In Michigan
4:40 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

DTE Energy offers rate to charge electric vehicles

DETROIT –

Michigan utility regulators have approved the state's first experimental rate for residential customers to recharge their electric vehicles.

The Michigan Public Service Commission said Tuesday that it has approved an application from DTE Energy Co.'s Detroit Edison unit. The commission says the program will help Detroit Edison evaluate the effect of electric vehicles on its system.

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In Michigan
3:49 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Federal jobs bill worth $698 million to Michigan

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's state budget situation should be a little less bleak now that about $698 million in additional federal aid appears to be headed its way.

The U.S. House approved a spending bill Tuesday and sent it to President Obama for signature.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has said Michigan will get about $318 million for schools and about $380 million for Medicaid.

Even with the extra money, Michigan still faces budget problems.

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In Michigan
6:31 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Enbridge chief to stay at Mich. oil spill site

MARSHALL, MI –

Enbridge Inc. chief executive Patrick Daniel says he hasn't set a target date to leave the site of an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.

Daniel has been working from the Marshall area since the spill from an Enbridge pipeline was reported July 26. He says Monday he won't return to the Canadian company's headquarters in Calgary until the cleanup has progressed to the point where Michigan residents are pleased with the company's effort toward "making this right."

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Policy advocates line up behind MI Gov candidates

UNDATED –


Groups with views on Michigan's economic future have begun weighing in on the plans of the state's two Gubernatorial candidates.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Fish so far surviving Michigan river oil spill

MARSHALL, MI –

Wildlife specialists still haven't seen many dead fish along a massive oil spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River.

State of Michigan biologist Jay Wesley said Monday that oxygen levels remain adequate in the river. Oil is still deteriorating so oxygen levels will continue to be monitored.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Report: Sewage in Great Lakes may increase

LANSING, MI –

A new report says climate change will exacerbate problems with raw sewage flowing into the Great Lakes. That's because an increase in heavy downpours of rain cause overflows of sewage systems. The report was written by the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition.

Jeff Skelding is with the coalition.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Legislature awaits Medicaid money for budget negotiations

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

Lansing, MI – Leaders in the Michigan Legislature are waiting for Congress to approve an extension of Medicaid funds this week. They say it will make budget negotiations in Michigan go much more quickly and smoothly.

House Speaker Andy Dillon says hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds would solve many issues with the budget deficit.

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In Michigan
3:54 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Michigan to receive about $700 million in fed funds

LANSING, MI –
Michigan is expected to receive about $700 million in federal aid, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The U.S. Congress is expected to approve the money for Medicaid and schools Tuesday.

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In Michigan
8:14 am
Mon August 9, 2010

Detroit schools boost enrollment campaign efforts

Detroit, MI – Detroit Public Schools officials are planning another aggressive campaign to keep students and boost enrollment.

The state's largest district says it plans to announce a redoubling of its "I'm In" enrollment campaign.

The community and neighborhood-based effort is expected to include celebrity visits and citywide events. A refurbished mobile enrollment vehicle will crisscross the city's neighborhoods and suburbs over the next month.

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In Michigan
5:37 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Snyder won't spend as much personal wealth in general election

GOP gubernatorial nominee Rick Snyder.
Courtesy Photo

Lansing, MI – Republican nominee Rick Snyder expects to rely a lot less on his personal fortune as he continues to campaign for governor after winning Tuesday's GOP primary. Snyder spent nearly $6 million of his own money to win the primary.

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The former Gateway CEO and venture capitalist refused to ask interest groups for donations and was by far the largest contributor to his own campaign. And his victory on Tuesday bucked the odds.

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