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Michigan News
7:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Detroit Bailout Vote Pending In Lansing

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Lawmakers could cast first votes on Detroit bailout

There could be a first vote Wednesday in the Legislature on an almost 200 (m) million dollar bailout for the city of Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan was one of those who testified prior to the historic vote. Duggan says, overall, he supports the plan.

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Michigan News
7:35 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase

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State Senate could triple road funding increase passed by House

The Michigan Senate could vote this week on bills that would increase state funding for roads by $1.3-1.4 billion a year. That's almost triple the amount recently approved by the state House.

Under the Senate plan, people would gradually pay more taxes at the pump over the next few years.

The proposal was brought to light the same day the Michigan Chamber of Commerce unveiled a poll suggesting most Michiganders are ready to pay more for better roads.

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Michigan News
4:28 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Drug Arrests On The Rise At Michigan State

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  EAST LANSING, MI- Michigan State University reports that it arrested 261 people for drugs in 2012, a 158 percent increase from two years earlier.

The Detroit Free Press says the East Lansing school had more drug arrests than any state school in 2012, the last year for which figures are available. The news says Michigan State had 31 percent more drug arrests than the 199 arrests at the University of Michigan that year.

Michigan State reported 101 drug arrests in 2010.

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Michigan News
4:26 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Gas Taxes May Be Going Up

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  LANSING, MI- Michigan senators are considering whether to significantly increase gasoline taxes over five years to mend roads and bridges.

The talk of pumping more money into transportation infrastructure comes on the heels of a House vote to gradually allow Michigan's 19-cents-a-gallon gas tax to go as high as 32  1/2 cents over time.

It would initially generate $450 million a year, mostly by diverting money from elsewhere in the budget.

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Michigan News
4:23 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Pontiac Silverdome Being Sold Off Piece by Piece

Pontiac Silverdome before the roof collapsed
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  PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Pontiac Silverdome once was THE place to see big events.

The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, WrestleMania, a papal visit and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Nowadays, the venue north of Detroit is a shell of its former self. Its roof is in tatters, allowing the elements to wreak havoc on the seats and turf below. A lack of electrical power has left the stadium's innards dark and mold-covered.

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Michigan News
4:20 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Traverse City Hosting International Tree Conference

Michigan's Project Learning Tree Conference takes place this week
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            TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Environmental educators from 47 states, Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico are expected to attend an international conference in northern Michigan on trees and forests.

Project Learning Tree begins Monday and runs through Thursday in Traverse City.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the American Forest Foundation program provides educators with resources to teach and inspire young people.

This is the first year the annual conference will be hosted in Michigan.

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Michigan News
9:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike

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State Senate votes to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour

A bill to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour by 2017 has cleared the state Senate.

The bill is really an attempt by Republicans in Lansing to kill a petition drive that would raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour - including for tipped workers.

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Michigan News
9:35 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Conference Confirms Revenue Reduction

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Michigan's economy improves, but at a slower pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state's economic recovery. And it took a bite out of tax revenues, leaving Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature with about $300 million less to work with as they put the finishing touches on a new state budget.

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Michigan News
6:55 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Creditors Want Access To Art

Detroit Institute of Arts
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Valuable art is back on the docket in Detroit's bankruptcy case. 

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Michigan News
6:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

More Than 90 Dogs Removed From Suspected Puppy Mill Near Howell

Unrelated Puppy Mill
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Officials say more than 90 dogs and puppies have been removed from the site of a suspected puppy mill in Livingston County. 

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Michigan News
8:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

State Senate Postpones Teacher Evaluations

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State Senate votes to delay statewide teacher evaluations… again

It looks like lawmakers could once again delay the implementation of a new statewide teacher evaluation system. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to push back the deadline until the 2015-2016 school year.

State law requires the new evaluation system to be in place during the current school year. State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, says that clearly isn't going to happen.

