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5:33 am
Tue June 9, 2009

Tigers, White Sox split double header

CHICAGO – CHICAGO (AP) - Jose Contreras allowed one hit in eight strong innings in his return to the majors, getting his first win in nearly a year as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 to earn a split in their day-night double header.

Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome homered for the White Sox in the second game after Detroit won the opener 5-4 as Brandon Inge hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth.

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11:12 am
Mon June 8, 2009

GM says it will stop making medium-duty trucks

DETROIT – General Motors says it will stop making medium-duty trucks by July 31 because it was unable to find a buyer for the operations.

The company says in a statement that it will wind down production of the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Topkick trucks after searching for a buyer for four years.

Both trucks are built at the Flint, Mich., Assembly plant, which also builds the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

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In Michigan
11:07 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Judge lifts Tiger Stadium's stay of execution

DETROIT – A judge has lifted Tiger Stadium's stay of execution.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards rejected a request Monday by a nonprofit group to issue an injunction preventing further demolition of the historic Detroit ballpark.

Edwards agreed with attorneys for the city that the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy has little chance of success in raising enough money for a proposed $33.4 million redevelopment project.

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In Michigan
10:40 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Senators propose new marijuana rules

LANSING, MI (MPRN) – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Some Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol are proposing amendments to Michigan's voter-approved medical marijuana law. They say the law makes it too easy to divert prescription marijuana for illegal purposes.

The law allows terminal and chronically ill patients or caregivers to get a state license and doctor's prescription for up to 12 seeds to grow their own pot. The state's issued more than 15 hundred licenses.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon June 8, 2009

African singer criticized by Muslims plays in NYC

NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - An African singer who ignited worldwide controversy among Muslims has performed before an enthusiastic crowd in New York City.

Youssou N'Dour played for about an hour Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of an arts festival aimed at spreading a deeper understanding of Islam. The
audience gave him a frenzied dancing ovation.

N'Dour calls Islam a religion in which people "can dance, even enjoy." He says people "don't have to associate Islam with fear and sadness."

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In Michigan
10:29 am
Mon June 8, 2009

AAA Michigan: State gas prices up 17 cents

DEARBORN, MI – DEARBORN, MI (AP) - AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up 17 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.93.

Although the total gas price average in Michigan has jumped $1.13 since the beginning of the year, the auto club said Monday the statewide average still is $1.13 per gallon lower than last year at this time.

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In Michigan
10:03 am
Mon June 8, 2009

MSU signs FRIB agreement

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Michigan State University took another step Monday toward building a $550 million nuclear research facility on campus. MSU signed an agreement with the US Department of Energy for funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, known as FRIB.

FRIB will extend the research at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and allow nuclear scientists to study rare isotopes - unstable atoms that offer clues to how the universe evolved.

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Science/Tech
6:53 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Company opens at MSU's new Bioeconomy Institute

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) – HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) - A company with roots at Michigan State University has become the first tenant at the school's Bioeconomy Institute at a former Pfizer Inc. lab.

Biochemistry professor Rawle Hollingsworth has run AFID Therapeutics Inc. at MBI International in Lansing since 2004. The company uses technology licensed from Michigan State.

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Business
6:45 am
Mon June 8, 2009

U.S. trading partners warn of protectionism

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - Canada and the European Union are complaining loudly, warning that protectionist moves by Congress could poison global trade relations.

Businesses abroad complain they've already been shut out of U.S. markets because of the "Buy American" provision in the massive stimulus bill, which requires the use of American-manufactured products.

EU and Canadian officials are expressing concern that the practice is widening, as Congress considers adding similar provisions to other spending bills.

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Arts & Culture
6:39 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Pianists from Japan, China win Cliburn

FORT WORTH, TX (AP) – Pianists from Japan and China have won gold medals in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. It marks the first time that someone from an Asian country has taken the prize.

Twenty-year-old Nobuyuki Tsujii of Japan and 19-year-old Haochen Zhang of China
were winners. Tsujii also made history as the first blind pianist to win.

