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4:41 pm
Mon September 7, 2009

New workers advocacy center opens in Lansing

David Mitchell stands with other members of the Lansing Workers Center during the center's official opening on Monday.
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Lansing, MI – Volunteers in Lansing are forming a new labor advocacy organization that aims to help workers protect themselves from abusive practices on the job.

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Members of the Lansing Workers Center say one of their top priorities is to prevent wage theft -- instances when an employer illegally withholds a worker's pay or benefits. They say they're willing to negotiate with companies, but add they'll also use embarrassment tactics and litigation if necessary.

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In Michigan
6:32 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Librarians to rally against Granholm plan Thursday

LANSING, MI – Librarians opposed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's plan to dismantle the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries will rally Thursday near the state Capitol in Lansing on the eve of a deadline to kill the measure.

They tell The Grand Rapids Press that dispersing the department's functions among a half-dozen other state agencies makes questionable financial sense while dealing a heavy blow to invaluable public resources.

Grand Rapids Public Library Director Marcia Warner says the moves would create lots of new expenses.

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In Michigan
6:26 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Education Committee chairmen to meet with state school board

LANSING, MI – The chairmen of the state Senate and House education committees will meet with the school board this week in Lansing. They are expected to pitch their ideas for major statewide education reform.

The meeting won't produce any decisions or votes on reform, but it will kick off a process to find middle ground on the House and Senate plans.

House Education committee chairman Tim Melton says, "It's just to lay out our visions and see where they stand on some of this stuff."

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Sports
5:32 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Braxton, Zellous help Shock toward playoffs

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Kara Braxton scored 17 points and fellow reserve Shavonte Zellous added 16 to help the Detroit Shock win their third straight game, beating the Chicago Sky 84-75 Sunday
night.

The win moved the Shock (16-15) over .500 for the first time this season, and put them 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago, Washington and Connecticut for the third playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Shyra Ely and Candice Dupree finished with 18 each for Chicago, which fell to 15-17.

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Sports
5:30 am
Mon September 7, 2009

Inge hits grand slam in 9th inning, Tigers rally

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Brandon Inge hit a grand slam in the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers picked apart Tampa Bay's bullpen and beat the Rays 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

After Rays starter Wade Davis pitched seven sharp innings in his major league debut, Detroit rallied against four relievers in the ninth. Inge capped the comeback, connecting with one out against Russ Springer (0-3) for his fifth career slam.

Edwin Jackson (12-6) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings. Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth for his third save.

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Sports
4:59 pm
Sat September 5, 2009

Spartans victorious in opening game

East Lansing, MI – In front of the second largest opening game crowd in Spartan Stadium history, Michigan State opened up their season in grand fashion with a 44-3 victory over Montana State.

Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was very productive going 10-17 for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns. Back up for this game Kieth Nichol made his presence felt as well going 9-18 for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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In Michigan
6:22 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Tigers announcer Harwell says he has incurable cancer

DETROIT, MI – Longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell says he has inoperable cancer but is in good spirits and appreciates the good wishes he's received from hundreds of fans.

The 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Famer spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Tigers games.

Harwell told The Associated Press on Friday he began feeling bad earlier this summer. After a number of tests, doctors days ago advised him against surgery. He has a tumor near a bile duct.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Report says wage disparity growing between white and black workers

LANSING, MI – A report released Friday says there is a long-term trend of lower unemployment among African-Americans in Michigan. But it says there is a growing disparity in the earnings of black workers compared to white workers.

The Michigan League for Human Services examined employment and wage data going back to 1979. It found inflation-adjusted wages have declined overall. But the decline was 6% for white workers, while it was almost 25% for black workers.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Thousands of state employees idled by unpaid furlough day

LANSING, MI – Friday began a four-day weekend for 13,400 state workers. It is the sixth and final unpaid furlough day they've been forced to take this summer to save the state $22 million.

State troopers, prison guards, public health workers, and unemployment claims operators are exempt from the furloughs.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Dillon taking more heat from Mich. union leaders

LANSING, MI – The top Democrat in the Michigan Legislature continues to take heat from labor unions over his proposal to consolidate public employee health benefit plans across the state.

House Speaker Andy Dillon says the health care plan could save taxpayers about $900 million a year once fully implemented, mostly by cutting administrative costs and increasing buying power through pooling. But unions representing public employees consider the proposal an assault on collective bargaining and say it could lead to reduced benefits for workers.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri September 4, 2009

Hoyer, Schauer discuss healthcare with GM and other local companies

DELTA TWP, MICHIGAN – United States House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was in Lansing today to talk with labor and union leaders about the national healthcare proposals. The Maryland Democrat toured General Motor's Delta Assembly plant before sitting down with plant officials to discuss what healthcare changes would benefit GM and its workers.

Hoyer says the national healthcare proposals being debated in Washington would make American companies more globally competitive.

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In Michigan
7:37 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Reports: Announcer Harwell has incurable cancer

UNDATED – Longtime broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Detroit Tigers games, has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer, several media outlets reported Thursday.

The 91-year-old Harwell, who was in the Tigers' broadcast booth from 1960 until he retired in 2002, remains upbeat after an inoperable tumor was found in the area of the bile duct.

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Sports
5:47 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Whitecaps again

LANSING, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-3 last night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts play their final home game of the 2009 season tonight at 7:05 p. m.

