East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University's campus in Dubai is now in its second year of operation. Once regarded as the most prosperous economy in the Middle East, there's been a downturn in the United Arab Emirates...including Dubai.
WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke this week with Brendan Mullen, MSU-Dubai's executive director, during a return visit to East Lansing.
LANSING, MI – The state House and Senate may be close to approving more economic development tax credits designed to attract new businesses to Michigan.
The organization that hands out the incentives ran out of a year's worth of credits in six months. Lawmakers disagreed over whether to give the group more credits, and how to make sure they were being used wisely.
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats and Senate Republicans don't appear to be close to reaching a deal over revenue. Their divide over how to generate more money to fill cuts made to the budget last month may be widening.
AUDIO: Neither the House nor the Senate has plans to vote on the other's proposals for revenue. Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate was virtually unchanged in September. It bumped up last month by one-tenth of a percentage point to 15.3%.
The state Department of Labor and Economic Growth say the most job losses were in retail and tourism. The numbers are seasonally adjusted, so they don't just reflect the end of the summer travel season. There was a slight increase in manufacturing jobs because workers were called back from short-term layoffs.
Lansing, MI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has announced plans to consolidate 250 employees into the current Accident Fund Insurance Company building in downtown Lansing. The move is set to take place in two years.
Lansing, MI – On November 3, Lansing residents will choose between incumbent Virg Bernero and councilmember Carol Wood for their next mayor. In today's economy, the mayor of Lansing must be a regional leader who can forge partnerships with neighboring governments. Those agreements ensure residents receive vital services the city might not otherwise be able to deliver on its own.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gilbert Arenas, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for not making himself available to the media, scored 24 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 101-98 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Antawn Jamison added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards (2-2), who led 46-45 at halftime. Arenas scored 13 points in the third quarter as Washington opened a a 75-68 lead.
Will Bynum scored 23 points for the Pistons (3-1).