In Michigan
5:45 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Habitat gets money to help families move into MI homes

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says there's a deal between the state and Habitat for Humanity that will allow 61 low-income families across Michigan to move into new or rehabilitated homes. Habitat for Humanity put those plans on hold in January after the state's housing agency cut its money.

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In Michigan
5:45 am
Wed May 26, 2010

MI House votes to restore $65 per student to schools budget

LANSING, MI –

A slightly improved economy and an uptick in consumer spending improved sales tax revenues and appears to have spared schools another round of budget cuts this year. The state House has also adopted a K-12 budget that restores some of the money that was cut to schools. The House school aid budget would return $65 per-student to schools in their summer and fall state aid payments.

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In Michigan
5:44 am
Wed May 26, 2010

MI House passes plan for Detroit River International Crossing bridge

LANSING, MI –

The state House has approved a plan to allow the Michigan Department of Transportation to partner with a private company to build another bridge between Detroit and Canada.

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House Republicans and a few House Democrats say the proposal is too vague, and there is not enough traffic to make a new international bridge crossing a viable investment for the state.

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In Michigan
6:54 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

MI House committee aims to retain university funding

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's 15 public universities would escape a cut in funding from the state in the next fiscal year under terms of a budget bill advancing in the Democratic-run state House.

The bill approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee would maintain current funding levels for university operations in the budget year that starts Oct. 1. The bill could come up for a vote on the House floor as early as this week.

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In Michigan
6:48 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

MSU and non-tenured faculty agree on contract proposal

EAST LANSING, MI –

Around 500 non-tenured faculty have ratified a tentative contract with Michigan State University.

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The new pact would offer a three-year contract to non-tenured faculty with ten semesters of teaching in six years--not counting summers. Andy Corner chairs the group's bargaining committee. He says the agreement will offer more job security because past contracts often have covered a year or less.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

MI State Police budget headed into House/Senate negotiations

LANSING, MI –

The state police budget is headed into negotiations between the state House and Senate. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, a key difference is whether to add a five-dollar fee to traffic tickets.

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The proposal from House Democrats included an additional five-dollar fee on traffic tickets, which would generate a few million dollars. That would help pay for crime labs, state troopers and state Capitol security.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Granholm: Obama plan would help MI expand lending to suppliers

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm was at a White House ceremony where President Obama unveiled a plan to help manufacturers expand into new industries. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the governor says the proposal would help auto suppliers in Michigan and across the country access up to $2 billion in loans.

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In Michigan
1:28 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Kilpatrick Sentenced To Prison

DETROIT, MI –

A judge has sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 18 months to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction.

Kilpatrick asked Judge David Groner to show him compassion during the Tuesday hearing. But Groner said "that ship has sailed."

Kilpatrick was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Groner ruled last month that the 39-year-old Kilpatrick failed to report all of his assets and meet other conditions of his probation.

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Sports
6:38 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Michigan faced Monday deadline to respond to NCAA

ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan had to respond by Monday to the NCAA after it alleged the Rich Rodriguez-led football program committed as many as five major violations.

Athletic director David Brandon said last week there would be "total transparency" when the school releases its report on Tuesday. The report likely will include self-imposed sanctions, which could include a loss of scholarships and a cutback in practice time.

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Sports
6:32 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Detroit plays on West Coast

UNDATED – The Detroit Tigers are headed to Seattle without one of their best hitters but may not need many runs with Justin Verlander on the mound.

Verlander will look to win a career-high fifth straight start when the Tigers (25-19) visit Safeco Field on Tuesday night to open a two-game set against the Mariners (16-28).

Detroit is without Miguel Cabrera, who will miss the next two games because his wife was scheduled to give birth to their second child.

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