In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue February 23, 2010

Ingham officials plan for smaller jail in '11

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
WKAR Photo

Mason, MI –

The Ingham county jail will likely be downsized next year.

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In Michigan
12:40 pm
Tue February 23, 2010

Primary Election In East Lansing County Commission Race

EAST LANSING, MI –

A special primary election is being held in East Lansing today for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

As WKAR's Scott Pohl reports, the winner is virtually certain to win the general election in May.

AUDIO: Today's election is to complete the term of former county commissioner Marc Thomas, who resigned in August. Shelby Bupp was appointed to the seat, but withdrew from the election.

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In Michigan
11:14 am
Tue February 23, 2010

Advocates seek more federal money for Great Lakes

UNDATED – Advocates are lobbying Congress to boost spending on Great Lakes environmental protection and preventing an Asian carp invasion.

More than 100 activists from across the region are visiting House and Senate members Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

They want the government to put $475 million into the 2011 budget for a Great Lakes restoration program, the same amount approved for this year. President Barack Obama has requested $300 million.

Another priority is enacting legislation to make sure the restoration takes place.

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In Michigan
10:43 am
Tue February 23, 2010

Accident Fund Parking ramp to get local bonds

The site of the future Accident Fund headquarters in Lansing.

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council has approved a plan to let a local developer borrow $31 million to build a new parking ramp downtown.

Chrisman Company is using bonds issued through Lansing's Economic Development Corporation to build a ramp for the Accident Fund Insurance Company's new headquarters. Bob Trezise is president of the EDC. He says the developer originally planned on using federal stimulus bonds.

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In Michigan
9:15 am
Tue February 23, 2010

MI Senate panel adopts texting-while-driving ban

LANSING, MI –

At the state Capitol, a deal appears close to approve a ban on writing or reading text messages while driving. The state Senate Transportation committee has approved a text-messaging ban.

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WKAR Features
8:03 am
Tue February 23, 2010

Granholm returns to Michigan from DC meetings

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

LANSING, MI –

Governor Granholm is back in Michigan after attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington D.C. The governors met with President Obama and members of Congress. They asked the federal government to help states with their budget troubles. Governor Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio's state Capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta about the meeting.

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In Michigan
6:22 am
Tue February 23, 2010

Granholm returning from governors' meeting in DC

UNDATED – Governor Granholm returns from Washington D. C. Tuesday following a meeting of the National Governors Association. She and the other governors met Monday with President Obama to talk about jobs and health care. Great Lakes governors were also briefed about the administration's plans for protecting and improving the lakes.

Governor Granholm appeared on MSNBC to call on Congress to pass the Obama administration's jobs plan to help the 700 thousand unemployed people in Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Cooley Law School buys naming rights for Lugnuts stadium

LANSING, MI –

Lansing's Oldsmobile Park is getting a new sponsor and a new name. Officials announced Monday that Cooley Law School is buying the naming rights for $1.5 million. The stadium will be renamed Cooley Law School Stadium.

Cooley President Don LeDuc says the 11-year deal is part marketing, part community building.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Detroit to demolish upward of 3,000 houses in 2010

DETROIT –

Detroit officials say between 2,500 and 3,000 vacant homes are expected to be demolished this year in the city.

Planning officials told the City Council on Monday that the houses will be torn down with about $14 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program and other funds.

Officials say it costs about $10,000 to demolish each single-family home. The city also is pursuing options to collect the cost of demolition from property owners.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Storm dumps 8 inches snow on parts of Michigan

DETROIT –

A winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow on parts of southern lower Michigan has closed dozens of schools, caused numerous spinouts and left drivers to battle slippery, snarled roads.

Heavy, wet snow began falling late Sunday night and intensified during Monday's morning commute before it was expected to diminish later in the day.

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