A bankruptcy judge in New York granted 's request to postpone a trial to cancel union contracts indefinitely because of progress made in talks with creditors, the company said Friday.

Delphi, a Troy-based auto-parts supplier and the nation's largest manufacturer to file for bankruptcy, had been scheduled to be in court Monday to get permission to cancel union contracts and eliminate retiree medical and life insurance benefits. So far, hearings on the matter have been delayed four times.

Delaying the hearing means that Delphi, , their unions and other creditors have more time to agree on a cost-savings plan that could scrap Delphi's plans to cancel contracts and ward off any costly strike unions may attempt.

Delphi, once GM's parts-making subsidiary, was spun off as an independent company in 1999. It has never been consistently profitable. It lost $4.8 billion in 2004. After losing another $741 million in the first six months of 2005, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 8.

Customers who buy a $5 savings ticket will receive 20% off regular, sale and clearance prices in many departments. The tickets are available for sale now at Macy's stores.

Proceeds from the ticket sales go directly to the organizations, including Lakeview Cheerleaders, Burning Bush Ministries, Forgotten Harvest, Haven, the Midnight Golf Program, Evergreen Children's Services, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit Rescue Mission, Hope Christian Church and many others.

The Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling Friday that had blocked the state Department of Environmental Quality from deciding whether to issue a permit for a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

is seeking to drill the mine in northern Marquette County, which opponents fear would damage the environment and disturb the peace and quiet of the sparsely developed area.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and the Huron Mountain Club challenged the DEQ when it declared the company's mining application complete, which meant the agency was ready to begin considering whether to approve it.

An administrative law judge sided with the DEQ. But Ingham County Circuit Judge Paula Manderfield disagreed June 22, ordering the agency to conduct a hearing on whether the Kennecott application was complete. She barred the DEQ from processing the applications until after the hearing.

The DEQ went to the Court of Appeals, which overruled Manderfield. In a brief order Friday, appeals Judge Patrick M. Meter said the tribe and other plaintiffs had failed to show they'd been harmed by the DEQ's finding that the application was complete.

The Michigan Public Service Commission is soliciting requests for proposals from nonprofit organizations to receive up to $15 million in grants to provide programs to promote low-income energy efficiency.

The grants are part of the state's Low-Income Energy and Efficiency Fund, which aids low-income customers. About $45 million is currently available from the fund. Interested parties can find filing instructions on the state's Web site, www.michigan.gov/mpsc . The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Oct. 13. Only public and private nonprofit organizations may apply.

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