In Michigan
5:09 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Michigan House committee working to save Michigan Promise

Lansing, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward rescuing the Michigan Promise college scholarship from the budget axe. There are now dueling bills on the House floor. One would fund the scholarship. At the same time, a higher education budget bill zeroes out money for the Promise. The effort to keep the scholarship is still waiting on a revenue source that would generate $120 million.

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In Michigan
6:53 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Teamsters Protest Contract Stalemate in Lansing

LANSING, MI – A union which represents about a quarter of the City of Lansing's workforce picketed in front of Mayor Virg Bernero's Campaign headquarters Wednesday. Teamsters Local 580 has been without a contract for three years.

About a dozen Teamsters showed up for the rally carrying signs claiming Bernero is "anti-family" for not settling the union's contract. Other city unions have agreed to eliminate medical coverage for family members of retirees. The deals only apply to new-hires and not current city employees.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Zellous, Nolan help Shock beat Fever, 72-56

AUBURN HILLS, MI –

Shavonte Zellous scored 23 points and Deanna Nolan added 22 as the Detroit Shock easily cruised to a 72-56 victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night in Game 1
of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Shock, seeking their fourth straight trip to the WNBA finals, have knocked out the Fever in each of the last three post-seasons. Game 2 is Friday night at Indiana.

Katie Douglas led Indiana with 16 points.

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Sports
5:54 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Tigers send Indians to 10th straight loss, 11-3

CLEVELAND – Carlos Guillen hit two of Detroit's three home runs to help Rick Porcello and the Tigers defeat Cleveland 11-3 on Wednesday night, the Indians' season-high 10th straight loss.

Porcello (14-9) allowed one run and six hits over five innings as the Tigers won their third straight. Detroit entered play 2 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. The Twins open a four-game series in Detroit on Monday.

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In Michigan
6:41 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Community College budget is only budget without cuts

LANSING, MI – It appears Michigan's community colleges may survive the budget debate at the state Capitol without any budget cuts.

The House and Senate budget committee dealing with funding for community colleges unanimously approved a budget bill that maintains current spending.

Democratic Representative Fred Miller chaired the committee.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Ingham Launches System to Prevent Property Fraud

MASON, MI – Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Junior has announced the launch of a new system designed to help residents prevent property fraud.

Subscribing to the system is free. Those who register will get a phone call or an email any time a property document is filed in their name.

Hertel says victims could find a cloud on their title when they try to sell their home, or be billed for a mortgage they hadn't applied for. He says the easiest way to commit property fraud has been to forge a quit-claim deed.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

K-12 conference committee approves deep per-student cut

LANSING, MI – A spending plan approved by a state legislative panel would cut funding to K-12 schools by $218 for every student.

Representative Terry Brown chaired the K-12 House and Senate conference committee. He says declining revenues from sales and property taxes are taking a toll on public education.

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In Michigan
5:10 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

House, Senate conference committee cuts Promise scholarship

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, a team of House and Senate negotiators has struck a deal on a higher education budget for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan zeroes out funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship. It also reduces other types of student financial aid.

Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says the loss of the scholarship is the result of lawmakers' unwillingness to raise taxes.

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In Michigan
4:49 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Ingham Road Commission studying speed limit on Jolly

Okemos, MI – The Ingham County Road Commission is studying the 55 mile an hour speed limit on Jolly Road near Okemos High School, following a fatal accident earlier this month. 17-year-old Adam Nevells was turning out the school parking lot when he was hit by a pickup truck.

Director Bill Conklin says the Road Commission will consider the history of accidents on Jolly Road, including the crash that killed Adam Nevells, but driver behavior will be primary factor.

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WKAR Features
1:01 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

House, Senate committees fail to break budget impasse

LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol Tuesday, negotiating teams of House and Senate members hoped to take a big step toward resolving the state's budget crisis. But instead, the impasse continued with most of the state budget trapped in limbo. The deadline for finishing the budget is a week away.

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