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  • DETROIT, Oct 23- A trial on Detroit's eligibility for bankruptcy protection kicked off on Wednesday with opponents claiming the city tried to bypass restrictions on cutting workers' pensions, as experts in municipal bankruptcy around the country watched closely in a case that could set important precedents.

  • Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on whether Detroit is eligible to restructure its debts and liabilities under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Kevyn Orr, the city's emergency manager who has broad powers over Detroit's finances, is expected to testify on Friday, his spokesman, Bill Nowling said by a Twitter message.

  • RPT-Court to decide if Detroit really is broke Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 6:59 AM ET

    DETROIT, Oct 23- In a federal court building in downtown Detroit, beginning on Wednesday morning, the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history comes down to a single question: Is Detroit bankrupt?

  • Michigan Lottery Winners Still Cash in on Welfare Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 10:30 AM ET
    Goodwill had warned of "catastrophic" consequences on the secondary market.

    In Michigan, more than 3,500 lottery winners are also on public assistance, drawing attention to waste in a state still reeling from the nation's economic downturn.

  • S&P Gives Detroit Takeover the Thumbs Up Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | 5:15 PM ET
    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing

    Standard & Poor's on Friday showed its support for Michigan's takeover of Detroit by upgrading the city's credit rating to "stable" from "negative."

  • Bankruptcy Lawyer Tapped to Run Detroit Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 4:05 PM ET
    Kevyn Orr

    Bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn Orr was named Detroit's emergency financial manager.

  • Auto Bankruptcy Lawyer Next Detroit Manager: Source Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 4:34 PM ET
    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing

    Kevyn Orr, the attorney who managed Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy, is reportedly Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's top pick to be Detroit's financial emergency manager.

  • Stuck in Reverse, Detroit Edges Closer to Bankruptcy Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 1:58 AM ET
    Bentley GT Speed Convertible

    At the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, luxury was in the air. Pricey new Bentleys and Maseratis glittered - including a Maserati 2014 Quattroporte with a $132,000 price tag; U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and dignitaries rubbed shoulders; and many of the well-heeled attendees ponied up for a $300-a-ticket black-tie charity ball.

  • How the GOP Engineered a Blow to the Unions Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 3:57 AM ET

    From outside Michigan Republican circles, it appeared that the Republican drive to weaken unions came out of the blue - proposed, passed and signed in a mere six days.

  • Michigan Now Right-to-Work State     Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    NBC's Ron Mott reports Gov. Rick Synder has signed two bills into law that many see as a major setback for big labor.

  • Labor tries new tactic after setbacks in Michigan Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    But times are tough for unions in the Rust Belt, even in a longtime bastion like Michigan.

  • Michigan Senate sends Blue Cross overhaul to House Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 7:03 PM ET

    In exchange for operating as the state's so-called insurer of last resort _ meaning it must provide insurance coverage regardless of a customer's health status _ Blue Cross has been exempt from paying several local and state taxes.

  • LaHood: Detroit area must 'get its act together' Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he's ready to start funding a light rail passenger line and fast bus lines in the Detroit area if state and regional officials can finally work together on ending the metro area's status as the nation's largest without mass transit.

  • LaHood to discuss regional transit in Detroit Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is expected to discuss regional transit and a proposed passenger rail system in Detroit during a meeting including area officials. Rick Snyder says the governor plans to meet with LaHood, Detroit Mayor Bing and others on Monday afternoon.

  • Council committee to hear consent deal progress Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Members of the Detroit City Council are expected to receive an update on efforts to balance the city's budget and fix its fiscal troubles. The council's Budget, Finance and Audit Standing Committee has scheduled a discussion Wednesday afternoon at City Hall on the monthly report of the Financial Stability Agreement with the state.

  • GM hiring 1,500 for computer center near Detroit Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors plans to hire up to 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center outside Detroit. Last month the company announced it would hire 500 people for a center in Austin, Texas. But spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough said most carmakers strike a balance between doing computer work in the company and hiring outside firms.

  • US Midwest Hit by Perfect Storm on Gas Prices Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
    Gas Pump

    Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. Midwest were as much as 50 cents higher than in the rest of the country this week, and a number of contributing factors are to blame.

  • Michigan Governor Endorses Romney     Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 7:34 PM ET

    Gov. Rick Snyder, (R-MI) discusses why he endorses GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and what this means for Romney's campaign and the GOP race, with Michael Steele, former RNC chairman.

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