In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Early inmate release plan riles Mich. prosecutors

LANSING, MI –

Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposal to let an estimated 7,500 Michigan inmates out of prison early and save the cash-strapped state money is coming under fire from prosecutors worried about public safety.

Granholm wants to cut more than $130 million from state prison spending in the budget year starting Oct. 1.

Most of the savings would come by allowing inmates to shave time off their sentences for good behavior and letting more offenders be released under electronic monitoring outside of prison.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Biden says stimulus good for Michigan, rest of US

UNIVERSITY CENTER, MI –

Vice President Joe Biden is in Michigan, taking a firsthand look at what he says is the good being done by the billions in federal Recovery Act dollars sent to this hard-hit state.

The Democratic vice president was in the Saginaw area Tuesday, dispatched by President Barack Obama to defend the economic stimulus plan on its first anniversary.

Biden checked out a jobs training program at Delta College and later was to tour a solar factory, both of which received stimulus cash.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

UP lawmaker asks feds to take Gray Wolf off endangered list

LANSING, MI –

A state lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula says the gray wolf should be taken off the federal endangered species list.

Democratic state Representative Mike Lahti sponsored a resolution asking the federal government to take Michigan's gray wolves off the list. That would allow people to shoot or trap nuisance wolves that attack pets and livestock. There are 600 wolves in the Upper Peninsula. Lahti says the wolf population could get too big without more control.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

MI revenue fight shaping up at Capitol

LANSING, MI –

School officials are squaring off against business groups by urging the Legislature to adopt new taxes to avoid big cuts to K-12 education.

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In Michigan
9:55 am
Tue February 16, 2010

Never quite in, Bowman exits race for governor

LANSING, MI – The contest for the Democratic nomination to run for governor remains fluid as former state Treasurer Robert Bowman removed his name from the list of possible contenders.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Schools officials to endorse expanding MI sales tax

LANSING, MI –

School officials will meet at the state Capitol Tuesday to call on the Legislature to expand Michigan's sales tax to cover services, and to adopt reforms that would rein in employee costs.

The coalition of administrators, school boards and PTAs is anxious to avoid a repeat of last year's cuts to K-12 schools.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: 911 service out in Stockbridge

UNDATED – The Ingham County 911 service has issued a release stating that residents of the 851 exchange in the Stockbridge area are not able to dial 911. Residents should call their local fherriff's office if they need assistance. Ingham county residents can dial 517-483-4604 for assistance.

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Top Stories
6:12 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Panicked passenger delays Lansing flight

Lansing, MI –

Delta Airlines says a panicked passenger was arrested at Lansing's Capital Region International Airport last night after trying to escape from a plane about to take off for Detroit. Joe Williams is a spokesman for Delta subsidiary Pinnacle Airlines.

"He did not get to the door as he was restrained by several other passengers. The flight returned to the gate and local law enforcement met him there and detained the passenger."

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden to be in Saginaw on Tues.

SAGINAW, MI –

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Saginaw on Tuesday to discuss how Recovery Act investments have impacted Michigan.

The midday event also is to feature U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills. It will take place at Delta College.

The Recovery Act is a $787 billion rescue effort that President Barack Obama pushed through Congress last year. It is designed to create or save hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Governor uses radio address to defend budget plan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm used her weekly radio address to launch her efforts to win public support for the final budget proposal of her administration.

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The budget proposal reflects some of the key goals of the governor's second term - such as cutting corrections costs, state assistance to help students with the costs of college, and reforming taxes to tap into the growing services sector of the economy.

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