In Michigan
3:16 am
Thu April 16, 2009

Michigan Militia holds annual tax protest

Michigan Militia Tax Blast features an open gun range.
Rob South/WKAR

Bancroft, MI –

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In Michigan
6:17 am
Wed April 15, 2009

Country Club of Lansing fights foreclosure

East Lansing, MI – Mark Bashore / Kevin Lavery, WKAR Radio News
Lansing's most historic private club may be struggling for survival.

According to a notice published in the Ingham Legal News, the Country Club of Lansing is in default of a $6.7 million loan.

National City Bank holds the 101-year old club's loan.

The club is scheduled to auctioned May 7 at the Ingham County Courthouse.

Country Club of Lansing officials did not return calls seeking comment.

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In Michigan
1:46 am
Wed April 15, 2009

Mich. unemployment rate jumps to 12.6% in March

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - Michigan's unemployment rate jumped to 12.6% in March, up from 12% the month before.

The higher number is likely to keep Michigan in the spotlight as
the state with the nation's worst unemployment rate.

The national unemployment rate in March was 8.5%.

The state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Development said Wednesday that the weakness in the auto industry along with the national recession have "severely affected" Michigan's labor market over the past year.

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In Michigan
1:45 am
Wed April 15, 2009

Tax protesters gather at Capitol

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - An estimated 4,000 people were at the state Capitol Wednesday to protest taxes.

The gathering was one of many so-called "tea parties" held around the state and the nation.

The Capitol protest attracted people from across Michigan.

Many of the protestors waved signs, banners, or flags.

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In Michigan
9:40 am
Tue April 14, 2009

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych is dead at 54

(Detroit, MI) – Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych is dead.

His body was found underneath a truck on his farm in Massachusetts Monday. Authorities say they believe his death was an accident.

Fidrych earned his nickname because of his curly hair, his gangly frame, and his quirky mannerisms such as talking to himself on the mound, though it looked like he was talking to the baseball.

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In Michigan
9:31 am
Tue April 14, 2009

New production studio coming to Allen Park

(Allen Park, MI) – The Detroit suburb of Allen Park is expected to be home to a new $146 million film and television production complex.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report details are expected to be announced today. Project spokesman Roger Martin says the studio will employ thousands of skilled workers.

The complex is expected to occupy the site of a former technical center for auto parts maker Visteon Corporation.

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In Michigan
5:24 am
Tue April 14, 2009

Allen Park getting $146M movie production complex

Allen Park, MI – Allen Park, MI (AP)

Local officials say upward of 3,000 skilled and non-skilled jobs could be created when a $146 million film and television production complex is completed just outside Detroit.

Unity Studios Inc. President Jimmy Lifton says groundbreaking in Allen Park is expected within two months, with production starting in October.

The project was announced Tuesday.

The complex will be built on 104 acres of land that once housed an auto parts manufacturing site.

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In Michigan
5:15 am
Tue April 14, 2009

MEDC approves tax breaks for battery companies

East Lansing, MI – Mark Bashore, WKAR Radio News

Plans to create a 21st century battery industry in Michigan are accelerating.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation Tuesday gave the green light for up to $400-million in tax breaks to battery-related companies to grow their operations in the state.

MEDC executive Doug Parks says the four companies work on a variety of applications.

A number of states are competing for advanced battery manufacturing.

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In Michigan
1:47 am
Tue April 14, 2009

GI Bill provisions changing

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Michigan congressman Mike Rogers is alerting veterans that changes to the G-I Bill could help them or a family member get a college education.

The biggest change to the G-I Bill is this: if a veteran chooses not to use the education benefit, it can be transferred to a spouse or a child.

The change takes effect August first, in advance of fall classes at colleges and universities.

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In Michigan
9:34 am
Mon April 13, 2009

Granholm to sign unemployment benefits extension

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm is to sign legislation this morning that will extend unemployment payments for laid-off workers by seven weeks.

Michigan's jobless workers currently qualify for up to 18 months of benefits.

The federal stimulus package offers states with high unemployment rates more funds to extend those payments even further.

Michigan which has the nation's highest jobless rate - almost 12 percent.

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