In Michigan
5:26 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Wayne St. names former Ford exec interim president

DETROIT –

Wayne State University has named former Ford Motor Co. executive Allan Gilmour its interim president.

The Detroit university announced Tuesday that Gilmour starts Aug. 30 and will continue until the university finds a permanent replacement for Dr. Jay Noren, who resigned Aug. 6. A national search is planned.

Gilmour, a Harvard University and University of Michigan graduate, retired in 1995 as Ford's vice chairman and chief financial officer. He rejoined the automaker from 2002-05 in various leadership roles.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Company files plan to restart Mich. oil pipeline

MARSHALL, MI –

The company that operates a pipeline that spilled oil into a southern Michigan river has filed a proposed plan with federal regulators to eventually restart service.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration must authorize the restarting of the Enbridge Inc. pipeline that leaked into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall. Both the company and federal regulators say Tuesday it's not known when the pipeline service might be restored.

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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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