In Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

State's second H1N1 flu case confirmed

Lansing, MI – AP / Scott Pohl, WKAR Radio News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday confirmed Michigan's second case of swine
flu.

The 34-year-old woman from Ottawa County west of Grand Rapids
was released from a hospital last week.

State officials do not know her travel history yet.

But state Department of Community Health Director Janet Olszewski
says many newly infected people did not travel to Mexico or other places with known cases of H1N1.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Chrysler bankruptcy raises questions for workers

Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills, MI (AP/MPRN)
Fears that a Chrysler LLC bankruptcy could devastate southeast Michigan and harm Chrysler workers and retirees nationwide were abating somewhat as details of the deal were released Thursday.

"It's the best deal we can come up with," said Mark Conner,
who works on the production line that makes Jeep Wranglers at
Chrysler's plant in Toledo, Ohio.

"Anything else that could have happened would be worse."

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In Michigan
6:44 am
Thu April 30, 2009

Chrysler may be headed for bankruptcy

Auburn Hills, MI – Chrysler could be headed for bankruptcy protection.

A source tells The Associated Press that the automaker's restructuring plan hit a roadblock when talks broke off with its lenders early today.

Chrysler's deadline to get more federal aid by cutting labor costs, slashing debt and taking on a partner is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The company has reached new deals with its unions in the U. S. and Canada.

And an alliance with Italian automaker Fiat was to be signed later today.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

AP sources: Fiat to sign Chrysler partnership deal

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

Three people briefed on the deal say Italian automaker Fiat Group SpA will sign paperwork by Thursday to become a partner with Chrysler LLC.

The partnership is the last piece of a huge restructuring plan
needed to keep Chrysler alive.

The U.S. government has lent Chrysler $4 billion and gave it until Thursday to get concessions from unions, reduce debt and take on a partner or face liquidation.

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In Michigan
6:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Smoking ban tabled by budget crisis

East Lansing, MI – Rick Pluta (Michigan Public Radio Network)

A ban on smoking in most Michigan workplaces will have to wait until after the state's budget crisis is resolved. State Representative Bert Johnson chairs the legislative committee discussing the issue.

He says a smoking ban will need the support of the House and the Senate.

But, he says, the leadership of both chambers is focused on the state's billion-dollar budget emergency.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Worst case: Michigan deficit could reach $1.3B

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP)

Michigan likely is looking at a budget shortfall this year that could reach $1.3 billion.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jennifer Granholm earlier pegged the deficit at $785 million.

But Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said Wednesday that, in a worst-case scenario, the shortfall could climb to $1.3 billion.

That's because annual and quarterly state income tax payments paid this month are down. The revenue picture will be clearer after Thursday.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Sparrow Hospital Implementing Swine Flu Plan

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

Michigan health officials say they're reviewing their plans for treating swine flu in the region.

Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a 34-year-old Livingston County woman is the first actual case in the state.

The CDC is also testing a probable case from Ottawa County.

Robin Roach is the director of infection prevention and epidemiology at Sparrow Health System in Lansing.

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In Michigan
6:21 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Government, major Chrysler debtholders reach deal

Washington, DC – Washington, DC (AP)

A person familiar with the talks says the Treasury Department has reached a tentative agreement with four of Chrysler's major debtholders as the automaker races to stave off bankruptcy.

Under the agreement, the four banks will forgo claims to their portion of Chrysler's $6.9 billion debt in exchange for $2 billion in cash when the deal closes.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been formally announced.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

GM to force more than 1,000 dealers to close

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)
General Motors Corp. says it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming dealerships to close their doors as the automaker tries to thin dealer ranks to make the remaining outlets stronger.

Dealers were told of the move in a video conference Tuesday.

In addition, the company expects to lose 500 Hummer and Saturn dealers when the brands close or are sold, and it expects 400 dealers to close voluntarily.

Another 500 would be consolidated into other dealers.

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In Michigan
5:41 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Ingham Cty says region is ready for swine flu

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

Ingham County healthcare providers and public safety departments are ready for a possible swine flu outbreak.

That was the message Tuesday from the director of the Ingham County Heath Department.

County Heath Department director Dean Sienko says he's been in contact with local hospitals, pharmacies and police and fire departments to plan a course of action if the swine flu is found here.

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