In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

MI House looks at the role of emergency financial managers

LANSING, MI –

The role of emergency managers in cities that have gone broke is being questioned at the state Capitol. The governor has only had to appoint a handful of emergency financial managers to take over city finances in the past decade. But many of those appointments have been controversial.

Scott Schrager is with the Department of Treasury. He says appointing an emergency financial manager is never an easy decision.

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In Michigan
8:57 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Bridges of Wayne County spark drama

The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.
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Lansing, MI – Tempers flared this week at the state Capitol over a not-yet-built bridge. The Legislature is trying to decide whether the state should partner with a private company to build a new span to compete with the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

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The word "lies" has been thrown around frequently by from all sides of the great bridge debate, and a lot of motives are being questioned.

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In Michigan
8:48 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Amendment would bar felons from holding office

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Lansing, MI – A measure headed for the November ballot would bar former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other public officials convicted of dishonesty in office from seeking another government job for 20 years.

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Under the proposal, Kilpatrick would be unable to run again for mayor or some other public office or even accept an appointed government job until at least 2028. That will be the 20-year mark since his guilty plea to charges of lying under oath.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Lugnuts beat Bowling Green

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the visiting Bowling Green Hot Rods on Wednesday night on Jackson Field.

Despite the victory, a Great Lakes win over South Bend eliminated the Lugnuts from Eastern Division playoff contention.

The Lugnuts and Hot Rods play one more game tonight.

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Sports
5:51 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Leyland's son is a physical away from Tigers deal

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have set up a physical for manager's son Patrick Leyland as the final step before signing the eighth-round draft pick to a contract.

Leyland is scheduled to fly Thursday to Lakeland, Fla., for the physical that has to be passed to make the deal official. He was drafted last week out of Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh.

By turning pro, he is choosing not to accept a scholarship to attend and play at Maryland. The catcher's career will begin with the Tigers in the Gulf Coast League.

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Sports
5:47 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Verlander's 11 Ks help Tigers beat Nationals 8-3

DETROIT – Justin Verlander's season-high 11 strikeouts and Brennan Boesch's three-run homer lifted the Detroit Tigers to an 8-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Detroit has won five straight, matching a season high. Washington has lost four of five.

Verlander (8-4) gave up three runs - two on solo homers - seven hits and no walks over eight innings.

Livan Hernandez (5-4) allowed eight runs, doubling his season high, and seven hits and a season-high six walks over 6 2-3 innings.

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In Michigan
5:45 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Panel says employers should pay the bill for workers who are off the books

LANSING, MI – A new report says Michigan can do more to capture delinquent taxes and child support payments owed by workers in the underground economy.

The report was prepared by a Michigan Supreme Court task force. Among its recommendations - make employers responsible for past-due taxes and child support when they're caught paying their workers off-the-books. And it says employers they should lose their professional licenses if they have any.

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In Michigan
5:52 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

Lawmakers unlikely to resolve budget by July

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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Lansing, MI – There are only two weeks left before lawmakers run headlong into a self-imposed deadline to balance the state budget. Now some key negotiators say it appears unlikely the work could be done in that time.

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The July 1 deadline was self-imposed to align the state budget with the fiscal years of schools, colleges and local governments, which need to know how much money to expect in state payments in the coming year.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

Michigan National Guard conducts statewide emergency training exercise

Soldiers with the Michigan Army National Guard on manuevers at Camp Grayling.
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Lansing, MI – The Michigan National Guard conducted a series of training exercises in Lansing and around the state Wednesday.

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The "Vigilant Guard" exercise was centered in Lansing. The idea, according to Major Greg Babcock, was to gauge the National Guard's preparedness in the event of a flu pandemic.

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In Michigan
5:23 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

Census, seasonal manufacturing lead to year's largest jobless drop

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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Lansing, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate registered its biggest drop of the year in May. It fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 13.6 percent.

That means there were 19,000 people in the state who found work.

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Most of the new hires are temporary U.S. Census workers. Automotive employment remained flat, construction lost jobs, but durable goods factories and food plants were hiring.

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