In Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

Dow seeks federal funds for Midland battery plant

Midland, MI – Midland, MI (AP)
Dow Chemical Co. says it wants to create a $665 million facility to manufacture advanced batteries in Midland.

Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Andrew Liveris announced Thursday at the company's annual meeting that KD Advanced Battery Group has listed Midland as its preferred site for the project on an application for federal funding. The group is a partnership of Midland-based Dow, Missouri-based Kokam America Inc. and others.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

Michigan still working on employee furlough plan

Lansing, MI – Lansing, Mich. (AP)
The state of Michigan still is trying to determine exactly how it will schedule furlough days for roughly 38,000 of its employees.

The move is expected to save the state about $21.7 million. It is part of a plan to eliminate a projected $1.3 billion budget deficit in an executive order issued by Gov. Jennifer Granholm last week. More than half of the state's 53,000 state employees will be required to take at least six furlough days before Sept. 30.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

State Senate GOP unveils statewide healthcare plan

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR Radio)

Republican state senators unveiled a plan Thursday to ensure medical care for poor people who do not have health coverage. The legislation would create a pool that would be funded by all the companies that sell insurance in Michigan, and by fees charged to doctors and hospitals. The MI-Health fund would cover people well below the poverty line.

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In Michigan
5:02 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

Okemos GM dealer expects area closings

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR)

A GM car dealer in Okemos says he expects several car dealerships in mid-Michigan will get bad news from General Motors Friday. General Motors is thinning the ranks of dealerships nationwide to make those remaining more profitable.

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In Michigan
3:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

Chrysler to shutter four Lansing-area dealerships

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR Radio)
Chrysler has identified four Lansing area dealerships it wants to shut down due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The dropped dealers include Story Chrysler Jeep on Michigan Avenue in Lansing and Beacon Sales in Charlotte.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

AP source: Obama has more than 6 people for court

Washington, DC – WASHINGTON (AP)
A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama is considering Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and more than five other people as nominees for the Supreme Court.

An official familiar with Obama's decision-making said others include Solicitor General Elena Kagan, California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Appeals Court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Pamela Wood - people who have been mentioned frequently as potential candidates.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

State House passes home foreclosure bills

Lansing, MI – State House Democrats and the Senate GOP found middle ground Wednesday on foreclosure legislation that would give homeowners 90 days to work with lenders.

Foreclosure bills have travelled back and forth from the House and Senate for a couple months. Democrats wanted to include the threat of court proceedings as incentive for lenders to work with homeowners. Republicans argued the only group benefiting from the courts was trial lawyers.

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Groups protest MI budget cuts

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN)

People opposed to the hundreds of millions of dollars in state budget cuts were at the state Capitol Wednesday. It's a near-daily occurrence since Governor Granholm's cuts were unveiled last week, and approved by legislative committees.

Advocates for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and law enforcement are all trying to make their case that there are better options than cutting their budgets.

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In Michigan
3:17 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

More bad news ahead for Michigan state budgets

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP)
Michigan's economic difficulties are worse than state analysts expected just a few months ago. That's creating more bad news for the state budget situation because of declining tax revenues. The latest report came Wednesday from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

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In Michigan
2:02 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Michigan adds 69 species to endangered list

Traverse City, MI – TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP)
Dozens of plants and animals have been added to the list of species that may disappear from Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the state's threatened and endangered species list has been updated to add 69 members. Among them are several freshwater mollusks and a bird called the cerulean warbler.

The endangered list now includes 396 species.

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