Lansing, MI – A mid-Michigan jobs analyst says holiday hiring will likely reflect the struggling economy.
Retail job data is available only through August, but Mark Reffitt with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth says the numbers suggest less hiring is likely compared to 2008. He says an anomaly that appeared last December is apt to repeat this year.
EAST LANSING, MI – Our book reviewer Lev Raphael comes in once a month to tell us what he's been reading for our "Under the Radar" segment. He recently spoke to WKAR's Melissa Ingells about a book that looks America's trains and the people who ride them. The book is called Waiting on a Train by James McCommons.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – LeBron James scored 12 of his 34 points in the first quarter, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers build a cushion it used to cruise to a 98-88 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
James' strong start gave the Cavs a nine-point lead to start the second quarter. Reserve Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams combined to score 18 points in the second quarter to put them ahead by 18 at halftime.
When the Pistons pulled within 10 midway through the fourth quarter, James responded with a 3-pointer and a double-pump dunk.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says is asking people in Michigan to donate to food banks.
Governor Granholm used her Thanksgiving radio address to highlight a growing need for donations to Michigan's food banks. Michigan's high unemployment rate means the demand for donated food is greater than in previous years.
LANSING, MI – Lansing officials say the new City Market will open for business on December 31. That's a month later than originally planned. According to a report on the Lansing State Journal website, officials say the extension lessens disruptions for vendors during one of their busiest periods. They also say a post-Christmas lull will enable planners to fine tune their opening. The report also says that the owners of Williamston's Riverhouse Inn have signed an agreement to open a new restaurant at the market.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says a state-run military school for troubled teens will remain open, although it will be accepting fewer students. The Michigan Youth Challenge Academy was scheduled to close at the end of this year due to budget cuts.