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3:21 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Michigan House Votes To Keep 0.08% Alcohol Law

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The Michigan House has passed legislation that would prevent a scheduled rise in the state's blood-alcohol limit for drivers.

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5:22 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Lawmakers Move To Cut School And University Funding Over RTW Debate

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A state budget panel has voted to cut state funding to schools and universities that agree to new long-term union contracts before the end of the month.

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6:23 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Gov. Snyder OK's Blue Cross Overhaul

The state’s largest health insurer will be able to play by the same rules as its competitors under legislation signed Monday by Governor Rick Snyder.

Governor Snyder got a standing ovation at Blue Cross headquarters in Detroit after signing the bills. Discussions about overhauling the company have been going on for years. 

Snyder says the changes are long overdue.

“The last major change to the legislation involving Blue Cross goes back to 1980," says Snyder.  "Just as a general rule, looking every 30, 40 years to update is probably a good idea!"

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6:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

State Rolls Out Autism Strategy

The state’s plan for addressing the needs of the estimated 50,000 people in Michigan with autism includes better early treatment and more help for adults with autism.

State health officials unveiled the plan Monday.

Health officials say the first step is to train and hire people who know how to identify and treat autism spectrum disorders.

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9:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

State To Release Autism Strategy

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The state Department of Community Health will roll out its plan to address the needs of people with autism. There are about 50,000 people in Michigan with autism.

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5:15 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Action On Health Care “Moral Objections” Bill Delayed

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Action appears to have stalled on a state Senate bill that would let health care insurers and providers choose not to offer services based on their moral objections.

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5:11 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

State Lawmakers Laying Groundwork For Emergency Harbor Dredging

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Plans to pay for and facilitate emergency harbor dredging in the Great Lakes are moving through the state Legislature.

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4:15 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Financial Health Team Proposes Cuts, Consolidations

The Lansing Financial Health Team will present a set of recommendations to the city council on Monday. They include restructuring pension and retiree health care programs, merging public services and possibly selling the City Hall property.
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The financial health team commissioned by Lansing mayor Virg Bernero to come up with cost-cutting measures is preparing to release its final plan. 

The team is outlining broad changes to the city’s pension and retiree health care systems.  One recommendation would be for the city to transfer pension management to the Michigan Employees’ Retirement System, which could save the city an estimated $700,000 annually. 

Team member Eric Scorsone says Lansing’s biggest challenge is tackling $450 million worth of unfunded employee legacy costs.

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3:41 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Michigan Lawmaker: Ban Openly Carried Guns In Schools

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A state lawmaker says Michigan should no longer let people openly carry guns into schools.

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3:37 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

10.7 Percent Cut In Michigan Extended Jobless Aid

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Some unemployed Michigan workers face a 10.7 percent cut in their benefits because of the automatic reduction in the federal budget.

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3:32 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Nominee: Detroit Fix 'Olympics Of Restructuring'

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The governor's nominee to become Detroit's emergency financial manager says the job is the "Olympics of restructuring" but he feels compelled to take it on.

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3:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Michigan House OKs Bill To End Bridge Card Abuse

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The Michigan House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to crack down on welfare abuse.

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4:43 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Schuette Convenes Task Force On Human Trafficking

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A commission will spend six months studying the problem of human trafficking and child prostitution in Michigan.

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4:15 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Lawyers Suing Epilepsy Doctor Can Use State Info

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The Michigan appeals court says lawyers under certain conditions can use information from the state about hundreds of people who were treated by an epilepsy doctor who's the target of malpractice suits.

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4:15 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

State To Get $1.6M For Health Care Innovation Plan

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Michigan will get about $1.6 million to develop its State Health Care Innovation Plan.

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4:13 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Michigan Outdoor Recreation Plan Gets Feds' Approval

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says its statewide outdoor recreation plan has won federal approval.

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3:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bear Cub Petting Zoo Bill Headed To Governor Snyder’s Desk

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Governor Rick Snyder will have final say on a bill that would let tourists handle and take pictures with bear cubs.

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3:33 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Detroit Council Makes Last-Ditch Arguments To Avoid Takeover

Detroit city officials were at a hearing in Lansing Tuesday pleading for more time to fix the city’s finances before Governor Rick Snyder names an emergency manager.

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5:43 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Fight Over Right-To-Work And School Contracts Heats Up, Ferris State faculty Files Complaint

The top Democrat in the state House says Republican lawmakers are trying to bully schools and universities into rejecting new union contracts.

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3:43 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Ex-Detroit Mayor Jailed Until Corruption Sentence

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A judge has ordered former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail to await his sentence for corruption while in office.

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4:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Lawmaker Calling On Schools To Explain Contract Extensions

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A Republican state lawmaker wants school officials to justify employee contracts that could be used to skirt Michigan’s new right-to-work law.

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9:24 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Carl Levin To Retire

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Michigan’s longest‑serving U‑S senator, Carl Levin, says he will retire next year.

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9:10 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Ruling On MI Same‑Sex Marriage Ban Will Wait For SCOTUS Decisions

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A decision on whether Michigan’s gay marriage ban is constitutional will wait until this summer. A federal judge in Detroit says he wants to see how the US Supreme Court rules on a pair of gay marriage cases before he makes his ruling.

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4:53 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Michigan Nurses Demand Mandatory Staffing Ratios

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The Michigan Nurses Association is supporting legislation that would require minimum nurse to patient staffing ratios.  Nurses say the measure will save lives and help avoid costly mistakes.

The Safe Patient Care Act would require a one-to-one nurse to patient ratio in critical care and surgical units, one to three for non-trauma units and one to four in pediatrics.  Supporters say hospitals often purposely fail to meet adequate staffing levels to save money, instead imposing mandatory overtime on their nurses.  

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2:54 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bernero Appoints Janene McIntyre To City Attorney Post

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero looks on as City Attorney Designate Janene McIntyre speaks with reporters at City Hall.
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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero has named Janene McIntyre to serve as city attorney.

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9:07 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Environmental Groups Attack Harbor Dredging Bills

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A battle over how to pay for emergency harbor dredging is brewing in Lansing. Environmental groups are criticizing plans to tap the state’s Natural Resources Trust Fund. They say it would threaten the state’s ability to buy and improve parks and public land.

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3:54 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gov. Snyder Declares Financial Emergency in Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder says he agrees with a financial review team's finding that Detroit faces a financial emergency.
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Governor Rick Snyder is a step closer to appointing an emergency financial manager for Detroit. He announced today that he agrees with a financial review team’s finding that the city faces a financial emergency.

The Detroit City Council now has 10 days to get a financial plan in place and ask the governor to change his mind.

Snyder expects to appoint someone soon after that.

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12:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Friday Fish Fry: A Lenten Tradition

At St. Casimir, french fries are served next to the fried perch
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During the season of Lent, selling fish is big business. It seems that every restaurant with a sign out front promotes fish meals on Fridays, when many Roman Catholics avoid eating meat.

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12:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

LSO Plays Music Of New World

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Conductor Timothy Muffitt.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview of the concert.

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3:27 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Public Interest Groups Warn of Sequestration Shock in Michigan

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Barring an act of Congress today, big cuts to a host of federal programs will take effect at midnight.  In Michigan, public interest groups are  describing how large a hit the state might take.

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