In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Candidate pool could increase with Stupak's exit

LANSING, MI –

New potential candidates from northern Michigan are considering a run for Congress because of U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak's decision to retire.

The Democrat from Menominee announced Friday that he would not seek re-election this year.

Michigan House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer of Kewadin says in a statement Friday he is taking a "serious look" at running for Stupak's seat and will announce his decision in the coming days. Elsenheimer can't run for the state House again because of term limits.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

MI House to deal with credit-scoring bill

LANSING, MI –

State House lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a bill that would prevent most employers from using credit scores of potential employees to make hiring decisions.

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The Michigan House approved a similar measure a couple years ago, but it stalled in the Republican-led state Senate.

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Top Stories
3:10 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Tea Party Express will rally in Lansing Saturday

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) announced Friday he's retiring after 18 years in Congress.
Courtesy U.S. House

Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - One of Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak's harshest critics is celebrating word of the congressman's retirement. The Tea Party Express is planning to rally in Lansing Saturday evening.

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The grass roots group was holding a rally in Escanaba when Stupak announced he's stepping down after nine terms in Congress. The Tea Party Express had launched a $250,000 media blitz to chastise Stupak for his support of the health care reform bill.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Lugnuts lose first game of season

DAYTON, OH – The Lansing Lugnuts lost their first game of the season last night. The host Dayton Dragons took a 6-5, 11-inning win over the Lugnuts. Lansing and Dayton play the second game in their three-game series tonight at 7 p.m. at Dayton.

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Sports
5:48 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Cabrera has 4 hits, 4 RBIs as Detroit beats KC

KANSAS CITY, MO – Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs and Dontrelle Willis turned in six solid innings in his first regular-season start in almost 10 months, leading the Detroit
Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

The Royals bullpen blew three saves in the season-opening three-game series against the Tigers.

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In Michigan
5:45 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Granholm taking investment trip to Italy, Germany

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm is headed to Italy and Germany in hopes of drumming up more business for Michigan.

Granholm's office said Thursday she has left for her 10th overseas investment mission since 2004. The Democratic governor is scheduled to return to Michigan on April 15.

Granholm is scheduled to meet with executives from companies looking to expand or establish a presence in Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:43 am
Fri April 9, 2010

$6.8M US grant to let Flint rehire firefighters

FLINT, MI – Flint has received a $6.8 million federal stimulus grant that could allow the struggling city to recall recently laid-off firefighters.

U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Flint, says Flint should be able to rehire 39 firefighters.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the money comes from $7 million in Homeland Security Department grants to state emergency responders.

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In Michigan
5:41 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Tea Party Express holds first anti-Stupak rally

BESSEMER, MI – The Tea Party Express launched its statewide tour aimed at unseating U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak because of his last-minute vote in favor of the health care overhaul.

Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams told approximately 200 people gathered Thursday night outside a VFW hall that it was time to send Stupak, a Democrat from Menominee, into forced retirement in November.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

Michigan has 'hot' jobs, but skills are needed

LANSING, MI –

There are jobs available in Michigan for people with the right skills.

Lansing Community College is convinced of that. The school is offering a money-back guarantee for students who complete training in one of four programs if they can't find a job within a year.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

Attorney General Cox calls for tax return disclosures

LANSING, MI –

State Attorney General Mike Cox wants his fellow gubernatorial candidates to disclose their tax returns and personal finances.

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Cox made the request to disclose tax returns a few weeks ago. Cox spokesman Nick De Leeuw says they haven't heard a response from any of the other candidates.

"For too long Michigan has had a reputation of not embracing transparency in politics and government," he says.

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