LANSING, MI – The site of the former Chrysler Corp.'s headquarters in Highland Park is expected to become an automotive components plant in 2010.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday approved $4.5 million in state tax incentives for auto supplier Magna International Inc. The state says up to 420 jobs could be created over five years at the facility.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan is working with an East Lansing nonprofit group to establish sites across the state where thermostats can be recycled free, helping keep mercury out of landfills and incinerators.
The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's awarding a $50,000 grant to East Lansing-based Urban Options to establish collection sites for home and commercial mercury thermostats.
Many older thermostats contain mercury switches and are being replaced with programmable thermostats to save energy and reduce heating costs.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's not ready to endorse a proposal to put 400,000 public employees into a statewide health insurance pool. She says she's not convinced the plan will produce big savings. And she says it does nothing to get the state out from under its current budget crisis.
"State workers earn less than the private sector, and their benefits cost less than the private sector, with the latest round of consessions state employees have made," Granholm says. "State employees have made enormous concessions."
NEW YORK – The Detroit Shock's Katie Smith has been named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference team in the WNBA All-Star game. Her fellow reserves for Saturday's game in Connecticut include Jia Perkins of the Chicago Sky.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts enjoyed their most comfortable win of the season Monday night at Oldsmobile Park, scoring five runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to rout the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 15-1. The Lugnuts are off today before starting a six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series at Peoria on Wednesday.
EAST LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox says more charter schools should be allowed to compete in Detroit Public School territory. His official opinion was requested by the state school superintendent.
New charter schools were not allowed in Detroit. But Detroit schools recently dipped below the 100 thousand student requirement to keep additional charter schools out.
LANSING, MI – Small manufacturers in Michigan will soon be able to dip into a $15 million fund to help them shift into the alternative energy business. Governor Granholm announced Monday that the federal stimulus funds will become available next month.