In Michigan
6:14 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Senate Committee discusses Gitmo and Standish

LANSING, MI – Corrections Department officials testified before a state Senate committee that they have had little contact with the federal government regarding the future of the Standish maximum security prison. Representatives from the White House toured the facility in August as a potential site for Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

The Department of Corrections says it has only been contacted once since August by federal officials who toured the Standish prison.

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In Michigan
5:39 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Cooley Law School plans $6M library expansion

LANSING, MI – Thomas Cooley Law School says it plans a $6 million expansion of the library at its Lansing campus.

The school says it also plans to spend $2 million for need-based financial aid.

Money for the initiatives comes in part from Cooley's new Campaign for Knowledge fundraising drive.

Cooley said Tuesday it's already raised $1.7 million for the library's $3 million gift goal. The school says it will match that amount.

It says it's raised about 90 percent of the money needed for the financial aid program.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Governor signs K-12 schools budget

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed the K-through-12 schools budget, but it does not guarantee that schools have the money to carry them through the rest of this fiscal year.

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The governor's action allows school aid payments to be electronically transferred on time - although schools are bracing for cuts adding up to 165 dollars for every student.

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Top Stories
5:11 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Michigan Senate sends 6 budget bills to governor

LANSING, MI – Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has sent six budget bills to the governor.

The bills were passed by both the House and Senate 20 days ago, but were put on hold in a parliamentary move by Senate Republicans.

Michigan is operating under an interim budget that expires Oct. 31, and the governor must act on the bills by then or risk another government shutdown.

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In Michigan
3:26 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Granholm calls on Legislature to fund schools

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she had no choice but to use her veto power to find savings in the school aid budget. The most controversial cut might be to extra payments that go to the state's highest-spending school districts.

She says that was necessary because schools are underfunded. And she says across-the-board cuts might occur later in this school year unless the Legislature comes up with more money for K-12 education.

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WKAR Features
2:15 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Budget's almost done, but the fight over revenue isn't over

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm expects the last bills that make up the state budget to arrive on her desk as soon as Tuesday. She signed the budget to fund K-12 schools on Monday. The school budget reflects a cut of 165 dollars for every student. But even with a big cut, there's not enough money in the School Aid Fund to cover K-12 spending for the balance of the fiscal year. That means the governor and state lawmakers have to come up with more money.

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Top Stories
12:08 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

MI Senate delivers remaining budgets to Gov

LANSING, MI – The Repubican-controlled state Senate has released the remaining six budgets to Governor Granholm. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop met privately with Granholm last week and agreed to hand over the budgets, which deal with money for corrections, local government revenue sharing and Medicaid. The state is operating under a temporary budget which expires at the end of the month. Granholm will speak on these budgets, as well as her line-item vetoes to the K-12 schools budget this afternoon.

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In Michigan
10:16 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Industrial fire sends up black smoke near Detroit

RIVER ROUGE, MI – An industrial fire is sending thick, black smoke into the air southwest of Detroit.

James Buford is Wayne County's director of homeland security and emergency management. He says the fire began around 9 a.m. Tuesday at a steel plant.

Buford says fire crews from Detroit and other surrounding communities were responding to the fire.

River Rouge police didn't have any immediate information. Detroit and River Rouge fire officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.


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In Michigan
10:12 am
Tue October 20, 2009

DEQ orders utilities to reduce mercury emissions

LANSING, MI – Coal-fired power plants in Michigan have six years to reduce their mercury emissions by 90%. The state Department of Environmental Quality adopted that rule Monday.

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In Michigan
10:11 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Lansing schools announce H1N1 clinics

LANSING, MI – The Lansing School District says H1N1 flu vaccinations for students will begin Monday, November 2.

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The Ingham County Health Department will conduct several clinics throughout the district through November 12. Lansing School District spokesperson Steve Serkaian says parents of younger children in particular need to be involved.

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