LANSING, MI – Ingham County health officials say unjustified fears of the H1N1 vaccine could lead to a more severe flu season in mid-Michigan. Officials say worries that the new vaccine is untested may lead to fewer inoculations and many more cases of the disease.
Marcus Cheatham is a spokesman for the Ingham County Health Department.
"There are only a few dozen really bad episodes reported every year from getting flu vaccine, even though millions and millions of people use it," he says.
LANSING, MI – Democratic lawmakers say Michigan needs legislation to stop scam artists from taking advantage of homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
Bills being introduced by Democrats in the state Senate would create protections designed to ensure loan modification consultants do business legitimately. The measures also would require lenders to notify homeowners when they sell their mortgage to a third party and to post loan modification criteria online.
LANSING, MI – Michigan businesses and agencies have reported saving or creating about 400 jobs so far with the help of federal contracts tied to the federal stimulus package.
More than 30,000 jobs have been supported nationwide. Businesses in states including Colorado, Washington, Kentucky and Ohio reported far higher job retention numbers than Michigan, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm met Thursday with legislative leaders. They reported little progress in ending a budget stalemate.
AUDIO: The governor will get the final budget bills next week, when she's expected to carry out her threat to veto many line items. The governor and Democrats want to restore funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship, as well as funding for Medicaid and local governments.
LANSING, MI – Michigan lawmakers are agreeing to award more tax incentives for economic development this year, as long as the state reports the number of jobs created and retained by companies getting the tax credits.
The state Senate today overwhelmingly approved a package of four bills after reaching a compromise with the House and Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. Granholm is expected to sign the legislation once the House finishes voting next week.