In Michigan
3:59 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

MI board of education makes recommendations

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan State Board of Education has recommended that state lawmakers to approve a package of reforms and taxes to pay for schools.

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The recommendations include changes to teacher pension and health care. The plan also includes a new graduated income tax and expanding the sales tax to services.

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In Michigan
10:13 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Seven candidates will fight for MI gov nominations

LANSING, MI –

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In Michigan
10:11 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Hundreds seek seats in Michigan Legislature

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's term limits law continues to cause high turnover and a large number of candidates for seats in the state Legislature.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

K-12 budget awaits its fate

Lansing, MI – Lawmakers at the state Capitol will continue negotiations this week on a proposal to save school districts money by encouraging veteran teachers and school employees to retire.

Lawmakers are also waiting to see estimates on sales-tax revenue, which affects K-12 schools funding. Official word on that is expected next week.

Democratic state Representative Terry Brown chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the schools budget.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Gov Granholm says Legislature needs to complete retirement plan

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says she hopes the Legislature will wrap up negotiations very soon on a plan to convince thousands of veteran teachers to accept retirement offers. She first called on the Legislature to get a retirement deal wrapped up by April 1, then April 15, and then May 1. But Granholm says she won't set a new deadline.

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In Michigan
5:25 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Obama aide: "Government Motors" will last for years

LANSING, MI –

President Obama's manufacturing advisor says he expects the federal government will start selling some of its shares of General Motors stock before the end of the year. Ron Bloom says the Obama administration is anxious to get taxpayers' money out of GM and Chrysler. But he says it will still be years before the government is fully divested of its auto company stock.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

MI pushes forward with RTTT application

LANSING, MI –

The key players in the discussion over Michigan's application for federal Race To The Top school-reform money have signed off on the plan.

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State schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan gave the groups until the beginning of this week to get on board. Flanagan told the groups that if they did not offer their support, then he would pull the plug on the second-round application process.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

9 militia members to stay in jail for time being

DETROIT –

An appeals court has ruled that nine Michigan militia members must stay locked up while the government challenges an order that would release them until trial.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Monday that it was continuing a temporary stay of a Detroit U.S. district court's decision to free the Hutaree members pending trial.

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Top Stories
3:12 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Lansing council votes on budget tonight

LANSING, MI –

A budget vote looms at tonight's Lansing City Council meeting, with the council considering a couple of changes to the $109 million spending plan proposed by Mayor Virg Bernero.

Bernero's proposal would save $12 million with a combination of early retirement incentives, shorter work weeks, concessions from police officers and fire fighters, and other cuts.

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In Michigan
2:11 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Smith withdrawing from Michigan governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Democratic state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith is withdrawing from the race to become Michigan's next governor.

Smith made the announcement Monday.

Her departure from the race leaves Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon as the only Democrats in the race.

Tuesday is the deadline for Democrats and Republicans seeking to run in the August primary to file nominating petitions with the state.

Smith is a state lawmaker from Salem Township in Washtenaw County.

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