DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams each had a goal and an assist, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 pre-season win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday in a matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions.
Johan Franzen and Ville Leino also scored and Brian Rafalski assisted on all four goals for Detroit, which scored times on the power play. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.
Pascal Dupuis scored for Pittsburgh (1-4-1) and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots.
CHICAGO – Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in his second straight game, rookie Daniel Hudson earned his first major league victory and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 Sunday for their third win in 11 games.
Hudson (1-1) outpitched All-Star Edwin Jackson (13-8) over six solid innings, and Quentin broke it open with a drive to right that capped a four-run eighth and made it 8-2.
Lansing, MI – Some Republican lawmakers in Lansing will skip this weekend's GOP strategy conference on Mackinac Island. Both the House and Senate scheduled tentative sessions for this weekend as they close in on the final days before the budget deadline. The Legislature must pass a budget plan by Wednesday.
Lansing, MI – The Legislature is expected to work into the weekend to try and wrap up the state budget. At the same time, lawmakers are making emergency plans in case they can't reach a deal before the October first.
State Senate Republicans muscled through a 30-day interim budget that includes the big cuts they want to part of a final budget deal that does not raise taxes.
Lansing, MI – The state Senate has approved an interim budget in case an agreement is not reached five days from now. The Senate version of a one-month temporary budget reflects a 25 percent rollback in spending levels.
WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget process later today. Check this website and listen to All Things Considered with Gretchen Millich, starting at 4 p.m.
EAST LANSING, MI – A Michigan State University graduate who died as a Chinese prisoner during the Korean War is being awarded the Purple Heart medal in a campus ceremony next week.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers will preside over the ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Demonstration Hall. Army 1st Lt. Baldwin R. Carr was captured on April 25, 1951, and died in captivity. His family never received his body.
Rogers' office says Gordon Carr will accept the medal on his brother's behalf.
CLEVELAND – Justin Verlander pitched the Detroit Tigers closer to a division title and pushed the Cleveland Indians within one loss of matching a franchise record for futility with a 6-5 win on Thursday night.
Verlander struck out 11 in seven innings and Carlos Guillen had three hits and an RBI as the Tigers handed Cleveland its 11th straight loss.
With the win, Detroit moved three games ahead of the idle Minnesota Twins in the AL's Central Division. The Tigers open a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
JACKSON, MI – The South Carolina congressman who shouted at President Barack Obama during his health care speech to Congress will take part in a Jackson fundraiser for Michigan congressional candidate Tim Walberg.
Walberg's campaign Web site says he and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will discuss health care reform at the Oct. 2 event.
Tickets cost $20. Supporters paying $150 get two tickets and can pose for a photo with Wilson.
LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm acknowledges Michigan's next government budget will include some cuts to K-12 education but says she's fighting to protect against deep reductions.
Granholm visited with a few members of her administration and Democratic lawmakers on the House floor Thursday. Legislators are racing to avoid a possible partial government shutdown by an Oct. 1 deadline.
Lansing, MI – A state House panel has taken a small step toward restoring the Michigan Promise college scholarship.
The House Appropriations Committee adopted a budget bill to fund the scholarship close to its current level. But the effort remains largely symbolic until a revenue source is identified to generate $120 million.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman George Cushingberry says the bill won't move any further until that happens.
Lansing, MI – The state House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward rescuing the Michigan Promise college scholarship from the budget axe. There are now dueling bills on the House floor. One would fund the scholarship. At the same time, a higher education budget bill zeroes out money for the Promise. The effort to keep the scholarship is still waiting on a revenue source that would generate $120 million.
LANSING, MI – A union which represents about a quarter of the City of Lansing's workforce picketed in front of Mayor Virg Bernero's Campaign headquarters Wednesday. Teamsters Local 580 has been without a contract for three years.
About a dozen Teamsters showed up for the rally carrying signs claiming Bernero is "anti-family" for not settling the union's contract. Other city unions have agreed to eliminate medical coverage for family members of retirees. The deals only apply to new-hires and not current city employees.
CLEVELAND – Carlos Guillen hit two of Detroit's three home runs to help Rick Porcello and the Tigers defeat Cleveland 11-3 on Wednesday night, the Indians' season-high 10th straight loss.
Porcello (14-9) allowed one run and six hits over five innings as the Tigers won their third straight. Detroit entered play 2 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. The Twins open a four-game series in Detroit on Monday.
MASON, MI – Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Junior has announced the launch of a new system designed to help residents prevent property fraud.
Subscribing to the system is free. Those who register will get a phone call or an email any time a property document is filed in their name.
Hertel says victims could find a cloud on their title when they try to sell their home, or be billed for a mortgage they hadn't applied for. He says the easiest way to commit property fraud has been to forge a quit-claim deed.
LANSING, MI – At the state Capitol, a team of House and Senate negotiators has struck a deal on a higher education budget for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan zeroes out funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship. It also reduces other types of student financial aid.
Representative George Cushingberry chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He says the loss of the scholarship is the result of lawmakers' unwillingness to raise taxes.
Okemos, MI – The Ingham County Road Commission is studying the 55 mile an hour speed limit on Jolly Road near Okemos High School, following a fatal accident earlier this month. 17-year-old Adam Nevells was turning out the school parking lot when he was hit by a pickup truck.
Director Bill Conklin says the Road Commission will consider the history of accidents on Jolly Road, including the crash that killed Adam Nevells, but driver behavior will be primary factor.