In Michigan
7:17 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

MI regulators ask utility why money not refunded

LANSING, MI – State regulators are asking Consumers Energy Co. to show why it hasn't returned unspent funds to its Michigan customers.

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Tuesday directed the Jackson-based utility to file a response by Oct. 30 saying why it hasn't paid the refunds required under a 2005 order.

Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop says the utility is studying the latest order.

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6:38 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

GOP leader: No second shutdown

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop are scheduled to meet Wednesday in an effort to end a budget standoff.

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The Senate Republican leader is refusing to send the Democratic governor half a dozen budget bills that are waiting on her signature. He says that's because she's threatening to veto major portions of the budgets to free enough money to restore cuts to college scholarships, Medicaid, and local governments.

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In Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Senate GOP and business groups talk tax reforms

LANSING, MI – Business groups are speaking out in support of a state Senate Republican plan to reform Michigan's tax structure and limit tax credits to generate new revenue.

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The Senate GOP plan would reduce the Michigan Business Tax over three years. Bringing down the cost of the MBT has been a high priority of Senate Republicans and business leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

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In Michigan
6:11 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

State House Appropriations discusses horse race tracks

LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee began talking about the expansion of gambling in Michigan to draw more revenue to the state.

Representatives from the casino and gaming industry say the market could become too saturated if horse tracks are allowed to have casino-style gambling. They say casinos are competing for less business during the downturn in the economy.

And James Moffett from the Foundation for Traditional Values says there are moral issues to consider as well.

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Top Stories
3:37 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

GOP leader: Governor risks over-stepping her power

LANSING, MI – The Republican leader of the state Senate says Governor Granholm will open herself to a constitutional challenge if she tries to use line-item vetoes to fund her budget priorities. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the governor risks over-stepping her authority.

"The Legislature is here for a purpose, and that is to pass these budgets and do so in a timely and effective way," he says. "We passed a balanced budget and to usurp the powers of the Legislature here is unwarranted."

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WKAR Features
2:21 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Lansing voters consider economic development in Mayoral vote

Renovations continue on the future site of the Accident Fund Insurance Co. headquarters in downtown Lansing.
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LANSING, MI – As Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero shoots for re-election, many voters consider whether his record on jobs and development is worthy of their vote. Many say the administration's economic agenda is just what the city needs. Others, including challenger Carol Wood, say the Mayor's attention-grabbing style shows there's less there than meets the eye.

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In Michigan
7:10 am
Tue October 13, 2009

Governor threatens line-item veto to fund budget priorities

Lansing, MI – Governor Granholm says if the Legislature won't fund her budget priorities, she will use line-item vetoes to free more money for local governments, nursing homes, and college scholarships. She is trying to put pressure on lawmakers to agree to new revenue as a new budget deadline draws near. The Legislature is debating budget proposals this week. At the same time, people affected by the political gridlock in Lansing are growing frustrated with the uncertainty.

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Sports
7:04 am
Tue October 13, 2009

Lions want wins, not rest for Stafford and Johnson

ALLEN PARK, MI – Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he will not take an upcoming bye into consideration when deciding if quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson will play
at Green Bay.

Schwartz said Monday "we're trying to win" when asked if he might rest Stafford and Johnson against the Packers because Detroit is off the following week.

Stafford did not play in Sunday's loss against Pittsburgh after injuring his right knee the previous week.

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Sports
7:26 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

MSU womens basketball coach Suzy Merchant discusses upcoming season

East Lansing, MI – Entering her third season as head coach of the Michigan State woman's basketball program Suzy Merchant looks to build off a twenty-two win season a year ago which included a trip to the sweet sixteen.

The Michigan State lady Spartans return 9 players who started at least one game last season, their top six scorers return from a a squad that was an eyelash away from advancing to the elite eight last March.

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In Michigan
7:08 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Mich. governor signs law giving farm animals room

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation requiring that farm animals confined in small cages have enough room to turn around and fully extend their limbs.

The bill signed Monday makes Michigan the second state to ban commonly used cages for egg-laying chickens, the fifth to ban common crates for veal calves and the seventh to ban certain stalls for pregnant pigs.

The cages for hens and stalls for pregnant pigs will go away in about 10 years. The veal crates will be banned in three years.

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