In Michigan
5:42 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Stabenow expects health care deal by end of year

LANSING, MI – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she's confident a health care overhaul will pass this year.

The Michigan Democrat says the issue is complicated, making it easy for opponents to "scare people" with "misinformation."

Stabenow spoke with reporters in Lansing Monday after discussing health care legislation with public health officials.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Storm causes $400K damage to Jackson school roof

JACKSON, MI – A Northwest Community Schools official expects heavy damage to a middle school roof outside Jackson to be repaired before the start of the school year.

Tom Goodwin, the district's director of operations, maintenance and transportation, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that parts of the roof covering the Kidder Middle School's tech lab and curriculum office were lifted off during storms Sunday night and a corner of roof covering the gymnasium was peeled back.

Damage was estimated at $400,000.

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In Michigan
1:53 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

209 charged in Muskgeon-area Social Security fraud

MUSKEGON, MI – More than 200 Muskegon-area residents are accused of cashing duplicated Social Security disability checks and defrauding the federal government of more than $400,000.

The Muskegon Chronicle and WOOD-TV report state charges were announced Monday against 209 individuals.

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In Michigan
1:49 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

July Mich. tax revenue $50M less than expected

LANSING, MI – Michigan tax revenues for the month of July came in about $50 million less than expected.

Senate Fiscal Agency senior economist Jay Wortley said Monday that sales tax revenue is down because people are buying less.

Those who have lost their jobs aren't paying income taxes, and businesses are paying less because profits are down.

The 3% monthly shortfall is worsening the state's financial woes and leaving less federal recovery money for the budget that starts Oct. 1.

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In Michigan
7:26 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Mike Bishop says Senator spat is a non-issue

LANSING, MI – A state Senate investigation into an elevator argument between two senators is over. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop released the details of the investigation Monday.

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Mon August 10, 2009

More than 100K still without power in Michigan

DETROIT – More than 100,000 Michigan utility customers are without power after thunderstorms battered the region.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons says as of 5:45 a.m. today about 66,000 customers were without power, down from about 117,000 when the storms began Sunday morning.

Consumers Energy says about 48,000 customers were without power as of 6:45 a.m.

Affected DTE customers include 20,000 in Oakland County, 23,000 in Macomb and 17,000 in Wayne.

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In Michigan
7:07 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Lansing Grand River plant back to work today

LANSING, MI – About 800 Lansing autoworkers return to their jobs today after an extended layoff.

A prolonged period of weak Cadillac sales has kept General Motors' Grand River assembly plant idle since late June. But GM Lansing spokeswoman Heidi Magyar says a popular federal incentive is raising the demand for cars.

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In Michigan
7:02 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Senate Fiscal Agency will report new shortfall in revenues

LANSING, MI – A report to be released today by a legislative budget office says Michigan's July tax revenues came in $50 million below expectations. That compounds the problems facing Governor Granholm and the Legislature as they try to balance the budget.

State officials adjusted their expectations in May, but they still weren't sufficiently pessimistic.

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In Michigan
6:38 am
Mon August 10, 2009

City Council to consider Complete Streets ordinance tonight

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council tonight could vote to approve an ordinance designed to make Lansing's streets friendlier to walkers and bikers.

The Complete Streets ordinance was introduced to council through a petition drive. It would require the city to include a network of trails and paths for non-motorized transportation.

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Sports
6:15 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Lugnuts defeated by Dragons

LANSING, MI – The Dayton Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 10-9 yesterday at Oldsmobile Park.

The two teams combined for 19 runs, 19 hits, and 19 runners stranded in the three-hour 21-minute game, topping the duration of the previous day's 18-5 Dayton rout.

The two teams play the finale of the four-game series tonight at 7:05 at Oldsmobile Park.

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