In Michigan
5:26 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Mich. audit finds some tax credits didn't comply

LANSING, MI –

A new audit finds that some companies given hundreds of thousands of dollars in state tax credits in Michigan didn't always live up to their agreements on how much they would pay workers.

The Michigan auditor general's report released Monday covered the period of Jan. 1, 2005 through August 2009.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Michigan high school finalist for Pres Obama commencement speech

KALAMAZOO, MI –

Central High School in Kalamazoo will spend the next few days competing for a commencement speech from President Obama. Six high schools across the country are in the final stages before the president decides which school will win.

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The field of six will be cut in half by the end of the week after a public vote determines which schools presented the best package to win a commencement speech by the president.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Lannoye to be appointed to top Ingham County post

MASON, MI –

A former state budget director likely will be appointed Ingham County's Controller-Administrator this week.

Mary Lannoye would replace Matthew Myers, who retired to move closer to family earlier this month. Her selection goes before the county Board of Commissioners tomorrow night. She would begin work on June 1st.

Lannoye says she doesn't want to make specific points about the county's budget before her appointment is official.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Feds enlarge protected zone for troubled dragonfly in MI

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

The federal government has doubled the size of a protected zone in the Midwest for the only dragonfly on the U.S. endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that 26,532 acres in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin will be designated as critical habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Ruth Johnson joins Mich. GOP sec'y of state field

LANSING, MI –

Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson is joining the crowded Republican field for secretary of state.

The 55-year-old from Holly also was a state representative from 1999-2004. And businessman Dick DeVos picked Johnson to be his running mate in his unsuccessful 2006 run against Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

GOP activists will nominate their favorite in August.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

State says cigar bars may serve food, booze

LANSING, MI –

The state Department of Community Health says cigar bars can allow smoking, and serve food and drinks without running afoul of Michigan's smoking ban. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, the law takes effect May 1.

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The department issued an advisory to local health agencies that are under contract with the state to enforce bar and restaurant regulations.

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Business
1:04 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Lansing City Market holds grand opening

LANSING, MI – The New Lansing City Market is holding its official grand opening this weekend. The market has been open to the public for months, but officials wanted to wait for warmer weather and wanted to give vendors time to settle in to the new space.

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In Michigan
11:50 am
Fri April 23, 2010

MEA rallies at Capitol

The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI –

The state's largest teachers union marched on the state Capitol Friday to stand against further budget cuts to K-12 schools.

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Hundreds of teachers and schools staff members marched up Michigan Avenue toward the Capitol building.

The Michigan Education Association teachers' union president Iris Salters addressed the crowd.

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In Michigan
11:27 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Lansing City Market to holds grand opening

LANSING, MI – The New Lansing City Market is holding its official grand opening this weekend. The market has been open to the public for months. Officials wanted to wait for warmer weather and wanted to give vendors time to settle in to the new space.

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Sports
6:43 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Verlander gets first win, Tigers beat Angels 5-4

ANAHEIM, CA – Justin Verlander labored through five innings for his first win in four starts since signing a long-term contract, and the Detroit Tigers' bullpen came through again in a
5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Carlos Guillen drove in two runs to help the Tigers salvage a split of the four-game series. But the three-time All-Star left in the fifth with a strained left hamstring after he tried to score from second on Scott Sizemore's single.

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