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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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Cherry calls for 10 cent water tax

Lansing, MI –
Lieutenant Governor John Cherry wants to charge water bottlers 10 cents a bottle to pay for college scholarships and restoring Michigan's wetlands protection program. Both were cut from the budget earlier this year.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Granholm: Obama helped Michigan's manufacturers

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is praising President Barack Obama, saying his administration's efforts to boost the economy helped safeguard the manufacturers that are the backbone of Michigan's economy.

During a Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Granholm lavished praise on the administration for its role in helping the Detroit Three.

Granholm says the administration made it a priority to help the economy's manufacturing sector and that without that the recession "would have been so much worse."

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WKAR Features
11:41 am
Mon December 14, 2009

MSU professors propose "e-marriage"

East Lansing, MI – Same-sex marriage is legal in just four U.S. states. It's a situation that forces gay couples everywhere else to travel to places like Vermont and Iowa to be wed. Two Michigan State University professors think there's a better way. They say states that offer same-sex marriage should allow couples anywhere in the country to obtain a marriage license online. But skeptics of this plan abound. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports for National Public Radio.

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WKAR Features
9:50 am
Mon December 14, 2009

MSU professors propose "e-marriage"

East Lansing, MI – Same-sex marriage is legal in just four U.S. states. New Hampshire will become the fifth on Jan. 1. It's a situation that forces gay couples everywhere else to travel to places like Vermont and Iowa to be wed.

Two Michigan State University professors think there's a better way. They say states that offer same-sex marriage should allow couples anywhere in the country to obtain a marriage license online. But skeptics of this plan abound. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports for National Public Radio.

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