A New Financial Aid Initiative at Wayne State, Guy Fieri Brings his Chicken Chain to Michigan, & More

Plus, Wyandotte’s newest entertainment venue, Michigan civil rights laws now include the LGBTQ+ community, and more of the biggest local headlines from last week.
Photograph courtesy of Wayne State University

New Wayne State University initiative eases college costs for low-income students.

Under the Wayne State Guarantee, Michigan students who meet the requirements will get the opportunity to earn a tuition-free degree with zero out-of-pocket costs. It covers the full cost of tuition as well as registration, student service costs, and other standard fees.

Guy Fieri’s restaurant chain is coming to Michigan.

The “Mayor of Flavortown” is opening a Chicken Guy! location in Livonia on April 1. This will be the first Michigan location for the fast-casual eatery; a total of 20 locations are planned for the Detroit area.

Wyandotte’s newest entertainment venue to host national and local talent.

District 142 opened its doors on March 11 with a performance by Metallica tribute, The Four Horsemen. It is owned by Julie Law, the owner of 360 Event Production and Joshua Cade, owner of Whiskeys on the Water. It will host everything from pop-rock and classic rock to hot country and outlaw country.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs bill expanding Michigan civil rights law to include LGBTQ protections.

The state’s civil rights law now bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

A Michigan company recently started offering cannabis subscription boxes.

HighHello began its subscription service in February. For $100 a month, customers will receive a box filled with items including flower, edibles, concentrates, and vape cartridges delivered straight to their doors. Folks will also receive educational material and a 15-minute virtual meeting with a bud tender.

Wellness brand Perspire Sauna Studio opens its first Michigan location.

Locals can check out the national infrared sauna studio chain’s new location in Rochester Hills. Perspire Sauna Studio uses red-light therapy and infrared technology to detox the body, burn calories, improve sleep, and ease pain.

National Geographic names Michigan’s U.P. a volcanic tourism destination.

A story released last month by National Geographic explores the formation of the Midcontinent Rift, a volcanic event that occurred more than a billion years ago in what is now Lake Superior and the Upper Midwest. Evidence of the geologic rifting can be seen in places like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, and the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Michigan Senate approves the repeal of the right-to-work law.

On March 14, the Senate voted to repeal the 2012 law that made union membership optional at unionized workplaces. The Senate also voted to re-establish a prevailing wage standard for state projects.

A local museum receives a grant to teach teens how to be a pilot.

Detroit’s Tuskegee Airmen National Museum received a $500,000 federal grant that will give 30 Detroit high school students age 14 to 19 the opportunity to receive training at the Detroit City Airport starting May 18. Detroit is the only area in Michigan to receive the grant.

The inaugural TED Future Forum will take place in Detroit this summer.

The gathering is focused on the role of business in accelerating solutions to the climate crisis. TED Future Forum is part of TED Countdown, taking place July 11-14 at Michigan Central. Ford Motor Co. is one of the 13 founding companies launching the forum.

Drake to perform his first concert in Detroit in five years.

The rapper will perform July 8 at Little Caesars Arena as part of the 29-date It’s All A Blur Tour. Tickets went on sale on March 17.

New program to offer physical and behavioral health care at home for older adults in southwest Michigan.

Integrated Care at Home was created by the Region IV Area Agency on Aging, which serves Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. The program helps address food, housing, transportation, utility bills, and more.

Detroit’s Slows Bar BQ announces new partnership and ownership.

The popular barbecue brand has formed a new partnership with Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, a New York-based, fast-casual barbecue company. With these changes comes new menu items for Slows, the addition of a second food truck, and new job openings including cooks, front of house, event staff, and food truck workers.

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