In Michigan
6:31 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Asian carp summit could be held in early February

LANSING, MI –

The White House wants to hold a meeting next month with Great Lakes governors concerned about Asian carp invading the lakes.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality suggested Wednesday that the meeting be held the first week of February in the Midwest or Washington.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's spokeswoman says the governor looks forward to the meeting.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Report: Number and rate of Midwest poor is growing

EAST LANSING, MI –

Poverty in America appears to be growing fastest in suburban areas, especially in the Midwest.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

MI State Senate panel approves stem cell legislation

LANSING, MI –

A Republican-led state senate panel has approved a set of bills that aim to tighten restrictions around embryonic stem cell research. Supporters of the bills say there needs to be more regulations in place that ensure ethical practices, especially in clinics outside of research universities.

Senator Tom George chairs the Senate Health Policy Committee. He opposed the ballot proposal allowing embryonic stem cell research. But he says his goal is not to outlaw the research.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Jobless rate stable at 14.6% in December

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's jobless rate was stable in December at 14.6%. That's a drop of one-tenth of a percentage point from the November rate.

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The state Department of Labor and Economic Growth says the slight drop in the rate was the result of fewer people looking for jobs in December. There were 701,000 people in Michigan looking for work last month.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Democrats/Republicans assess Massachusetts impact on MI

LANSING, MI –

Democratic state Senator Gretchen Whitmer has dropped out of the state attorney general race. She was considered the toughest Democratic contender against prospective GOP candidates Bill Schuette and Mike Bishop.

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says he does not agree with Whitmer's politics. But he says she is one of the strongest members of the Democratic party.

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In Michigan
5:09 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

767 circling Lansing is on training exercise

LANSING, MI – Responding to concerned callers, officials at Lansing Capital Region International Airport say a jet circling the airport this afternoon is part of a training exercise. Delta Airlines is conducting pilot and crew training with the jet, a Boeing 767.

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Top Stories
11:37 am
Wed January 20, 2010

Whitmer out of AG race

LANSING, MI –

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has pulled out of the race for Michigan attorney general.

Whitmer was considered by many Democrats to be a near shoo-in to win the nomination at the party's convention this coming summer. She had also raised a respectable $200,000 in campaign funds.

But Whitmer says she found the rigors of a statewide race were taking too much time away from her six- and seven-year-old daughters. Whitmer says she will instead seek re-election to her state Senate seat.

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Sports
9:50 am
Wed January 20, 2010

Backstrom, Steckel rally Caps past Red Wings

WASHINGTON – Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel scored 46 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals past the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

Backstrom erased a 2-1 Red Wings lead by taking Alex Ovechkin's pass and skating by Brad Stuart in the left circle before beating Chris Osgood from close range on a power play with 6:45 left. Steckel's fourth goal, a deflection of Alexander Semin's shot, put Washington ahead less than a minute later.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

MI Senate committee to vote on research restrictions

LANSING, MI –

The state Senate Health Policy Committee is poised to vote Wednesday on new restrictions surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Voters lifted a ban on state-funded embryonic stem cell research in 2008.

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In Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

MI Senate GOP call 2010 the "Year Of The Reform"

LANSING, MI –

Voters in Michigan may soon have to decide if all public employees and teachers should take a five percent pay cut. A new Senate GOP plan for major governmental reforms would call for a pay cut that would last three years. The measure would require an amendment to the state constitution, and a public vote in November.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the pay cut would prevent more layoffs of state and local employees.

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