By Rick Pluta / Kevin Lavery, Michigan Public Radio Network
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN/WKAR) - A union local leader says President Obama's two-month deadline for General Motors to come up with a new restructuring plan is a lifeline for the company.
Brian Fredline is the president of United Auto Workers Local 602.
The union represents workers at two Lansing-area GM plants.
Fredline says the plants he represents are state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly manufacturing facilities.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says the two-month deadline extended by President Obama to the Detroit car companies to complete reorg plans signals his faith in their future viability.
The governor says she was pleased to hear there's a strategy to create more demand for US-built cars and trucks.
She says government-backed vehicle warranties will help ensure buyers remain confident even if one or more of the car companies is forced into a managed bankruptcy.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Seventy-two Michigan lawmakers, including 34 Democrats, are asking Gov. Jennifer Granholm to reconsider an order slowing down the approval of proposed coal-fired electric plants.
Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon, Republican Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and others say thousands of new construction jobs promised under a 2008 energy law shouldn't be stalled. Granholm says she did NOT issue a moratorium against new coal plants.
A person briefed on the government's efforts to save Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. says the Obama administration is likely to require further concessions from the companies and their stakeholders in exchange for more aid.
The requirements could go beyond concessions outlined in the terms of the first government loans given to the automakers by the Bush administration, according to the person, who did not want to be identified because the administration's plans have not been revealed.
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.
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.
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LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Republicans from the state House of Representatives want Governor Granholm to cut spending by five percent across the board. The G.O.P. is also asking to freeze pay for all state employees.
Representative Chuck Moss says federal stimulus money should not go toward paying state worker salaries. He says state government is headed in the same direction as car companies.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The City of Lansing is projected to have $117 million to spend in the upcoming fiscal year.
Mayor Virg Bernero says he had to cut $5.5 million of city spending to balance the 2010 fiscal year budget. He was planning to put the plan before the city Council Monday night. Bernero calls the budget "lean and mean."
Bernero says 40 unfilled city jobs will be left vacant to balance the budget. But he says city residents shouldn't notice a decrease in city services.
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