In Michigan
5:15 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

East Lansing City Council passes budget

EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing City Council members have voted unanimously to approve a budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1st. The council may have to revisit that budget when state lawmakers decide how much the city will get through revenue sharing.

The East Lansing budget is a blend of employee concessions, personnel and program cuts, the use of some reserve funds and a half-mil increase in property taxes.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Granholm signs MI school employee retirement bills

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm has signed legislation to encourage thousands of veteran teachers and other school employees to retire.

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School employees have less than a month - until June 11th - to make a decision on accepting the retirement offer. School employees who do accept will get a slight sweetener in their retirement payments. Remaining employees will pay more for their health and pension benefits.

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In Michigan
1:48 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

4th member of Midwest militia gets out of jail

DETROIT –

A fourth member of a Midwest militia has been released from jail until trial on conspiracy and other charges.

Kristopher Sickles of Sandusky, Ohio, will be electronically monitored 24 hours a day. He was released Wednesday after appearing in federal court in Detroit.

Three other members of the Michigan-based militia were released Tuesday. All had been locked up since late March.

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Sports
5:52 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Lugnuts win 6 straight

DAYTON, OH – The Lansing Lugnuts doubled up on the host Dayton Dragons 6-3 for their sixth straight win.

Lansing goes for a seventh straight victory tonight at 7 p.m.

The Lugnuts return home May 21st to open an eight-game homestand.

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Sports
5:47 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Delany: Expansion decision will take time

CHICAGO – Don't expect a decision on expansion anytime soon from the Big Ten.

Commissioner Jim Delany is basically sticking with the timeframe he laid out in December, when he said the league would explore its options over the next 12 to 18 months.

He says a decision is "months away."

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Sports
5:45 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Pierre's bat and glove helps WSox beat Tigers 6-2

DETROIT – Juan Pierre's two-run double and run-saving catch in the fourth inning helped the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 Tuesday.

Freddy Garcia (3-2) gave up two runs over six innings, going five starts without a loss for the first time since the end of the 2006 season.

Sergio Santos, J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

Rick Porcello (3-4) allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Michigan plans pre-K to adult literacy campaign

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Department of Education plans a campaign to improve literacy following a report that says two-thirds of fourth graders don't read proficiently.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Kids Count" report released Tuesday says the nation faces high costs because of the large share of fourth graders who aren't proficient at reading.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Capitol protesters support Mich. immigration bill

LANSING, MI –

About 100 people are rallying at the Capitol to support a Michigan bill that would let police request proof of citizenship from people they stop and question on another
offense.

Republican state Rep. Kim Meltzer of Macomb's Clinton Township began drafting the measure after Arizona passed a new law last month that lets local police question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

MI budget talks keep rolling at state Capitol

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers at the state Capitol continue to debate the state budget as they wait for estimates later this week on revenue.

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The Republican-led state Senate has approved a budget that would cut about 4% of state payments to local governments. The move drew a lot of resistance from Senate Democrats, who wanted to restore that cut.

Democratic state Senator Gilda Jacobs.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Granholm cheers auto plant cleanup fund

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says a new federal trust fund will help Michigan and other automotive states redevelop and sell shut-down General Motors factories to new owners. More than half of the eligible sites are scattered across Michigan, including some plants that have been shut down for decades.

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