In Michigan
6:32 pm
Tue November 24, 2009

Governor signs law exempting babysitters from license rule

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm has signed a law that makes it clear that babysitters and neighbors watching their friends' children don't have to get state daycare licenses.

The new law is the final chapter in a controversy where a Middleville woman was ordered to stop watching her neighbor's children before they got on the school bus. The case drew national attention.

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In Michigan
7:20 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Bernero uses furlough days to fill Lansing budget hole

Lansing City Hall.
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LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero issued an executive order today that will use employee furlough days to help fill a $3-million mid-year budget gap.

Bernero says all city employees will be subject to nine unpaid furlough days between now and the end of the fiscal year in June.

He says his plan keeps the city from having to lay off workers and it could be something the city could use to address its ongoing financial problems.

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In Michigan
6:37 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Teacher layoffs authorized in EL

EAST LANSING, MI – The East Lansing School Board has authorized superintendant David Chapin to issue layoff notices to as many as 12 teachers.

The district is facing a decrease in state funding, and Chapin says the possible layoffs are just one action being considered. Chapin says three administrators might also lose their jobs.

The vote to authorize layoff notices is meant to comply with union contract language requiring 30 days notice.

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Sports
6:14 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Predators win 6th straight, 3-1 over Red Wings

NASHVILLE, TN – Martin Erat scored two goals and the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

The streaking Predators finished off a five-game homestand in style and have won 10 of 12 overall.

Jason Arnott also scored a power-play goal for Nashville. Pekka Rinne, who has been in net for each game during this run, stopped 30 shots for the win.

Drew Miller scored for Detroit, which has lost three of four.

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In Michigan
6:11 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Local group calls for official inquiry into Houghton's tax problems

LANSING, MI – A group of Lansing residents is asking the Lansing City Council to investigate the circumstances surrounding councilmember-elect Tina Houghton's tax problems. Shortly after Houghton was elected to serve as the city's second ward candidate, it was reported she owed the city $3,300 in back property taxes.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Discussion on doc bills pauses indefinitely

LANSING, MI – A state House panel is expected to scrap legislation designed to prevent medical providers from ever practicing again if they are convicted of certain sex crimes.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Meijer will seek reversal of court ruling

LANSING, MI – The retail chain Meijer will try to reverse a court ruling that clears the way for a criminal investigation into possible election law violations by the company.

Meijer bankrolled a 2007 campaign to recall Acme Township trustees who voted against allowing the company to build a superstore in their northern Michigan community. That's against Michigan law. Meijer acknowledged its role in a settlement agreement with the Secretary of State.

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In Michigan
5:32 am
Tue November 24, 2009

Lawmakers continue talk of tax reform

Lansing, MI – State lawmakers agree Michigan's tax structure is outdated and requires big reforms. But there are disagreements over how to reform the tax system, and how quickly it needs to be done.

Democratic state Representative Alma Wheeler Smith says inaction on tax reform is costing the state the ability to offer crucial services. She says some loopholes created ten years ago during better economic times could be closed to generate quick revenue.

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WKAR Features
5:13 am
Tue November 24, 2009

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

Okemos Schools anticipating more cuts

Okemos, MI –
The Okemos School Board meets Monday to pass a mid-year budget, but the board is not expected to address cuts in state funding.

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