In Michigan
6:08 am
Mon November 23, 2009

GM to shut down Grand River plant next week

LANSING, MI –
Workers at General Motors' Lansing Grand River facility will get an extended Thanksgiving break. The automaker has announced that the plant will be idle next week to allow a drop in demand to chip away at dealer inventories. Workers will return Monday, December 7. Mike Green is the President of United Auto Workers local 652 which represents close to a thousand hourly employees at the facility. He says historically, car sales fluctuate with the seasons.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Mon November 23, 2009

East Lansing to consider teacher layoffs

EAST LANSING, MI – As many as 12 teachers in East Lansing could get layoff notices following Monday's meeting of the Board of Education.

The Lansing State Journal has reported that the layoffs would take effect January 4th.

The Board will consider granting the authority to issue layoff notices to superintendent David Chapin, as required by union contract.

State funding cuts have put East Lansing schools in the position of needing to trim $2 million from this year's budget.

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In Michigan
6:00 am
Mon November 23, 2009

MSU Dems target Garcia

EAST LANSING, MI – Five state senate republicans are being targeted for a campaign to restore Michigan Promise Scholarship funding.

Students from Michigan had been eligible for up to four-thousand dollars in scholarships through the program. That money has been cut from the budget.

Supporters of the scholarship are being urged to ask the senators to reconsider, focusing on those they think could be persuaded to restore the funding.

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In Michigan
5:53 am
Mon November 23, 2009

Advocates seek to protect EITC

LANSING, MI – There's a fight brewing at the state Capitol over the future of the new tax break that goes to working poor families. Both Governor Granholm and state Senate Republicans are eyeing the Earned Income Tax Credit as a source of revenue to restore some budget cuts.

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Sports
7:46 pm
Sat November 21, 2009

Penn State handles Michigan State 42-14

East Lansing, MI – EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Daryll Clark passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns as Penn State (No. 14 BCS, No. 13 AP) wrapped up its regular season with a 42-14 victory at Michigan State on Saturday.

Penn State (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) now must wait to learn of its postseason destination. The Nittany Lions have a shot at getting a BCS berth. The conference's automatic bid goes to Ohio State.

Michigan State (6-6, 4-4) also is bowl-bound.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Governor focuses on Race To The Top in radio address

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm used her weekly radio address to call for the Legislature to approve a package of education reforms soon.

Granholm says the Legislature must pass the bills before Christmas to make Michigan eligible to compete for a slice of $3.5 billion from the federal government.

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Top Stories
6:09 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Economists say Mich. will keep losing jobs in 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI –

University of Michigan economists say the state's economy will improve in 2010, but only in comparison to what has been one of the most "brutal" in a generation.

Economist George Fulton said Friday that next year will be "difficult," with job losses continuing and the unemployment rate, 15.1% in October, rising to an average of 15.8% next year.

But he says 2011 will see modest job gains, although unemployment will drop only to an average of 15.4%. He expects job losses to bottom out in summer 2011.

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In Michigan
6:07 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Houghton pays part of city debt, still owes $1,400

LANSING, MI – Lansing city councilmember-elect Tina Houghton has paid at least part of her back taxes owed to the city. The payment represents a little more than half for the $3,300 she needs to repay before taking office.

Ingham County records show that earlier this week Houghton paid her $1,700 2008 taxes. She still owes the city $1,400 for this year's summer taxes. Winter tax bills will be mailed December 1st.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Michigan has nation's highest jobless rate

LANSING, MI –

Michigan's unemployment rate dipped slightly in October, but the state still has the highest jobless rate in the nation.

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Michigan's had the nation's highest jobless rate for most of the past four years and October's rate of 15.1% was no exception.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Asian carp may have breached electronic barrier

TRAVERSE CITY, MI –

Federal officials say the despised Asian carp may have breached an electronic barrier designed to prevent it from invading the Great Lakes and jeopardizing their $7 billion sport fishery.

Officials with the Army Corps of Engineer say Friday that DNA of the giant carp have been found north of the barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

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