In Michigan
6:30 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Michigan Senate slaps Obama on the wrist for Asian Carp

LANSING, MI –

A partisan fight broke out on the state Senate floor Thursday over who is to blame for a 20-pound Asian Carp found close to Lake Michigan this week.

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The finger pointing was over a resolution that condemned President Obama for not doing enough to stop the invasive fish from finding its way past electric fences near Chicago. Senate Democrats say authority to close the canals also rests with the Army Corps of Engineers.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

2 Iowa US senators question Big Ten expansion

WASHINGTON –

Iowa's two U.S. senators are asking Big Ten Conference officials to disclose their expansion plans and release financial information about the league's cable television network.

Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin made the request in a June 10 letter they sent to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. The letter was sent a day before university presidents voted to admit the University of Nebraska.

Associate Commissioner Scott Chipman confirmed that the conference received the letter.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

May joblessness lower in 16 of 17 Michigan regions

LANSING, MI –


New figures show seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were lower in May in 16 of 17 major Michigan labor markets.

The state said Thursday the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula had the largest employment gains, primarily from seasonal tourism hiring.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

MEA rally brings thousands of teachers to Lansing

LANSING, MI –

About five-thousand teachers and school employees rallied at the state Capitol Thursday to protest budget cuts to schools.

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There will most likely be no further cuts to schools in the coming fiscal year. But many teachers and advocates say the Legislature needs to do more.

Sue Hill is an elementary school teacher in Swartz Creek.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

MI Supreme Court will decide if county liable for jailhouse rape

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Wayne County will be held responsible for the behavior of a jail guard who raped a woman being held in jail. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the court's decision will help determine whether local governments are liable for civil rights violations by rogue employees.

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In Michigan
2:54 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Small Business Association of Michigan urges state to adopt "economic gardening"

SBAM incoming board chair Cynthia Kay (left) and CEO Rob Fowler are urging lawmakers to adopt \"economic gardening\" as state policy.
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East Lansing, MI – An organization representing Michigan small business owners is calling for a policy shift away from attracting large out of state industries to cultivating home-grown companies.

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The Small Business Association of Michigan says the state's main economic development priority should be helping small Michigan-based businesses succeed. The association calls this "economic gardening," as opposed to hunting for outside industries to relocate.

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In Michigan
12:11 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Mich. Sen. Stabenow: Poison needed to fight carp

DETROIT –

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the area where an Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious fish out of the Great Lakes should be poisoned.

The Michigan Democrat on Thursday reiterated her call for a permanent separation of waterways linking the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes.

She says she's working on legislation to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to swiftly create a separation plan.

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In Michigan
8:49 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Dillon gets Teamsters endorsement in governor race

LANSING, MI –

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon has picked up another union endorsement in his bid to become Michigan's next governor.

Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43 endorsed Dillon on Thursday. The union represents more than 90,000 members and retirees in the state.

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In Michigan
5:53 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Possible tax on movies reels discussed

LANSING, MI – Michigan's movie theaters may soon have to pay taxes on rent for their film reels. A state House panel is discussing a bill that would eliminate that particular tax exemption for movie theaters.

Paul Glantz is with Emagine Theaters. He spoke before the House Tax Policy committee.

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Sports
5:45 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Dickey baffles Tigers, Mets win 5-0

NEW YORK – R.A. Dickey pitched eight shutout innings and Jose Reyes homered to lead the New York Mets to a 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Dickey (6-0) won for the sixth time in seven starts. The former power pitcher's knuckleball appeared to come alive in the fifth inning, when he got the first of his four strikeouts.

Dickey allowed four hits and two walks, and retired his final 13 batters.

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