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State Budget Battle Cooling Off

  The state House and Senate are working on bills restoring funding to dozens of budget areas vetoed by Gov. Whitmer. Two supplemental bills would direct $114 million to education funding and $459 million to general government spending. The bills passed by wide margins in the House and Senate. Among the items restored are funding…

GM, LG Chem To Build Battery Plant

General Motors and LG Chem announced plans for a $2.3 billion factory to build batteries for electric cars. The factory will be near the site of GM’s closed Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio. The joint venture will employ 1,100 workers. During the recent contract talks with the United Auto Workers union during the GM strike,…

UAW Names Gamble Permanent President

The United Auto Workers have named acting President Rory Gamble the full-time president of the union until the June 2022 convention. Gamble says ” I promise one thing, when I retire and turn over this office, we will deliver a clean union on solid footing.” Gamble was the director of Region 1A for 12 years…

Trial Begins For State Rep

A Michigan lawmaker is  on trial today on bribery charges. Republican Representative Larry Inman of Levering in Northern Michigan was indicted by a federal grand jury in May. Prosecutors say he sought campaign donations from several building trades unions in return for voting no on a measure to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, which…

DMC Makes Flu Restrictions

Flu season came early. Detroit Medical Center hospitals have put visitor restrictions in place to slow down the flu. Expect other hospitals to do the same. Here are the details from DMC: The Detroit Medical Center is taking every necessary precaution to minimize the spread of influenza this year. Currently, local flu activity has been…

Trooper Sentenced In Assault

A former Michigan State Police trooper is given a year in jail for beating up his girlfriend. 25 year old Adam Mullin worked at the Caro state police post. He has already been in jail for 5 months, and he now goes on probation. The victim is also a state trooper. The sentence was handed…

Parolee Charged In Murder Of Detroit Cop

CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A DETROIT POLICE OFFICER. JUJUAN PARKS, 28 HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 16 COUNTS IN CONNECTION OF THE SHOOTING DEATH OF DETROIT POLICE OFFICER RASHEEN MC CLAIN. PROSECUTOR KYM WORTHY SAID PARKS, WHO WAS RECENTLY PAROLED, HAS A LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORY. Police believe parks was responsible for…

Robot Sales Up, Led By Auto Industry

Orders for Robots are up more than 5-percent in the U-S for the 3rd quarter. The Robotic Industries Association says the growth in robots comes from the auto industry, with nearly half of the growth in robot purchases from the auto companies.Companies have ordered nearly 24-thousand robot units this year, valued at 1 and a…

Police Say Alcohol Factor in Wrong Way Fatality

A Michigan State medical student was killed by a suspected drunk driver in a wrong-way crash on I-475 in Grand Blanc Township. Police say 60 year old William Bertt of Flint drove his SUV south in the northbound lanes of I-475, and crashed into a car driven by 25 year old Laura Osaer of Macomb…

Explosive Find In Grand River

The magnet fisherman was hoping to find something interesting when he dropped his line in the Grand River, but then he pulled up something explosive. We mean that quite literally — Joseph Alexander fished out an antique mortar grenade. He made the find from the Sixth Street bridge in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is…

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