In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Right Start report shows stalling in birth improvements

LANSING, MI – Advocates for mother and infant health say the negative effects of budget cuts are reflected in Michigan's pregnancy statistics. The Right Start report from the Michigan League for Human Services says an uptick in low birth weights is of particular concern.

Jane Zehnder-Merrell is with the group. She says vital programs that help ensure the health of mothers and their babies are being cut.

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Top Stories
4:43 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Granholm vetoes bill expanding Sunday liquor sales

LANSING, MI –
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Sunday morning liquor sales.

The governor has pushed for the change in past years.

But she said in a Tuesday letter to state lawmakers that the bill makes other changes that could open the state to a court challenge similar to the one Michigan lost when it tried to limit alcoholic beverage sales by out-of-state businesses.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Granholm vetoes Sunday morning alcohol sales

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm has vetoed a bill that would have allowed alcohol sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas day. The governor says she'd be willing to revisit the issue.

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The bill was quickly patched together by lawmakers and lobbyists in one evening before the Legislature took a break until after the November elections.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Governor signs higher ed budget, vetoes part of stimulus money for schools

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm used her line-item veto power to reject the Legislature's plan to spend $316 million in federal stimulus money for classrooms. This could set the stage for a new fight with lawmakers and schools.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Report shows state's concern over Detroit finances

DETROIT –
A state report paints a gloomy financial picture of Detroit as the city struggles to cut into a budget deficit while taking on more long-term debt.

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency issued the report Tuesday. It looks at how Detroit's dire financial situation might impact the rest of the state.

The city already has $1.4 billion in outstanding municipal bonds, and the report says payments will continue to be a long-term drain on city coffers.

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In Michigan
3:42 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

GM workers get chance to buy stock in public sale

DETROIT –
General Motors is offering its employees, retirees and car dealers a chance to buy shares in its initial public stock offering.

The automaker sent the offer letter to dealers and employees on Oct. 5. They have until Oct. 22 to sign up through a web site. GM is planning to hold the IPO in mid-November.

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WKAR Features
2:26 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Eaton commissioner: EATRAN should grow or go

EATON COUNTY, MI –

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Business
9:47 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Treasury secretary, new GM CEO to meet in New York

DETROIT – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is meeting with new General Motors CEO Dan Akerson in New York as the government-owned automaker moves toward a public stock sale.

The government says the two men are meeting Tuesday afternoon. It's chance for them to meet for the first time. The location and time are not being disclosed.

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In Michigan
9:44 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Granholm close to decision on Sunday liquor sales

LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she's "very close" to deciding if she'll sign a bill that would allow Sunday morning liquor sales.

The governor has pushed for the change in past years. But she said Monday a few technical issues must be resolved before she decides whether to make it law.

Under the new measure, alcohol sales could start at 7 a.m. on Sunday. That's a change from the current law banning them from 2 a.m. to noon.

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In Michigan
7:45 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Lansing City Council rejects amended Marketplace, armory plans

EAST LANSING, MI – Local developer Pat Gillespie said a decision by the Lansing City Council on Monday could halt his plan for a housing development on the Grand River in the city's downtown. The council rejected a pair of amendments to projects Gillespie's development firm had in the works.

Gillespie was looking to amend brownfield redevelopment tax abatements on his riverfront housing, Lansing Marketplace, and Marshall Street Armory projects.

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