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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Top Stories
11:36 am
Tue April 28, 2009

Federal government is sending antiviral medicine to Michigan

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Michigan Department of Community Health has asked for enough medication to treat 250,000 people if necessary. A department spokesman says that shipment should arrive by the end of the week.

The state already has a stockpile on hand large enough to treat one million people.

In the meantime, the state has partially activated an emergency operations center in response to the outbreak.

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In Michigan
9:57 am
Tue April 28, 2009

Michigan Reports Probable Swine Flu Case

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Health officials in Michigan are keeping a close watch on a possible case of swine flu in the state.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says a Livingston County woman may have contracted the illness during a recent trip to the Texas-Mexico border area.

Dr. Greg Holzman is the department's Chief Medical Executive.

He says it's important to stress that this single incident is only a probable case.

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In Michigan
9:57 am
Tue April 28, 2009

Lansing leaders watch auto developments

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Political leaders in Lansing are trying to anticipate how General Motors and Chrysler's restructuring plans will affect government programs and spending.

Layoffs, reduced salaries, and production slowdowns in the auto industry are expected to reduce tax revenues and hurt funding for state services.

At the same time, demands for public assistance are expected to grow as layoffs add more people to the ranks of the unemployed.

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In Michigan
9:56 am
Tue April 28, 2009

Two possible swine flu cases now reported

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - Michigan is now looking at two possible cases of swine flu.

The latest is in Kent County.

The Grand Rapids Press reports a 41-year-old woman who recently visited Mexico is being tested by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

If the results are positive, samples will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing.

Yesterday, officials announced that a woman from Livingston County might have swine flu.

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In Michigan
5:26 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Probable case of swine flu reported in Michigan

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP/WKAR)
The Michigan Department of Community Health is reporting a probable case of swine flu in Livingston County.

State laboratory results show what appears to be swine flu in a 34-year-old woman who recently traveled to the Texas-Mexico border.

The lab results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm whether the case is positive.

People with respiratory illness are strongly urged to stay home to avoid spreading the disease.

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