Dearborn, MI – Dearborn, MI (AP) - Leaders from Michigan's large Arab- and Muslim-American community say they are encouraged by President Barack Obama's words to the Muslim world but are reserving ultimate judgment until they see action.
Members of the Dearborn-based Congress of Arab American Organizations said Thursday during a news conference that Obama's speech in Cairo signals a new era in relations between the United States and Muslims. It also shows an openness to resolve issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan's Republican secretary of state is complaining about the Democratic governor. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land says Governor Granholm is ordering her to close branch offices more days than are necessary.
(East Lansing, MI) – When Michigan instituted one of the nation's most generous tax credit programs 14 months ago, filmmakers flocked to the state to shoot their next production. Aside from attracting large studios, the incentive is also meant to train homegrown production assistants to work in the industry.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some government researchers say the Environmental Protection Agency should take a closer look at sports fields and playgrounds made from ground-up tires.
The EPA for years has endorsed recycled-rubber surfaces as a means of decreasing playground injuries. But documents show its own scientists have pointed to research suggesting potential hazards from repeated exposure to bits of shredded tire that can contain carcinogens and other chemicals. Other reviews show little or no health concern.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama has named Cameron Davis, president of a Chicago-based environmentalist group, to oversee the administration's initiative to clean up the Great Lakes.
Davis is president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, one of the organizations that has lobbied for implementation of a restoration program expected to cost more than $20 billion.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Lansing City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Carol Wood picked up several important labor endorsements yesterday.
The unions include the Greater Lansing Building Trades and Teamsters 580. Wood also picked up endorsements from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 665 and Brick Workers and Allied Craft Workers Local 9.
A spokesman for the Bernero administration dismissed the importance of the endorsements.
WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says U.S. workers were more productive in the first quarter than previously estimated, as rapid layoffs meant companies were forced to make do with fewer employees.
The Labor Department said Thursday productivity, the amount of output per hour worked, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6 percent in the January-March period, double the government's estimate last month.
That is also above analysts' expectations of 1.2 percent growth.