In Michigan
5:25 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Obama aide: "Government Motors" will last for years

LANSING, MI –

President Obama's manufacturing advisor says he expects the federal government will start selling some of its shares of General Motors stock before the end of the year. Ron Bloom says the Obama administration is anxious to get taxpayers' money out of GM and Chrysler. But he says it will still be years before the government is fully divested of its auto company stock.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

MI pushes forward with RTTT application

LANSING, MI –

The key players in the discussion over Michigan's application for federal Race To The Top school-reform money have signed off on the plan.

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State schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan gave the groups until the beginning of this week to get on board. Flanagan told the groups that if they did not offer their support, then he would pull the plug on the second-round application process.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

9 militia members to stay in jail for time being

DETROIT –

An appeals court has ruled that nine Michigan militia members must stay locked up while the government challenges an order that would release them until trial.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Monday that it was continuing a temporary stay of a Detroit U.S. district court's decision to free the Hutaree members pending trial.

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Top Stories
3:12 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Lansing council votes on budget tonight

LANSING, MI –

A budget vote looms at tonight's Lansing City Council meeting, with the council considering a couple of changes to the $109 million spending plan proposed by Mayor Virg Bernero.

Bernero's proposal would save $12 million with a combination of early retirement incentives, shorter work weeks, concessions from police officers and fire fighters, and other cuts.

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In Michigan
2:11 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Smith withdrawing from Michigan governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Democratic state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith is withdrawing from the race to become Michigan's next governor.

Smith made the announcement Monday.

Her departure from the race leaves Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon as the only Democrats in the race.

Tuesday is the deadline for Democrats and Republicans seeking to run in the August primary to file nominating petitions with the state.

Smith is a state lawmaker from Salem Township in Washtenaw County.

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In Michigan
6:27 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Cheese cooperative may give producers a boost

East Lansing, MI – The recently formed Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative aims to give the state's producers a big boost.

Eleven members of the cooperative signed official paperwork last month. They've agreed to work together to market their cheese, leverage their buying power and help each other through the challenges of cheese making.

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In Michigan
3:13 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Mich. lawmaker plans Arizona-like immigration bill

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan lawmaker plans to introduce legislation modeled after Arizona's new immigration law that's triggered protests and a heated national debate.

Republican State Rep. Kim Meltzer of Clinton Township says her bill would give police the authority to arrest illegal aliens who are stopped and questioned on another offense.

Meltzer says she's proposing tightening immigration laws because "we have borders in place for a reason." She says local law enforcement officers' hands should not be tied.

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In Michigan
3:02 pm
Sun May 9, 2010

Ingham townships losing patrols may contract with municipalities

EAST LANSING, MI –

Officials in Ingham county's rural areas are looking at several options to provide police service starting next year.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Official: militia suspects would be monitored

DETROIT –

A court official says members of a Michigan militia will be electronically monitored around the clock if they're released from jail until trial. He's filed an affidavit to clear up what he calls misstatements by a prosecutor urging the court to keep the nine militia members in jail. The prosecutor says electronic monitoring is "wholly inadequate."

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Steil, ex-lawmaker, Grand Rapids activist, dies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

A family member says Glenn Steil, a former state lawmaker from Grand Rapids, has died in Florida. He was 68.

Glenn Steil Jr. told The Grand Rapids Press that his father had a heart attack Friday in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Steil, a Republican, served eight years in the Michigan Senate and co-chaired the statewide campaign for term limits in the Legislature. He formerly owned Compatico, an office furniture company in the Grand Rapids area.

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