In Michigan
2:35 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Granholm still hopes to get inmates from feds, other states for Michigan prisons

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm says she was not disappointed to hear that Guantamo detainees will be headed to Illinois instead of prison in northeast Michigan. She says her security concerns on housing suspected terrorists at the closed prison in Standish were never addressed.

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Sports
6:32 am
Tue December 15, 2009

Red Wings hold off Coyotes 3-2

DETROIT – Jimmy Howard made 30 saves and Kris Newbury, Patrick Eaves and Derek Meech scored to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night.

Taylor Pyatt and Radim Vrbata scored for Phoenix and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 29 shots.

Vrbata's goal with 36 seconds left in the second period pulled the Coyotes to within a goal. His shot from along the right wing boards deflected off the stick of Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi for Vrbata's 10th goal.

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In Michigan
6:30 am
Tue December 15, 2009

AP sources: Ill prison to get some Gitmo detainees, not Standish

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to announce that a rural Illinois prison will be acquired by the federal government to become the new home for a limited number of Guantanamo Bay
detainees.

Administration officials as well as Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn will make the official announcement Tuesday at the White House.

Officials at both the White House and in Durbin's office confirmed the news Tuesday night.

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In Michigan
5:52 am
Tue December 15, 2009

MI lawmakers say health insurance pool needs more data

LANSING, MI –
A state House panel has approved legislation that would require all public employers to file details of their health insurance benefits plans with the Department of Management and Budget.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Feds to spend $13 million to fight carp invasion

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –
Federal officials say they'll use $13 million in Great Lakes restoration funds to step up the fight against invasive Asian carp.

Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said Monday the money will be used for engineering projects to prevent the carp from slipping into Lake Michigan near Chicago.

They include closing conduits and shoring up low-lying lands between the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and other waterways.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

CEOs: Immediate changes are needed to fix Michigan

DETROIT, MI –
The CEOs of three prominent Michigan-based companies say immediate, sweeping changes are needed to turn around the state's struggling economy.

John Rakolta of Walbridge Aldinger, Anthony Earley of DTE Energy and David Brandon of Domino's Pizza spoke Monday at a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club.

The trio urged their audience to support the Michigan Turnaround Plan. The plan calls for creating a more efficient state government and atmosphere for entrepreneurship.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

East Lansing School Board to consider cuts

East Lansing, MI – As schools across the state prepare to make mid-year budget cuts, the exact amount of state funding they will get remains a moving target.

Governor Granholm last week delayed a planned cut of $127 per student, but schools still have to deal with earlier cuts of $165 per student and more in some wealthy districts.

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In Michigan
6:05 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

East Lansing school board averts severe budget cuts

East Lansing, MI – The East Lansing school district has averted several dramatic funding cuts. The school board will delay some of those decisions until January.

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School board members backed off some of their more controversial options. The board spared teacher layoffs and transportation cuts. Instead, members voted to reduce the budgets for administrative and technology expenses, athletics, conferences, supplies and contract custodial services.

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State
5:13 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Gov Granholm signs bills restricting utility shutoffs

LANSING, MI –
The freezing death of a World War II veteran has prompted new Michigan laws to protect municipal utility customers from having their electricity and natural gas shut off.

The five bills Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law Monday especially protect low-income customers and seniors from losing their power and heat.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

MI Democrats call for Consumer Protection legislation

LANSING, MI –
State House Democrats say current regulations don't go far enough to protect consumers from bad business practices. The state House is expected to approve legislation this week that would make the Michigan Consumer Protection Act more stringent.

Democratic state Senator Gretchen Whitmer says the Republican-led state Senate should take the legislation up as well. She says all politicians run on campaigns of protecting people and attracting businesses.

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