In Michigan
7:13 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Romney endorses Hoekstra in Mich. governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has endorsed U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra in Michigan's Republican governor's race.

Romney is a Michigan native who won Michigan's 2008 GOP presidential primary before dropping out of the race. He's considered a likely 2012 presidential candidate.

He praised Hoekstra in a statement Thursday for having "the capability and the right policies to get Michigan's economy moving again."

Read more
In Michigan
7:08 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Governor, Senate spar over appointments

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm and state Senate Republicans are battling over her authority to make appointments in the closing months of her administration. Senate GOP leaders say any appointments that begin next year should wait for the new governor.

Read more
In Michigan
6:42 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Joblessness up in each major Michigan labor market

LANSING, MI –

New figures show seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in March in each of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The state reports Thursday that total employment declined in nearly all regions over the month.

The northeast Lower Peninsula saw the highest March unemployment rate at 20.2%, up from 19.9% in February. The Ann Arbor area was lowest at 9.6%, but that was up from 8.9% the previous month.
Unemployment in the Detroit region was at 15.5%, up from 15.3% in February.

Read more
In Michigan
6:38 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidates debate in East Lansing

EAST LANSING, MI –

The five candidates for the Republican nomination for governor met Wednesday night for a debate in East Lansing.

The candidates had heated exchanges over taxes and health care, and argued over whose values are most American.

The candidates also discussed the usefulness of tax credits for businesses in the state. State Attorney General Mike Cox says Michigan has one of the nation's worst reputations as a place to do business.

Read more
In Michigan
4:54 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Lansing firefighters OK pact

LANSING, MI –

Fire fighters in Lansing have overwhelmingly approved a new contract that could save the city $1.5-million in the next fiscal year.

The pact would lead to the closure of Fire Station number Three downtown.

There would be a reduction in daily minimum staffing levels, along with changes to health benefits. Details have not been released.

The city council still must approve the deal. That could happen on May 3.

Lansing is trying to close a budget shortfall of about $12-million.

Read more
WKAR Features
1:06 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Composer John Corigliano performs at MSU's Wharton Center

Composer John Corigliano.
Courtesy Photo

EAST LANSING, MI – After a week-long residency at Michigan State University, award-winning composer John Corigliano will lead a concert of MSU ensembles at Wharton Center on Saturday.

Corigliano has been working with students and faculty this week in seminars, rehearsals and other sessions. He'll give a preview lecture at 7:15 before the concert begins.

Read more
In Michigan
12:10 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

AP-GfK Poll: Americans say US cars top Asian autos

WASHINGTON –

It could be part of the fallout from Toyota's big recalls.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll found more people saying the U.S. makes the best cars than said Asia does. 38% of the people who were polled said U.S. cars were best, while 33% named cars made by Asian countries.

And it marks a big shift from just a few years ago, when Asian cars were rated best, 46% to 29%.

Read more
In Michigan
8:13 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Lansing audit: Wrong funds spent on press event

LANSING, MI –

A spokesman for Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says money spent on a major public service announcement on riverfront redevelopment was taken from the wrong city account.

Randy Hannan says Wednesday that the $3,349 charged last year to the city's parks millage fund should have been taken from a public service account.

Read more
In Michigan
8:10 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

MI texting ban clears a hurdle, more steps remain

LANSING, MI –

Legislators have taken another step toward outlawing the practice of using cell phones to send text messages while driving in Michigan.

The Michigan House passed a bill by a 89-19 vote Wednesday that includes some provisions of the texting ban. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Lawmakers already have approved the main bills in the package, but all must be finalized before they can be sent to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.

Read more
In Michigan
8:06 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

House bills aim to trim MI Legislature's spending

LANSING, MI –

Michigan lawmakers and their staffers would lose the state's matching contributions to 401(k) plans next budget year under legislation approved by the state House.

Bills approved Wednesday also would consolidate legislative services, including the nonpartisan House and Senate fiscal agencies.

The measures passed by the Democrat-led House now go to the Republican-led Senate.

House Democrats say the proposals combined would save nearly $5 million.

Read more

Pages