In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

MI Senate rejects more Granholm appointments

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate has rejected seven appointments made by Governor Granholm. Senate Republican leaders say those positions should be filled by the next governor.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

State wants more info on Blues rate request

LANSING, MI –

The state insurance commissioner has denied Blue Cross-Blue Shield permission to raise rates by as much as 15% for people who buy their own health insurance instead of getting coverage through their jobs. But as the Michigan Public Radio Network reports, that is not the final word on the question.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Senate committee takes testimony of new MI State Police director

LANSING, MI –

A state Senate panel interviewed Governor Granholm's new appointment for director of the Michigan State Police.

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Lawmakers asked Colonel Eddie Washington Junior how much money the department would need to reduce a backlog of evidence waiting to be processed at crime labs. Washington says he doesn't know that answer, but that the department has to ask itself broader questions.

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WKAR Features
2:31 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Fields of Opportunity: agriculture industry grows during weak economy

LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
10:56 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Census: With jobs scarce, Rust Belt cities decline

WASHINGTON – Hurt by the still-sluggish economy, Rust Belt cities and other U.S. manufacturing regions are suffering the biggest population losses as people move elsewhere in search of jobs.

New census estimates for 2009 highlight the continuing effects of the recession.

The figures show Cleveland had the largest numerical decline in residents, dropping 2,658, or nearly 1 percent. It was followed by Detroit and Flint, Mich., which lost 1,713 and 1,382 people, respectively.

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In Michigan
8:55 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Ad campaigns are ramping up

LANSING, MI –

The candidates for governor are beginning to buy up more ad time on television as the August primary is just as few weeks away.

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In Michigan
8:54 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Michigan House approves campaign finance changes

LANSING, MI –



Democrats who run the Michigan House have passed bills they say will bring more transparency to political campaign spending.

The main bill passed the House 64-42 Tuesday, mostly along party lines. The bills now go to the Republican-led Senate.

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In Michigan
8:53 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Michigan Democrats meet in gubernatorial debate

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

The two Democrats hoping to become Michigan's next governor had a prime opportunity to become better known among voters.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon debated Monday in Grand Rapids at a Grand Valley State University facility. The debate was sponsored and televised by WOOD-TV.

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In Michigan
8:52 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Detroit chamber backs 3 for Michigan governor

DETROIT, MI –

The Detroit Regional Chamber's political action committee has made an unusual move with the endorsement of three candidates in Michigan's race for governor.

The business group said Tuesday it's endorsing Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder in the Republican race. It's also endorsing House Speaker Andy Dillon in the Democratic race.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Lansing non-profits, financial services company invest in early childhood education

WKAR is a partner in a $300,000 early childhood education grant serving up to 10,000 children in mid-Michigan.
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Lansing, MI – Three Lansing-area childhood education advocacy groups are joining a national financial services company to make a major investment in early childhood development.

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The PNC Foundation is investing $300,000 in mid-Michigan as part of a 10-year, $100 million national early childhood education project.

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