In Michigan
2:11 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Smith withdrawing from Michigan governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Democratic state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith is withdrawing from the race to become Michigan's next governor.

Smith made the announcement Monday.

Her departure from the race leaves Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon as the only Democrats in the race.

Tuesday is the deadline for Democrats and Republicans seeking to run in the August primary to file nominating petitions with the state.

Smith is a state lawmaker from Salem Township in Washtenaw County.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Cheese cooperative may give producers a boost

East Lansing, MI – The recently formed Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative aims to give the state's producers a big boost.

Eleven members of the cooperative signed official paperwork last month. They've agreed to work together to market their cheese, leverage their buying power and help each other through the challenges of cheese making.

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In Michigan
3:13 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Mich. lawmaker plans Arizona-like immigration bill

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan lawmaker plans to introduce legislation modeled after Arizona's new immigration law that's triggered protests and a heated national debate.

Republican State Rep. Kim Meltzer of Clinton Township says her bill would give police the authority to arrest illegal aliens who are stopped and questioned on another offense.

Meltzer says she's proposing tightening immigration laws because "we have borders in place for a reason." She says local law enforcement officers' hands should not be tied.

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In Michigan
3:02 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Ingham townships losing patrols may contract with municipalities

EAST LANSING, MI –

Officials in Ingham county's rural areas are looking at several options to provide police service starting next year.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Official: militia suspects would be monitored

DETROIT –

A court official says members of a Michigan militia will be electronically monitored around the clock if they're released from jail until trial. He's filed an affidavit to clear up what he calls misstatements by a prosecutor urging the court to keep the nine militia members in jail. The prosecutor says electronic monitoring is "wholly inadequate."

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Steil, ex-lawmaker, Grand Rapids activist, dies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

A family member says Glenn Steil, a former state lawmaker from Grand Rapids, has died in Florida. He was 68.

Glenn Steil Jr. told The Grand Rapids Press that his father had a heart attack Friday in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Steil, a Republican, served eight years in the Michigan Senate and co-chaired the statewide campaign for term limits in the Legislature. He formerly owned Compatico, an office furniture company in the Grand Rapids area.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Mich. GOP gov. candidate George to file signatures

LANSING, MI –

State Sen. Tom George is getting ready to turn in his petitions to get on the Republican gubernatorial ballot for Michigan.

The anesthesiologist from Kalamazoo County's Texas Township said Friday in a press release that he'll file his petitions Monday with the secretary of state's office. Tuesday is the deadline to file to get on the Aug. 3 primary ballot.

Republican candidates Rick Snyder, Mike Cox and Pete Hoekstra already have filed their signatures, leaving only George and Mike Bouchard to file next week.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Audit: Poor-performing Michigan schools need help

LANSING, MI –

An audit says that Michigan education officials are more successful helping low-income elementary and middle schools improve their academic performance than high
schools.

A Michigan auditor general report released Friday examines so-called "high priority" schools that have failed to meet academic standards at least two consecutive years under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

States are required to have support systems for high priority schools that are low-income and qualify for federal Title I money.

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In Michigan
4:51 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

MI House expected to take up anti-bullying bill

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers at the state Capitol have been examining ways to address bullying at Michigan's schools.

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The state board of education has already established anti-bullying guidelines. But school districts are not required to adopt those rules. Democratic state Representative Pam Byrnes sponsored the anti-bullying bill.

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In Michigan
3:04 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

School groups have until Monday to endorse MI school reform plans

LANSING, MI –

Michigan education officials are hoping for better luck when the state submits its application for a share of the second round of federal Race to the Top school reform money. The state lost out in the first round - in part because Michigan's plan did not have the support of teachers' unions.

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