In Michigan
6:32 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

MI lawmakers to examine tax program following audit

LANSING, MI –

A state auditor says too often, businesses that get Michigan tax credits aren't creating all the jobs they promised. State legislators say the problem needs to be fixed.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

MI Senate pushes forward with texting ban

LANSING, MI –

The ban on texting while driving is inching toward completion at the state Capitol. The measure suffered a minor setback, but lawmakers say they think the work could be done this week.

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The Senate sent the final piece of the texting ban bill back to the House, stripping the measure of a Democratic amendment to use money from texting tickets to eliminate driver responsibility fees.

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In Michigan
2:44 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Haslett High will re-open Wednesday

Haslett, MI –

Haslett School officials say a gas leak has been repaired at the high school and classes will resume Wednesday.

Haslett Superintendant Mike Duda says gas fumes spread through the building early Tuesday morning due to a leak in a science classroom installation. Officials then cancelled classes.

Consumers Energy said the building was safe by mid-morning Tuesday.

The situation did not impact classes at other Haslett school buildings.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Trapper's Cove residents seeking assistance

LANSING, MI –

People displaced by a huge fire this week at Trapper's Cove apartments in Lansing are still looking for emergency help.

Alison Bono of the Mid Michigan Red Cross says they've helped more than 40 people since the fire early Monday.

Bono says some people wind up needing to ask for help more than once.

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In Michigan
10:04 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Ingham coalition ID's minority risk factors

EAST LANSING, MI –

A coalition of educators, health and social service professionals is trying to identify risk factors that threaten the well-being of minority youth.

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In Michigan
9:52 am
Tue April 27, 2010

MI teacher retirement plan inches forward

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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LANSING, MI –

A plan to convince thousands of veteran teachers to retire is now before a team of state House and Senate negotiators. They are looking to strike a compromise that will save the state and school districts money, and avert a fiscal crisis.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Ford expected to ride momentum to 1Q profit

DETROIT – Wall Street analysts expect Ford Motor Co. to post a $1.18 billion profit when the automaker reports its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday.

Ford has been gaining momentum due to high quality rankings and because it avoided government aid and bankruptcy protection like crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.

Analysts expect strong earnings because Ford's U.S. sales rose 37% during the quarter over the same period last year.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

MI officials mull options after high court refuses carp case

LANSING, MI –

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take a case filed by Michigan and seven other Great Lakes states seeking to shut down a Chicago shipping canal. They claim drastic action is needed to ensure the invasive Asian carp does not escape from the canal into the Great Lakes water system.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Democrat Fieger on fence in Mich. governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger is thinking of making another run for governor.

An EPIC-MRA poll released over the weekend shows Fieger leading the three Democrats already in the race, but that's largely because of his success in high-profile cases and earlier defense of assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Fieger told The Associated Press on Monday that he could pay to collect the signatures he'd need by May 11 to get on the ballot and expects to make up his mind about a run this week.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Mich. audit finds some tax credits didn't comply

LANSING, MI –

A new audit finds that some companies given hundreds of thousands of dollars in state tax credits in Michigan didn't always live up to their agreements on how much they would pay workers.

The Michigan auditor general's report released Monday covered the period of Jan. 1, 2005 through August 2009.

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