WKAR Features
7:54 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Mich justices battle over ethics, secrecy

The Hall of Justice in Lansing, which houses the Michigan Supreme Court.
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LANSING, MI –

Tensions on the Michigan Supreme Court exploded into public view Wednesday as the justices argued about a confidentiality rule. Three of the justices acknowledged they have filed an ethics grievance against Justice Betty Weaver for violating the rule. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the news came at the court's monthly administrative meeting that turned into a sometimes raucous event.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Eviction threat for suburban Detroit movie studio

ALLEN PARK, MI –

Hundreds of Allen Park residents and others gathered last summer for a celebration at the site of what they hoped would become a big, successful Michigan movie studio.

That groundbreaking ceremony featured a lot of smiling faces and much praise for Unity Studios President Jimmy Lifton.

Now, eight-and-a-half months later, things have gone in the wrong direction for the once-promising partnership.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Michigan economic agency defends review practices

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's economic development agency is defending its audit practices in the aftermath of criticism from lawmakers.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main says an additional auditor general report ordered last week by state Sen. Nancy Cassis is duplicative because a similar review already has started within MEDC.

The MEDC hopes to detail its review practices for the tax credits it awards before a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

MSU names interim director for Dubai campus

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University has named Harold Sollenberger interim director of MSU's campus in Dubai.

Sollenberger is a professor emeritus of accounting and information systems. He has served as an associate dean in the Eli Broad College of Business, and he taught at MSU-Dubai for part of the fall 2009 semester.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

City council delays budget vote

Lansing City Hall.
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Lansing, MI – The Lansing City Council voted Monday night to postpone a vote on next year's city budget.

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The move gives the public more time to weigh in on an updated spending plan that surfaced only last Thursday. It calls for a 0.4 mill property tax hike along with 13 unpaid furlough days for hundreds of city workers. The decision delays the vote until next Monday.

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In Michigan
3:59 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

MI board of education makes recommendations

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan State Board of Education has recommended that state lawmakers to approve a package of reforms and taxes to pay for schools.

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The recommendations include changes to teacher pension and health care. The plan also includes a new graduated income tax and expanding the sales tax to services.

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In Michigan
10:13 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Seven candidates will fight for MI gov nominations

LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
10:11 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Hundreds seek seats in Michigan Legislature

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's term limits law continues to cause high turnover and a large number of candidates for seats in the state Legislature.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

K-12 budget awaits its fate

Lansing, MI – Lawmakers at the state Capitol will continue negotiations this week on a proposal to save school districts money by encouraging veteran teachers and school employees to retire.

Lawmakers are also waiting to see estimates on sales-tax revenue, which affects K-12 schools funding. Official word on that is expected next week.

Democratic state Representative Terry Brown chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the schools budget.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Gov Granholm says Legislature needs to complete retirement plan

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she hopes the Legislature will wrap up negotiations very soon on a plan to convince thousands of veteran teachers to accept retirement offers. She first called on the Legislature to get a retirement deal wrapped up by April 1, then April 15, and then May 1. But Granholm says she won't set a new deadline.

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