In Michigan
6:39 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Committee decides who will replace Rep. Jones on ballot

KALAMAZOO, MI –


A Democratic committee met Tuesday night in Kalamazoo to decide who will replace Representative Robert Jones on the November ballot. Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell was chosen.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

MI court rule would allow law students to argue cases

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to vote Wednesday on a rule that would allow law students who work at legal clinics to argue appeals for clients. Paul Reingold is the director of the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

MI regulators identify 41 agents in securities case

LANSING, MI –
Michigan regulators say they have identified 41 insurance agents who were selling what state officials consider fraudulent investment products connected to a Kalamazoo area company called American Benefit Concepts.

The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation says Tuesday the agents weren't licensed to sell securities products in Michigan.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Mich. governor to receive Swedish Polar Star award

LANSING, MI –
The king of Sweden will award Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm one of his country's highest awards.

King Carl XVI Gustaf on Thursday will present Granholm with Sweden's Insignia of First Commander, Order of the Polar Star. It's for her work fostering relations between Michigan and Sweden to promote clean energy.

The ceremony is at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The Order of the Polar Star was created in 1798. It's awarded to foreigners and members of the Swedish royal family for services to Sweden.

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WKAR Features
10:13 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Cooley Prof's white paper recommends new state pot law

Cooley Law School Professor Gerry Fisher.
WKAR photo

LANSING, MI – Professor Gerry Fisher is a long-time municipal law attorney. He's currently on the faculty of Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills. He says the recent law has created a huge challenge by creating a "parallel system" in which marijuana use is permissible for some, but not for others. His lengthy policy paper recommends a new Michigan marijuana law. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Professor Fisher in the offices of the Michigan Municipal League in downtown Lansing.

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In Michigan
5:51 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Appeals court to review sentence in MSU arson

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - A woman who committed arson at Michigan State University and other acts of violent protest is asking a federal appeals court to throw out her long prison sentence.

The Cincinnati-based court will hear arguments Tuesday from Marie Mason's lawyer, who says a sentence of nearly 22 years is excessive. It's considered the longest in the U.S. for acts of eco-terrorism.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Michigan Chamber gives $5.4M to GOP governors fund

LANSING, MI –


The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has given $5.4 million to the Republican Governors Association, which is running negative ads against Democratic candidate Virg Bernero.

The nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network said Tuesday that the governor's association reported the giving in third-quarter reports to the Internal Revenue Service.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Lansing City Council rejects Gillespie projects again

Lansing, MI – The Lansing City Council again failed to move forward on tax incentives for a pair of redevelopment projects.

The Gillespie Group wants an expanded tax incentive package for its Marketplace and Marshall Street Armory developments.

Lansing Mayor Virg Benero's Chief of Staff Jerry Ambrose says the administration will continue negotiation to move the projects forward.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Bernero: revenue sharing is priority, but not safe

LANSING, MI –


Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero says he cannot promise that state payments to local government services would not be reduced if he is elected. He says those services, such as police and fire, are a top priority. But he also says it's important to make sure the services are running efficiently.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Blue Cross-Blue Shield sued by Justice Dept., Michigan attorney general

LANSING, MI –
Michigan's attorney general and the U.S. Justice Department are suing Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the lawsuit says Blue Cross is driving up health care costs at hospitals by stifling competition between insurance companies.

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The lawsuit accuses Blue Cross of price rigging by forcing hospitals to charge other insurance companies more for the same services.

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