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Michigan News
8:36 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Changes Possible In Who's In Charge Of Standardized Testing

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Bill would take standardized testing duties away from state education officials

State education officials would no longer oversee K-12 standardized testing in Michigan under a bill in the state House. It would move those duties to the state Department of Treasury.

The state Legislature and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) have been sparring in recent months over standardized tests. The MDE wants to replace the state's MEAP test with a computer-based exam that measures student growth - unlike the MEAP.

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Michigan News
9:36 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Health Institutes Director Speaking At University Of Michigan In Ann Arbor

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins to make address at U-M in Ann Arbor Wednesday
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The director of the National Institutes of Health plans to speak at the University of Michigan on the future of biomedical research.  

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Michigan News
2:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Automakers May Have A Role In Detroit Bankruptcy

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Chrysler, Ford Motor and General Motors are interested in preserving art and shoring up pensions in Detroit's bankruptcy case.  

 

     

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Michigan News
2:18 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Agency: Michigan To Get $422 Million Less Than Expected

Michigan revenue estimates significantly lower than earlier projected.
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Economists are projecting that the state of Michigan will collect about $873 million less in revenue this budget year and next than was projected earlier in the year.  

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Michigan News
2:09 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Conyers' Primary Challenger Commends Ballot Ruling

Congressman John Conyers, (D)-Detroit
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A Detroit pastor seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. John Conyers says an elections clerk should be commended for a ruling that the longtime legislator doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot for Michigan's 13th Congressional District.  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said Tuesday that Conyers' nominating petitions were insufficient.

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Michigan News
7:20 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time'

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R) of Monroe.
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State Senate leader plans to up the ante on road funding in coming weeks

Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state's gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan's crumbling roads was off the table this year.

But now, state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he hopes to introduce such a plan in the coming weeks.

"It's just a matter of time," Richardville told reporters Tuesday.

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Michigan News
1:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement

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A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.

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Michigan News
1:18 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Enough Singatures Collected To Put Minimum Wage Proposal On Ballot

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A campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan has collected enough signatures for a ballot drive being threatened by Republican legislation.

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Michigan News
8:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A Push To Make Natural Gas More Readily Available In Michigan's Rural Areas

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State lawmakers look to expand natural gas in rural communities

New legislation in Lansing would make it easier for utilities to expand access to natural gas in rural Michigan.

A state House panel will hold a hearing on the bills Tuesday.

Supporters hope it will help people keep the heat on during the cold winter months. A number of Michigan communities faced propane shortages during this past winter.

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National News
10:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

NPR Names Jarl Mohn As Its New CEO And President

Jarl Mohn, a veteran of radio and television, will be NPR's new CEO, the organization's board of directors announced Friday.
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Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 6:31 pm

Media industry veteran Jarl Mohn will be NPR's new CEO, the organization's board of directors has announced.

Mohn, 62, currently sits on the board of directors at several media organizations, including Scripps Networks Interactive and Web analytics company ComScore. He is also on the boards of KPCC Southern California Public Radio and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Announcing the hire, Kit Jensen, who chairs NPR's board of directors, said Mohn has "an ability to find nuanced and new ideas." He is slated to start work at NPR on July 1.

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Michigan News
9:32 am
Fri May 9, 2014

As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

Craft breweries now make up 98 percent of all U.S. operating breweries. Of course, overall sales are still dwarfed by traditional beers.
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Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:19 am

There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Michigan News
10:03 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Schuette Files Brief Defending Gay Marriage Ban In Michigan

Michigan Attorney general Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban. 

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Michigan News
8:31 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Actor Jeff Daniels To Join Board Of Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival

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The Traverse City Film Festival is getting a little more star power on its board.  The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports festival officials on Wednesday announced five additions to the board. that includes, actor, playwright and Purple rose Theater Founder Jeff Daniels of Chelsea.

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Michigan News
5:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Government Says No Need To Park Recalled GM Cars

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says there's no need to tell owners of recalled General Motors cars to stop driving them.  

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