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Sports
5:45 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Stafford still lacks finish in Lions 17-6 win

ORCHARD PARK, NY – Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford closed the pre-season much like he opened it: by showing plenty of promise but little finish.

The same goes for the Buffalo Bills offense, which could certainly use a healthy Terrell Owens to help it find the end zone following a 17-6 loss to Detroit in each team's pre-season finale Thursday night.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Polanco leads Tigers past Indians

DETROIT – Placido Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

The Tigers completed a three-game sweep and increased their lead in the AL Central to five games over the idle Twins.

Ryan Raburn led off the Detroit 10th with a double. Rafael Perez (4-3) then intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera and issued an unintentional free pass to Magglio Ordonez. Polanco followed with a fly ball to center and Raburn scored standing up.

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Sports
5:26 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Predictions of Earle

WKAR Sports Talk host Earle Robinson

East Lansing, MI – Welcome to the first installment of Predictions of Earle. Sports Talk AM 870 host Earle Robinson previews the upcoming football season for Michigan State as well as their opening game against Montana State. Earle will also give his fearless predictions on who will finish where in the Big Ten Conference.

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In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Tax Credit is Designed to Spur Grocery Store Expansions

Lansing, MI – The Michigan Grocers Association is encouraging its members to take advantage of a state tax credit program that offers an incentive to locate or expand their businesses in underserved communities.

Michigan's grocery tax credit program has been on the books for more than a year, but it's taken time to compile information on where the tax can be best applied.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Granholm to convene marathon budget negotiations

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm will host another meeting with legislative leaders today to try and come up with a budget compromise. The deadline for finishing the budget is less than a month away.

The governor has called for the talks to go into the night, if necessary.

Granholm says an agreement appears close, but GOP leaders say that's not the case.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

House Committee begins healthcare pool hearings

LANSING, MI – A state House committee has begun testimony on legislation that would pool all state workers and teachers in one healthcare plan.

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CityBeat
5:13 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Lansing Schools "nearly perfect" in AYP

Lansing, MI – Lansing school officials are celebrating what they call a "nearly perfect" score in meeting performance goals for the 2008-2009 school year. Thirty-one out of 33 Lansing schools made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. That includes two of Lansing's three high schools - Everett and Sexton. All three have consistently failed for the last five years.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Lansing Schools "nearly perfect" in AYP

LANSING, MI – For the first time in five years, two of Lansing's high school have achieved federal Adequate Yearly Progress. Everett and Sexton High Schools have met standards required by the No Child Left Behind law.

Twenty-five of the district's 26 elementary schools and all four middle schools also earned AYP status.

School Board President Hugh Clarke says he's elated.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Budget talks continue another day

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Legislature met for most of the day to try and come closer to a budget deal. They are trying to retire an almost $3 billion deficit, which represents almost 15% of the budget.

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4:41 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

Budget talks continue another day

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Legislature met for most of the day to try and come closer to a budget deal. They are trying to retire an almost $3 billion deficit, which represents almost 15 percent of the budget.

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In Michigan
11:40 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Strike Leads To Canceled Classes At Oakland University

ROCHESTER, MI – ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) - Oakland University has canceled classes indefinitely because of a professors strike.

Thursday was supposed to be the opening of the fall semester for
about 18,000 students at the southeastern Michigan school. But the
Oakland University chapter of the American Association of
University Professors authorized a strike Wednesday night.

Contract talks under way for months have failed to produce a
deal.

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In Michigan
6:25 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Detroit Schools financial manager sues Board of Ed

DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools' emergency financial manager has filed a lawsuit to void the appointment of a district general superintendent.

The Detroit News reports that Robert Bobb filed the suit against the Board of Education Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced later Wednesday that his office will represent Bobb.

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Sports
6:22 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Ordonez, Polanco help Tigers extend division lead

DETROIT – Magglio Ordonez had three hits and Placido Polanco scored twice to help the Detroit Tigers beat the sloppy Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Wednesday night.

The Tigers, who now lead the Twins by 4 1-2 games in the AL Central, were aided by five Cleveland errors, the most they had committed in a game since 1998.

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Sports
6:11 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Lugnuts' playoff hopes dim with loss to Whitecaps

LANSING, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps romped past the Lansing Lugnuts 10-2 last night at Oldsmobile Park. With the loss, Lansing's elimination number was reduced to one. The two teams play the second game of the three-game series tonight at 7:05.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Thu September 3, 2009

County Prosecutor says Secretary of State is not the gatekeeper

LANSING, MI – A case before the state Court of Appeals asks the question whether the Secretary of State has the final word in handling elections violations.

The Secretary of State's office fined Meijer Incorporated 190 thousand dollars for manipulating elections in Grand Traverse County. County prosecutors said a fine did not go far enough and Meijer should face criminal charges as well. But a judge ruled last year the Secretary of State had the final authority and had handled the issue.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Lansing Schools' mobile enrollment wraps at rally Wednesday night

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Schools begin a new school year Wednesday evening with their annual Round-Up Rally. The gathering offers students and families the chance to celebrate with music and games as well as take care of important business.

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In Michigan
5:45 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Mich. groups call for higher taxes to save budget

LANSING, MI – A coalition of social service, education and labor groups wants the state to change its tax structure to raise more revenue and prevent deep cuts in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

The plan released Wednesday includes expanding the sales tax to "non-essential" items such as entertainment and landscaping services to raise nearly $1.7 billion.

The partnership also wants to change the flat income tax rate to a graduated one, raising about $400 million, and end tax exemptions to generate $600 million.

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