In Michigan
6:34 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Appeals court asked for 2nd look on militia case

DETROIT –

Nine Midwestern militia members want the full federal appeals court to decide whether they should remain in jail while prosecutors challenge a decision to release them until trial.

But the court responded Wednesday by saying the nine must instead go back to the three-judge panel that ruled against them Monday and ask for a second look.

Members of a group called Hutaree are charged with conspiracy to commit sedition against the government. They are from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Lansing hosts workshop on its master plan

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Lansing, MI – Lansing city planners are hosting a public workshop tonight [Wednesday, May 12] to gather input on how to revise the city's master plan.

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Since last summer, the city has held more than 40 workshops to learn what amenities Lansing residents want for their community. Officials are considering suggestions on land use, transportation, economic development and green infrastructure.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Mich justices file grievance against fellow Republican judge

LANSING, MI –

The tensions on the state Supreme Court are out in the open as three justices have acknowledged they're seeking disciplinary action against another justice.

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Three Republicans justices say Justice Betty Weaver violated a confidentiality rule by revealing details of the court's deliberations to a lawyer who used the information to craft a motion. Justice Robert Young says Weaver has repeatedly crossed ethical lines.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

House approves sale of illegal fireworks in Mich

LANSING, MI –

Large fireworks that are currently illegal in Michigan may soon be sold at some businesses in the state. A bill approved by the state House would allow the businesses to purchase licenses to sell the fireworks.

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People are already allowed to buy smaller fireworks in Michigan, such as fountains and sparklers. Many lawmakers recognize that consumers cross state lines to buy larger fireworks that are currently illegal in Michigan.

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WKAR Features
1:52 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Lansing asks residents' advice on city master plan

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Lansing, MI – The city of Lansing is making the first comprehensive, city-wide revision of its master plan in nearly 30 years.

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City officials are holding a public workshop tonight [5/12/10] to find out whether Lansing residents believe they're on the right track. WKAR's Kevin Lavery speaks with Lansing Planning and Neighborhood Development Director Bob Johnson about the public event and the overall planning process.

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WKAR Features
7:54 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Mich justices battle over ethics, secrecy

The Hall of Justice in Lansing, which houses the Michigan Supreme Court.
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LANSING, MI –

Tensions on the Michigan Supreme Court exploded into public view Wednesday as the justices argued about a confidentiality rule. Three of the justices acknowledged they have filed an ethics grievance against Justice Betty Weaver for violating the rule. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the news came at the court's monthly administrative meeting that turned into a sometimes raucous event.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Eviction threat for suburban Detroit movie studio

ALLEN PARK, MI –

Hundreds of Allen Park residents and others gathered last summer for a celebration at the site of what they hoped would become a big, successful Michigan movie studio.

That groundbreaking ceremony featured a lot of smiling faces and much praise for Unity Studios President Jimmy Lifton.

Now, eight-and-a-half months later, things have gone in the wrong direction for the once-promising partnership.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Michigan economic agency defends review practices

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's economic development agency is defending its audit practices in the aftermath of criticism from lawmakers.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Greg Main says an additional auditor general report ordered last week by state Sen. Nancy Cassis is duplicative because a similar review already has started within MEDC.

The MEDC hopes to detail its review practices for the tax credits it awards before a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

MSU names interim director for Dubai campus

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University has named Harold Sollenberger interim director of MSU's campus in Dubai.

Sollenberger is a professor emeritus of accounting and information systems. He has served as an associate dean in the Eli Broad College of Business, and he taught at MSU-Dubai for part of the fall 2009 semester.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

City council delays budget vote

Lansing City Hall.
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Lansing, MI – The Lansing City Council voted Monday night to postpone a vote on next year's city budget.

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The move gives the public more time to weigh in on an updated spending plan that surfaced only last Thursday. It calls for a 0.4 mill property tax hike along with 13 unpaid furlough days for hundreds of city workers. The decision delays the vote until next Monday.

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