In Michigan
8:30 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Granholm administration sends layoff notices to state workers

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration formally notified thousands of state workers Tuesday that they will be laid off there is no budget deal by the October first deadline.

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The letter was sent from state department directors to 52,000 state employees. It says state employees will be laid off effective a minute after midnight on October first if there is no budget in place.

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In Michigan
8:23 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Lansing's PHP sold to Blue Care Network

LANSING, MI – Physicians Health Plan---a Lansing-based health maintenance organization---has been sold to a unit of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Blue Care Network announced the purchase of the Sparrow-owned HMO on Tuesday. Scott Wilkerson is President and CEO of Physician's Health Plan.

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In Michigan
5:28 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Donohue: free trade will help Michigan economy

Lansing, MI – US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says Michigan workers and businesses can recover from the recession by expanding trade with other countries. Donahue spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the state Chamber of Commerce.

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In Michigan
5:22 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MSU Student Democrats protest Beck

Lansing, MI – Student Democrats at Michigan State University are expecting more than 200 people at a protest against TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck. Beck is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at the annual meeting of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in East Lansing.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Report: Great Lakes toxic cleanups lagging badly

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A federal report says the government is moving so slowly to clean up the most polluted sites in the Great Lakes that it will take 77 more years to finish the job at the current pace.

The inspector general's office with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the report this week.

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Top Stories
3:38 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

MI House and Senate are close to joint targets

LANSING, MI – Michigan's legislative leaders say they are close to an agreement on $1.2 billion in budget cuts. That is the amount of spending rollbacks the state Senate proposed earlier this summer.

But House Speaker Andy Dillon says the Democrats still want more spending than Republicans for K-12 schools, higher education and the Michigan Promise college scholarship.

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WKAR Features
12:48 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Dr. Gary Morgan becomes MSU Museum director

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The MSU Museum is beginning a new chapter. This week, the 152 year-old East Lansing institution welcomes its new director, Dr. Gary Morgan. WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Morgan about his new mid-Michigan posting.

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WKAR Features
12:46 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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WKAR Features
11:16 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Daniels talks about "Escanaba"

UNDATED – UNDATED (WKAR) - Actor and playwright Jeff Daniels talks about the opening of his new play "Escanaba" at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan--and what it's like to write, act, play music, and try to keep sane.

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