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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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Report: 10 states including Michigan face looming budget disasters

SACRAMENTO, CA –
A new study warns Michigan is one of ten states on the brink of economic disaster. A report from the Pew Center on the States says rising unemployment, high home foreclosure rates and big drops in tax collections could mean higher taxes, more layoffs of government workers and fewer services.

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In Michigan
11:57 am
Wed November 11, 2009

Okemos High School closed for the day

Okemos, MI –

Okemos High School has closed for the day due to a water quality issue.

Principal John Lanzetta says that at this time, it's unclear when the school will re-open.

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In Michigan
6:37 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

MI candidate Snyder calls for new budget approach

LANSING, MI –
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to lay out its budget for two years and ask citizens what the spending priorities should be.

The Ann Arbor businessman on Tuesday unveiled what he calls "Value for Money Budgeting."

He says the current budget process responds too much to what lobbyists want and not enough to what citizens want their government to do.

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In Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Granholm presses for more revenue

MASON, MI – Governor Granholm is continuing to push Senate Republicans to support new revenue to restore money for schools facing big cuts.

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The governor's been meeting with parents and educators to try and get them to prod Republican lawmakers to support reducing business tax breaks, or new taxes on tobacco and beer to help reverse school cuts. School officials say they're already cutting programs and laying-off teachers.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Parents, school officials rally at Capitol

LANSING, MI –

About 800 parents, teachers, and school administrators were at the state Capitol Tuesday to demand more money for K-12 education. They are opposed to a new round of cuts to schools that are scheduled to begin later this month.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Panel rejects Granholm's plan to appoint directors

LANSING, MI –

A Michigan Senate committee has voted to reject Gov. Jennifer Granholm's order letting her appoint two department directors now named by commissions.

The Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee also voted Tuesday to reject the Democratic governor's plan to combine the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality.

The panel instead voted along party lines to make the Department of Environmental Quality an agency under the Department of Natural Resources.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

East Lansing Parents To Discuss School Cuts

EAST LANSING, MI –

Parents in East Lansing will have a chance to discuss the possible effects of budget cuts in the school district, at an all-district parent council meeting on Tuesday night.

Superintendant Dave Chapin addressed an expected deficit of $2,000,000 at Monday night's school board meeting.

Chapin says up to three elementary schools could be closed; sixth-graders could be moved to McDonald Middle School; and, transportation could be cut or eliminated.

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