In Michigan
3:35 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Mass. co. plans 3 battery facilities near Detroit

LIVONIA, MI – The chief executive of an advanced battery company says a nearly $250 million grant from the federal government is a "kick-start" to opening three facilities near
Detroit and making it possible to be competitive in the United States.

A123 Systems Inc. President and CEO David Vieau says the Watertown, Mass.-based company will develop lithium-ion battery technology for Chrysler Group LLC at new facilities in Livonia, Romulus and Brownstown Township.

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3:31 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Granholm, leaders continue budget talks

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm held a conference call this morning with the Legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders to continue negotiations on the budget. The state's new fiscal year begins in eight weeks.

The state's facing a deficit of $1.8 billion in its General Fund. It would be almost a billion dollars bigger without federal stimulus money to help cover a shortfall in Michigan's School Aid Fund.

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In Michigan
6:29 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Granholm joins Biden in Detroit for battery announcement

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm joined the Vice President in Detroit Wednesday as he announced more than $2 billion in automotive technology grants. Granholm says local lawmakers are responsible for gathering support in Washington for the funds. She says battery technology will be critical to the state's future economy:

"Michigan has put $700 million into battery credits, pack assembly, cell manufacturing, research and development and the integration with the vehicle," she said.

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In Michigan
6:23 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Michigan to get federal money for electric vehicles and batteries

DETROIT, MI – The Obama administration says 11 Michigan manufacturers and research facilities will receive more than $1,000,000,000 of $2,400,000,000 in grants for development of the next generation of electric vehicles and batteries, more than any other state.

Michigan and Indiana combined will receive the largest portion of the grant money. Battery makers, along with General Motors, Ford, Chrysler LLC and Dow Chemical Company are receiving grants.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Human service groups blast budget cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan's infant mortality rate and foster care population will go up if proposed state budget cuts to human services are passed. That's the view of advocacy groups who gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol.

Some are calling for an increase in the state beer tax to address the issue. Jack Kresnak is President of the group "Michigan's Children." He says a 5-cent hike on beer would raise $111-million:

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Michigan governor still hesitant on Gitmo proposal

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she would rather take in prisoners from California than those from Guantanamo Bay.

Granholm told reporters Wednesday she needs to hear from the Department of Homeland Security before making decisions about accepting Guantanamo detainees. Federal officials say a maximum security prison in Standish and the military penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are among possible locations to hold 229 foreign fighters now detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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In Michigan
4:11 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Senate Majority Leader calls for more transparency from Governor

LANSING, MI – State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says Governor Granholm should make her revenue proposals public.

Bishop says the governor gave legislative leaders in closed-door budget negotiations a list of ways she thinks the state could collect more money through taxes. Bishop says if the Senate's proposals for program cuts are public knowledge, the governor's revenue list should be as well.

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In Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Citizens rally to save Library of Michigan

Hundreds of people formed a chain around the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing Wednesday.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – Hundreds of people concerned about the future of the Library of Michigan rallied at the state capitol and the Michigan Historical Center Wednesday. They fear state budget cuts could shut down all or part of the state library.

AUDIO:

Last month, Governor Granholm transferred responsibility for the library to the Department of Education. Under her executive order, much of the library's vast collection would be scattered over many physical locations.

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WKAR Features
11:40 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Granholm, legislators to resume talks amid budget protests

Hundreds of people rally at the Michigan Historical Center to voice their concerns for its future.
WKAR Photo

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will resume meeting Thursday with the legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders to try and resolve the state's $1.8 billion budget crisis. Little has changed since last week's exchange between the leaders - except that more people are going public with their complaints of the proposed budget cuts. There were two protests Wednesday at the state Capitol.

AUDIO:

"Preserve our Michigan treasures. Save our libraries."

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In Michigan
11:14 am
Wed August 5, 2009

DPS project $2.1M savings from health audit

DETROIT – The emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools says the removal of 411 ineligible dependents from its health insurance coverage will save the district about $2.1 million a year.

Robert Bobb told reporters Wednesday the audit begins a broader review of dependent health insurance coverage in the state's largest school district.

He says the names surfaced during a two-week amnesty for employees to report those no longer entitled to coverage.

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