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6:24 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

MI smoking ban advocates push for action

LANSING, MI – Advocates seeking a statewide ban on smoking in workplaces are growing impatient with Senate inaction on the question. They are still hoping to enact a workplace smoking ban before the end of this year.

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The Senate has been sitting on the ban for five and a half months. The measure would outlaw smoking in taverns, restaurants, offices, and factories with exceptions only for cigar bars and Detroit's three casinos.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Report: 10 states including Michigan face looming budget disasters

SACRAMENTO, CA –
A new study warns Michigan is one of ten states on the brink of economic disaster. A report from the Pew Center on the States says rising unemployment, high home foreclosure rates and big drops in tax collections could mean higher taxes, more layoffs of government workers and fewer services.

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In Michigan
11:57 am
Wed November 11, 2009

Okemos High School closed for the day

Okemos, MI –

Okemos High School has closed for the day due to a water quality issue.

Principal John Lanzetta says that at this time, it's unclear when the school will re-open.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

MI candidate Snyder calls for new budget approach

LANSING, MI –
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to lay out its budget for two years and ask citizens what the spending priorities should be.

The Ann Arbor businessman on Tuesday unveiled what he calls "Value for Money Budgeting."

He says the current budget process responds too much to what lobbyists want and not enough to what citizens want their government to do.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Granholm presses for more revenue

MASON, MI – Governor Granholm is continuing to push Senate Republicans to support new revenue to restore money for schools facing big cuts.

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The governor's been meeting with parents and educators to try and get them to prod Republican lawmakers to support reducing business tax breaks, or new taxes on tobacco and beer to help reverse school cuts. School officials say they're already cutting programs and laying-off teachers.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Parents, school officials rally at Capitol

LANSING, MI –

About 800 parents, teachers, and school administrators were at the state Capitol Tuesday to demand more money for K-12 education. They are opposed to a new round of cuts to schools that are scheduled to begin later this month.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Panel rejects Granholm's plan to appoint directors

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan Senate committee has voted to reject Gov. Jennifer Granholm's order letting her appoint two department directors now named by commissions.

The Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee also voted Tuesday to reject the Democratic governor's plan to combine the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality.

The panel instead voted along party lines to make the Department of Environmental Quality an agency under the Department of Natural Resources.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

East Lansing Parents To Discuss School Cuts

EAST LANSING, MI –

Parents in East Lansing will have a chance to discuss the possible effects of budget cuts in the school district, at an all-district parent council meeting on Tuesday night.

Superintendant Dave Chapin addressed an expected deficit of $2,000,000 at Monday night's school board meeting.

Chapin says up to three elementary schools could be closed; sixth-graders could be moved to McDonald Middle School; and, transportation could be cut or eliminated.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

MI Senate Republicans discusses revenue options

LANSING, MI – State Senate Republican leaders say it is possible to freeze the tax credit for working poor families without risking the loss of federal funds.

The Senate's top financial advisor told lawmakers Tuesday that Governor Granholm is technically correct in her argument that freezing the credit makes the state ineligible for some matching funds from the federal government. But the Senate Fiscal Agency says there are ways around that.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Mich. gov tries to rally support for schools money

MASON, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm says school officials and parents must persuade lawmakers more needs to be done to shore up education funding in Michigan.

The Democratic governor on Tuesday again called on the Republican-led Senate to immediately vote on proposals that would prevent some school funding cuts.

Granholm spoke with reporters Tuesday after meeting with school officials in Mason. She says lawmakers could pass short-term fixes now but a ballot proposal might be needed to make longer-term changes.

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In Michigan
3:41 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Mike Nofs sworn into state Senate

LANSING, MI – Republican state Senator Mike Nofs was sworn into the Michigan state Senate on Tuesday. Nofs was elected in a special election to fill the Senate seat left empty by Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer when he left for Washington in January.

Nofs thanked Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop for his support on the campaign trail.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

East Lansing schools grapple with funding cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing school administrators and parents will begin talking this week about how to tackle looming cuts in state funding.

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The district has already reduced spending for the current school year by more than $1 million. Now, East Lansing schools are faced with more cuts that could add up to an additional $2 million.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Ferris says it will make up $1.15M state aid gap

BIG RAPIDS, MI – Ferris State University says it will make up $1.15 million its students lost this fall with the state's failure to renew the Michigan Promise Grant.

University President David Eisler said Monday the aid goes to 1,312 Ferris students who'd expected to get the Michigan Promise Grant. That's 10.4% of Ferris undergraduates.

The Big Rapids school says it will cover the cost for the fall semester.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

MI Senate committee considers "Stolen Valor" bill

LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that would make it a crime to impersonate war veteran.

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Supporters call it the Stolen Valor bill, and it would punish impersonators with up to a year in prison and $5,000. It would not punish play-actors or people acting in war reenactments.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

MI health officials urge asthmatics to get vaccinated

LANSING, MI – State health officials say people with asthma need to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu as soon as possible.

Doctor Gregory Holzman is the state's chief medical executive. Holzman says it's particularly important for health workers, young children, senior citizens, and women in their child-bearing years to get vaccinated. He says more people with asthma also need to get flu shots because they are at risk of serious lung infections if they get sick.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

State approves insurance reduction petition

LANSING, MI – Michigan voters could get to decide next year whether their home and automobile insurance premiums should drop 20%. The Board of State Canvassers has approved a
petition from a group called Fair Affordable Insurance Rates. The group still must collect more than 300,000 valid voter signatures to get on the ballot.

