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5:48 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Error gives Tiger 6-5 comeback win over Jays

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.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. teen sentenced to 6-9 months in attack

KALAMAZOO, MI – One of two teens accused of beating a 15-year-old boy because he is gay will spend six to nine months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

The 16-year-old defendant was sentenced Monday in Kalamazoo County Family Court.

Portage's Steve Harmon says he was attacked Aug. 13 in a Portage parking lot. He says his attackers used anti-gay slurs as they struck him about 20 times in the head and face.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Mich. gets $19.6M for energy projects

LANSING, MI – Michigan will get about $19.6 million in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy said in a release Monday the block grant will go toward energy efficiency projects and programs, and to building audits, upgrades and codes.

The Michigan package is part of $354 million awarded to 22 states.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

House Democrats could push budgets this week

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.

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In Michigan
10:48 am
Mon September 14, 2009

MI Senate GOP cuts of $1.2B could become reality

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.

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Sports
6:46 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Laird, Inge help Tigers snap losing streak

DETROIT – Gerald Laird and Brandon Inge each had two RBIs, helping the Detroit Tigers snap a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Rick Porcello won a matchup with fellow rookie Ricky Romero. Porcello (13-8) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last four starts.

Romero (12-8) also went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits.


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Sports
6:44 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Brees sharp, extends Lions' losing streak, 45-27

NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees looked even better than last year, which was bad news for a Detroit Lions team trying to win for the first time since 2007.

Brees tied a Saints record with six touchdown passes and threw for 358 yards as the Saints beat the Lions 45-27 Sunday to extend Detroit's regular-season losing streak to 18.

Two of Brees' touchdown passes went to Jeremy Shockey, who hadn't scored since being traded from the New York Giants to New Orleans last season.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Detroit mayor looks toward privatizing services

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the economically troubled city will focus on core public safety services while outsourcing or privatizing others.

Bing described his plan in an interview published Sunday in the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit faces a $300 million budget deficit and its revenue could be $80 million short as the city tries to pay bills this fiscal year.

Bing said he must shrink the city's 13,000-member work force by 10 percent, lower labor costs and cut services to keep the city afloat financially.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon September 14, 2009

State Rep says Michigan students should get free tuition

LANSING, MI – A state lawmaker says Michigan's constitution should be amended so high school graduates can go to in-state universities and colleges for free.

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In Michigan
2:59 pm
Sun September 13, 2009

Simon: new center would promote economic development in Lansing

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.

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Sports
7:54 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones is proud of his team after a 29-27 victory over MSU

East Lansing, MI – Central Michigan football coach Butch Jones discusses the heart of his team after the Chippewas thrilling 29-27 victory over Michigan State.

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Sports
6:54 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

Central Michigan stuns MSU with second chance last second field goal

East Lansing, MI – Central Michigan makes good on a second chance 42 yard field goal with just 3 seconds remaining clinched a 29-27 victory at Spartan Stadium.

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In Michigan
6:30 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Advocate says health reform would strengthen Medicare

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 "

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Mich. Govt. TV will go 24/7 to air budget battles

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.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Granholm thanks 911 volunteers in radio address

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.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Granholm headed to Japan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is headed to Japan this weekend on a business recruitment trip.

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6:12 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Mich. man charged in 2 Owosso deaths, wanted to kill 3rd

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.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

AP Source: GM to restore salaried worker pay cuts

DETROIT, MI – A person familiar with the matter says General Motors Co. is telling employees in an e-mail that it will restore white-collar pay cuts made earlier this year, as of Sept. 1.

The person requested anonymity because no official announcement
has been made.

The company cut executive-level pay by 10 percent, manager pay by 7% and most other salaries by 5% in the spring as it struggled to avoid bankruptcy protection.

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In Michigan
5:48 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Granholm to meet again with legislative leaders

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.

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Sports
5:39 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Royals beat Tigers 7-4 for 3-game sweep

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.

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Sports
5:37 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Nolan leads Shock to verge of playoffs

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.

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In Michigan
6:45 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

1.3 million in Mich. lacked health coverage in '08

LANSING, MI – A new report says 1.3 million people in Michigan lacked health insurance last year.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday 11.7% of state residents weren't covered through private companies or the government in 2008. That's up from 10.4% in 2007.

Things may be even worse now, because the figures don't include people who lost coverage as unemployment rose this year.

The Michigan League for Human Service says the report has good news and bad news for the state.

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In Michigan
6:42 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

MSU opens recycling center

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.

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In Michigan
6:35 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

MI House speaker says no round-the-clock sessions

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.

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In Michigan
6:30 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Area homeless line up for identification cards

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.

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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:

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Ford, Granholm laud auto plant-turned energy complex

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.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

MI business group announces turnaround plan

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.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

GM to let customers return cars for full refund

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Co. says it will allow new car buyers to return their vehicles within 2 months of purchasing them for a full refund if they're not satisfied.

The program is part of a sweeping, new marketing campaign, called "May the Best Car Win."

The automaker says it will help prove that its vehicles are competitive when it comes to quality and performance.

GM will allow customers who purchase a new vehicle between Sept. 14 and Nov. 30 to return it for a refund within 31 to 60 days from the date of purchase.

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Sports
12:52 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Predictions of Earle episode 2

Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – WKAR sports talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson gives his fearless predictions as well as previewing the Michigan State Central Michigan matchup

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In Michigan
9:31 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Lansing, Ingham human services launch e-card system

LANSING, MI – City and county human service workers start a computerized system Thursday to improve services to the area's homeless population.

About 40 community organizations will offer assistance at "Project Homeless Connect" and for the first time some recipients will use an identification card with a bar code.

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