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Lansing, MI – Michigan's jobless workers could get an extra $75 next week.

The state was supposed to give an extra $25 a week to jobless workers starting Feb. 23, thanks to the federal recovery package.

But it took until the week of March 16 to include the extra money in unemployment payments.

The state's just finishing up computer programming that will get the three retroactive $25-a-week payments to jobless workers for Feb. 23 to March 13.

East Lansing, MI – Mark Bashore, WKAR Radio News

Existing efforts to improve academic performance at Lansing's three public high schools could exempt them from a new state turnaround proposal.

A measure introduced in the state legislature would empower the state to supervise chronically failing schools.

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

Michigan residents can begin applying for new enhanced driver's licenses designed to allow smoother travel between the U.S. and Canada.

Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said Tuesday the optional licenses will meet more stringent Homeland Security border requirements going into effect this spring.

The licenses cost $45 and also allow smoother land or water travel with Mexico or the Caribbean.

Passports still will be needed for air travel.

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

A federal report says the U.S. government will loan General Motors Corp. up to $5 billion more to make it through June 1, and Chrysler LLC could get up to $500 million more by April 30.

The report on the bank bailout program released Tuesday by a special inspector general says the money will be made available for working capital as both companies try to meet government restructuring demands.

GM already has received $13.4 billion in government loans, while Chrysler has received $4 billion.

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Democrats at the state Capitol will introduce legislation today to require charter schools be offered as alternatives to failing public schools.

The legislation would allow a school turnaround chief to decide which Michigan schools are failing.

Parents in those districts would be able to choose to send their kids to a public school taken over by the state, or a nearby charter school.

Ed Sarpolis is with the Michigan Education Association teachers union.

(East Lansing, MI) – Supporters of public transportation visited state legislators in Lansing Tuesday to lobby for more investment in bus, light rail, commuter rail and high-speed rail systems in Michigan.

Business and local government leaders say the state could loose up to $120-million in matching federal funds starting next year, if the legislature does not increase state funding for public transportation.

Clark Harder is with the Michigan Public Transit Association.

(East Lansing, MI) – The Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University has released its schedule for the coming season.

The highlight is the return of "Phantom of the Opera" next May and June.

The Broadway Series includes "White Christmas," "Young Frankenstein," "A Chorus Line" and "South Pacific."

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI -- Michigan State University's Wharton Center is cutting some prices for events next season.

Wharton Center Executive Director Michael Brand says producers have cooperated to help lower ticket prices for the 2009-2010 season.

He says that includes the Broadway Series and music programs.

Brand says there will be more marketing of discounted tickets for students, and family ticket promotions.

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI -- The Legislature returns to the state Capitol this week following a two-week spring break.

But legislative leaders and Governor Granholm's did not take a hiatus from budget negotiations.

Legislative leaders say K-12 schools and Medicaid are safe from budget cuts for the rest of this fiscal year.

But everything else is on the table as they try to wrestle down a $785 million deficit.

Robert Emerson is Governor Granholm's budget chief.

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP)

The Detroit Free Press has won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for obtaining a trove of sexually explicit text messages that brought down the city's mayor.

The award was announced Monday after one of the most depressing years the newspaper industry has ever seen, with layoffs, bankruptcies and closings.


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“We have a mission that serves a variety of constituencies,” says Jim Forger, dean of MSU’s renowned College of Music. “Our goal is to provide the best professional education we can to a highly select group of 600 music majors, 48 percent of whom come from the state of Michigan. Thirty two percent come from 38 states, and the balance from about 24 countries.


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WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf has accepted a position as On-Air Classical Music Host at DPTV/WRCJ-FM in Detroit.

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Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). The announcement was made on Thursday, February 7. Her three-year term begins Monday, February 25, 2019.

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Any kid with a cellphone or social media account is likely to be following one or more of thousands of social media influencers who regularly post about what they do, what they like and what they eat.

Generally, these are people in their 20s who are successful, outgoing, positive, energetic and "highly appealing" to the younger crowd, according to Anna Coates, a doctoral student at the School of Psychology at the University of Liverpool in the U.K.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has confirmed he will seek re-election despite widespread protests against him staying in power, but has promised to call for elections within one year to replace him if he emerges victorious in April.

Demonstrators have gathered across Algeria and France over the past week to protest Bouteflika's bid for a fifth presidential term. On Friday thousands of Algerians participated in a "million man" march, prompting police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets, and the government to shut down wireless data networks.

At the Oscars red carpet last Sunday, various stars posed for the cameras in show-stopping fashion: Lady Gaga donned a black Alexander McQueen dress and matching gloves, Rami Malek was dapper in a Saint Laurent suit by Anthony Vaccarello – and Billy Porter wore a velvet tuxedo gown by Christian Siriano that broke gender norms and amassed a huge response across the Internet.


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