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4:45 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Monitor says Michigan not complying with child welfare settlement

LANSING, MI – A court-appointed monitor says Michigan is failing to comply with an agreement to settle a lawsuit seeking to fix the state's foster care system.

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In Michigan
2:18 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Michigan jobless rate drops slightly

LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate remained stable in January. The January rate of 14.3 was a minuscule .2% point lower than the December rate. There were 693,000 thousand unemployed people looking for work in Michigan in January. When people who've given up looking or are working part-time are counted, the unemployment and under-employment rate in January was 21.9%.

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Top Stories
2:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Children's Rights: MI needs to keep working on foster care

LANSING, MI – A children's rights organization says Michigan has not made enough progress in fixing the state's foster care system. Children's Rights is giving the state 30 days to come up with a better improvement plan or it will go back to court.

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In Michigan
11:09 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Bouchard seeks super-majority to raise Mich. taxes

LANSING, MI – Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says Michigan should require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate also said Monday a two-thirds vote should be needed in both the House and Senate to raise total state spending each year more than private-sector spending.

He says if it takes a two-thirds vote to reject a state worker pay increase, it should take more than a majority vote to raise taxes.

Bouchard unveiled these ideas and others at Duperon Corp. in Saginaw.

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In Michigan
11:07 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Dem gov candidate wants to open Mich. state bank

LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says Michigan should follow the lead of North Dakota and open a state bank that could make low-interest loans to businesses and college students.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday the state bank also could ease the foreclosure crisis by buying down mortgage portfolios held by smaller banks in Michigan and partner with other private banks.

The Bank of North Dakota is the nation's only state-owned bank, but politicians in several states are starting to think of copying the idea.

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WKAR Features
10:50 am
Tue March 9, 2010

reWorking Michigan: No Worker Left Behind Retrains Laid Off Workers

Melissa Ingells, WKAR

Lansing, MI –

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In Michigan
10:08 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Bishop reform committee continues discussion of health benefits

LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel is continuing discussion of a controversial proposal to require all public employees and teachers to pay at least 20% of their health care benefits.

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Paul Hense is with the Small Business Association of Michigan. He told lawmakers that business owners are frustrated they have to pay for their own health care, while they see public employees living with comfortable health plans from taxpayer dollars.

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In Michigan
10:07 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Michigan's January jobless rate was 14.3%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate remained stable in January. It dropped very slightly to 14.3%.

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The state's unemployment rate has held pretty steady at a little above or below 15% since last summer. The jobless rate in January might have been worse except that already downsized factory workforces didn't face big winter layoffs.

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Sports
6:02 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Lucas named to Big Ten first team

UNDATED – UNDATED (AP) - Michigan State's Kalin Lucas has been named to the Big Ten's first team in separate voting by conference coaches and media members. The second team included Michigan's DeShawn Sims. His teammate Manny Harris and Michigan State's Draymond Green made the third team.

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Sports
5:56 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Heyward homers to lead Braves to 12-4 rout of Tigers

LAKELAND, FL – Jason Heyward homered during a five-run first inning Monday and the Atlanta Braves went on to a 12-4 exhibition victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The 20-year-old outfielder, considered one of the top prospects in baseball, blasted a 3-2 pitch by Detroit's Max Scherzer an estimated 450 feet to drive in the first two runs of the game.

Scherzer didn't get out of the first inning, giving up four hits and three walks to the eight batters he faced.

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