In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

State: Unemployment rises in most Michigan regions

LANSING, MI –

Unemployment rates rose in January in 16 of Michigan's 17 major labor markets.

The state said Thursday that seasonally unadjusted jobless rates increased everywhere except in the Lansing-East Lansing area, where the rate was unchanged.

The lowest jobless rate was 9.3% in the Ann Arbor region. The highest was 20% in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Significant increases in jobless rates were recorded in all regions from January 2009 to January 2010.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Senate poises budgets for votes next week

LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel has adopted a budget plan for schools that cuts per-pupil funding, but assumes big savings if thousands of veteran teachers accept a retirement offer.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

State will increase cash food assistance benefit

Michigan DHS director Ishmael Ahmed explains the new food assistance benefit increase at a west Lansing grocery store.
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Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR)- The state of Michigan is offering an increase to its food assistance program that officials say will benefit as many as 360,000 people.

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The state will use dollars from a federal home energy program to allow thousands of people to qualify for an additional food assistance benefit. Officials say that will give about 180,000 households an average of $88 more each month to spend on groceries.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Bishop says MI Senate to investigate every MEGA credit

LANSING, MI –

The Senate Republican leader says there will be a legislative inquiry into how the state's economic development agency awarded a multi-million dollar business tax break to a convicted embezzler.

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Sports
5:48 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Hart struggles again as Tigers beat Pirates 6-3

BRADENTON, FL – Pittsburgh starter Kevin Hart walked six of the 12 batters he faced, failing to make it out of the second inning in the Pirates' 6-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Hart came into spring training as the favorite to win the No. 5 spot in Pittsburgh's rotation, but the right-hander has struggled with his control. He threw 53 pitches, only 19 for strikes, and reached three-ball counts on nine batters - even hitting Ramon Santiago with a 3-0 pitch.

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In Michigan
5:46 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Senate rejects salary freeze yet again

LANSING, MI – A three percent pay raise scheduled for state employees has become a constant subject of debate at the state Capitol. Senate Republicans have been pushing to block the pay raise, and now House Republicans have joined the battle cry.

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In Michigan
9:00 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Former treasure says lawmakers need to get past differences and solve fiscal problems

East Lansing, MI – Michigan lawmakers need to find real solutions to the state's economic problems instead of blaming each other for failed initiatives. That was the message Wednesday from former state treasurer Doug Roberts. Roberts was the key note speaker at a forum on the state's economic health and public policy.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Convicted embezzler gets MI tax credit

LANSING, MI –

The Michigan Department of Corrections is investigating whether a convicted embezzler who snagged a $9.1 million business tax credit from the state has violated parole.

RASCO CEO Richard A. Short shared the stage Tuesday with Gov. Jennifer Granholm as she introduced the leaders of companies awarded tax credits. She said RASCO - short for Renewable and Sustainable Companies LLC - planned to invest $18.4 million to establish a new headquarters in Flint.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

MI Senate rejects salary freeze yet again

LANSING, MI –

A three percent pay raise scheduled for state employees has become a constant subject of debate at the state Capitol. Senate Republicans have been pushing to block the pay raise, and now House Republicans have joined the battle cry.

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Senate Republicans put the pay freeze up for a second unsuccessful vote this month, in what has become a drum beat of weekly debate. And Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the discussion isn't over.

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In Michigan
2:42 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

LPD investigates eastside shooting, crash

LANSING, MI –

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