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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In Michigan
5:23 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Democratic Unity breakfast lacks unity

Detroit, MI – The Democratic Unity breakfast held Friday morning lacked something important - unity.

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Lansing Mayor and Democratic nominee for governor Virg Bernero told House Speaker Andy Dillon that he respects him for his fight in the primary.

"Of course, I appreciate the work, the heart and soul you put into the campaign, and then to stand up here and give me your support," Bernero said.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Foster care youth relay often grim life stories to policymakers

East Lansing, MI – A diverse panel of social workers and policymakers heard more than two hours of testimony Friday from foster care youth from around the state. The event was held at Michigan State University.

The speakers relayed their stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and advocated for changes that would improve their educational opportunities.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Foster care youth to testify to state lawmakers about educational challenges

East Lansing, MI – Foster care children from all over Michigan will testify before a panel of state lawmakers today. They'll be speaking about the difficulties they face in high school and on their road to college.

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The event at Michigan State University put kids who are aging out of the foster care system face to face with some 50 lawmakers to tell them their personal stories.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Officials prepare to inspect ruptured MI oil pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The owner of a ruptured pipeline that dumped hundreds of thousand of gallons of oil into a southern Michigan river says the damaged section will be ready for
inspection and possible removal Friday.

Enbridge Inc. officials said Thursday that federal regulators will determine how much of the pipe is cut away for analysis.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the leak, which sent crude oil into the Kalamazoo River and tributaries last week.

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