Weekly News Budget FINALITY 4/12/2010

By: Brittany McCallum

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Granholm praises film credit incentive

Two years after the debut of Michigan’s film incentive program, Gov. Jennifer Granholm praised the program’s success in her weekly radio address.The film incentive program, which grants film producers a refundable tax credit of up to 42 percent of production expenses, was signed into law by Granholm in April 2008.


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Health care politics spills into state elections

-LANSING – A yearlong raucous scuffle between Republicans and Democrats led to last month’s narrow passage of health care reform in Congress. But in a more surprising development, the war over health care has spilled over into the state’s gubernatorial race – among politicians who had nothing to do with passing the national legislation.Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican candidate for governor, has defied Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm in joining a national lawsuit to block reform, and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has blasted challenger House Speaker Andy Dillon, a Democrat, claiming he has had lukewarm support for the reform.


By: Nick Bryant

They walk among us: 1 in 5 believe in aliens?

ALIENS- A Reuters survey shows that 20% of people believe that aliens are in our midst disguised as humans. The majority of this 20% are under the age of 35 and are male. In China and India over 40% of people believe this to be true. In Belgium, Sweden, and the Netherlands, only 8% of the population believe that aliens live among us.

Iowan ready for Prom with gum wrapper dress

GUM WRAPPER DRESS- High school junior Elizabeth Rasmuson made a dress for herself and a vest for her boyfriend, Jordan Weaver out of blue and white wrappers from Wrigley’s “5 gum.” They plan on wearing these to prom. They were inspired by a girl whomade a dress out of duct tape. They’ve been saving wrappers since last August.

By: Mo Hnatiuk

FARMINGTON HILLS- A road rage incident Monday escalated into a shooting that left one man injured after the suspect said he worried the victim was going to spit on him, according to a bystander who held the man until police arrived. The incident occured while arguing over a traffic incident; the suspect who shot the victim was ‘tailgating’ the victim. The victim received non-life threatening injuries, while the suspect is in custody.

From The Detroit News

DETROIT-While an individual was cleaning a backyard in Detroit Sunday afternoon, they discovered a bone. Police are currently waiting while  the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office determines if it is a human bone or a dog bone.

From the Free Press

By: Lindsay Nowak

MSU– Brian Breslin, whose dad (Jack Breslin) the Breslin Center is named after, is seeking the Republican nomination for the MSU Board of Trustees.  He will be campaining to maintain affordable tuition, and to enhance research at MSU. Breslin is one of three other Republicans running, which include Trustee Don Nugent, and Mitch Lyons.

MSU– MSU researchers have found many state teachers are not qualified to meet the needs of students with autisim disorders. MSU education professor Sharif Shakrani wants universities across the country to know this is an area that needs attention. On Saturday, the ASD-Michigan project showed data that there is definite room for improvement.

By: Allen Martin

Story Slug: MSU Record

MSU – From 11:20am Saturday to 12:37am  Sunday 152 players participated in a soccer game at Spartan Village in order to break the Guinness World Record ro teh most players in a soccer exhibition match. The record was demolished! Previously the record stood at 50 players. The event was put together by the McGlobe International Club, which is a club geared toward domestic and international students in McDonel Hall.

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MSU – MSU Faculty salaries have increased for the 2009-10 academic school year. They are now higher than the national average and higher than most Big Ten Universities. MSU has moved from ninth to seventh place in faculty salary averages in 2009-10. This shows an average of $97, 452. As far as faculty compensation is concerned, MSU moved from fifth to fourth place, averaging $130,190 in total benefits.

By: Taylor Benson and Annie Perry

Dixie Carter Dies From Cancer Complications

April 12–Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show “Designing Women,” has died on Saturday. The death was reported by her agent. The actress was 70. She suffered from endometrial cancer, which is cancer of the tissue lining the uterus. Her death has been a “huge blow” to her family.

“Survivor” Producer Detained in Wife’s Death

April 8– The wife of the American television producer was found dead in a Cancun hotel on the morning of April 8. Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former producer of the reality television show “Survivor” was detained as a suspect in his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman’s, death. Her body was found in a sewer on the grounds of Cancun’s Moon Palace. Her husband reported her missing on Tuesday.

