LANSING, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is taking her campaign for green technology to the governor's residence.
A wind turbine has been erected and solar panels will soon go up. There's also a new sprinkler system that saves water by taking weather and what's planted into account and a small area of the garage roof covered with sedum as a green roof demonstration.
EAST LANSING, MI – A local group that wants to make Lansing's streets more accessible to bikers and walkers is getting closer to its goal. It hopes to change the city's street and traffic plans to include bike paths, and more pedestrian friendly roads and intersections.
Jessica Yorko is with Walk and Bike Lansing. She says the first step of the plan would be to create a detailed map of where changes are needed.
DETROIT, MI – A leaner General Motors has emerged. The automaker is making a quick exit from bankruptcy, hoping to make money and build cars that people are more eager to buy.
The new GM is cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans. The U.S. government owns a majority stake, although the Obama administration says it has no plans to run the automaker.
The new GM also emerges amid the worst sales slump in a quarter-century.
EAST LANSING, MI – On Friday, General Motors announced its emergence from bankruptcy protection. CEO Fritz Henderson says the new GM will build more cars and trucks that consumers want and launch them faster than in the past. Here in Lansing, the automaker builds six different vehicles, half of them Cadillacs at its Grand River facility. To learn more about the outlook for Cadillac, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke on Friday with Cadillac General Manager Steve Hill.
DETROIT, MI – DETROIT (AP) - General Motors has emerged from bankruptcy protection.
CEO Fritz Henderson says today the new GM will be far faster and more responsive to customers than the old one, and it will make money and repay government loans faster than required.
Henderson says the Detroit automaker completed its 40-day stay under court supervision far faster than anyone thought it could. He says it will repay about $50 billion in government loans ahead of a 2015 deadline.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing State Journal is laying off 26 employees in the latest round of payroll reductions being instituted by the paper's owner, the Gannett Company. None of those laid off are reporters, but the paper says that virtually every other department is affected.
The layoffs from LSJ media include positions at the Gannett-owned Lansing Community Newspaper weeklies, specialty publications and web sites. There also is a reduction in hours for two positions.
DAVENPORT, IA – It took 21 innings and five hours and 21 minutes, but the Quad Cities River Bandits swept the Lansing Lugnuts in a doubleheader last night at Modern Woodmen Park. The Bandits won Game 1 in 10 innings, 2-1, before stunning the Lugnuts, 4-3, in the 11-inning nightcap. The Lugnuts wrap up their three game series with Quad Cities tonight at 8 p.m.
UNDATED – UNDATED (AP) - The Detroit Tigers are opening a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians after having a day off. The leaders of the American League Central will attempt to make it six straight wins over the last-place Indians tonight at Comerica Park.
EAST LANSING, MI – Another round of layoffs reportedly has begun at the Lansing State Journal.
According to the City Pulse newspaper, seven people have been given layoff notices so far. The paper reports they include Circulation Director Diana Kennedy and Controller Mike Wieber. In addition, four have been laid off from the circulation department, and another from the business department.
The State Journal laid off 31 people last December, and 13 in August of last year.