In Michigan
6:50 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Census workers begin going door-to-door

LANSING, MI –

Local census workers have begun going door-to-door, visiting people who have not returned their census forms.

Workers from the Lansing census office had already canvassed student-rental areas around Michigan State University, hoping to find people before final exams week. Over the weekend, other non-response follow-up work began elsewhere in the seven counties coordinated in Lansing.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Governor says it may be too late for retirement bill

LANSING, MI – (wrap1)
Laura Weber
May 03, 2010
Governor Granholm says it may be too late to approve her proposal to save school districts money by enticing veteran teachers into retirement.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Judge agrees to delay release of militia members

DETROIT – A judge has suspended a decision that would have allowed nine members of a Michigan militia to leave jail while they await trial.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts on Monday granted a request by the U.S. attorney's office to delay their release. Prosecutors have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to tell the judge whether they will file an appeal. If prosecutors appeal, Roberts wants a detailed explanation of why they think they can succeed.

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In Michigan
1:29 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Chrysler joins GM, Ford in sales increase

DETROIT, MI –

Chrysler Group LLC says its sales rose 25% in April, the first double-digit increase for the automaker in nearly five years.

The automaker says its minivan sales rose more than 50% over April of last year, helping to lead the increase. It says the sales rise is a sign that the company's turnaround plans are starting to take hold.

Sales also were up 3% from March.

The company also reported triple-digit percentage increases for its Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger midsize cars.

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In Michigan
12:49 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Hutaree members can be released on bond

DETROIT, MI –

A judge says nine members of a Michigan-based militia accused of trying to plot war against the government can be released from jail on bond.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts has overturned the April 2 decision of a federal magistrate judge. She says all can be released with electronic monitoring devices and other strict conditions.

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In Michigan
12:45 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Ford sales rise

DETROIT, MI –

Ford Motor Co. says April sales rose 25% from the same month last year.

Ford says sales of its cars, trucks and SUVs all were higher compared with last April, when the industry was in a severe downturn. But sales fell 9% from March, when the industry saw a boost from big incentive spending led by Toyota.

Sales of the F-Series pickup rose 42% thanks to a new Super Duty truck and gradual recovery in the construction business.

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In Michigan
11:34 am
Mon May 3, 2010

GM sales up

DETROIT, MI –

General Motors says its April sales rose 6.4% as the auto industry continued to see signs of recovery from tough conditions last year.

GM says sales from its four remaining brands - Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac - rose 20%. GM is phasing out or selling Saab, Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer.

Auto sales were expected to be higher than last April, when the industry was hurt by the economic downturn. But the pace could slow from March, when big sales promotions fueled higher sales.

Edmunds.com says incentives fell 5% across the industry.

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WKAR Features
10:52 am
Mon May 3, 2010

LSO 2010 season finale features young piano competition winner

LANSING, MI –

They might be the most easily recognizable four notes in music history: the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Conductor Timothy Muffitt spoke with Scott Pohl about the final Masterworks concert of 2010. They began with a look at Ivan Moshchuk, the young pianist who will play a Chopin concerto with the symphony.

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In Michigan
7:10 am
Mon May 3, 2010

MI retirement reform on shaky ground

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm says it's almost too late to approve a proposal to encourage thousands of teachers to retire. Negotiations between the state House and Senate appear rocky, and it's unclear whether the lawmakers will be able to pull a deal together at the last minute.

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In Michigan
6:38 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Democrat Fieger says he won't run for Mich. gov.

LANSING, MI – Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says he's not going to make a second run for Michigan governor.

Fieger said on WDIV-TV's Flashpoint program that he had been leaning toward a run for the Democratic nomination. But he said his outspoken nature would make it easy for "professional politicians" to make his personality a distraction from real issues.

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