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Michigan News
8:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Republicans At Odds Over Detroit Pensions

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger.
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Gov. Snyder and Senate leader not embracing Bolger's union demands

Republican leaders in Lansing are not joining House Speaker Jase Bolger's calls for unions to contribute to Detroit's bankruptcy settlement.

Gov. Rick Snyder and several foundations have signed off on a complicated deal to protect retiree pensions and artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The state's contribution to the so-called "grand bargain" would be about $350 million, and state lawmakers would have to approve that money.

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7:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Vote Pending On Education Achievement Authority Expansion In Michigan

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EAA debate heats up in Lansing, final vote possible this week

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hopes to hold a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state's Education Achievement Authority (EAA).

The EAA is the entity the state uses to take over persistently failing schools. Right now, it runs 15 schools in Detroit. The bill would pave the way for it to expand up to 50 schools statewide.

Richardville, R-Monroe, says the EAA is not a perfect solution, but it's better than doing nothing.

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Michigan News
10:30 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:54 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.

In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.

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Michigan News
8:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Johnson Running Again For Michigan Secretary Of State

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
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Ruth Johnson announces reelection bid for Secretary of State

Ruth Johnson will seek another term as Michigan's Secretary of State.

Johnson made the announcement Monday and kicked off a four-stop campaign tour across the state. She says the Secretary of State's office has become more efficient under her direction, largely because of technological improvements.

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10:46 am
Mon April 21, 2014

'Rosie The Riveter' Event Officially Sets World Record

From left to right Hilda Havlik, Christy Hoffman, Deb Hoffman, and Betty Jones attended the successful record-breaking event at the Willow Run Bomber Plan for the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie Riveter.
Christy Hoffman

  A group trying to save a portion of a Detroit-area assembly plant where Rosie the Riveter once worked is the proud owner of a new Guinness World Record. 

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Michigan News
10:40 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Interstates Closed Near Ohio-Michigan State Line Because Of Suspicious Item

Ohio-Michigan Border
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Authorities in Toledo have shut down two interstate highways near the Ohio-Michigan state line after finding a suspicious item along the roadway. 

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8:31 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Nonprofit's Agriculture Work In Detroit Moves Ahead

Gary Wozniak, representing RecoveryPark is standing in a field that he wants to use for urban agriculture in Detroit ...
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A nonprofit's plans to create agriculture projects in Detroit neighborhoods are moving forward.  

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Michigan News
7:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

EAA, Detroit and Budget on Michigan Legislative Agenda This Week

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The state Senate returns this week after three weeks away from Lansing. As Jake Neher reports, lawmakers have some high-profile issues to address between now and June.

The state Senate returns this week after three weeks away from Lansing. 

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6:15 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Detroit Backlog Allows Serial Rapists To Stay Free

DNA Testing
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A published report says a backlog in testing thousands of Detroit rape evidence kits has allowed serial rapists to remain free and in some cases commit more attacks. 

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5:54 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Cheney To Visit Grand Rapids, Talk Heart Problems

Former Vice President Dick Cheney to visit Michigan
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems. 

Cheney and cardiologist Jonathan Reiner plan to speak at a luncheon today presented by Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

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2:52 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Connected Vehicles Conference In Ann Arbor This Week

Connected Car conference in Ann Arbor through Wednesday
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Industry, academic and policy experts will be in Ann Arbor this week for a connected cars conference. 

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Michigan News
2:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

GM Says China Sales To Hit 5 Million Next Year

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The president of General Motors says sales of GM-brand vehicles in China should reach 5 million next year, and Cadillac sales will double to 100,000. 

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Michigan News
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.
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Mark Stryker
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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