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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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Sports
5:56 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Pistons lose to Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Nate Robinson scored 14 points in 16 minutes, Rajon Rondo added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 105-100 on Tuesday night.

The Celtics were playing for the first time since a humiliating home loss to the NBA-worst New Jersey Nets on Saturday. They got 18 points from Ray Allen.

Jonas Jerebko scored 16 points for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.

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In Michigan
5:26 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Meadows wants to lengthen term limits

LANSING, MI –

A proposal in the state Legislature would lengthen term limits to give lawmakers up to 12 years in each chamber.

Michigan now allows House members to serve no more than six years, or three two-year terms. Senators are limited to eight years, or two four-year terms.

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In Michigan
5:25 am
Wed March 3, 2010

MI Senate approves money for tourism ads

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate has approved a $9.5 million budget to keep the Pure Michigan tourism campaign on the air for the rest of the year.

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The Senate action appears to rescue the campaign as the summer travel season approaches. The state House is expected to concur with the Senate, even though the money will have to come from the cash-strapped general fund.

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In Michigan
6:52 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Interim Lansing Police Chief announced

LANSING, MI –

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has announced an interim police chief to replace the departing Mark Alley. Lansing police Captain Teresa Szymanski's first day as temporary chief will be March 13. She says she intends to apply for the position long term. The 22-year Lansing police veteran runs the LPD's South Precinct. The city is conducting a nationwide search for Alley's replacement.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

MSU student in LA to see debut of her Oscars dress

EAST LANSING, MI –

No silkworms died in the making of Suzy Amis Cameron's Oscars dress, designed with environmental friendliness in mind by a 21-year-old Michigan State University student.

The wife of "Avatar" director James Cameron unveils the silk dress Wednesday night, when she and her husband host a pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles.

After that, she's wearing it at Sunday's Academy Awards, at which James Cameron's movie has nine nominations.

The designer is Jillian Granz, a senior design major from Canton, Mich.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

GM shuffles sales leaders for 2nd time in 3 months

DETROIT –

General Motors Co. says it will restructure its sales and marketing operations for the second time in less than three months.

The Detroit automaker will split sales from marketing after combining them under Susan Docherty in December. Southeast Asia Executive Director Steve Carlisle will now head sales while Docherty leads marketing.

The company also split up sales and marketing for its remaining brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac and reassigned other executives.

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In Michigan
2:32 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

East Lansing cutting $2,000,000 from budget

EAST LANSING, MI –

The East Lansing city council tonight is likely to approve almost $2,000,000 in cuts to this year's budget.

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City Manager Ted Staton says the city faces a total of $5,000,000 in budget shortfalls over the next two years. He calls the $2,000,000 to be trimmed from this year's spending plan a "down-payment on that challenge."

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