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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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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