In Michigan
6:32 am
Fri October 23, 2009

Granholm says schools facing new cuts

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has increased the pressure on the Legislature to raise more money for schools. She says a growing shortfall in the School Aid Fund will require an additional cut to schools of $127 per pupil.

The new cut would bring the total loss to schools in this budget to almost $300 for every student.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Discussion of Michigan insurance pool resumes

LANSING, MI – Lawmakers are again talking about a statewide health insurance pool for all state workers and teachers. The proposal was overshadowed recently by the budget negotiations.

Representative Tim Melton is on the committee overseeing the plan. He says over the past few weeks lots of misinformation about the insurance pool has been floating around the Capitol.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

MI House Committee says no texting while driving

LANSING, MI – Michigan is one step closer to making it illegal to send text messages while driving. A ban on texting while driving was approved by a state House committee.

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Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have passed some sort of text messaging ban for drivers.

State Representative Lee Gonzales says that's because it's becoming clear that sending text messages while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.

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Top Stories
6:11 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Gov Granholm orders more school funding cuts

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm is ordering another round of funding cuts for public schools already hard hit by Michigan's state budget problems.

The Democratic governor on Thursday ordered that school funding be slashed by $127 per student. The reduction would take effect in 30 days and would come out of a basic grant that is supposed to provide schools a minimum of $7,316 per student.

Republicans say Granholm is fabricating a school budget crisis in order to put pressure on them to increase taxes to raise more money for education.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Ingham kicks off banking program

LANSING, MI – Ingham County officials have launched a new program for people who don't have bank accounts. County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says several area credit unions and banks will offer low-interest loans and other low-cost financial services.

Schertzing says there are 8,400 households in the City of Lansing who don't use bank accounts to manage their finances.

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Top Stories
4:39 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Gov Granholm speaks out about budget situation

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm is speaking out about Michigan's budget situation, including how it affects public schools.

The Democratic governor scheduled a 5 p.m. Thursday news conference in Lansing along with state budget officials.

She also has scheduled time to talk to reporters after Friday meetings with school officials in Muskegon and Grand Rapids to discuss education funding.

Granholm's appearances come as she fights with Republican lawmakers over her school funding proposals.

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Sports
12:11 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Predictions of Earle

East Lansing, MI – Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson gives his prediction and thoughts on the Michigan State/Iowa game

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Local officials call for restoring budget cuts

LANSING, MI – Local government officials are warning police officers and firefighters will be laid off if the state follows through with a double-digit cut in payments to cities and counties. A couple hundred of them marched Thursday on the state Capitol to protest the $145 million reduction in state aid to local governments.

Grand Rapids City Commissioner David LaGrand.

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Top Stories
5:56 am
Thu October 22, 2009

H1N1 UPDATE: AREA SCHOOL CLOSINGS

East Lansing, MI – The following schools are closed on Friday, Oct. 23 due to the H1N1 virus:

INGHAM COUNTY:

Leslie Public Schools

Capital Area Academy (Lansing)

Marble Elementary (East Lansing)

Lansing Christian (Lansing)

Lansing Catholic High School

CLINTON COUNTY:

Dewitt Public Schools

East Olive Elementary (St. Johns)

JACKSON COUNTY: Paragon Charter Academy (Jackson)

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In Michigan
6:04 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

State board of ed to hold crisis meeting

LANSING, MI – The state Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss Michigan's school funding crisis.

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In a written statement, board president Kathleen Straus says the crisis to too urgent for the board to wait for its regular meeting in two weeks.

The K-12 budget just signed by Governor Granholm cuts school funding by $165 per student. And the budget is still underfunded.

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