In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Granholm calls for anti-bullying law

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm is using her weekly radio address to urge the Legislature to send her an anti-bullying law. The state House approved a measure this week that would require schools to adopt policies to deal with bullying, harassment, and intimidation at schools and on the Internet. The governor says the state Senate should also adopt it.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

MI schools assessing impact of retirement plan

LANSING, MI –

School officials across the state are trying to assess the effects of new teacher retirement assessments on their districts. The plan was adopted early this morning in a marathon meeting of the Legislature.

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Governor Granholm is expected to sign the retirement plan in the coming week, but school officials are already sorting through the details of 40 pages of legislation.

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In Michigan
2:05 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Lawmakers reach final deal on teacher retirement package

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
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Lansing, MI – State lawmakers worked until after 4 a.m. to approve a controversial measure designed to encourage veteran teachers and school employees to retire.

The retirement proposal is intended to save schools money at the local level that may face deep cuts in state funding for the coming year.

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says approving the measure is vital to the state's schools budget.

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In Michigan
6:31 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Ford to restore tuition help for union workers

DETROIT –

Ford Motor Co. is restoring college tuition help for factory workers in an effort to settle a dispute with the United Auto Workers union.

Union leaders were told of the move at a meeting Thursday in Chicago.

The company announced the change in a letter to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press.

The UAW agreed to give up the tuition payments and make other concessions to help Ford through tough financial times last year.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Mich. GOP to host 2 debates for governor hopefuls

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Republican Party will host a pair of debates this summer featuring four of the five GOP gubernatorial candidates.

The party said in a statement Thursday the debates will be held June 24 in Grand Rapids and July 13 in Rochester.

Expected to take part are Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, state Sen. Tom George and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

Former Gateway CEO Rick Snyder is the other Republican candidate for governor.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Chrysler concerned about GM's financing plans

WASHINGTON –

Chrysler is raising concerns about reports that rival General Motors is interested in buying back the auto financing business from the former GMAC Financial Services.

CEO Sergio Marchionne says Chrysler does not want to have an uncompetitive relationship with General Motors when it comes to offering lease and loan deals to consumers.

GMAC, now called Ally Financial, is the preferred lender for both GM and Chrysler.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

"Father of Mackinac Bridge" dies at 97

ST. IGNACE, MI –

The man known as the father of the Mackinac Bridge, Lawrence A. Rubin, has died.

As Mike Horace reports, Rubin served as the bridge's first Executive Secretary, and later documented the history of the Mighty Mac in print.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

MI House approves bullying ban; no deal with Senate

LANSING, MI –

The state House has approved a bill that would require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies.

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The measure does not outline what has to be in a school district's policy, but it does suggest districts try to combat bullying and harassment in schools, busses, on social networking sites, and mobile communication devices.

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In Michigan
2:10 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

MI lawmakers say they have a deal on teacher retirement

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers are expected to meet late Thursday to put the final touches on a proposal to encourage veteran teacher and school employees to retire. Negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans have been going on for weeks.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Protesters outside gov's office want Bobb fired

LANSING, MI –

More than a dozen people opposed to the actions of Detroit Public Schools' financial manager Robert Bobb are protesting inside the state Capitol.

A few dozen members of the group By Any Means Necessary came to the Capitol Wednesday to ask Gov. Jennifer Granholm to get rid of Bobb, whom she appointed. They also want the governor to stop the school closings Bobb has planned.

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