In Michigan
5:55 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Lansing city council passes 2011 budget without tax increase

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council last night passed a $109 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1st.

The council passed the budget unanimously, and basically unchanged from what Mayor Virg Bernero recommended in March. Among the most noticeable measures is the recommendation to shorten the city work week for non-emergency workers to 36-hours.

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In Michigan
5:53 am
Tue May 18, 2010

3 jailed militia members released until trial

DETROIT –

Three members of a Michigan-based militia who are accused of conspiring to overthrow the government have been released from jail until trial.

David Stone Jr., Jacob Ward and Tina Stone were released to family members Tuesday after appearing in federal court in Detroit. They must wear electronic monitors and follow strict conditions set by a judge.

The U.S. attorney's office is appealing the release of six other militia members.

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Sports
5:23 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Expansion looms large at Big Ten meetings

CHICAGO – Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez understands the public would like some
answers. Just don't ask him for any when it comes to the Big Ten and expansion.

Alvarez says the decision rests with school presidents, not with the league's athletic directors. Even so, expansion was the hot-button topic as conference coaches and administrators gathered Monday in Chicago for three days of meetings.

Michigan athletic director David Brandon says "change is in the wind."

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Sports
5:17 am
Tue May 18, 2010

White Sox-Tigers postponed by rain

DETROIT – Rain has forced the Detroit Tigers to postpone Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Freddy Garcia (2-2, 4.75 ERA) was scheduled to start for the White Sox against Detroit's Rick Porcello (3-3, 6.08).

No makeup date was announced, but it is expected that the game will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader during Chicago's next visit to Detroit, which takes place Aug. 3-5.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

MI's budget woes may not be as bad as feared

LANSING, MI –

The state's budget troubles may not be quite as large as they appeared to be five months ago. State government economists say they're seeing the first glimmers of a recovery.

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In January, the deficit for the coming fiscal year was pegged at about one and a half-billion dollars. Job losses had stabilized but the unemployment rate was still very high and tax revenues were on the decline.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Consumers natural gas rate increase will be shaved

LANSING, MI –

Consumers Energy will have to refund a portion of an interim natural gas rate increase.

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Monday authorized a rate increase for the Jackson-based utility. But the increase isn't as big as the utility requested.

The natural gas rate increase, which took effect in November, raised the average residential customer's bill by about $3.50 a month. The company has until mid-August to file a refund proposal with state regulators.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

MI House Dems to look at campaign finance bills

LANSING, MI –

Lawmakers at the state Capitol are working on legislation that would regulate financial contributions from corporations to political campaigns.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Granholm to sign school retirement bill

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is expected to sign legislation this week that would encourage thousands of veteran school employees to retire. The plan would also force those who remain to pay more for their retirement and health benefits.

The plan would save schools an estimated $700 million as they face potentially big cuts in state funding. But the actual savings will depend on how many teachers and other school employees decide to retire.

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In Michigan
4:10 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Lansing city council faces budget deadline

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City council is expected to pass a budget tonight for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2011 city budget isn't expected to be much different from what mayor Virg Bernero recommended earlier this year, in spite of efforts to include a tax increase.

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In Michigan
12:00 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Muffitt agrees to LSO extension

LANSING, MI –

Timothy Muffitt has signed a three-year contract extension as Music Director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

Muffitt will conduct the LSO through the 2012-2013 season.

While locking up Muffitt, the orchestra also has a deal with musicians for another year. Members of the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Local 56 of the American Federation of Musicians recently voted to extend their contract in Lansing.

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