In Michigan
6:10 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Feds loan Ford billions toward fuel efficiency

DEARBORN, MI – Ford's effort to build more fuel efficient cars and trucks is getting a nearly $6 billion boost from the Obama Administration.

The money comes from a $25 billion loan program designed to help all automakers that manufacture vehicles in the US. In addition to Ford, the federal government is giving a combined $2 billion to Nissan and electric car maker Tesla.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Europe trip canceled after Mich. orchestra students get flu

TWIN LAKE, MI – A Michigan arts camp has canceled a three-week orchestra tour of Europe after several students came down with the flu.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp says its International Youth Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to depart Monday evening from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. But several students were diagnosed with type-A influenza while touring Ohio over the weekend.

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In Michigan
3:52 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Michigan lawmakers debate college scholarship cash

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate funding for a state-sponsored college scholarship program but keep debate about the program alive.

The Republican-led chamber's version of the higher education bill passed 19-17 Tuesday eliminates money for the Michigan Promise scholarship for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. But it keeps a placeholder for the program in the bill in case lawmakers figure out a way to at least partially fund the scholarships.

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In Michigan
2:44 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Ionia Flooding To Impact Fair Parking?

IONIA, MI – IONIA, MI (WKAR) - About 1,000 cars remain stranded at the Ionia County Fairgrounds after the Grand River flooded during a concert on Saturday.

The flooded area is also used for parking at the Ionia Free Fair, just over three weeks from now.

AUDIO: Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler says the affected area will need repairs after the floodwaters recede and the cars are removed.

He says the driveway leading into the mowed, grassy parking area will need the most work.

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In Michigan
12:39 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Ingham County approves PLA's

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

Mason, MI – The Ingham County Board of Commissioners has approved the use of project labor agreements for certain types of construction projects.
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The commission's 13 to 2 vote in favor of project labor agreements gives the county the discretion to use them on a case by case basis.

PLA's are collective bargaining agreements that set workplace rules before contractors are hired. Non-unionized workers argued PLA's would shut them out of the county bidding process.

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In Michigan
10:04 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Michigan lawmakers debate college scholarship cash

LANSING, MI – Lt. Gov. John Cherry says Michigan lawmakers should restore money for the state's primary publicly funded college scholarship program.

Cherry said in a teleconference Tuesday that while the Michigan Promise scholarship program may not be immune from budget cuts, lawmakers should not completely eliminate it. Cherry, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor in 2010, says eliminating the program would break a promise to the 96,000
students expecting to receive some money from it this fall.

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In Michigan
10:02 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Europe trip canceled after Mich. students get flu

TWIN LAKE, MI – TWIN LAKE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan arts camp has canceled a three-week orchestra tour of Europe after several students came down with the flu.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp says its International Youth Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to depart Monday evening from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. But several students were diagnosed with type-A influenza while touring Ohio over the weekend.

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In Michigan
9:45 am
Tue June 23, 2009

State House Appropriations committee to vote on budget cut for HAL

LANSING, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee plans to vote Wednesday to cut spending for the department of History, Arts and Libraries, but save it from elimination.


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The committee plans to roll back spending on the department by more than ten percent. Governor Granholm wants to get rid of the department altogether, and have its programs absorbed by other departments.

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Business
6:27 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Obama wants new council to help auto industry

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is creating a White House council to handle issues that affect American communities and workers tied to the automotive industry.

The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday to establish the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. The council will be chaired by the president's economic adviser, Larry Summers, and his labor secretary, Hilda Solis.

The executive director will be Obama's director of recovery for auto communities and workers, Ed Montgomery.

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Sports
5:52 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Most Mich. HS teams can't have ads on uniforms

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Even in tough economic times, the body that regulates high school athletics in Michigan says most team uniforms are off-limits to schools looking to make some extra cash.

The Detroit News reports the Michigan High School Athletic Association doesn't allow member schools to accept sponsorship for their athletics uniforms. That rule applies to sports governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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