In Michigan
4:42 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Unemployment stable across all Michigan regions

LANSING, MI – Unemployment remained stable across the state in July. That's according to a breakdown of the numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth.

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Michigan's unemployment rate was largely unchanged from June to July - it dipped very slightly to 15%. The same held true when the numbers were broken down by regions.

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In Michigan
3:33 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Ingham Board seeking applicants

MASON, MI – The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications until September 9 to fill a vacancy on the Board. Commissioner Marc Thomas from East Lansing has resigned because he's moving out of his district.

Board Chair Debbie De Leon says the Democratic caucus, which makes up the majority, will recommend an applicant for appointment.

"We will have an interview process with our Democratic caucus and the appointment will be made on September 22nd at our next Board meeting," she said.

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In Michigan
11:51 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Attorney General says Michigan needs ethics law

LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox says Michigan needs an ethics law for elected officials and state department directors. He's supporting a Republican-backed package of bills in the Legislature.

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In Michigan
9:09 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Proposed legislation aimed at saving Michigan's wetlands protection program

Lansing, MI – A state senator is proposing legislation to spare Michigan's wetlands protection program from being eliminated to save money.

Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R-Saugatuck Township), who chairs the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee, tells The Associated Press she expects to introduce the measure Thursday.

Birkholz has been negotiating for months with the state Department of Environmental Quality and groups representing environmentalists and businesses in hopes of
sparing the program.

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In Michigan
7:25 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Granholm expects to avoid shutdown

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's frustrated with the pace of budget negotiations. But she says it's tough to come up with an agreement on a plan to retire a $2.8 billion dollar deficit.

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In Focus Today
7:23 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Granholm says she expects to avert shutdown

LANSING, MI – Budget negotiations are stepping up with the start of the state's new fiscal year now less than six weeks away. Governor Granholm says she still believes a shutdown can be averted. But there are a lot of details and disagreements to be settled first.

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In Michigan
7:00 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Granholm says health care bill should carry Kennedy name

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy will be remembered as a voice for the under-privileged. She says he knew how to forge deals with those who disagreed with him.

"He came from a family of privilege, but he used that position in a way to be the megaphone for children, and for the elderly, and for people with disabilities," she says. "It's a huge loss in the Senate. It's not just a huge loss for Massachusetts. It's a huge loss for the nation."

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In Michigan
6:42 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Retail association index shows improvement

EAST LANSING, MI – The health of retail businesses in Michigan continues to be weak but is slowly gaining strength.

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The Michigan Retailers Association says July was the best month for state retailers in a year. Overall, businesses with sales declines still outnumber those with increasing sales. But for the third straight month, the gap has narrowed.

James Hallan is the association's President and CEO.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Mich. gov says budget talks should move faster

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm says there's a "ridiculously short" amount of time left to get the state budget done and avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Speaking at a Wednesday news conference, the Democratic governor said budget talks are continuing between the state budget director and the heads of the Senate and House appropriations committees.

She expressed frustration at how long it's taking to reach a
budget deal. Granholm says it's ridiculous "that we are at the end of August
and we're not there yet."

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Wixom Ford plant to become green technology hub

WIXOM, MI – Ford plans to sell its vacant Wixom plant to manufacturers of solar panel and batteries. Legislative committees in Lansing heard testimony Wednesday from Wixom officials and representatives from the companies.

AUDIO: The green-technology manufacturers need the Legislature to create tax credits in order to receive federal funding as well to set up shop in Wixom. Those refundable tax credits would not be reflected in the budget until 2012.

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