In Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate dropped in October

East Lansing, MI – The national jobless rate went up last month, but Michigan's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October.

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Michigan's rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point in October. At the same time, the national rate hit 10.2 percent. But Michigan's new jobless rate of 15.1 percent is still significant. The state has had the nation's highest jobless rate for most of the past four years.

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In Michigan
8:26 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Loomis re-elected East Lansing mayor

EAST LANSING, MI –

The East Lansing city council re-elected Victor Loomis to the mayor's post last night.

Loomis won re-election on November 3rd. At the council meeting last night, he was sworn in for another four-year term, as was Kevin Beard, who also was re-elected to council.

That was followed by the council's leadership vote. Loomis will serve as mayor for two more years, as will mayor pro tem Diane Goddeeris.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Wed November 18, 2009

MI House panels debate film credits

LANSING, MI –

State lawmakers took testimony from film industry insiders Wednesday as debate over economic growth continues at the Capitol.

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Republican state Representative Pete Lund has led the battle cry in the state House against handing out refundable tax credits to attract filmmakers.

"Is it working?," he asks. "Well of course it's working - we're paying 40% of their bills."

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Sports
5:44 am
Wed November 18, 2009

No. 2 Michigan State rallies to beat Gonzaga 75-71

EAST LANSING, MI – Durrell Summers hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:02 left, made two at the line with 5.7 seconds to go and finished with 21 points to help No. 2 Michigan State rally
for a 75-71 win over Gonzaga on Tuesday night.

The Spartans (2-0) won their 41st straight game at home against a nonconference team, extending a streak that started after a lost to Duke on Dec. 3, 2003.

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Sports
5:42 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Michigan State headed to bowl, but not satisfied

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his team's sixth win had special significance, but not as much as a seventh win would.

After rallying from an 11-point deficit this past weekend to beat Purdue 40-37 and become bowl eligible, the Spartans (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten) can take a major step on Saturday with a triumph over Penn State (9-2, 7-2).

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Sports
5:41 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Kobe gets 40 in Lakers' 106-93 win over Pistons

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the 100th time in his career, and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a rare three-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on Tuesday night.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Lansing hosts "Root Beer Summit"

LANSING, MI –

Around 30 governmental, educational and civic figures sat down Tuesday in Lansing to talk about race and ethnicity.

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Lansing's Foster Community Center was the site of Tuesday afternoon's "root beer summit." Harold Core is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which helped organize about a dozen such gatherings around the state. He says regional economic development in Michigan means creating a diverse workforce.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

82 projects filmed in Michigan since April 2008

LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Film Office says 82 projects have been filmed in the state since April 2008, when it introduced tax incentives that are among the nation's most generous.

Spokesman Ken Droz from the film office said Tuesday that 47 of those projects are from 2009. The TV pilots, documentaries, reality projects and feature films and represent a total expenditure of $216 million so far this year.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Granholm plans to merge tech, management offices

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to consolidate more state government departments.

Granholm on Tuesday announced plans to merge the Department of Management and Budget with the Department of Information Technology.

The move would form a single department to further integrate information technology with the state's other administrative services.

The department would be led by Kenneth Theis, who currently leads the state's information technology department.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Governor taking revenue fight to college campuses

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will begin a tour of college campuses later this week. She is urging students to pressure legislative Republicans to support funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship.

The tobacco settlement money that used to fund the scholarships was diverted to fill budget holes over the objections of Governor Granholm and other Democrats.

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