In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

MI legislative leaders say reforms must top SoS speech

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm delivers her eighth and final State of the State address Wednesday night to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature. After that, it's up to lawmakers to determine the future of her 2010 agenda.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

MI House approves elimination of lawmaker lifetime benefits

LANSING, MI –

The state House voted Tuesdat to eliminate health benefits for retired state lawmakers. But the bill would only apply to future lawmakers, and not current or former legislators.

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says the measure is the first in a long list of cost-saving reforms the House intends to pass over the next few weeks.

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Top Stories
1:51 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Governor delivers speech

Lansing, MI – Gov. Granholm delivered her State of the State address Wednesday evening.

AUDIO:

Gov. Granholm's 2010 State of the State address:

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Granholm delivering 2010 plans in three parts

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is preparing to deliver her final State of the State address this week, which will outline her plans to for tackle Michigan's challenges in her final 11 months in office.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Obama seeks $300 million for Great Lakes cleanup

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

President Obama's newly released budget requests $300 million to continue an environmental restoration program for the Great Lakes.

The total, announced Monday, is down from the $475 million Obama successfully sought last year. The Environmental Protection Agency blames the reduction on the poor economy but says the president remains committed to the Great Lakes initiative.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Lansing PTAs ramp up social media

LANSING, MI –

Lansing parent teacher groups are ramping up their use of social media to link others to their activities. Officers say three Lansing PTA chapters have created Facebook pages this school year. They expect another half-dozen within days.

John Hall is President of the Lansing Schools' District-Wide Advisory Council. He says social media offers access to constructive ideas from far beyond the area.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Ingham county, others boost HIV/AIDS efforts

LANSING, MI –

Ingham County health officials say the county continues to log the second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the state. In 2008, Ingham registered 148 infections for every 100,000 people. That trailed only Wayne County. Dr. Peter Gulick is an infectious disease specialist with the health department. He says the county does not have an unusually high rate, but that diagnostic efforts are more vigorous.

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In Michigan
3:47 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Cherry raised $1.4 M but spent most of it in aborted campaign

LANSING, MI –

Campaign reports filed Monday with the state show how much money political candidates raised and how much they spent. This is the first indication of the fiscal viability of the campaigns.

Tom Shields is a Republican campaign consultant. He says it's going to be harder than usual in 2010 to get prospective donors to write checks. He says that means candidates will have to show they're spending money wisely, and connecting with voters.

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In Michigan
1:24 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

MSU students urged to comply with census

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University students are being urged today to comply with the U-S Census this year.

AUDIO: That request was made to students passing by The Rock on the MSU campus by members of a group promoting the census. East Lansing mayor Victor Loomis stopped by to reinforce the message that the population count is important to the city.

Organizer Lindsay Bacigalupo says students have much to gain from being counted.

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In Michigan
8:03 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Fire destroys historic buildings in Potterville

POTTERVILLE, MI – A lengthy weekend fire has claimed more than a hundred years of history in downtown Potterville.

Flames broke out late Saturday night at an apartment in the mid-Michigan community. By the time the fire was under control mid-Sunday morning, 2 antique shops, a bookstore and a Masonic lodge were destroyed.

Denny Schalow, who lives nearby, tells WILX-TV "the whole town is going to feel the results of this for awhile."

No one was seriously hurt in the fire, and the cause hasn't been determined.

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