driver earlier this month has died. 30 year old Fadi Shakur was walking to his scout car on West McNichols when he was hit by a 19 year old driver. Shakur suffered severe head injuries, and had been on life support. The teenager later…

Prayers For Aretha Franklin

People were praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn . The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Franklin’s ex-husband, actor Glynn…

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