In Michigan
4:27 am
Fri April 10, 2009

MI gives more money in tax breaks than it takes in

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A new report shows Michigan gives more money away in tax breaks than it collects in revenue.

There's a $10 billion discrepancy between how much the state gives away, versus how much it brings in, according to the report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Sharon Parks is president of the Michigan League for Human Services.

She says state legislative committees need to discuss the costs and the benefits of the tax breaks being handed out.

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In Michigan
4:24 am
Fri April 10, 2009

Report: Warming hurts corn crop

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A new report says climate change is hurting Michigan corn farmers.

The study by the group Environment America says global warming is stunting corn growth.

And state environmentalists says that's costing Michigan farmers $32 million in lost crops.

Lucinda Hohman is with Environment Michigan.

She says there's no single solution.

But she says a first step would be to shift from burning coal to generate electricity to using wind and solar power.

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In Michigan
4:30 am
Thu April 9, 2009

Patterson drops out of Gov race

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor, MI (MPRN) - The 2010 race for Michigan governor is barely underway and a leading
candidate says he has decided not to run.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Thursday that
he will sit out the race.

He says he can't set aside his responsibilities as county
executive to mount a statewide campaign.

Bill Ballenger is the editor of Inside Michigan Politics. He says Patterson was a definite contender for the GOP nomination.

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In Michigan
4:29 am
Thu April 9, 2009

Michigan sites, including EL, may bid for World Cup

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The organization governing soccer in the United States has invited three Michigan venues to express their level of interest in hosting potential World Cup matches.

U.S. soccer is bidding to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022.

U.S. Soccer included Ford Field in Detroit, Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, and Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor among 70 venues they would like to consider.

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In Michigan
4:18 am
Thu April 9, 2009

Lansing Council sets public hearing on ramp sale

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing City Council has set a public hearing on a proposal to sell a city parking ramp to Lansing Community College.

This is the second time the sale of the ramp has come before the council for a vote.

Last September the council rejected a plan to sell the North Capital Ramp to the college for $2.7 million.

Councilmember Eric Hewitt voted against the deal last year and says he'll vote against it again.

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In Michigan
4:11 am
Thu April 9, 2009

Burned Iraqi boy to receive surgery in Lansing

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - Burned Iraqi boy to receive surgery in Michigan

A badly burned Iraqi boy has arrived in Lansing with the National Guard physician's assistant who brought him to Michigan for medical treatment.

Major David Howell and the 12-year-old, Mohammed, were honored Thursday with a welcome ceremony at the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The boy was an infant when he was badly burned along the left side of his face, head and body by an exploding oil lamp.

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In Michigan
11:23 am
Wed April 8, 2009

MSU Golfer To Play In The Masters

MSU golfer Jack Newman
Scott Pohl/WKAR

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Masters golf tournament tees off Thursday at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

One of the amateurs invited to play in the first major tournament of the year is Jack Newman, a junior on the Michigan State University golf team. It's the first time a golfer from MSU has qualified to play in the Masters.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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In Michigan
9:46 am
Wed April 8, 2009

White House sends auto advisers to Detroit

Washington DC – Washington, DC (AP)

The Obama administration has sent a team of 15 people to Detroit to work with General Motors Corp. as it tries to restructure by June 1.

An administration official says the team will be in Detroit over
the next two weeks to accelerate the restructuring process laid out
by President Barack Obama last week.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.

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In Michigan
9:45 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Task force wants Michigan child welfare changes

Lansing, MI – LANSING, Mich. (AP)

A state-appointed task force will
recommend improvements to Michigan's child welfare system,
including a way to raise more money for abuse and neglect
prevention programs through a higher beer tax.

The upcoming Michigan Child Welfare Improvement Task Force
report was discussed Wednesday by state Department of Human
Services officials.

A final report could be out as early as next

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In Michigan
4:34 am
Wed April 8, 2009

MI House Democrats introduce autism legislation

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - State House Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would require autism treatment to be covered by health insurance.

Parents of autistic children say insurance companies are discriminating against their families by denying the children speech therapy and other costly treatments.

James Espinoza has a son with autism.

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