In Michigan
6:02 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Local officials call for restoring budget cuts

LANSING, MI – Local government officials are warning police officers and firefighters will be laid off if the state follows through with a double-digit cut in payments to cities and counties. A couple hundred of them marched Thursday on the state Capitol to protest the $145 million reduction in state aid to local governments.

Grand Rapids City Commissioner David LaGrand.

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Top Stories
5:56 am
Thu October 22, 2009

H1N1 UPDATE: AREA SCHOOL CLOSINGS

East Lansing, MI – The following schools are closed on Friday, Oct. 23 due to the H1N1 virus:

INGHAM COUNTY:

Leslie Public Schools

Capital Area Academy (Lansing)

Marble Elementary (East Lansing)

Lansing Christian (Lansing)

Lansing Catholic High School

CLINTON COUNTY:

Dewitt Public Schools

East Olive Elementary (St. Johns)

JACKSON COUNTY: Paragon Charter Academy (Jackson)

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In Michigan
6:04 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

State board of ed to hold crisis meeting

LANSING, MI – The state Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss Michigan's school funding crisis.

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In a written statement, board president Kathleen Straus says the crisis to too urgent for the board to wait for its regular meeting in two weeks.

The K-12 budget just signed by Governor Granholm cuts school funding by $165 per student. And the budget is still underfunded.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

Michigan's jobless rate still the highest

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate of 15.3% was once again the highest in the nation last month. Nevada is in second place at a full two points lower than Michigan's rate. Nevada is struggling with a downturn in tourism and construction.

Michigan's unemployment increases have largely tracked the national increases since June. But the state suffered big job losses in the first half of the year.

Jim Rhein is with the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

State House passes Minor-In-Possession bill

LANSING, MI – Underage drinkers would be able to seek medical attention for themselves or their friends without risking a Minor-In-Possession citation under new legislation.

The state House passed the bill Wednesday.

Democratic Representative Mark Meadows used to be the mayor of East Lansing, where Michigan State University is located. He says he sponsored this legislation because of a few alcohol-related deaths on MSU's campus while he was mayor.

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In Michigan
4:40 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

House Tax Policy Committee discusses Senate revenue plan

LANSING, MI – Lawmakers are discussing revenue proposals to fill a $100 million hole in the K-12 schools budget. This week House and Senate committees began reviewing plans from the opposite chamber.

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The House Tax Policy Committee began taking testimony on the Senate Republican revenue proposal, which would generate money by limiting tax credits.

Democratic Representative Kate Ebli chairs the committee.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

Governor hasn't made decision on budget vetoes

DETROIT, MI – Michigan's governor hasn't decided where she'll make cuts in the budget bills on her desk.

Speaking at a plug-in electric vehicle conference Wednesday in Detroit, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she doesn't have enough money to fund everything in the six bills because of declining revenues.

She has vetoed spending in other budget bills she has signed.

Granholm says she wants to make sure "we do this right."

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In Michigan
3:20 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

MI state Board of Ed plans emergency funding meeting

LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Board of Education has called an emergency meeting to discuss the school funding crisis. The new K-12 education budget cuts schools by $165 for every student. Governor Granholm says more cuts are coming if the Legislature does not come up with a plan for funding schools. The board of education will meet Monday morning. Board President Kathleen Straus says the crisis is too urgent to wait for the board's regular meeting in two and a half weeks.

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In Michigan
6:14 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Senate Committee discusses Gitmo and Standish

LANSING, MI – Corrections Department officials testified before a state Senate committee that they have had little contact with the federal government regarding the future of the Standish maximum security prison. Representatives from the White House toured the facility in August as a potential site for Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

The Department of Corrections says it has only been contacted once since August by federal officials who toured the Standish prison.

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In Michigan
5:39 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Cooley Law School plans $6M library expansion

LANSING, MI – Thomas Cooley Law School says it plans a $6 million expansion of the library at its Lansing campus.

The school says it also plans to spend $2 million for need-based financial aid.

Money for the initiatives comes in part from Cooley's new Campaign for Knowledge fundraising drive.

Cooley said Tuesday it's already raised $1.7 million for the library's $3 million gift goal. The school says it will match that amount.

It says it's raised about 90 percent of the money needed for the financial aid program.

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