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6:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grants To Help Communities Develop Recycling

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering $250,000 in grants to help communities develop recycling programs. Governor Rick Snyder announced a plan this week to boost the state's residential recycling rate.  Among the proposals is producing more information about local recycling options. The funding from the Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program will help local leaders do that.

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5:28 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grant Money Increases For Michigan Specialty Crops

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Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says $66 million is available nationwide to state departments of agriculture for specialty crops. Michigan's allocation increased in the 2014 budget year from $1.26 million in 2013.

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Michigan News
8:04 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Road Funding Debate Begins In Lansing

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Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan

A plan to boost state road spending by about half-a-billion dollars a year is taking shape. State lawmakers introduced four bills Thursday that are now part of the package.

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7:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Snyder Files For Re-Election

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
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Snyder files for reelection

Governor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and - if all goes as planned - make him a candidate for reelection in November.

The governor was joined by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and a couple dozen supporters to cart boxes of petitions into the state Bureau of Elections.

Snyder says he intends to run on his record and the state's improving economy.

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1:10 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dry Weather Helps Michigan Floodwaters Recede

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EVART, Mich. (AP) - Floodwaters are receding along rivers in Michigan's central and western Lower Peninsula, a trend that should continue with mostly dry weather in the forecast for the next several days.

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12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Detroit Pension Deals Make Sale Of DIA Art Less Likely - But Still Possible

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Some bankruptcy experts said that it now appears increasingly unlikely that creditors will be able to get their hands on the city-owned art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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Experts said that even in the wake of tentative agreements between the city and Detroit retirees and pensioners, the bondholders and others pushing hard for a sale of art still have viable legal arguments. It's therefore too early to predict whether or not Detroit's emergency manager might still be pressured into putting DIA art back on the table, they said.
Michigan News
4:50 am
Thu April 17, 2014

University of Michigan Unveils Steps to Boost Black Enrollment

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The University of Michigan says it's working to boost black enrollment, which has dropped to 4.7 percent since state residents voted to ban consideration of race in admissions. 

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4:36 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Shutdown

Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township
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DTE Energy Company says it's shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant to replace one of the two main transformers.  The plant is along Lake Erie in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township. 

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4:31 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Detroit Still Needs $350M From State Lawmakers

City of Detroit
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Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group. The deals are tied to Detroit getting money from the state over 20 years, along with $466 million in private money, all to shore up pensions.

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8:25 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Schauer Says Education Is Tops In Schools Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown announced their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.
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Schauer calls education his "top priority" in schools plan

The Democrat likely to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.

Former Congressman Mark Schauer and his running mate, Lisa Brown, unveiled their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.

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4:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gay Marriage In Michigan: Lawyers Disagree Over Gay Marriage Appeal Path

1st Gay marriage in Washtenaw County
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Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case. They want the case to move quickly, but they say the Cincinnati-based court should stick to its practice of assigning cases to a three-judge panel.

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4:06 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Organizers To Discuss Detroit Gay Pride Festival

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Organizers are set to announce details about this year's gay pride festival in Detroit. 

Equality Michigan on Wednesday plans to reveal the entertainment lineup and other specifics related to the Motor City Pride event.

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4:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

GM To Ask Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

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General Motors says it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims involving conduct before its 2009 bankruptcy. The company revealed its strategy late Tuesday in a motion filed in a federal court case in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounding defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall more than 2 million cars.

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3:57 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy: City Strikes 2nd Deal With Its Other Retirees

City of Detroit
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The Detroit pension fund that covers all retirees except former police officers and firefighters says it has reached a tentative agreement with the bankrupt city. Tina Bassett, a spokeswoman for the city's general pension fund, says retirees would see a 4.5 percent cut and their cost-of-living payments would be eliminated under a deal reached late Tuesday.

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8:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Study Suggests State Of Michigan Not Sharing Fairly With Local Governments

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Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share

Local officials say not enough of the revenue Michigan takes in around Tax Day goes to cities, towns, and counties.

The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council released a study Tuesday that shows state revenue grew by more than $1 billion between 2009 and 2012. At the same time, local government revenue dropped by about the same amount.

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8:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gay Michigan Couple Hopes To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage

Plaintiffs Clint McCormack (front), Bryan Reamer (back), and some of their 13 children.
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Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, "for our 13 kids"

The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.

Clint McCormack and Bryan Reamer are one of eight couples named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.

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9:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Scrap Metal Theft Bill Becomes Law

(L-R) Rep. Paul Muxlow (R-Brown City), Gov. Rick Snyder, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's Chief of Staff Lisa Howze.
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Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law

Michigan now has tougher laws on the books meant to crack down on scrap metal theft.

Under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday, people can no longer get instant cash when they sell commonly-stolen items for $25 or more.

Supporters say mailing payments for those items will help law enforcement by creating a paper trail. They say communities all over the state have been literally ripped apart by illegal scrapping.

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7:16 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Immigration Center Approved For Michigan

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Feds approve center to encourage immigrant investment in Michigan

Michigan will be only the second state in the country to run a statewide center meant to encourage investment from immigrants.

The center will provide visas for people who invest at least $1 million in the state and create at least ten jobs. The required investment goes down to $500,000 if it is made in a rural community or one with high unemployment.

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3:06 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Byrum Not Running For Rogers' Seat In Congress

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum not running for Congress in 8th District
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Democratic Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she won't run for Michigan's 8th District U.S. House seat to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers. The clerk announced her decision on Tuesday after meeting with political groups in Washington, D.C., last week.

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2:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

General Motors to Invest Nearly a Half-Billion Dollars in Michigan

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General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car. 

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2:52 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Push for Continued Great Lakes Funding

The push for greater funding for the Great Lakes continues in Washington
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Members of Congress from the Great Lakes region are lobbying colleagues to continue funding a cleanup program for the inland seas. 

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Michigan News
8:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Defends Teachers

Michigan schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
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Flanagan defends teachers after report says Michigan schools falling behind

The state's top education official says people should not blame teachers for a new report that shows Michigan schools are falling behind.

The Education Trust-Midwest presented its study to the state Board of Education Tuesday. It shows student growth improving in other states while Michigan students lag behind, especially minority and low-income students.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the report is troubling. But he says it's important to provide some context.

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4:40 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Ex-First Lady Rosalynn Carter To Honor Betty Ford

Former First Lady Roslyn Carter to appear in Grand Rapids today
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Rosalynn Carter is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford. The wife of the late President Gerald Ford died in 2011. The Ford Presidential Foundation says Carter is to participate in a luncheon discussion about friendship among America's first ladies.

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7:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Prominent Democrats Skeptical About Road Fix Proposal

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Some prominent Democrats skeptical about proposal to fix roads

A state House Republican plan to fix Michigan's crumbling infrastructure is drawing criticism from some prominent Democrats.

The proposal seeks to boost road funding by about $500 million a year. That's well short of the $1-2 billion most estimates say is needed to adequately address the problem.

Some Democrats say the plan could make passing a more comprehensive solution unlikely any time soon.

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9:42 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Michigan Pipeline Construction To Resume In May

Enbridge Oil Pipeline leaked 800-thousand gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.
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Construction of the final 50 miles of an Enbridge oil pipeline replacement project in Michigan resumes in May. 

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