In Michigan
6:34 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Michigan Senate OKs budget with welfare money

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate has approved a budget bill that avoids proposed cuts to Michigan's funding for welfare recipients.

Lawmakers are nearing a midnight Wednesday deadline to balance a $2.8 billion budget deficit.

A family of three receiving nearly $500 a month in welfare won't see a $30 per month cut in payments as proposed by Senate Republicans a few months ago.

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In Michigan
5:16 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

MI budget countdown continues

LANSING, MI – Lawmakers are preparing for a marathon session to vote on big spending cuts for budgets. The deadline for a budget deal is midnight on Wednesday.

So far the Legislature is sticking to the Republican plan to balance the budget with cuts alone.

Democrats were able to pass a tax increase during the budget crisis in 2007. And Republican House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer says he thinks there are closed-door discussions going on for new taxes to fund some programs this year as well.

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Top Stories
5:15 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

BUDGET UPDATE: Senate Votes to Cut Aid to Local Governments

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate has voted to cut Michigan's tax revenue-sharing payments to local communities by 11% to help balance a $2.8 billion budget deficit.

Cities, townships and counties use the money to cover police, firefighters and other services.

Revenue sharing is one of the most contentious parts of the state budget before Wednesday's midnight deadline. The House could vote later Tuesday.

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In Michigan
4:14 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

Health officials launch RHIO electronic records exchange

Lansing, MI – Physicians and hospitals in Mid-Michigan will soon have the option of switching from paper to electronic medical records. Health officials have launched the Capital Area Regional Health Information Organization, called RHIO. Participating health care providers in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties will be able to share health records on a secure computer network.

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In Michigan
5:26 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Comerica Park: Scene of law-enforcement exercise

DETROIT – The Tigers may still be battling to win the AL Central, but officials already are preparing for the possibility of a World Series in Detroit.

Federal and local law-enforcement personnel will descend from helicopters into Comerica Park Tuesday morning as part of an exercise to prepare for a possible championship series.

Officials say Detroit SWAT and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel will participate in the "fast-roping" exercise, in which agents descend into the ballpark on a thick rope from a helicopter.

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In Michigan
5:24 am
Tue September 29, 2009

State to release child welfare legal findings

LANSING, MI – A new study says Michigan needs to strengthen ways that parents are represented in child protection proceedings.

The study is to be released Tuesday by the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. It calls for improving the system by which attorneys are appointed to represent parents, resources available to those attorneys and accountability to both the client and courts.

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Sports
5:17 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Sparky saluted with Tigers' 1984 World Series team

DETROIT – Sparky Anderson says the reunion of the Detroit Tigers' 1984 championship team is special because the whole squad will never be together again.

The Hall of Fame manager easily drew the loudest cheers at Comerica Park when he was introduced with his former players and staff as they stood on a wet field Monday night before Detroit's scheduled game against the Minnesota Twins was postponed by rain.

Anderson and 1984 World Series MVP Alan Trammell addressed the crowd.

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Sports
5:15 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Twins-Tigers game postponed by rain; DH on Tuesday

DETROIT – The scheduled game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers has been postponed because of rain.

Locked in a tight race for the AL Central title, the teams were supposed to begin a four-game series Monday night that could decide the division crown. Instead, the opener will be made up Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The first game will start at 12:05 p.m., with the nightcap at 7:05 p.m.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Mon September 28, 2009

Glut of milk hurting Michigan dairy farmers

HOLLAND, MI – Michigan dairy farmers are still producing milk despite a worldwide glut that has sent prices plummeting.

Producers face higher costs but less demand for milk, partly because of a dried-up export market.

Dairy expert Ira Krupp of the Michigan State University Extension program says the recent prices that producers are getting for their milk have been far below what they need to remain profitable.

Krupp tells The Holland Sentinel that he expects prices to remain down for at least several more months.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Mon September 28, 2009

Bernero looks to partner with county to build parking ramp

LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero proposed Monday using Federal Recovery bonds to build a new parking ramp for the Accident Fund Insurance Company.

The Accident Fund is renovating the Ottawa Street Power Station for its new headquarters. It was announced earlier this month the company couldn't secure the money needed to build a ramp as part of the $182 million project.

Bernero's plan would require the city to partner with Ingham County to get the estimated $31 million needed to build the ramp.

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