In Michigan
2:57 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Lansing Clerk predicts 25% voter turnout

LANSING, MI – Heading into this election day, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope had projected that 25% of eligible voters in the city would cast ballots. That would match the turnout of the 2005 mayoral election.

After checking in with poll locations around the city this morning, he expects that number to hold up.

"We do an 11 o'clock call-around to our precincts, and tracking that against a couple of other elections, I think we're on track for 25-percent turnout."

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In Michigan
5:38 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Education Committee to hear about federal stimulus requirements

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers must approve education-system reforms before the end of the year to be eligible for federal school-improvement dollars. The state House Education Committee will take testimony this week from a group that will tell the legislators what the state needs to do to qualify for the money.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Mid-Michigan voters prepare for election day

EAST LANSING, MI – Thousands of mid-Michigan voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of civic and school board races.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Mich.'s Christmas tree to be cut in U.P. Wednesday

LANSING, MI – Michigan's official state Christmas tree has grown for 65 years in the western Upper Peninsula.

The 63-foot spruce will be cut down Wednesday in a neighborhood in Bergland about 30 miles east of Ironwood and 20 miles south of the Porcupine Mountains. The tree will stand in front of the state Capitol in Lansing starting Saturday.

Josh and Amanda Lopac agreed to provide the tree that stands on their side lawn.

It will be lit Nov. 20 at Lansing's Silver Bells in the City celebration.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

GAO: Full recoup of gov't auto investment unlikely

WASHINGTON, DC – Government investigators say the U.S. government is unlikely to recover all of its investment in General Motors or Chrysler because the companies' value would need to
"grow substantially ab ove what they have been in the past."

A Government Accountability Office report released Monday is the latest review to cast doubt on the likelihood that taxpayers will fully recoup more than $80 billion invested in the two U.S. automakers.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Granholm resumes campaign against Senate GOP

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm resumes her campaign Monday to convince the public and the Legislature to raise revenue for schools and other services that she says are too crucial to cut. She has stops scheduled in Traverse City and Saginaw.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Report: Stimulus saving Michigan schools jobs

LANSING, MI – A federal report suggests six of every 10 jobs saved or created by the federal stimulus package in Michigan is tied to education.

The report Monday from the U.S. Department of Education says more than 13,600 Michigan jobs affected by the Recovery Act are in education. Last week the federal government said that about 22,500 jobs in the state had been supported by the stimulus package overall.

The recently released education job numbers were revised downward from an initial report of more than 14,000 last month.

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In Michigan
4:15 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Lansing insiders launch primer on state government for candidates

LANSING, MI – A bipartisan group of Lansing insiders has launched an online effort directed at whoever is elected governor next year. The Next Michigan Governor Project is made up of retired political advisors, ex-cabinet officials, lobbyists, and a university president.

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In Michigan
3:36 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Education Committee to hear about federal stimulus requirements

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers must approve education-system reforms before the end of the year to be eligible for federal school-improvement dollars. The state House Education Committee will take testimony this week from a group that will tell the legislators what the state needs to do to qualify for the money.

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In Michigan
1:01 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Perles pledges run for Mich. governor

DETROIT, MI – Former Michigan State University football coach George Perles says he intends to begin his campaign for governor after New Year's Day.

The third winningest coach in Spartan history (68-67-4) tells The Detroit News he would bring "a football atmosphere" to Michigan's state Capitol.

The 75-year-old Democrat and Detroit native said he has enough experience to do the job. He's been a member of MSU's Board of Trustees since 2006.

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