In Michigan
10:22 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

MSU's non-tenure track faculty vote to unionize

EAST LANSING, Mich. – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - Non-tenure track faculty members at Michigan State University have voted to unionize.

Non-tenure track faculty lack long-term job security and generally get lower pay than tenure-track teachers.

Organizer Richard Manderfield says Friday's vote was 240 to 113 in favor of unionizing.

He says the group will draft a contract proposal and hopes to begin negotiations in the fall.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Report designates promising areas for wind farms

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - (MPRN) A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms. The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan.

The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Senate Republicans further delay legislation

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.

State Senate Democrats say the G-O-P was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over F-D-A-approved drugs.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

GM's May sales down 30% but improving

Detroit – Detroit (AP) - A day after filing for bankruptcy protection, automaker General Motors Corp. says its U.S. sales in May fell 30% from a year ago but were 11% better than in April.

GM said Tuesday that improved consumer confidence levels last month helped buyers shrug off concerns about the automaker's impending Chapter 11 filing.

GM says it sold 191,875 cars and light trucks in May.

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In Michigan
4:24 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Labor secretary pledges $49M in aid for Michigan

Romulus, MI – Romulus, MI (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced an additional $49 million in federal aid to help Michigan workers who lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The announcement comes Tuesday as Solis and other cabinet officials are touring Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The region has been hard hit by the loss of automotive and other manufacturing jobs.

Solis made the announcement at a General Motors Corp. plant in Romulus. GM filed for bankruptcy this week.

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In Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

School leaders, public discuss growing budget shortfall

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District is meeting Tuesday evening to discuss how to address its growing budget deficit. School Board President Hugh Clarke says changing state rules on paying for all-day Kindergarten could add several million dollars to the district's tab. Lansing also expects enrollment to fall by up to a thousand next year. That means millions fewer state dollars. District planners now expect a deficit as high as $18-million.

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In Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Cabinet secretaries to visit Mich., 3 other states

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The man in charge of the White House's efforts to help auto-dependent communities and workers get back on their feet is returning to Michigan.

Ed Montgomery will attend meetings today in hard-hit Pontiac and attend events in Romulus and Detroit with two other federal officials.

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Sports
11:33 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Detroit commission votes to level Tiger Stadium

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit city commission has voted to demolish the section of Tiger Stadium left standing after much of the historic ballpark was knocked down last year.

The city's Economic Development Corp. board voted 7-1 on Tuesday to authorize the complete demolition of the stadium.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. vice president Waymon Guillebeaux says the stadium will be leveled as soon as a contract is negotiated with a contractor.

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Science/Tech
10:48 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Michigan identifies 4 regions with wind potential

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A state board has identified four regions in Michigan with the most potential to harvest wind into energy.

Region 1 includes parts of Allegan County southwest of Grand Rapids.

Region 2 includes parts of Antrim and Charlevoix counties northeast of Traverse City.

Region 3 includes parts of Benzie, Leelanau and Manistee counties to the west and south of Traverse City.

And Region 4 includes parts of Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Bay and Saginaw counties.

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Science/Tech
10:43 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Warning on antidepressants has been followed by decline in diagnoses

CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers are finding a persistent decline in the rate of Americans -- especially children -- who are newly diagnosed with depression. But that doesn't mean there are fewer cases of it.

The decline followed the first federal warning on risks connected with antidepressant drugs. And the researchers believe that the warning may have helped reverse a five-year trend of rising rates of diagnosis for depression.

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