Conan Shocker! O’Brien Disses Fox, Heads to TBS

April 12– Instead of moving to Fox as reports had assumed, Conan O’Brien will be hosting a late-night show on TBS. O’Brien’s new show will air Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m., pushing George Lopez‘s Lopez Tonight back to midnight. The exact debut date has not been released, but it is expected to be in November.

Vatican makes peace with the Beatles

April 12– The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles, saying their drug use, uninhibited lives and the claim that the band was bigger than Jesus are in the past. Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore said the band’s wrongdoings seem “distant and meaningless,” and their melodies “live on like precious jewels.”

By: Lauren M.

POLAND – Polish President Lech Kaczynski died Saturday in a plane crash in western Russia along with many other top Polish officials on their way to a remembrance ceremony commemorating the Soviet massacre of more than 20,000 in the ’40s Heavy fog contributed to the crash and 96 total people are estimated dead. Many bills were waiting on Kaczynski to sign and the political landscape will be dramatically changed. The people of Poland are currently participating in many remembrance ceremonies.

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GREECE – Greek will receive a loan of up to 30 billion Euros at very low rates to bail out its struggling economy after 16 nations of the EU came together Sunday to make an official offer. Heads of the involved government still have to come together to sign the deal before it is finalized. The interest rate is to be about 5 percent for a three-year loan, which is more than what is charged by the I.M.F. I.M.F funding will also be made available to Greece.

Story here.

by Craig Ebinger

Phil Mickelson won the Masters on Sunday. This was the third time he won the green jacket,becoming the eighth player to have at least three Masters titles.  He went 16 under for the tournament, the best winning score at the Masters since Tiger Woods’ score in 2001.  Woods finished tied in fourth place at 11 under in his first tournament back since the sex scandal.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged after a college student accused him of sexually assaulting her last month.  Her accusations could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt.  He will still meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sometime later this week to determine if he will face any punishment in terms of suspensions or fines.

By: Sam Schmitt

New YorkSantonio Holmes, the Jets’ new wide receiver, was suspended Monday for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He will receive no pay and will not be allowed to play in the first four games of the regular season. This is the third year in a row that the Jets will start their season without a key player because of a suspension.

New York – Today at 12:30 p.m., the Yankees will receive their 2009 World Series rings.

By Samantha Scheltema

Detroit — Members of the Hutaree militia allegedly want to break 25-year-old Adrian man, Jason Priest, out of jail. He was sentenced to nine years in prison March 5 for being a felon in possession of firearms and suspected of making a bomb. Priest’s record includes a jail sentence for possessing explosives with intent to terrorize. Hutaree members David Stone Sr. and his son Joshua had visited him from time to time. Hutaree members had planned to kill a police officer, then use explosives to attack a funeral procession containing scores of mourning officers.

Orion Township – Norma Lira will spend the next two years in prison for one third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 13-year-old friend of her daughter. She had pleaded no contest to sexual conduct. The incident happened between August and October of 2009 in Lira’s home. She had been lodged at the Oakland County Jail since Jan. 26. She did not have a criminal record before this incident.

By: Dana Casadei

Tweeter with Fees

Twitter is now trying to make money by allowing people to bid on key words to give their post top rankings. It will be called TweetUp and it will be reveled next Monday by Bill Gross, “the serial entrepreneur who pioneered search advertising.” What will happen is people will be able to bid on a word or phrase, like iTouch, with the bids beginning at 1 cent and people will have to pay each time their profile or a post shows up in a search.

Microsoft Now Making Phones

The two phones, Kin One and Kin Two, are going to allow users to get easy connection with websites such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. Instead of having traditional menus they will consist of photos from friends with notes saying what they are doing. The phones are suppose to come out in May and will be sold by Verizon Wireless.

By: Laura Riess

Ukraine in ‘uranium pledge’ at U.S. nuclear summit

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President Obama met with representatives of 46 other countries at Nuclear Summit in Washington. Ukraine has pledged to get rid of its uranium stockpile by 2012, and China has agreed to join the U.S. in pressuring Iran about its atomic plans.

Poland in Mourning

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Polish president Lech Kaczynski killed in plane crash on Saturday in Russia. 95 others were killed, including the Polish first lady and many high-ranking government officials. Russian preliminary investigations point toward possible pilot error, although fog and the plane’s age – 20 years – are also of consideration.


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