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3:07 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Granholm: Tax incentives to run out for businesses

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm and economic development officials want lawmakers to let the state offer more tax incentives to businesses that create or retain jobs.

Michigan is about to run out of tax credits it can grant in 2009.

The Democratic-led House has voted to raise the cap on the amount of tax incentives. The legislation is pending in a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

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12:47 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Rick Snyder dives into Michigan governor's race

DEARBORN, MI – Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder is the latest candidate to reveal plans to run for governor in Michigan in 2010.

The Republican announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference today at Dearborn's Greenfield Village and has scheduled a five-day statewide tour. He plans to visit Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids later in the day.

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In Michigan
12:40 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Magna to revive former Chrysler HQ in Highland Park

LANSING, MI – The site of the former Chrysler Corp.'s headquarters in Highland Park is expected to become an automotive components plant in 2010.

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday approved $4.5 million in state tax incentives for auto supplier Magna International Inc. The state says up to 420 jobs could be created over five years at the facility.

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In Michigan
12:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

E Lansing non-profit awarded DEQ grant

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan is working with an East Lansing nonprofit group to establish sites across the state where thermostats can be recycled free, helping keep mercury out of landfills and incinerators.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's awarding a $50,000 grant to East Lansing-based Urban Options to establish collection sites for home and commercial mercury thermostats.

Many older thermostats contain mercury switches and are being replaced with programmable thermostats to save energy and reduce heating costs.

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In Michigan
6:22 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Granholm cool to statewide public employee insurance pool

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she's not ready to endorse a proposal to put 400,000 public employees into a statewide health insurance pool. She says she's not convinced the plan will produce big savings. And she says it does nothing to get the state out from under its current budget crisis.

"State workers earn less than the private sector, and their benefits cost less than the private sector, with the latest round of consessions state employees have made," Granholm says. "State employees have made enormous concessions."

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Sports
5:46 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Shock's Smith reserve for All-Star game

NEW YORK – The Detroit Shock's Katie Smith has been named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference team in the WNBA All-Star game. Her fellow reserves for Saturday's game in Connecticut include Jia Perkins of the Chicago Sky.

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Sports
5:44 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Lugnuts rout Timber Rattlers

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts enjoyed their most comfortable win of the season Monday night at Oldsmobile Park, scoring five runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to rout the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 15-1. The Lugnuts are off today before starting a six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series at Peoria on Wednesday.

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Sports
5:41 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Tigers to face Seattle tonight

UNDATED – The Detroit Tigers are back after a day off. They'll face Seattle tonight to kick off a seven-game homestand that will include a Friday double header against the Chicago White Sox.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Snyder plans to announce run for Michigan governor

LANSING, MI – Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder is expected to formally enter the race to become Michigan's next governor.

The Republican has scheduled press events in Lansing, Dearborn, Flint and Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

Snyder is a venture capitalist and former president of computer-maker Gateway Inc.

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In Michigan
6:25 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Grand Valley State University hikes tuition 5.3%

ALLENDALE, MI – Tuition will increase 5.3% next year for Michigan students entering Grand Valley State University.

The university's Board of Trustees voted Monday to set in-state first-year tuition and fees for the 2009-2010 academic year of $4,315 per semester, or $8,630 for the year.

That's an extra $434 over the Allendale-based university's tuition of $8,196 last year.

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