In Michigan
5:31 am
Wed January 13, 2010

Bernero attorney seeks to have fraud suit dismissed

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In Michigan
9:22 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Census officials recruit Lansing area workers

Census official Dichondra Johnson-Geiger talks with Lansing residents about the 2010 census.
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Lansing, MI – The U.S. Census is gearing up for its nationwide count this year, and officials are recruiting Lansing-area residents for temporary jobs. About 100 people came to Otto Middle School in Lansing Tuesday night to find out more.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

MI legislature to resume session

LANSING, MI –
At the state Capitol Wednesday, the House and the Senate will convene for the first meetings of the Legislature's 2010 session.

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In Michigan
6:06 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Officials: Asian Carp DNA found in Chicago River

CHICAGO –
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more DNA from the invasive Asian Carp has been found near Lake Michigan.

Major Gen. John Peabody said Tuesday that carp DNA - but no live fish - was found in the Chicago River near the Wilmette pumping station north of Chicago. He says the sample was taken in October and the Corps received the results last Thursday.

The news comes two months after officials said they found DNA in a shipping channel near Chicago.

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In Michigan
5:46 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Schools, Mich. education board discuss finances

LANSING, MI –
A coalition of school officials says Michigan might be able to save money by a regional or statewide approach to negotiating labor contracts and providing health insurance for school employees.

Those are among the ideas pitched Tuesday by school administrators who have become frustrated with the state's education finance system.

Administrators want more money for their districts but say the state also should look at ways to trim spending.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Sale of North Capitol Parking ramp to go before city council again

LANSING, MI – Lansing Community College is again asking to buy the North Capitol Parking Ramp from the city of Lansing. The Lansing city council rejected two deals to sell the ramp to the college last year.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

MI State Board of Education discusses Race To The Top

LANSING, MI –
The president of the state Board of Education says she won't support a plan to compete for federal school-reform money until she sees more details.

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Board President Kathleen Straus says part of why she's hesitant to sign off on the "Race To The Top" plan right now is because she was raised by a lawyer.

"My dad taught me never to sign anything without reading the whole thing," she says.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Okemos teacher is finalist for national Teacher of the Year

LANSING, MI –
A third grade teacher from Okemos Public Schools is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Rob Stephenson is one of four finalists for the award. As Michigan's Teacher of the Year, Stephenson has a seat on the state Board of Education. State schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan says the state's best teachers play an important part at board meetings.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Law enforcement oppose early release

Mason, MI – Mid-Michigan law enforcement officials are warning state government leaders that early release of prison inmates puts the safety of communities at risk. They're also concerned about proposed legislation that would dismantle Truth in Sentencing rules.

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In Michigan
2:53 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Ingham health officials wary of Kids Count gains

LANSING, MI –
Ingham county officials are worried that recent improvements in young peoples' health may be short-lived. The newly released Kids' Count report shows ongoing declines in teen deaths and pregnancies and fewer kids being placed outside the home. But human service professionals worry that the gains--from 2007 and 2008--are in jeopardy. Marcus Cheatham is a spokesman for the Ingham County Health Department.

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