In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Benton Harbor college bans convicted sex offenders

BENTON HARBOR, MI –

A community college based in Benton Harbor is banning people convicted of sex crimes against children from attending classes on its four campuses.

The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph reports that Lake Michigan College officials made the decision in February after a registered sex offender tried signing up for classes.

The school says three students have been suspended under the new policy. They and other sex offenders will be allowed to take online courses.

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In Michigan
5:09 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Legislature gets offshore wind farm rules proposal

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration has sent its proposed standards to the Legislature for where to locate wind turbines in the Great Lakes. Critics say the proposed rules don't do enough to protect the shoreline from a glut of unsightly windmills.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

MI Senate rejects a measure to freeze state employee pay

LANSING, MI –

The Republican-led state Senate failed to block a 3% pay raise for state employees. The measure would save the state nearly $50 million.

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Nearly all of the Senate Republicans voted to freeze state worker salaries at current levels. But the GOP needed a two-thirds majority to pass the measure. All but one Democrat opposed the Republican proposal.

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In Michigan
3:20 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

MSU profs revise lead risk assessment

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University researchers says they've devised a formula that better targets potential victims of lead poisoning.

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Right now, health officials aim to test entire ZIP codes if they're classified as high risk. MSU social scientist Stan Kaplowitz points out that East Lansing's 48823 is 'high risk' because of small pockets of older housing. He says his method uses census data to identify these smaller areas that are most at risk.

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In Michigan
10:56 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Huckabee endorses Mike Cox for Michigan governor

LIVONIA, MI – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox has picked up an endorsement from Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for president in 2008.

In a statement released Wednesday by Cox's campaign, Huckabee describes the Michigan attorney general as a "pro-life, pro-gun candidate."

Huckabee says Cox is an innovative, strong leader who opposes "runaway tax and spend policies."

Huckabee was Arkansas governor from 1996-2007 and unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination two years ago.

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In Michigan
10:48 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Schwarz to explore independent run for MI governor

LANSING, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz is taking his possible independent bid for Michigan governor one step further by forming an exploratory committee.

The Battle Creek physician and former Republican state senator said Tuesday he has received "uniformly positive" responses from Democrats, Republicans and independents so far.

He wants to start raising money and poll voters to see where he stands in the race. Five Republicans and four Democrats already are working to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

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In Michigan
10:46 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Bomb detonated in Detroit school; no injuries

DETROIT – Authorities say a homemade bomb was detonated in the hallway of a Detroit school and that a student has been taken into custody.

Detroit Police spokesman John Roach says no one was injured in the Wednesday morning blast at the Phoenix Multicultural Academy on the city's southwest side.

He says the bomb squad recovered the remains of the homemade chemical-based bomb.

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reWorking Michigan
9:11 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Effort to rescind MI state worker pay raise fails

Melissa Ingells, WKAR

LANSING, MI –


An effort to rescind a three percent raise for roughly 35,000 state workers later this year has failed in the state Senate.

Unionized state workers are scheduled to get the raise October 1 unless two-thirds of the members of both the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House vote to eliminate it.

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In Michigan
9:08 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Mich. Senate plan would boost tourism advertising

LANSING, MI – The state's popular Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign would get a short-term boost through legislation overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.

A bill approved 37-1 Wednesday would reallocate $9.5 million in
use taxes to a fund for the campaign this budget year. The bill,
which now advances to the House, would raise total Pure Michigan
funding for this budget year to about $15 million.

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WKAR Features
7:52 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Granholm administrations sends draft offshore wind rules to Legislature

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration has sent state lawmakers the first draft of legislation that would regulate wind turbines in the Great Lakes. It's the next step in the process of allowing offshore wind generators that could one day dot the Great Lakes shorelines.

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