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6:34 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Whooping cough exposure at MSU event

EAST LANSING, MI –

The Ingham County Health Department reports that a child who recently attended Grandparents University at MSU has since been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough.

Officials say about 900 people may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease.

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6:32 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Official: LGR at "top of list" for production of new GM vehicle

LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

N. Michigan University approves tuition increase

MARQUETTE, MI –

Northern Michigan University says 2010-11 tuition will increase 2.9%.

The Board of Trustees at the Marquette school on Friday approved an increase that makes the annual cost for full-time resident undergraduates $7,864, a 5.5% increase from the previous rate.

But the school said the increase will be offset by a tuition credit in the fall thanks to $1.3 million in federal stimulus funds. This means the annual cost is $7,672, or the 2.9% increase.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Obama to travel to Michigan Thursday

WASHINGTON –

President Barack Obama will travel to Michigan Thursday for the groundbreaking of a plant that will produce batteries for electric vehicles.

An administration official says Obama will attend the event at the LG Chem factory in Holland, Mich. Partial funding for the plant came from a federal program to boost the production of electric vehicles.

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5:43 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

MI Appeals court says unmarried partners don't have custody rights

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that unmarried partners have no custody rights over children they helped raise.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

MI Lottery says boycotting bar owners will put licenses at risk

LANSING, MI –

State Lottery officials say bar and restaurant owners who join a Lottery boycott this weekend could lose their right to sell games and tickets. The businesses are protesting the state's ban on smoking in workplaces.

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The bar and restaurant owners want the Legislature to amend the law to allow their customers to smoke. Some owners say they've lost business since the smoking ban took effect May 1.

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5:51 am
Fri July 9, 2010

Michigan AFL-CIO head predicts Bernero primary win

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney is predicting that pro-choice women and union members will boost Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero to the democratic nomination for Governor.

The labor organization is supporting Bernero over his rival for the nomination, House Speaker Andy Dillon.

On the public television program "Off the Record", Gaffney says raising money for Bernero has been challenging because of the large number of union members currently laid off from their jobs.

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In Michigan
11:29 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Group tries to drum-up support for more passenger rail service

East Lansing, MI –



Supporters of passenger train service are trying to get more state funding for Amtrak and expand its operation in the state.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Genesee Co. Democrats run ad promoting Bernero

LANSING, MI –

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero is getting some campaign help from a TV ad run by the Genesee County Democratic Party.

The Lansing mayor hasn't aired any ads yet, while Democratic rival Andy Dillon has run two.

Third-party groups are allowed to run so-called issue ads as long as they don't advocate voting for a certain candidate.

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5:43 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Summer police patrols to go up on Au Sable River

LANSING, MI –

Bad behavior along the Au Sable River in Michigan's northeast Lower Peninsula has prompted the state to increase local police patrols on the waterway throughout the
summer.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and Environment says more littering, obscene conduct, alcohol violations, disorderly behavior and drug use have been reported.

The agency says that follows an increase in the number of people using the river, which is designated a National Wild and Scenic River.

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