In Michigan
5:26 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Granholm names new Michigan State Police director

LANSING, MI –

Michigan State Police deputy director Eddie Washington Jr. will take over the agency's top job next month when Col. Peter Munoz leaves to become a U.S. marshal.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced the appointment Wednesday. It takes effect May 23.

As deputy director, Washington is commander of the Field Services Bureau, overseeing two regions of the state as well as divisions dealing with criminal investigation, traffic safety and special operations.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

MI university presidents say tuition hikes could be a reality

LANSING, MI –

The presidents of three major public universities in the state told lawmakers Wednesday that budget cuts to higher education could hurt Michigan's economic recovery.

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Wayne State University President Jay Noren and Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon testified before a state House panel.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

East Lansing to host public forum on 2011 budget

East Lansing City Hall.
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East Lansing, MI – The city of East Lansing is hosting a public forum on its proposed 2011 budget tonight. The event is one of the last opportunities for public input before the city enacts a new spending plan on July 1.

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East Lansing officials have been meeting with residents since February in an effort to explain the city's financial picture. By shedding $2 million from its current budget, the city scaled back community events and reduced police and fire staffing.

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In Michigan
3:40 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

HUD Secretary lauds Neighborhood Stabilization at Lansing conference

LANSING, MI –

A high-ranking Obama administration official visited the Lansing Center on Wednesday. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says federal Neighborhood Stabilization Project money is revitalizing blighted city neighborhoods in Lansing and around the state.

"This isn't just a house at a time," he says. "The scale of the investment is going to allow, where necessary, re-thinking entire neighborhoods and really restarting their economies, not just restarting their housing."

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WKAR Features
9:50 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Cultural economic development plan could boost local artists

Lansing, MI –

A new economic development plan is looking at arts and culture to help improve the mid-Michigan economy. The cultural economic development plan for greater Lansing could make the region a more attractive place for creative enterprise.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

DeVos pledge matches $5M in MSU med school gifts

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

Michigan State University has announced a $5 million challenge grant for the new Grand Rapids campus of its medical school.

Michigan State said Tuesday that Richard and Helen DeVos have pledged to match up to $5 million in gifts for the Secchia Center of the College of Human Medicine.

The $90 million center in downtown Grand Rapids is scheduled for dedication Sept. 10.

The first 100 first-year students and 50 second-year students begin their medical studies at the center this fall.

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

MI lawmakers to examine tax program following audit

LANSING, MI –

A state auditor says too often, businesses that get Michigan tax credits aren't creating all the jobs they promised. State legislators say the problem needs to be fixed.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

MI Senate pushes forward with texting ban

LANSING, MI –

The ban on texting while driving is inching toward completion at the state Capitol. The measure suffered a minor setback, but lawmakers say they think the work could be done this week.

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The Senate sent the final piece of the texting ban bill back to the House, stripping the measure of a Democratic amendment to use money from texting tickets to eliminate driver responsibility fees.

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In Michigan
2:44 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Haslett High will re-open Wednesday

Haslett, MI –

Haslett School officials say a gas leak has been repaired at the high school and classes will resume Wednesday.

Haslett Superintendant Mike Duda says gas fumes spread through the building early Tuesday morning due to a leak in a science classroom installation. Officials then cancelled classes.

Consumers Energy said the building was safe by mid-morning Tuesday.

The situation did not impact classes at other Haslett school buildings.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Trapper's Cove residents seeking assistance

LANSING, MI –

People displaced by a huge fire this week at Trapper's Cove apartments in Lansing are still looking for emergency help.

Alison Bono of the Mid Michigan Red Cross says they've helped more than 40 people since the fire early Monday.

Bono says some people wind up needing to ask for help more than once.

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