In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

MI superintendent says Legislature must act soon for schools money

LANSING, MI – The state school superintendent told lawmakers Thursday that they are running out of time to compete for school-reform money in a federal program called "Race To The Top."

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Michigan could be eligible for as much as $500 million that would go toward fixing the state's worst-performing schools. But the Legislature must approve legislation in the next few weeks to be eligible to compete.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

GM offers jobs in Lansing to idled UAW workers

CHATTANOOGA, TENN – General Motors has offered union workers at the automaker's soon-to-be idled Spring Hill assembly plant 840 jobs at Lansing's Delta Township facility, where GM is relocating production of the Chevrolet Traverse.

More than 2,000 GM workers will be idled when assembly lines at GM's plant south of Nashville shut down Nov. 25.

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In Michigan
3:46 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Meridian officials await water test results

OKEMOS, MI –
Meridian Township officials say they could learn more Thursday evening about the safety of township water. That's when they could get the results of a second safety test required by the state. For now, Okemos residents south of Kinawa and Bennett roads and into Aleidon Township are still advised to boil water used for cooking and drinking for five minutes before use. An error during routine testing yesterday led to the precaution.

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Sports
3:04 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Earle Robinson, AM870 SportsTalk host

East Lansing, MI – AM870's hall-of-fame sportcaster Earle Robinson predicts the outcome of the Purdue - Michigan State football game, plus he claims bragging rights in last weeks You the Man contest.

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WKAR Features
12:26 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

DOE studies F-RIB environmental impact

Moderator Tom Emery leads the public discussion about the possible environmental impacts of the planned F-RIB project.
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EAST LANSING, MI –

Mid-Michigan residents had an opportunity to comment on a major scientific research project last night.

Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a public hearing on the planned Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

"F-RIB," as it's called, promises to be a massive undertaking. The construction phase alone could take up to six years and officials are trying to determine how the project may affect the environment.

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In Michigan
6:52 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Okemos "boil water" alert remains in effect

OKEMOS, MI –
Meridian Township officials say a "boil water" alert remains in effect until Midnight Thursday for the township's southside. The alert advises boiling water for drinking and cooking for five minutes before use. It does not apply to water used for bathing or laundry.

It covers township water customers south of Kinawa Drive and Bennett Road, including customers who live in Aleidon Township.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

"Boil Water" advisory in Okemos

Okemos, MI –

A "boil water" alert has been issued for the south side of Okemos, following a water system testing error.

The problem led officials to close Okemos High School on Wednesday.

Meridian Township Water customers who live south of Bennett Road and Kinawa Drive, including Aleidon Township, should boil water for five minutes before use. The alert applies to water used for drinking and cooking, not for bathing or laundry. That advisory is in effect until midnight Thursday.

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In Michigan
6:30 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Fraudulent Veteran bills head to MI House

LANSING, MI –
The state Senate has approved legislation that would make it illegal to impersonate a veteran for financial or professional gain. More than thirty other states have passed similar laws after reports of people pretending to be war heroes to get rewards reserved for combat veterans.

State Senator Jason Allen was in the Air National Guard.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Lansing city councilwoman-elect owes back taxes

Lansing, MI –
A newly elected Lansing city councilmember may not be able to take office unless she pays delinquent property taxes.

Tina Houghton was elected last week to serve as the city's Second Ward councilmember. But she owes more than $3,600 in property taxes to the city. The Lansing city charter says anyone owing the city money cannot hold public office. Houghton says she will pay off the debt before being sworn-in on January 1.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

MI smoking ban advocates push for action

LANSING, MI – Advocates seeking a statewide ban on smoking in workplaces are growing impatient with Senate inaction on the question. They are still hoping to enact a workplace smoking ban before the end of this year.

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The Senate has been sitting on the ban for five and a half months. The measure would outlaw smoking in taverns, restaurants, offices, and factories with exceptions only for cigar bars and Detroit's three casinos.

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