Maryann Struman Detroit Free Press Published 2:11 PM EST Jan 16, 2019 From credit unions to local governments, furloughed federal workers are finding offers of help in Michigan as the government shutdown stretches past its third week, with no end in sight. Michigan credit unions are the latest group to offer assistance, whether it’s formal relief programs or a case-by-case basis, to members and non-members alike. And this week, the city of Ferndale joined Wayne County in offering aid to furloughed workers. Federal employees in Ferndale can receive a two-month extension on city payments, including water bills, permits, parking and taxes for those on the monthly payment plan. The extension will extend for the length of the shutdown plus an additional 60 days after it ends. According to the Michigan Credit Union League, at least 25 state credit unions are participating. “As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions serve their members and communities … [Read more...] about Credit unions, agencies offer aid to furloughed workers
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, Huntsville, Alabama, is now the ultimate government town: About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's 38,000-acre Redstone Arsenal. More than half of the area's economy is tied to Washington spending. As the government shutdown drags into a third week, people and businesses that rely on that federal largesse for their livelihood are showing the strain. Empty parking lots and darkened offices at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Redstone have translated into vacant hotel rooms because out-of-town government workers and contractors aren't coming. Restaurants frequented by federal workers who travel on government spending accounts are struggling, too. Transportation Security Administration employees working without pay at the city's airport say they are spending their own money to bring in quiches and breakfast rolls as a morale booster. Moms are sharing tips online about free entertainment and … [Read more...] about Shutdown squeezing Alabama city built on federal spending
After opening four branches in 2018, Ent Credit Union plans to accelerate its expansion with nine more locations and 200 additional employees next year.The Colorado Springs-based financial institution, now the state’s sixth largest, has added 10 Front Range counties, $1 billion in assets and nearly 65,000 members over the past 2½ years. Business Deposits at Colorado Springs banks and credit unions grow at fastest rate since 2012 Wayne Heilman CEO Chad Graves said Ent expects to reach $10 billion in assets and operate branches in all 14 counties in its service area within 10 years.“We are a Colorado Springs success story,” Graves said. “We are seeing more and more of our members moving in areas along the Front Range, so over the next few years, we will be adding locations mostly to the north. Finding the real estate has made expanding more difficult because it takes a year or two to acquire and then go through the planning process to get the … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs credit union giant Ent planning major expansion next year
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A prank may have been the motive for a man's deadly stabbing outside a credit union in northwest Harris County, according to new details revealed in court overnight.Thomas Henry Rolle II is charged with stabbing his girlfriend's husband, 37-year-old Jason Ryan Maas, to death on Sunday morning. Maas was found dead in a pool of his own blood in the parking lot of Chartway Federal Credit Union on FM 1960 near Forest Branch.The victim's roommate says that Maas was in the process of divorcing his wife, who was dating Rolle.Court paperwork shows that Maas and a friend pulled a prank on Rolle and the wife, which involved hiding one of their cars and stealing Rolle's ID.After that incident, Rolle is accused of threatening Maas through phone calls and text messages.A witness told investigators he was with Maas when he was on the phone with Rolle and agreed to meet him at a motel to return the stolen ID. Maas never returned to the motel room.Police say Rolle and his … [Read more...] about Prank may have been motive for deadly stabbing outside credit union in NW Harris County
PORTSMOUTHA Portsmouth sheriff’s investigator told a special grand jury Councilman Mark Whitaker treated his church’s credit union as his “own piggy bank” and that it still owed customers $240,000 when it shut down in 2015, according to new court documents.But Whitaker’s attorneys say Investigator Brett Johnson’s testimony last year was false – and that the Sheriff’s Office already had records at the time that proved all of the loans were paid off.The defense asked for Johnson’s testimony and their attack on it to be sealed in the court file. But it wasn’t, giving the public its first glimpse at what witnesses told the grand jurors before they indicted the councilman.Special prosecutor Andrew Robbins and defense attorneys Don Scott and Jon Babineau declined to comment on the court filings.Whitaker, an assistant pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church, is charged with 20 felonies, including identity fraud and forgery. He was set to … [Read more...] about Mark Whitaker’s credit union was missing $240,000, sheriff’s official testified. Defense says that’s false.