In Focus Today
8:05 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Wharton Center releases 2009-10 schedule

(East Lansing, MI) – The Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University has released its schedule for the coming season.

The highlight is the return of "Phantom of the Opera" next May and June.

The Broadway Series includes "White Christmas," "Young Frankenstein," "A Chorus Line" and "South Pacific."

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In Michigan
7:03 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Prices at Wharton Center to go down

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI -- Michigan State University's Wharton Center is cutting some prices for events next season.

Wharton Center Executive Director Michael Brand says producers have cooperated to help lower ticket prices for the 2009-2010 season.

He says that includes the Broadway Series and music programs.

Brand says there will be more marketing of discounted tickets for students, and family ticket promotions.

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In Michigan
7:00 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Budget chief says deal is close on deficit plan

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI -- The Legislature returns to the state Capitol this week following a two-week spring break.

But legislative leaders and Governor Granholm's did not take a hiatus from budget negotiations.

Legislative leaders say K-12 schools and Medicaid are safe from budget cuts for the rest of this fiscal year.

But everything else is on the table as they try to wrestle down a $785 million deficit.

Robert Emerson is Governor Granholm's budget chief.

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In Michigan
6:23 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Detroit Free Press wins Pulitzer for mayoral story

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

The Detroit Free Press has won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for obtaining a trove of sexually explicit text messages that brought down the city's mayor.

The award was announced Monday after one of the most depressing years the newspaper industry has ever seen, with layoffs, bankruptcies and closings.

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In Michigan
3:44 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Michigan plan would crack down on failing schools

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP)

Chronically failing schools would be supervised by a state-appointed turnaround specialist under terms of legislation introduced by two Michigan House Democrats.

Schools would be considered failing if a large majority of students don't meet proficiency requirements on standardized math and English tests. Schools also would have to fail to meet federal No Child Left Behind standards for four straight years.

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In Michigan
3:41 am
Mon April 20, 2009

GM exec says 1,600 will lose jobs in next few days

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

A top General Motors Corp. executive says 1,600 workers will lose their jobs during the next few days as the automaker tries to cut costs and restructure to stay in business.

GM North America President Troy Clarke says in an e-mail to workers obtained by The Associated Press that the layoffs are needed to ensure GM's long-term viability.

Last month GM began cutting 3,400 U.S. salaried jobs as part of the 47,000 job cuts that it will make worldwide by year's end.

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In Michigan
1:43 am
Mon April 20, 2009

New enhanced license to be unveiled

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land will debut Michigan's new high security driver's license Tuesday.

The new license will also double as a passport for North American international travel.

Travelers returning to the U-S from Canada, Mexico, or Caribbean countries will soon need either a passport or a state-issued I-D that has more information than the standard driver's license.

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In Focus Today
8:39 am
Fri April 17, 2009

Dental clinic struggles to help underserved patients

(Lansing, MI) – An estimated 50,000 people in Ingham County do not have dental insurance, and most of them cannot afford to pay for dental care. Health officials say those numbers are rising, as more and more people lose their jobs.

The Carefree Dental Clinic in south Lansing offers free or low-cost dental care to those who qualify.

But the demand is much greater than the clinic can handle.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Fri April 17, 2009

School Board tables vote on closings

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI -- The Lansing School Board Thursday night postponed a controverisal decision on whether to close two elementary schools.

The recommendation by school superintendent T. C. Wallace at first appeared to be headed for defeat.

A majority of board members indicated while they were not against closing schools, they would need more information before voting to shut down Moores Park and Grand River Elementary schools.

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In Michigan
5:24 am
Fri April 17, 2009

US awards Michigan $236 million for water project

Traverse City, MI – Traverse City, MI (AP)

Michigan is getting $236 million for water infrastructure projects under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this week it was awarding the money to Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality.

The cash will pay to improve drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, control runoff pollution and improve watershed and estuary management programs.

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