LANSING, MI (MPRN) – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - State Superintendent Michael Flanagan testified Thursday for the state House Education Committee. The committee is discussing major education reform bills.
The superintendent supports the reform bills, which would target 35 of Michigan's failing schools. The schools would be given a year to show improvement in test scores or risk either being shut down or competing with a charter school.
NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - General Motors Corp. strikes a tentative deal to sell its Saturn brand to former race car driver and auto dealer Roger Penske.
Penske, who owns the Penske Automotive Group dealership chain, told reporters on Friday that he plans to offer all 350 Saturn dealerships new franchise agreements. He says Saturn's 13,000 employees will stay on with the company for at least the immediate future.
WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years. But the furious pace of layoffs eased, with employers cutting 345,000 jobs, the fewest since September.
If laid off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.4 percent, the highest on records dating to 1994.
The Labor Department also says a total of 14.5 million people were unemployed in May.
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) – DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - President Barack Obama says the international community has an obligation to stop genocide, even when it's inconvenient.
Obama on Friday was asked how the Holocaust mantra of "never again" might apply to current crises in the Darfur region of Sudan or in Sri Lanka, where the government is accused of shelling hospitals during a quarter-century civil war. Officials deny the allegations.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR News) - Local musician Ben Hassenger officially launched his campaign for Mayor of Lansing Thursday.
Hassenger officially kicked off his mayoral bid in the backroom of an Old-Town record store. A group of his friends held up hand-made signs in support. They were surrounded by dusty bins full of vinyl LP's decades older than their candidate.
Lansing, MI – Ben Hassenger officially kicked off his mayoral bid in the backroom of an Old-Town record store.
A group of his friends held up hand-made signs in support. They were surrounded by dusty bins full of vinyl LP's decades older than their candidate. Hassenger wants the city to reach out to young people like him and focus more energy on creating a vibrant arts community.
New York – New York (AP) - Chrysler dealers expecting to lose their franchises took the stand today in the automaker's bankruptcy protection case. Just under 20 dealers were sworn in, but only about 14 testified, and no Chrysler officials took the stand.
Many dealers question why they were chosen for termination when their sales and service records are good. Arguments on a motion to terminate franchises are scheduled for Tuesday.
Lansing's Story Chrysler is one of about 300 dealers across the country resisting termination.
Dearborn, MI – Dearborn, MI (AP) - Leaders from Michigan's large Arab- and Muslim-American community say they are encouraged by President Barack Obama's words to the Muslim world but are reserving ultimate judgment until they see action.
Members of the Dearborn-based Congress of Arab American Organizations said Thursday during a news conference that Obama's speech in Cairo signals a new era in relations between the United States and Muslims. It also shows an openness to resolve issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan's Republican secretary of state is complaining about the Democratic governor. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land says Governor Granholm is ordering her to close branch offices more days than are necessary.
(East Lansing, MI) – When Michigan instituted one of the nation's most generous tax credit programs 14 months ago, filmmakers flocked to the state to shoot their next production. Aside from attracting large studios, the incentive is also meant to train homegrown production assistants to work in the industry.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some government researchers say the Environmental Protection Agency should take a closer look at sports fields and playgrounds made from ground-up tires.
The EPA for years has endorsed recycled-rubber surfaces as a means of decreasing playground injuries. But documents show its own scientists have pointed to research suggesting potential hazards from repeated exposure to bits of shredded tire that can contain carcinogens and other chemicals. Other reviews show little or no health concern.