Twenty-three-year-old Yeol Eum Son of South Korea won the silver medal on Sunday.

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Business
6:32 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Michigan movie training program graduates class

EAST LANSING, MI (AP) – A new crop of would-be film industry workers picks up credentials this week in Michigan.

The state has become a magnet for movie business since creating a refundable tax credit of up to 42 percent on production expenses in Michigan. It's the most lucrative in the country.

Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and Capital Area Michigan Works sponsored the training program, which started May 18. A $195,000 state grant paid for it.

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Nation
6:25 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Cabinet to discuss stimulus spending aimed at jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, back from a four-nation trip, gets back to work on the economy today.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to meet with Cabinet members to discuss specific plans over the next several months for spending stimulus money.

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Nation
6:17 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Hi-tech U. S. sensors head for Flight 447 search area

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) –

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - The Pentagon says a Navy team leaves for Brazil today with two high-tech devices that can detect emergency beacons to a depth of 20,000 feet.

The devices are expected to aid French searchers looking for Air France Flight 447's black box recorders. Meantime, officials say the recovery of debris and 17 bodies
from the Atlantic Ocean confirms searchers have located the wreckage.

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In Michigan
6:16 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Michigan residents have more confidence in federal government

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan residents have more confidence in the federal government than the state government. Michigan State University conducted a survey that shows federal ranking above state government for the first time since the quarterly study began 15 years ago.

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Sports
6:14 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Thomas' grand slam helps Tigers rally past Angels

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Clete Thomas' grand slam broke an eighth-inning tie and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of a key error by first baseman Kendry Morales in a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels led 5-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, but Jose Arredondo (1-3) walked Ryan Raburn and Adam Everett with one out. Jason Bugler came on and walked Curtis Granderson, loading the bases.

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Sports
6:13 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Pink-slipped Pens on verge of proving Hossa right

PITTSBURGH (AP) – PITTSBURGH (AP) - You'd think the Pittsburgh's inability to deal with Pavel Datsyuk and the disappearance of their own stars would be enough for the Penguins to fret about.

But they also might have to admit that Marian Hossa was right.

Hossa's better chance of winning the Stanley Cup was in Detroit, not in Pittsburgh.

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In Michigan
5:28 am
Mon June 8, 2009

High court asked to block Chrysler sale to Fiat

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - Three Indiana state pension and construction funds are asking the Supreme Court to block Chrysler's sale to Fiat so they can pursue an appeal in hopes of getting a better deal.

They claim the current agreement unfairly favors the interests of Chrysler's unsecured stakeholders ahead of those of secured debtholders.

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Sports
9:02 pm
Sun June 7, 2009

Lugnuts split doubleheader with Whitecaps

LANSING, MI (WKAR) – The Lansing Lugnuts blanked the West Michigan Whitecaps 2-0, in the second game of a doubleheader after falling in the opener, 5-4, on Sunday at Oldsmobile Park. The shutout was the first of the season for Lansing, coming in the club's 55th game. On Monday night, the two squads play the fourth game in the five-game series at 7:05 p.m. at Oldsmobile Park.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

La. AG sees violation in GM dealer policy

Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says he's found violations in the way General Motors Corp. is treating its dealerships. Caldwell said Friday the bankrupt automaker has sent letters to dealers imposing new restrictions that appear to violate Louisiana regulations.

Caldwell's office will take part in a teleconference with other state attorneys general on Monday, to develop a strategy of making their case before the New York bankruptcy court that's handling the GM case.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

State to close eight corrections facilities

Lansing (MI) – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - The state will close three prisons by the end of the year, including one maximum security prison in northern Michigan. The Department of Corrections will also close five minimum security prison camps.

It's all part of Governor Granholm's efforts to reduce corrections costs, which make up one-fifth of the state's discretionary spending. The administration estimates the cuts announced Friday will save taxpayers $120 million as the state battles a budget deficit.

