In Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Mich. Dems protest AG suit against health care

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Democrats are criticizing Republican Attorney General Mike Cox for filing a legal challenge to the new federal health care law.

Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer, Progress Michigan executive director David Holtz and Ryan Irvin of Organizing for America protested Thursday outside Cox's office near the Capitol to express their disapproval.

Brewer calls the lawsuit "frivolous" and says it's a waste of taxpayers' money.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Students march on Capitol to protest budget cuts

LANSING, MI –

Several hundred university students marched on the state Capitol Thursday to protest the loss of the Michigan Promise scholarship and proposed budget cuts to higher education. Earlier this week, state workers and nurses also rallied against budget cuts.

AUDIO:
("higher education, higher priorities .)

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In Michigan
5:02 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Business leaders continue to push "Turnaround Plan"

Lansing, MI – The head of one of the largest banks in Michigan says business leaders are not happy with the direction the state is headed. David Boyle is president of PNC Bank and a member of Business Leaders for Michigan. The group of CEO's from the state's largest companies is urging lawmakers to adopt a plan they say will stabilize state government finances and stimulate business growth. The plan calls for reducing the state workforce and lowering state employee salaries.

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In Michigan
4:55 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Effort to rescind Mich. state pay raises fizzling

LANSING, MI –

A 3 percent pay raise scheduled for Michigan's union-represented state government workers on Oct. 1 appears to be safe.

The Republican-led state Senate failed again Thursday to pass a measure aimed at repealing the raises. The proposal got 23 votes, three short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance to the Democrat-led House.

Lawmakers are scheduled to leave for a two-week break after Thursday and would not be back in session in time to rescind the raises by an April 11 deadline.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

MI Senate approves texting ban as primary offense

LANSING, MI –

The debate over a ban on texting-while-driving is getting more serious Thursday at the state Capitol. The Senate approved a ban that would allow police officers to pull a driver over for text messaging alone. Lawmakers have already approved a measure that would only allow a driver to be pulled over for texting if they were committing another offense, such as speeding.

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In Michigan
9:35 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Lansing announces first rehab project

LANSING, MI –

Habitat for Humanity's first-ever home rehabilitation project in Lansing is done.

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Sports
7:12 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Smart Spartan: Draymond Green pulls through at MSU

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State's Draymond Green says his savvy skills stem from learning how to
play the right way growing up in Saginaw.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley remembers "Day-Day" always getting up after being knocked down when older kids let him play at the Civitan Recreation Center.

Saginaw High School coach Lou Dawkins recalls watching Green make incredible passes and play with a basketball IQ beyond his years when he was just 10.

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Sports
7:10 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Red Wings beat Blues 4-2, pad lead for 8th spot

DETROIT – Valtteri Filppula scored with 6:49 left and added an empty-net goal, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings padded their lead to four points over Calgary for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs with their sixth win in seven games. St. Louis moved a step closer toward being eliminated from the race with its fourth loss in six games.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 30 saves, and former Red Wing Ty Conklin stopped 20 shots.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Thu March 25, 2010

House approves oversight bill for tax credits

LANSING, MI – The Legislature is working quickly to approve a bill that would increase oversight of businesses applying for tax credits with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The legislation was created after a convicted embezzler was approved for $9 million in tax credits from the MEDC.

Democratic state Representative Jon Switalski sponsored the bill.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Mich. Farm Bureau knocks state report on labor

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's largest farm organization says law-abiding farmers have suffered a "damaging black eye" after a critical report on the treatment of migrant labor.

Michigan Farm Bureau made a statement Wednesday, two days after the state Civil Rights Commission said migrants are living and working in "deplorable" conditions.

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