In Michigan
6:47 am
Thu July 16, 2009

House Speaker Dillon introduces statewide insurance pool

LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon unveiled his plan Wednesday for a statewide insurance pool for public employees. He thinks it would be a big money-saver for the state.

AUDIO: All state, local and public school workers would be covered by one insurance provider, under that plan. That would be close to half a million people. Dillon says the plan would save the state up to $900 million. He says part of that money would come as providers compete for business with the state.

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In Michigan
5:49 am
Thu July 16, 2009

Stretch of I-75 closed after fuel tanker explosion

HAZEL PARK, MI – A two-mile stretch of Interstate 75 just north of Detroit remains closed as authorities investigate a fuel tanker explosion and overpass collapse.

Police say I-75 in both directions is indefinitely closed between Interstate 696 and 8 Mile Road. Drivers are being encouraged to use Woodward Avenue as an alternate route.

Michigan State Police Lt. Shannon Sims says three drivers suffered minor injuries in the explosion and fire Wednesday night.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

EPA seeks public's input on Great Lakes cleanup

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Federal officials are preparing for a series of public meetings to discuss President Barack Obama's Great Lakes restoration initiative.

Obama requested $475 million in his 2010 budget for the plan. Among its goals are cleaning up contaminated river bottoms, restoring wildlife habitat, preventing runoff and erosion, and preventing more exotic species invasions.

The public sessions begin Tuesday in Milwaukee. Seven others are planned in cities around the region.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan jobless rate jumps to 15.2%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate jumped by more than a full percentage point in June to 15.2%

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The state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth says manufacturing job losses were the chief cause of Michigan's worsening jobless rate. But the ranks of jobseekers also grew as people sought seasonal employment.

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Top Stories
12:44 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

State Speaker Andy Dillon to propose statewide insurance pool

EAST LANSING, MI – State House Speaker Andy Dillon is expected to propose a statewide insurance pool Wednesday. The plan would eliminate independent insurance providers for state workers, such as MESSA, the provider for Michigan teachers.

State Superintendent Michael Flanagan supports a statewide insurance plan. He says it would save Michigan a lot of money.

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In Michigan
12:32 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Michigan students hold 'Promise' scholarship rally

EAST LANSING, MI – About 25 college students rallied at Michigan State University on Wednesday in support of a state-funded scholarship that helps them pay tuition bills.

The Michigan Senate has voted to eliminate funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to save at least a portion of the program that now provides up to $4,000 per student.

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In Michigan
12:28 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Assistance agencies bracing for calls for foreclosure help

Melissa Ingells, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Part of Michigan's response to the foreclosure crisis is a new law that gives homeowners the chance to freeze for 90 days any action to repossess houses or condominiums. The idea is to give borrowers who've hit a rough patch a chance to renegotiate the terms of their loans, and, hopefully, keep them in their homes.


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In Michigan
10:35 am
Wed July 15, 2009

Mich. senator wants to keep cultural assets intact

LANSING, MI – Advocates for the state museum and library have told a state Senate committee that they don't like the governor's plan to split up the state's cultural treasures.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued an executive order Monday closing the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and splitting its functions among seven other departments and some outside groups, including possibly Michigan State University.

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