In Michigan
6:57 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Mich. coal plant proposals get negative reviews

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Public Service Commission is giving negative reviews to proposals for two coal-fired power plants.

Commission staffers said Tuesday that Wolverine Power Cooperative has failed to show a need for the plant it wants to build in Rogers City.

In a separate report, the staffers also say Consumers Energy hasn't made the case for a new coal plant near Bay City unless some of the company's existing power generation is taken offline.

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In Michigan
6:53 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Oakland U. asks judge to order profs back to work

ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University has asked a judge to order striking professors back to work as classes remain canceled at the suburban Detroit university.

A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday before Oakland County Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick on the university's complaint that the strike is illegal.

The campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors authorized a walkout Sept. 2 after the university proposed a three-year wage freeze along with cuts in health-insurance benefits.

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In Michigan
6:46 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Business groups call for reforms

LANSING, MI – Business groups met in Lansing Tuesday to call for structural reforms from the Legislature and Governor Granholm. They say their list of 20 reforms would help eliminate future embarrassment from state budget failures.

Jim Holcombe is with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

"We simply cannot keep going down the path we've set ourselves upon where each year we path together a budget, we cobble something together, and put off the tough choices for another two years," he said.

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Top Stories
6:43 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Governor makes budget plan public

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's released her plan for balancing the state budget for the new fiscal year that begins October 1. Her proposal to lawmakers includes a one-penny tax on bottled water, extending the sales tax to sports and entertainment tickets, and increasing the state tax on cigarettes to $2.25 cents a pack. She also wants to end some business tax breaks.

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In Michigan
6:38 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

State offers anti-radiation tablets to people near nuke plants

Michigan Public Radio Network – The state Department of Community Health is offering a free one-day supply of potassium iodide pills for people who live near a nuclear power plant. The pills can help reduce the effects of radiation in the event of a nuclear accident.

Janet Olzewski is the director of the department of community health. She says getting the pills to people who face possible exposure to radiation is now part of the state's plans for dealing with a nuclear emergency.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

MI officials: vaccination, common sense will prevent flu outbreak

LANSING, MI – Immunization and common sense would help Michigan avoid serious outbreaks of two types of flu this coming season. That was the message from two state agencies Tuesday at a Lansing news conference.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Gov. candidate Cox releases plan to change Mich.

LANSING, MI – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox says he wants to reduce taxes by $2 billion and cut spending in part by changing public employee benefits and renegotiating vendor contracts.

The Michigan attorney general told reporters Tuesday that revitalizing Michigan will involve "a lot of shared sacrifice."

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5:09 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Gov. reveals budget plan details

EAST LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has released a plan to cut spending by more than $550 million while raising that much in additional revenue to fill a shortfall in the general fund.

The governor put out written details Tuesday on how she would close a $1.8 billion general fund in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

Her plan includes trimming some business tax breaks, including the film credits.

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In Michigan
7:46 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Classes remain canceled at Oakland University

ROCHESTER, MI – Classes at Oakland University remain canceled, but a statement on the suburban Detroit university's Web site said officials will be asking an Oakland County circuit court judge to order striking professors back to work.

WWJ-AM and WJBK-TV say talks between the professors' union and school officials broke off without an agreement early Tuesday morning.

About 18,000 students attend the public four-year school in Rochester.

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In Michigan
6:57 am
Tue September 8, 2009

Health care reform committee continues testimony

LANSING, MI – The director of the state House Fiscal Agency says a statewide health care pool won't solve Michigan's budget problems.

Mitch Beam says if the Legislature passes House Speaker Andy Dillon's plan to pool the health care of all state workers and teachers, the savings will not be reflected in the 2010 budget. And he says it's impossible to know what the actual savings would eventually be without legislation drawn up with specific details.

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