In Michigan
3:40 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

MI employee health care pool revisited

LANSING, MI –

A state House panel has resumed debate over a proposal from Democratic House Speaker and candidate for governor Andy Dillon to pool all public employee health care benefits.

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WKAR Features
3:13 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Acclaimed British choral director leads performance in Lansing

Lansing, MI – Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated 3 million mourners in London as well as countless others viewing it on worldwide television. The man responsible for choosing the music for that service was Dr. Martin Neary.

He's in Michigan this weekend to lead the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys in performances around the state, including Lansing.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Michigan K-12 budget may not see cuts

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers at the state Capitol are expecting to hear good news for schools funding later this week. Sales tax revenue projections may be higher than originally expected. But as Laura Weber reports, that doesn't mean that education funding is completely out of the weeds.

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Roughly 34 hundred young children and parents gathered on the Capitol lawn to rally in support of funding for early childhood development programs.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Senate slows down Michigan fireworks expansion

LANSING, MI –

It appears that Michigan won't be legalizing higher-grade fireworks in time for this year's Fourth of July.

A key senator has concerns about legislation passed last week by the House that would legalize bottle rockets, firecrackers and other types of fireworks.

Republican Sen. Alan Sanborn of Richmond said Wednesday the House bill is not equitable when it comes to who would be allowed to sell fireworks. Sanborn is chairman of the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Mich. man files lawsuit against 2 Mass. ex-bishops

SPRINGFIELD, MA –

A 47-year-old Michigan man has sued two retired Springfield bishops, alleging their lack of supervision allowed a now-defrocked Roman Catholic priest to sexually abuse
him.

Peter J. Caffrey spoke Wednesday with his attorney at a news conference in Greenfield, where the lawsuit was filed. Caffrey alleges he was abused by Richard R. Lavigne for more than two years beginning when he was 13 and living in North Adams.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

ARC workers say there's bad blood

LANSING, MI –

Front line workers with the American Red Cross are criticizing the agency for mismanagement practices they say have caused the agency to distribute unsafe blood products.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Michigan jobless rate remains stable, but high

LANSING, MI –

Michigan gained thousands of new jobs last month, but the April unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged at 14%. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, that's a drop of merely one-tenth of a percentage point from the March rate.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

This year's MI budget faces a shortfall

LANSING, MI –

Michigan faces an expected deficit of about a half-billion dollars in this year's budget. That means lawmakers will have to act quickly to fill that hole in the next couple months.

Republican state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he wants to avoid handing out furlough days to state employees, or raising taxes to fill the budget gap.

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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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