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5:13 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Granholm signs regional letter re: eight-state high-speed rail

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed an agreement with seven other governors to work together to build a high-speed rail line. The train would travel from Detroit and Pontiac to Chicago and other Midwestern cities.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Bernero gets endorsed by MEA PAC and Lansing Education Association

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has picked up another pair of critical endorsements for his reelection bid. The Lansing School's Education Association and a local Political Action Committee of the Michigan Education Association made the endorsements today. Marc Thomas is with the MEA's Capital Area PAC:

"His work in promoting safety in the schools is just one example of something directly he can do, but he can also really set the tone for a
strong educational environment in the city of Lansing," he said.

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In Michigan
11:33 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Midwest governors talk high-speed rail

CHICAGO – Several Midwest governors are meeting in Chicago to talk high-speed trains.

Eight Midwest states have cooperated closely for months to promote a regional high-speed rail network with Chicago as its hub.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and other governors attending what's billed as a Midwest High Speed Rail Summit are expected to lobby again Monday for a cut of $8 billion in federal stimulus cash for such projects.

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In Michigan
10:59 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Detroit Metro Airport has plan to save its shops

ROMULUS, MI – A memo obtained by the Detroit Free Press shows the operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport warns many of the 120 businesses in the facility's terminals could close if they don't receive some assistance.

The newspaper reports Monday the Wayne County Airport Authority has developed a hardship plan that would defer payment of a portion of the fees the airport charges businesses.

Retail sales at the McNamara Terminal from October 2008 through January of this year were down 17 percent to 40 percent from the year-ago period.

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Sports
10:55 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Woods paired with Seger for pre-Buick Open pro-am

GRAND BLANC, MI – Tiger Woods will play a round with rock legend Bob Seger at a pro-am event ahead of this week's Buick Open near Flint.

Seger and Woods will tee off at 7 a.m. Wednesday in Grand Blanc. The Buick Open runs Thursday through Sunday at Warwick Hills.

The high-profile pairing was announced Monday.

Others scheduled to take part in the Pure Michigan Pro-Am include Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester.

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WKAR Features
9:53 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Fight over tax breaks focused on disclosure

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration will resume lobbying this week for expanding the number of tax credits the state uses to attract employers. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority awards the credits based on the recommendation of the state's business development agency. But this month, the authority almost reached the limit of what it can offer. And the governor says that threatens to stall her efforts to bring more skilled jobs to a state that badly needs them.

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In Michigan
7:17 am
Mon July 27, 2009

State Legislature extends recess

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats plan to unveil legislation this week to offer incentives for renewable energy businesses. But no one will be in Lansing to vote on it.

The Legislature's informal summer break continues to drag on as closed-door budget meetings between Governor Granholm and legislative leaders continue. Those confidential discussions don't leave much room for other legislative business.

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In Michigan
6:54 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Community colleges lobby to offer 4-year degrees

LIVONIA, MI – Michigan community colleges are challenging four-year universities for the right to offer bachelor's degrees.

If they succeed, the state would join 14 others that already allow such degrees.

The move is being opposed by Michigan's 15 public universities, which says it's a clear case of the colleges overstepping their missions.

Livonia Republican state Representative John Walsh is the bill's author, and he has backing from a bipartisan group of colleagues.

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In Michigan
6:51 am
Mon July 27, 2009

USDA: Michigan's peach forecast is looking good

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Agriculture officials say Michigan's peach crop is looking good for this year after frost took a big bite out of last year's harvest.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says projections released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Michigan Field Office call for an estimated at 20,000 tons of peaches to be harvested this summer from Michigan's orchards.

That's up 43 percent from last year, when spring frost lowered the summertime peach harvest.

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Arts & Culture
6:23 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Shakespeare's Globe to tour United States starting in Ann Arbor

LONDON – Shakespeare's Globe, the London theater that stages the Bard's plays in an Elizabethan setting, is taking its show on the road in the U.S.

The company says it will perform the comedy "Love's Labour's Lost" in eight American university cities starting in October.

The Globe is a recreation of the open-air theater where many of Shakespeare's plays were first performed. Many patrons stand in the open air as "groundlings" like their Elizabethan predecessors,and actors are encouraged to interact with the audience.

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