East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (Rick Pluta, MPRN)

State lawmakers have taken a first step toward cutting the paychecks of elected officials.

The state Senate approved the recommendations of a salary commission that elected officials pay and be reduced by 10%.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop said it s necessary for elected officials to lead by example during the budget crisis.

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI
AP

A person familiar with the numbers says about 7,500 General Motors Corp.
hourly workers have signed up to take buyout and early retirement offers.

That's about 12% of the company's U.S. hourly work force of 62,400.

The person says most of the workers took early retirement options and few took buyouts to leave the company.

The person did not want to be identified because the number has not been released publicly.

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) A Michigan Senate panel has voted to authorize $873 million in federal stimulus money to pay for road, bridge and other transportation projects in the state.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to OK the legislation tomorrow. It passed 7-0 yesterday in a special Senate stimulus committee, with one senator abstaining.

The measure already has won approval from the Democratic-controlled House.

DETROIT –

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing will meet in their first one-on-one debate going into a May 5 runoff election.

The televised debate is sponsored by WADL-TV 38 and begins at 8 tonight at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit. Bing decided to participate after initially saying he would not debate with Cockrel until the mayor disclosed his personal
finances.

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm was in Washington DC on Tuesday to lobby the Obama administration and Congress for more assistance for the Detroit carmakers.

The governor says she knows the public does not support more aid for carmakers, but there is a case to be made.

Granholm says the failure of even one of the Detroit automotive companies would affect suppliers of metal, electrical, and plastic parts across the country.

Little Rock, AR – George Kell, a Hall of Fame third baseman who outdueled Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title and finished his career with a batting average of .306, died Tuesday morning.

He was 86.

Kell played 14 years in the American League with Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Baltimore.

He won the American League batting title in 1949 when he hit .3429 and Ted Williams hit .3427.

Kell hit more than .300 nine times and was selected to play in 10 All-Star games.

Bay City, MI – Amnesty International is questioning police use of a Taser to subdue a Michigan teenager who died shortly after being shocked.

Bay City police say the teen was Tasered after trying to fight
officers during a disturbance call early Sunday morning.

They say officers handcuffed him but called an emergency crew
after seeing him in medical distress.

Brett Elder would have turned 16 Tuesday.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a cause of death has not
been determined.

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