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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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Ill will for slain activist as Owosso trial nears

OWOSSO, MI –

Jury selection could be difficult Tuesday as trial opens for a man charged with killing an anti-abortion activist and a business owner in Owosso.

Shiawassee County prosecutors have warned that it will be "almost impossible" to pick jurors who don't have opinions of one of the victims, James Pouillon, who aggressively protested abortion for years in Owosso.

Judge Gerald Lostracco won't move the trial unless he can't find a fair-minded jury.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

East Lansing seeks comments on fair housing

East Lansing City Hall.
WKAR Photo

East Lansing, MI –

UPDATE: The city of East Lansing is re-scheduling tonight's fair housing workshop. Workshops are now scheduled for February 24th and March 1st at the East Lansing Public Library.

East Lansing officials are gathering public input on potential barriers to fair housing. The city is hosting two workshops on the subject this week.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

MI lawmakers to hear update on PA prisoners

LANSING, MI –

Officials from the Department of Corrections are scheduled to brief state lawmakers Tuesday on the transfer of Pennsylvania prisoners to a prison in Muskegon.

AUDIO:
Corrections officials told a panel of state Senators last week that the transfer of Pennsylvania prisoners to Michigan was going to happen before the end of the week.

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In Michigan
5:57 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Mich. civil rights chief dies of cancer

LANSING, MI – State officials say Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Kelvin W. Scott has died of cancer.

State Civil Rights Commission Chairman Matthew Wesaw says the 47-year-old Scott died Saturday.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Scott to the rights commission
in 2004. He was named the civil rights agency's director last year.

Granholm called Scott "a great champion" of the civil rights cause in a statement issued Sunday.

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