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In Michigan
4:39 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

State lawmakers say healthcare plan is more important than ever

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - State lawmakers say healthcare reform is necessary now more than ever in light of GM and Chrysler bankruptcies. They say more than a million people are uninsured in Michigan, and that number is bound to grow as automakers make cuts. Nearly 9,000 GM employees in the state lost their jobs with the company's bankruptcy.

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WKAR Features
11:47 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Michigan closing corrections facilities

LANSING, MI – The state Department of Corrections announced today that it will close three prisons and five prison camps by the end of the year. It's part of Governor Granholm's drive to find big savings by closing prisons and reducing the number of inmates. Administration officials say the closings will save taxpayers $120,000,000 without compromising public safety.

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In Michigan
11:13 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Three Michigan Prisons Closing

LANSING (MI) – The state Department of Corrections will close three prisons, including a maximum security facility in the Upper Peninsula. The state will also shut down five minimum security camps, and lay off more than 1,000 corrections officers.

The prisons are the maximum security Standish Correctional in the Upper Peninsula, the medium security Muskegon Correctional Facility in west Michigan, and the minimum security Hiawatha Correctional Facility Facility near Kincheloe in the Upper Peninsula.

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In Michigan
10:47 am
Fri June 5, 2009

State Superintendent testifies for House Education Committee

LANSING, MI (MPRN) – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - State Superintendent Michael Flanagan testified Thursday for the state House Education Committee. The committee is discussing major education reform bills.

The superintendent supports the reform bills, which would target 35 of Michigan's failing schools. The schools would be given a year to show improvement in test scores or risk either being shut down or competing with a charter school.

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In Michigan
10:45 am
Fri June 5, 2009

LCC plans 30 layoffs

LANSING, MI (WKAR) – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The administration at Lansing Community College is proposing the layoffs of 30 people, to help meet a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

A projected deficit of more than $9,000,000 has been trimmed to $3,300,000.

No faculty cuts are planned. Instead, administrators and supervisors are being targeted.

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In Michigan
10:44 am
Fri June 5, 2009

GM to sell Saturn brand to Penske dealership chain

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - General Motors Corp. strikes a tentative deal to sell its Saturn brand to former race car driver and auto dealer Roger Penske.

Penske, who owns the Penske Automotive Group dealership chain, told reporters on Friday that he plans to offer all 350 Saturn dealerships new franchise agreements. He says Saturn's 13,000 employees will stay on with the company for at least the immediate future.

He declined to name the price for the deal.

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Nation
10:08 am
Fri June 5, 2009

French minister warns about alleged Airbus debris

PARIS (AP) – PARIS (AP) - France's transportation minister says so far there have been no signs of debris from Air France Flight 447.

Yesterday, the Brazilian air force said it had plucked a cargo pallet from the Atlantic Ocean. But it later said the pallet was not from the Airbus A330 that went down Sunday with 228 people on board.

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Nation
10:04 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Canada refuses US Guantanamo request

TORONTO (AP) – TORONTO (AP) - Canada has refused a request from the Obama administration to take men cleared for release from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Kory Teneycke, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said Friday recent inquiries concerning 17 Chinese Muslims called Uighurs at Guantanamo were rejected.

Teneycke says Canada won't take any detainees. He says they have no connection to Canada and there are security concerns.

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Business
9:43 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Jobless rate hits 9.4 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years. But the furious pace of layoffs eased, with employers cutting 345,000 jobs, the fewest since September.

If laid off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.4 percent, the highest on records dating to 1994.

The Labor Department also says a total of 14.5 million people were unemployed in May.

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In Michigan
9:30 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Penske to buy Saturn from GM

(DETROIT, MI) – A person briefed on the deal says General Motors will sell its Saturn brand to former race car driver and dealership chain owner Roger Penske.

Penske has said his company, Penske Automotive Group Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is interested in the Saturn brand.

The person briefed did not want to be identified because it has yet to be made public.

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