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6:23 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Michigan Senate Passes 'Conversion School' Bill

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A bill that has passed the Michigan Senate would allow the lowest-performing 5% of schools to leave their districts and become so-called "conversion" schools.

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6:15 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Michigan Bill on Job Seekers' Social Media Privacy

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A Michigan House committee has approved legislation that would bar employers and universities from asking prospective employees or students for access to their social media and personal email accounts.

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7:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Officials Work to Submit Anti-Bullying Policies

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Officials in Michigan are working to submit anti-bullying policies that are required by Wednesday in public school districts and charter schools statewide.

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6:35 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Michigan Unemployment Bonds Receive Top Ratings

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The three national ratings agencies have awarded their highest scores to bonds Michigan is selling to pay off federal loans used to cover unemployment benefits during the recession when the state's unemployment fund ran dry.

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6:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

GM to Buy Out White-Collar Pensions

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General Motors is changing the way it pays monthly benefits to white-collar retirees, and cutting its U.S. pension obligation by $26 billion.

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5:25 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Hundreds of School Districts to Receive Raise in Per Pupil Funding

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Hundreds of school districts that now get the minimum amount of state aid will get $120 more per student this fall under a compromise reached by state lawmakers.

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6:33 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

MI Business Leaders Seek Greater Pre-School Access

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A coalition of business leaders says Michigan’s economic future depends on preschool accessibility for children at risk.

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NewsRoom
7:27 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Snyder Declares State of Disaster in 2 UP Counties

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Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in the Upper Peninsula counties of Luce and Schoolcraft, where wildfires already have consumed more than 20,000 acres.

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7:17 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Lansing Lands Piece of MI Brownfield Grant

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Several Michigan communities--one of them Lansing--are getting a share of $2.4 million in federal grants to help clean up brownfield sites.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Mich. House to Vote on Election Law Changes

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Protesters have disrupted a meeting in which a Michigan House committee approved a series of proposed election law changes, including one that would require a voter to present a photo ID or birth certificate when registering to vote.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Michigan House Panel Changes Teacher Benefits Bill

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New teachers in Michigan still would get hybrid pensions under changes made to a teacher benefits bill.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Mich. Dems Seek Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

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More than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have introduced legislation to repeal the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law after the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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6:33 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Michigan Gov. Signs Cyber School Measure into Law

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More online charter schools will be allowed in Michigan under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

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6:32 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Occupy Lansing Won't Be Welcome at Reutter Park This Year

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the city won't let the local Occupy Wall Street affiliate stay in Reutter Park as it did last year.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

MI Prison Owner GEO Faced Problems in Other States

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A private company that a federal investigation found allowed "a cesspool" of conditions to exist at a Mississippi youth prison could be in line to oversee Michigan inmates.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Elections to be Held in 70 Mich. Counties Tuesday

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Communities and school districts in 70 counties will be holding local elections on Tuesday.

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6:40 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

AP: Asian Carp Barrier Had Power Outage

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Two members of Congress say an electric barrier system near Chicago meant to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes had a 13-minute power outage.

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6:48 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Detroit Unions Weigh Strike Option as Layoffs Loom

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Some Detroit municipal union leaders say striking is one of several options being discussed during ramped-up strategy sessions before new contract talks with the city begin.

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6:53 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Latest Round of Cold Damages More West MI Fruit Crops

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The latest round of cold temperatures following an unseasonably warm stretch earlier in the year is being blamed for wiping out some fruit crops in West Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat

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The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis.  Ford says that it doesn't expect a resin shortage to disrupt production at any of its factories.

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Election 2012
6:26 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Michigan Voters Could Face Long Ballot This Fall

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Eight proposals may be on Michigan's November ballot, bringing a deluge of money and ads over issues ranging from protecting collective bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy.

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6:23 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

House Approves Bill Allowing More Cyber Schools

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The Republican-led state House has narrowly approved a bill that would allow more online charter schools in Michigan.

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6:20 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Sheriff Wrigglesworth: Dead Animal Cleanup Now Sentencing Option

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Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth is offering a way for people convicted of non-violent crimes to avoid time behind bars by cleaning up dead animals.

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7:19 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Michigan's Graduation Rate Dips Slightly for 2011

Tougher graduation requirements for Michigan's high school class of 2011 did not result in a sharp rise in the number of dropouts.

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6:17 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Michigan Court Case Won't Delay Detroit-State Deal

The Michigan Court of Appeals again has put the brakes on a case that threatened to derail or delay a deal reached between the city of Detroit and a state-appointed financial review team.

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6:20 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Judge Says He Has No Role in Detroit Union Clash

A federal judge says he won't get involved in a dispute between Detroit city unions and Gov. Rick Snyder.

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Panel: Detroit Has 'Financial Emergency'

A state review team has determined that a "severe financial emergency" exists in Detroit, meeting the threshold necessary for the state to appoint an emergency manager.

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Economy
6:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
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General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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U.S.
5:38 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
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Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 5:46 pm

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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