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  Breaking News

Michigan House Budget Contains HICA Fix, Road Plan Funding
LANSING - The reported Michigan House budget bill for the state's various departments for the 2014-15 fiscal year fills the Health Insurance Claims Assessment hole and provides General Fund monies for a road funding plan introduced by House Speaker Jase Bolger two weeks ago.


Register By April 30 To Find Your DREAMJOB At Ford Field
LANSING - Job seekers looking to participate in the state’s largest-ever job matchmaking summit face a fast-approaching deadline to apply online for the 1,200 jobs at Pure Michigan DREAMJOB being held in June at Ford Field.


ITC Holdings Outlines Five-Year Plan, Announces Share Repurchase Program
NOVI - ITC Holdings Corp. Tuesday announced its new five-year capital investment plan that calls for the nation's largest independent electric transmission company to spend about $4.5 billion through 2018.


LTU Gets $697,000 Grant To Help Make Engineers Think Like Entrepreneurs
SOUTHFIELD - Lawrence Technological University has received a three-year $697,000 grant from the Wisconsin-based Kern Family Foundation to support further expansion of entrepreneurial-minded learning in the curricula for undergraduate engineering students.


Report Shows State Has Lowest Labor Participation Rate Of Region
LANSING - Michigan's labor force participation rate - a statistic considered important to show how many people are working or looking for work - of 60.2 percent is relatively unchanged from a year ago and is the lowest rate of the Great Lakes states, according to an economic report from the state.


Snyder Launches Recycling Plan Names Council
LANSING - Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday his plan to increase recycling in the state and named the Recycling Council that will oversee implementation of that plan.


Internet Advisor: Gov. Snyder Talks Cybersecurity, STEM, Entrepreneurs
DETROIT - The Internet Advisor welcomed Michigan’s Chief Nerd in Residence, Governor Rick Snyder to WJR’s studios. Michigan’s CEO discussed: Cyber Range to help combat cyber attacks, STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education for our Michigan youth, and The entrepreneurial culture and how it affects growing technology businesses in Michigan. MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan also provided this week’s tech headlines.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Microsoft Office, Amazon Fire Vs Roku
DETROIT - Rick Broida is way too young to be a curmudgeon, but he’s getting there quickly! In this show Rick, our Gadget Guy and noted Cheapskate columnist takes a common sense, hard-nosed look at Microsoft Office… Alternatives to the world’s premiere office suite. The Internet Advisor also discusses the Set Top Boxes Battle for Your TV: Amazon Fire vs. Roku. MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan also discusses the top tech headlines for the week.

  Cyber Defense

Google Updates Terms Of Service To Explain Targeted Ads
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. - Google updated its terms of service on Monday to more clearly explain how the company can analyze user content to create targeted ads.


French Hardware Maker La Cie Target Of Unknown Hackers
PARIS - If you bought La Cie's Little Big Drive or anything else on the company's retail site, you're likely at risk. LaCie is the latest major retailer and tech company finding itself to be the target of a major security breach by unknown assailants.


Michigan House Panel Moves Waste Standards Over Environmental Objections
LANSING - A package of bills revising how certain types of waste materials are treated moved nearly unanimously from the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday despite objections from the environmental community.


PlugVolt Webinar Key Trends, What's Next For Energy Storage
DETROIT – Next Energy will host a webinar April 30 that will explore NextEnergy's capabilities, and a sneak preview of NextEnergy's Li Ion battery value chain. This work is primarily focused on automotive applications.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

Detroit’s College For Creative Studies Pushes Past Traditional STEM
DETROIT – There is a new acronym in education that expands on the popular STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It’s called STEAM and it was the focus of a program on April 14 at the College for Creative Studies.


WayFounder Opens Online Competition For Consumer Products, Mobile Apps
LOS ANGELES - WayFounder has opened its first quarterly online competition, geared at sourcing great ideas from consumers who are not able to assume the risks inherent in founding a new company.


Scientists Clone Cells From Two Adults To Create Early-Stage Embryos
NEW YORK - Scientists for the first time have cloned cells from two adults to create early-stage embryos, and then derived tissue from those embryos that perfectly matched the DNA of the donors.


MichBio Offers Five New Bioscience Jobs
ANN ARBOR – Looking for a bioscience job? MichBio has five available in its Career Center.


Snyder Files Petitions For Re-Election
LANSING - Carrying a box of petitions from his native Calhoun County, Governor Rick Snyder formally filed Thursday to run for re-election, and said the volunteer effort to gather more than 26,000 signatures was a "wonderful message to say let's keep the reinvention of Michigan going."


$3.5 Million In Grant, Tax Abatements To Generate $41 Million In New Business Investments
LANSING – Some $3.5 million in grants and tax abatements will result in $41 million in new investment in Michigan.

  New Products/Contracts

Saphran Solutions Debuts Capacity, Asset Planning System Software
FRANKLIN – Management software developer Saphran Solutions has introduced a new capacity and asset planning system to help companies more accurately forecast product demand and reduce costs.


Finding Securing Economic Development Incentives For Automotive Suppliers
DETROIT - Financial incentives are vital to the growth and success of the automotive industry in Michigan. Whether you are expanding current facilities, acquiring or building new plants, or hiring, training, and retaining a qualified workforce, economic incentives are an important part of the planning process. To learn more, join Warner’s Economic Incentive Group for a free webinar on April 30.

  Guest Columns

Pre-Approved Retirement Plan Restatement Period Opens May 1
DETROIT - Those of you with pre-approved retirement plans and a memory like a steel trap will remember that your retirement plan was rewritten sometime between May 1, 2008, and April 30, 2010. At that time we told you that another restatement would not be required for at least six years. Well, guess what? It has now been six years and it is time to begin a new restatement cycle.


The EPA Wants to Expand Government Control Of U.S. Waters
DETROIT - Two federal agencies have proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that would give the government greater control over how individuals, businesses and municipalities use the “Waters of the United States.” If approved, the proposal could create regulatory headaches for property owners and businesses, hurt property values and open the door to third-party lawsuits over water-related issues.

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