In Michigan
6:36 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI winter home heating costs expected to be lower

LANSING, MI – Home heating costs this winter are expected to be lower than last year for many Michigan households because of a drop in natural gas prices and the probability of a
warmer winter.

The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its winter energy
appraisal Friday.

It says residential natural gas prices are expected to average
12%-16% lower than last year, although some of those savings won't be realized if several utilities raise their rates.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Legislature passes K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature worked until midnight Thursday night to pass the K-through-12 schools budget. The budget needed to be approved this week in order to avoid losing millions of dollars from the federal government, and to insure schools continue getting checks.

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Top Stories
6:12 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

MI legislature turns focus to revenue

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers have approved the budget for this fiscal year, but now they must discuss revenue options to fill some of the holes created by deep cuts.

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Through months of budget negotiations, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has remained committed to a plan that balanced the budget with cuts alone.

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Sports
6:02 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen out 4 months

Detroit, MI – DETROIT (AP) Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out for at least four months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The club announced the injury Friday.

The team says Franzen was injured in Thursday night's 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Franzen scored the game-winning goal in the second period of Detroit's home opener.

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In Michigan
2:45 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Public disclosure comes with Mich. schools budget

LANSING, MI – Michigan's public schools will be required to make more of their financial information available on the Internet under terms of a budget bill that soon will be signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The K-12 schools bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student. Schools will get about 3 percent less money overall this academic year than during 2008-09.

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In Michigan
10:14 am
Fri October 9, 2009

Governor Will Sign School Budget

LANSING (MI) – Gov. Jennifer Granholm will sign a budget providing state aid to Michigan's K-12 schools.

Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd says the governor will sign the legislation passed by Michigan lawmakers. The bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student in the current academic year.

The school deal passed late Thursday compares to the $218 per-student cut that lawmakers rejected last week.

Lawmakers still have not approved a revenue plan to come up with the $100,000,000 needed to allow for the smaller reduction in schools funding.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Mich. took in $130M less than expected in Sept.

LANSING, MI – Michigan's financial picture is worse than expected more than four months ago.

The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency reported Thursday that the state has taken in $130 million less in revenue through September than projected in May.

Half of the revenue would have gone to K-12 schools. The other half would have paid for general government services such as prisons and health care.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Governor Granholm orders merger of DNR/DEQ

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm issued an executive order to combine the functions of the Department of Environmental Quality with the Department of Natural Resources. The new Department of Natural Resources and Environment is expected to go into effect next January.

Granholm estimates the merger will save the state up to $1.5 million. However, the state House and Senate committee overseeing the D-N-R and D-E-Q budgets estimated savings at about $350,000.

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Top Stories
4:42 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Michigan looks to finalize K-12 budget

LANSING, MI – State lawmakers hope to finalize the K-through-12 schools budget Thursday evening.

Officials say millions of federal dollars are on the line, and some form of a budget must be passed this week to make sure schools continue to get checks.

Democratic state Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says if the cuts made to schools are too deep for lawmakers to approve, it's time to find new revenue.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Predictions of Earle

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Welcome sports fans to another edition of Predictions of Earle. The sports talk AM 870 host breaks down the match up with Illinois as well as his picks for the Who is the Man contest

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