In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

MI House debates early release of prisoners

LANSING, MI –
The state Department of Corrections says taxpayers would save more than $100 million a year if prisoners were paroled earlier for good behavior.

A House panel is discussing a set of bills that would allow prisoners to collect good-behavior credits to reduce their minimum-sentences. Many prosecutors say that would be unfair to victims who find peace-of-mind in violent offenders serving the entire sentences given to them.

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In Michigan
6:25 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Governor cheers Renaissance Center credits

LANSING, MI –

A state board has approved tax credits to help ensure that General Motors keeps its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Company officials told the Michigan Economic Growth Authority that without the tax break, the company might have to move its headquarters out of the city. The deal calls for GM to keep at least 2,500 of the four thousand workers employed at its world headquarters.

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In Michigan
6:24 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Governor to visit campuses as part of revenue campaign

LANSING, MI –
Governor Granholm will visit Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday as part of her campaign to get the Legislature to vote for new revenue. She says the state is cutting too deeply into funding for K-12 schools and college scholarships.

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Sports
5:45 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Injuries may leave Lions short-handed vs. Browns

ALLEN PARK, MI – Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't sure how many players his team will be missing Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Several Lions players were injured in a 27-10 loss to Minnesota, but he only had a definitive status on defensive back Jack Williams on Monday afternoon. Williams suffered a "significant" knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, and will be placed on injured reserve.

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Sports
5:38 am
Tue November 17, 2009

MSU takes on Gonzaga

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State's men's basketball team squares off against Gonzaga tonight as one of the featured matchups in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. It'll be a game between two of the most successful basketball programs of the last decade. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Bulldogs since the epic triple-overtime showdown at the 2005 Maui Invitational. Game time is 8 p. m. at Breslin Center.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

GM announces 3Q loss

DETROIT, MI – General Motors is reporting a loss of $1.2 billion for the summer months.

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The loss occurred between the time the "new GM" was created in early July - and the normal end of the quarter on September 30th.

The old GM lost $2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2008.

CEO Fritz Henderson says the results do indicate some progress.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

MSU report: College labor market has hit bottom

LANSING, MI – Businesses hired far fewer college graduates in the past year than they thought they would, and next year's graduates will have to be "patient and persistent" to land
a job.

Those are some of the findings of Michigan State University's annual recruiting trends report released Monday.

The survey of 2,500 companies nationwide shows the job market for college graduates dropped 40 percent in the past year. Overall hiring is expected to be down another 2 percent in 2010.

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In Michigan
6:26 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Michigan says flu has killed 42 since April

LANSING, MI –
Michigan health officials say influenza has killed 42 people in the state since April 1 and 31 since Sept. 1, when swine flu began gaining steam.

The Michigan Community Health Department says no schools were closed Monday for the flu. It says 38,158 flu cases were reported in the state Nov. 1-8.

Since Sept. 1, officials say 1,226 people have been hospitalized in Michigan for the flu.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

55 MI state troopers go back to work

LANSING, MI –
Fifty-five of 100 state troopers laid off this summer were back at work Monday. The Legislature budgeted money to rehire the troopers last month. But Governor Granholm delayed re-hiring the troopers. Granholm said she didn't want to restore the jobs if the troopers would be laid off again if there are more budget cuts in January.

Shanon Banner is with the Michigan State Police department.

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WKAR Features
8:17 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Granholm taking revenue fight to campuses

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm takes her campaign for revenue to college campuses this week. She will urge students and their families to press the Legislature to fund the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as restore other budget cuts.

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