DETROIT – Marco Scutaro's second error of the game allowed Brandon Inge to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Monday night.
Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff belted a tying three-run homer in the ninth and Ryan Raburn also went deep for the American League Central-leading Tigers.
Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.
LANSING, MI – There are 16 days until the deadline to complete a new state budget. Talks will resume in Lansing this week to try and resolve the impasse. The Democratic leader of the state House says he expects there will be budget votes this week.
LANSING, MI – Facing an Oct. 1 deadline to get a budget in place, Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon is talking about adopting all $1.2 billion in cuts that Senate Republicans passed in June.
In return, the Republican Senate majority might agree after Oct. 1 to put money back into the budget for some programs important to Democrats, who want to to keep a college scholarship program and money for early childhood development and local police and firefighters.
Lansing, MI – Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon says a proposed multi-use facility for the building that now houses the state library and historical center would benefit downtown Lansing.
MSU is proposing a new state museum called the Center for Innovation and Reinvention. President Lou Anna Simon says the facility would combine the Historical Center collections with exhibits from the MSU Museum and also serve as a new headquarters for the Impression 5 Science Center.
GRAND LEDGE, MI – A national Medicare advocate says federal health care reform would strengthen the program. Max Richtman is an executive with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He says there's a misperception that reform would reduce benefits for seniors:
"Actually it's just the opposite," he says. "Without health care reform, seniors on Medicare are going to suffer. They're gonna pay more for their deductibles, premiums, co-payments they're gonna get less care "
LANSING, MI – Viewers statewide will have ringside seats as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget deal and avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown.
Michigan Government Television said Friday it will begin providing around-the-clock coverage Monday that will continue until 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The cable station usually is on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
LANSING, MI – Flags were at half-staff at state office buildings to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A small group of people gathered at the state Capitol to read the names of everyone who died in the attacks.
Friday was also a national day of service and remembrance by an act of Congress. In her weekly radio address, Governor Granholm says there are more than 100 service projects underway in Michigan.
OWOSSO, MI – A Michigan prosecutor says a man has been charged in the shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and a business owner and that he planned to kill a third man.
Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry says Harlan James Drake is accused of shooting 63-year-old James Pouillon and 61-year-old Mike Fuoss Friday morning. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Shiawassee County Sheriff George Braidwood says police are trying to determine the exact motive for the killing.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is to meet again Friday with legislative leaders to talk about the budget. The deadline for completing the budget or risking a state government shutdown is three weeks away.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Alex Gordon and Alberto Callaspo homered, leading the last-place Kansas City Royals past the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Thursday for a surprising three-game sweep of the AL Central leaders.
It was the first three-game sweep of an American League team at home this season for the Royals. They've won four straight overall for the first time since June 12-16.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deanna Nolan scored 34 points to lead Detroit to a 94-87 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night, helping the defending champion Shock clinch a playoff spot.
The Shock (17-16) continued their late-season surge, winning for the eight time in their last 10 games to move one-half game behind second place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference. Detroit, which began the season 9-14, secured a post-season berth when Chicago beat Indiana.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University has officially opened its new surplus store and recycling center.
The 74,000 square foot facility can process three times more waste material than the university's center of Harrison Road. The new center features rainwater collection tanks, solar panels and motion sensors.
MSU trustee Melanie Foster says in addition to its main function, the center will become an important educational tool.
LANSING, MI – House Speaker Andy Dillon doesn't expect a repeat of the round-the-clock sessions House members endured in September 2007 as they struggled to avoid a state shutdown.
Dillon said Thursday on a taping of public television's "Off the Record" program that House members will have to meet more often, but should be able to get budget bills passed by the Sept. 30 deadline.
He doesn't expect a repeat of the short government shutdown that took place in 2007, and sees no need for a continuation budget.
LANSING, MI – About 40 human service agencies spent Thursday dispensing free goods and services to the homeless at an annual event in Lansing. This year's gathering featured something new---identification cards for the homeless.
AUDIO: Lines were long for the new ID cards that will verify eligibility when receiving public services. Mary Clark of Lansing is a longtime human services administrator who volunteered at the gathering:
WIXOM, MI – A shut-down Ford plant in metro Detroit has found a new life as a sprawling manufacturing space for alternative energy companies. State officials say it's part of the new beginning for Michigan manufacturing.
LANSING, MI – A new organization calling itself Business Leaders for Michigan has announced a plan to fix Michigan's economy.
The group is made up of the Chief Operating Officers of big employers across the state. Organizers say the southeast Michigan group Detroit Renaissance is integrating with business leaders from other parts of the state.
Among the many proposals in their plan is a call for a reduction of the state work force by 5-10%, and cutting their pay to the average of state workers in other states.