DETROIT (AP) - Some experts believe the time is right for serious talks aimed at solving a pension shortfall in Detroit's bankruptcy case. Judge Steven Rhodes said Tuesday that pensions can be cut as part of an overall plan to bring Detroit out of bankruptcy. It's a blow to more than 20,000 retirees contending that the Michigan Constitution offers complete protection.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Michigan House will see their office budgets rise 5 percent in 2014. Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall made the announcement today. He says that even with the 5 percent increase for costs like staffers' salaries and office materials, overall House budgets will be $1 million lower than in 2010.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House has voted unanimously to ensure that the right to jury trials continues in certain lawsuits filed against the state. Today's vote comes after majority Republicans and Governor Rick Snyder passed a law in November to take state lawsuits away from Ingham County judges and other counties and move them to four appeals court judges.
TROY, Michigan (AP) - The husband of an Albanian mother of three living in suburban Detroit says his wife has defied a federal immigration order to board a plane and return to her homeland. The Detroit Free Press reports that Cile Precetaj of Troy was scheduled for deportation Tuesday morning. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials said in a statement they are reviewing Precetaj's case and deportation "is not imminent."
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