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6:44 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Gov to approve carbon capture coal plants

East Lansing, MI – Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
East Lansing, MI

Governor Granholm says she is ready to approve permits for utilities that get federal grants to build coal-fired power plants that store carbon gasses below ground.

The governor ordered new coal plant permits to be delayed while environmental regulators review the requests.

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6:39 am
Fri March 27, 2009

AP Source: Government may seek more auto givebacks

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

A person briefed on the government's efforts to save Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. says the Obama administration is likely to require further concessions from the companies and their stakeholders in exchange for more aid.

The requirements could go beyond concessions outlined in the terms of the first government loans given to the automakers by the Bush administration, according to the person, who did not want to be identified because the administration's plans have not been revealed.

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9:14 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Wind energy panel meets

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A state panel is examining the feasibility of locating electricity-generating windmills off Michigan's Great Lakes shoreline.

The Michigan Wind Energy Council is part of Governor Granholm's plan to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels, and develop an alternative energy industry.

Rich Vanderveen is a commission member who runs a wind power company in northern Michigan.

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6:18 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Dems propose tax break for auto suppliers

Lansing, MI – Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for some up-front financial help for automotive suppliers that consolidate their operations in Michigan.

There are about five thousand automotive suppliers in the US.

And state House Speaker Andy Dillon says he expects about half of them will be downsizing and combining their operations in the coming year.

He says up front tax breaks could convince them to move operations from other states to Michigan.

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In Michigan
5:22 am
Thu March 26, 2009

MSU Golfer to Play in Masters

MSU golfer Jack Newman
Scott Pohl, WKAR

EAST LANSING, MI – Listen during the week of April 6 to hear WKAR's Scott Pohl report on Jack Newman, the MSU golfer who has qualified to play in the 2009 Masters Tournament.

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In Michigan
2:58 am
Thu March 26, 2009

MI Senate approves salary rollbacks

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (Rick Pluta, MPRN)

State lawmakers have taken a first step toward cutting the paychecks of elected officials.

The state Senate approved the recommendations of a salary commission that elected officials pay and be reduced by 10%.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop said it s necessary for elected officials to lead by example during the budget crisis.

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In Michigan
2:50 am
Thu March 26, 2009

AP Source: 7,500 GM hourly workers decide to leave

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI
AP

A person familiar with the numbers says about 7,500 General Motors Corp.
hourly workers have signed up to take buyout and early retirement offers.

That's about 12% of the company's U.S. hourly work force of 62,400.

The person says most of the workers took early retirement options and few took buyouts to leave the company.

The person did not want to be identified because the number has not been released publicly.

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9:15 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Jobless rate hits 12%

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7:45 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Michigan Senate panel OKs stimulus road funding

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) A Michigan Senate panel has voted to authorize $873 million in federal stimulus money to pay for road, bridge and other transportation projects in the state.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to OK the legislation tomorrow. It passed 7-0 yesterday in a special Senate stimulus committee, with one senator abstaining.

The measure already has won approval from the Democratic-controlled House.

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