In Michigan
6:49 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Red Cross says Lansing strike won't impact services

LANSING, MI –

Red Cross officials in Lansing say a planned 3-day strike by about 30 unionized front line workers won't have an impact on blood supplies or other basic services.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Gingrich calls for Mich. 'courageous conversation'

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI –

Ex-U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Michigan has to fundamentally change its approaches to education, job training and government to rebuild its struggling economy.

The man responsible for the 1994 "Contract with America" spoke Wednesday at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. He says the changes will require "a courageous conversation."

He says if a company wants to build a factory in Michigan, the state needs to retrain workers quickly so they're ready when the factory opens.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

MI casino money could aid college scholarship plans

LANSING, MI –

Legislation headed for Gov. Jennifer Granholm's desk would allow Michigan school districts to use money received through agreements with tribal-run casinos to fund college scholarship programs.

The Senate unanimously approved the bill on Wednesday.

Michigan has more than 20 casinos run by American Indian tribes. The tribes have agreements with the state that typically provides 2 percent of certain gaming revenue to local governments, including schools.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

DRIC debate continues

LANSING, MI – The debate over building a new bridge between Detroit and Canada continues at the state Capitol. The state Senate Transportation Committee has taken up the Democratic proposal.

Many lawmakers are worried about who would foot the bill for a new bridge.
Republican state Senator Judd Gilbert says he's not sure traffic would increase to generate enough toll revenue to pay for the bridge.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Stabenow: Canada should stop Lake Erie gas production

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says U.S. officials should talk with Canada about the safety of natural gas drilling in Canadian waters of Lake Erie.

Stabenow said Wednesday she'd like Canada to ban drilling in Erie. It's prohibited on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes, although Michigan allows a few wells drilled under the lakes from land.

Canada has 500 offshore gas wells in Lake Erie and 23 that run under the lake from shore.

Both nations prohibit offshore oil drilling in the lakes.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

One month until self-imposed MI budget deadline

LANSING, MI –

Less than a month remains for lawmakers to work out their differences over the state budget if they want to meet a self-imposed July 1 deadline.

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Lawmakers set the deadline to help school districts whose budget cycles begin in July.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Ford says to end 72-year-old Mercury brand

DEARBORN, MI –

Ford Motor Co. says it will end production of its Mercury brand by the end of this year.

Ford's board of directors approved ending the brand Wednesday morning. Ford plans to make up for the lost sales by expanding its luxury Lincoln brand. Mercury sold just over 92,000 vehicles last year.

Ford has 1,712 dealerships currently selling Mercurys. Some will continue selling Lincolns and Fords and some could be consolidated into existing Ford dealerships.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Proposed MI rule would require judges to warn defendants of risk to residency

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Supreme Court could adopt a new rule Thursday that would require judges to inform criminal defendants that their guilty pleas could affect their immigration status.

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In Michigan
2:23 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Lansing political, business leader Lucile Belen dies

LANSING, MI – Former Lansing city councilmember Lucile Belen has died at 97. Belen served on the council from 1956 to 1993. Belen's family started Belen's Flowers in Lansing in 1936. Lucile Belen was inducted into the Michigan Floral Foundation earlier this year. She was inducted in to the Michigan Women's Hall of fame in 2001.

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In Michigan
1:54 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Hollister Leaving Prima Civitas Leadership

LANSING, MI –

Former Lansing mayor David Hollister is cutting back on his schedule with the economic development organization he helped found after leaving office.

AUDIO: The non-profit Prima Civitas Foundation is searching for a new president and CEO, as David Hollister plans to step down from his day-to-day responsibilities next March.

Hollister says he will play a role in choosing his successor. He hopes someone will be hired by mid to late summer.

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