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Top Stories
4:29 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

East Lansing wrangles with state funding cuts

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing school administrators and parents will begin talking this week about how to tackle the looming cuts in state funding.

The district has already reduced spending for the current school year by more than a million dollars. Now, East Lansing schools are faced with more cuts that could add up to an additional $2 million.

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In Michigan
3:41 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Of 34 H1N1 deaths in Mich. this year, 4 had asthma

LANSING, MI – Michigan health officials urge people with asthma to get the seasonal and swine flu shots as soon as possible.

Chief medical executive Greg Holzman of Michigan's Community Health Department said Monday a third of those hospitalized nationally this year with H1N1 symptoms have had asthma.

He says four Michigan residents who had underlying asthma are among the 34 H1N1 patients who've died in the state since April.

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In Michigan
3:38 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Group urges raising more money to fix Mich. roads

LANSING, MI – A group representing road builders says lawmakers need to act soon to raise more money for Michigan roads or risk seeing more fall apart.

The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association put out a list Monday of cities and counties with the largest amount of bad roads. Detroit led the list, followed by Grand Rapids.

Wayne, Oakland and Genesee counties had the most miles of roads in poor condition. Oceana, Osceola and Calhoun counties had the largest percentage of roads in poor condition - over 50%.

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In Michigan
6:55 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Lawmakers to consider DEQ-DNR reunion

Lansing, MI – State lawmakers are expected to begin voting this week on more than 30 bills that would merge the Department of Environmental Quality back with the Department of Natural Resources.

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Sports
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

MSU hockey coach Rick Comley discusses his teams start after taking four points over the weekend against Nebraska-Omaha

East Lansing – After taking four points against tenth ranked Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend, MSU hockey coach Rick Comley is pleased with the growth of his young team early on this season. As the Spartans look ahead to crucial match ups against Michigan and Notre Dame on the horizon. Coach Comley feels confident his team will compete but is wary of the Spartans continued issues taking penalties during critical moments in games.

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Sports
6:40 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU freshmen hockey forward Derek Grant named National Rookie of the Month

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State hockey team is off to an impressive 6-2 start to the season. One of the many reasons why is freshman forward Derek Grant. The 6'3 185lb forward out of Abbotsford British Columbia, began the season on a six game scoring streak and currently ranks first amongst CCHA freshmen in points with 11 (5 goals and 6 assists)

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Audit says Mich. slow with bridge inspections

LANSING, MI – A state audit says Michigan didn't complete about 10 percent of routine bridge inspections on time between 2006 and 2008.

There are more than 10,000 state-owned and locally owned bridges that must be inspected at least every two years.

The audit released Friday also says 59 percent of underwater bridge inspections either weren't done or weren't done on time. Auditors lay the blame on local bridge owners and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

State officials says they agree with the audit's recommendations.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Michigan-Flint expands physical therapy program

FLINT, MI – The University of Michigan-Flint says it's responding to a shortage of physical therapists by increasing the number of students in its training program by 50%.

The university says it will accept 60 students into its doctor in physical therapy program in fall 2010, up from 40 this year.

The school says a 2008 American Physical Therapy Association report found vacancy rates for physical therapy jobs from 13% to 19%.

Students entering the three-year program need to have a bachelor's degree and meet other requirements.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

$16.7M grant to train Mich. science, math teachers

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have announced a $16.7 million grant to train math and science teachers for work in urban school districts in the state.

Granholm said Friday in Detroit that renewed training for young teachers is necessary to help turn around the state's poor economy.

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In Michigan
2:20 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU student killed in hit-and-run after Red Wings game

DETROIT, MI – Police investigating the hit-and-run death of a Michigan State University student following a Detroit Red Wings hockey game plan to view surveillance video from downtown hotels and shops.

The Detroit Free Press reports Friday that the 19-year-old was leaving the game at Joe Louis Arena with friends late Thursday night when he was hit near Cobo Center.

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In Michigan
9:29 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Officer says Blue Cross rate hike should be lower

LANSING, MI – A hearing officer has denied Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's request to raise rates by more than 30% for some Medicare supplemental policies, calling it
"excessive."

Instead, the officer recommended Friday that Blue Cross increase Medigap rates by less than 4% in February.

Michigan's insurance commissioner is expected to make a final decision in December.

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Sports
6:45 am
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU Women's B-ball beats Wayne State

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan State women's basketball team jump started the 2009-10 season with a 79-47 exhibition win over Wayne State on Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans, ranked No. 10 preseason by The Associated Press and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, had 12 different players score, led by 15 from senior Allyssa DeHaan.

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Sports
6:43 am
Fri November 6, 2009

MSU'S hockey team beats Nebraska-Omaha

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State got a 31-save shutout from sophomore netminder Drew Palmisano and a goal and an assist from Corey Tropp in a 3-0 victory over tenth-ranked Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday night. MSU has won four straight games - all in conference - is now 7-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in CCHA play. The two teams play again Friday night.

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Sports
6:41 am
Fri November 6, 2009

RHP Porcello is Detroit Tigers rookie of the year

DETROIT – Pitcher Rick Porcello has been named the Detroit Tigers' rookie of the year.

The 20-year-old right-hander was picked Thursday by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association.

Porcello led all American League rookies with 14 wins in 2009.

The Morristown, N.J., native notched a 3.96 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his first season.

The team says Porcello's 14 victories are the most ever by a Tigers pitcher 20 years old or younger.

Porcello will be presented with the award before a Tigers home game next year.

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