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5:57 am
Thu June 4, 2009

Boston's Beckett holds Detroit hitless into 7th

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Josh Beckett did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning and David Ortiz hit a two-run double, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The Red Sox, though, lost Kevin Youkilis to a freak injury in the eighth inning. Youkilis was stretching for a throw at first when Josh Anderson appeared to step on the back of his right ankle.

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Sports
5:48 am
Thu June 4, 2009

Red Wings to play Draper, encouraged by Datsyuk's practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Detroit Red Wings Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says forward Kris Draper is well enough to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight.

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Wings 4-2 Tuesday night, cutting Detroit's series lead to 2-1.

Another injured Detroit player is doing better as well.

Pavel Datsyuk practiced with the defending champions, and general manager Ken Holland says Datsyuk "looked good."

Holland says Datsyuk's status will be determined after this morning's skate.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

MI Appeals court dismisses Tazer suit

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed against 10 police officers and the manufacturer of the Tazer device. It was filed by the family of a man who died in police custody in 2003.

John Lee Thompson died two days after two separate altercations with police officers. One was at an apartment complex and the other was after he was inside the Saginaw County Jail. Both times officers used pepper spray and Tazers to subdue him.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Michigan receives stimulus money to help schools

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - (AP) More than $1 billion in federal stimulus money is officially available to maintain budgets at Michigan schools and help reduce the size of other budget cuts in state programs.

The money announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education was anticipated as the state made a formal application for it earlier this spring. The cash is designed to help stabilize budgets and maintain education funding.

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In Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

AP source: GM studying more temporary shutdowns

Detroit, MI – Detroit (AP) - A person briefed on General Motors Corp.'s production plans says the automaker is considering temporarily closing more factories this summer to keep inventory levels down as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

The person says decisions are still being made on which plants would see additional down time in the third quarter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are not final.

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In Michigan
3:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Motorcyclists rally at capitol for repeal of helmet law

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - (MPRN) Motorcycle enthusiasts gathered in Lansing today (Wed.) to protest Michigan's helmet law.

Members of the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education--ABATE--say the state could pull in more than a billion dollars in revenue if it got rid of the law.

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Business
10:59 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Motion to terminate Chrysler dealer franchises postponed

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - A hearing on Chrysler's request to terminate the franchises of 789 of its dealers has been pushed back by a day.

U.S. Judge Arthur Gonzalez will hear arguments Thursday on the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker's motion to eliminate the franchises. Chrysler executives are also expected to testify.

The motion was expected to be heard Wednesday.

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Nation
10:19 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Government posts sensitive list of US nuclear sites

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - A government official says national security was not compromised when a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities was accidentally posted on the Internet.

The 266-page document was published last month as a transmission from President Barack Obama to Congress. Among the sites mentioned in the posting were a storage facility for highly enriched uranium at the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee and some sites at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state.

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Nation
10:17 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Brazil: More debris from crashed jet found

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil (AP) – FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil (AP) - A Brazilian air force spokesman says more debris from the crashed Air France jet has been spotted.

The new debris includes what appears to be a seven-meter (23-foot) long chunk of the plane. But Col. Jorge Amaral says there were no obvious markings that would identify the jet.

Amaral says no bodies were seen in the latest wreckage spotted about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of where the main debris field lies.

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WKAR Features
9:57 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Peter Leonard joins father Elmore Leonard in writing crime fiction

East Lansing, MI – Elmore Leonard might be America's most famous writer of crime fiction.

The author of "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" is 83 now, and he's just published "Road Dogs", his 43rd novel.

His son, Peter Leonard, has become a published novelist, too. His second book, "Trust Me," just came out.

They'll appear together at a book-signing event Thursday night at the Schuler Book Store in the Eastwood Towne Center.

WKAR's Scott Pohl interviewed both Leonards.

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In Michigan
8:34 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Senate Republicans further delay legislation

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.

State Senate Democrats say the GOP was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over FDA-approved drugs.

But Republicans say Democrats are playing partisan games when they should be focused on budget issues and a collapsing auto industry.

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In Michigan
8:32 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Report designates promising areas for wind farms

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms.

The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan. The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.

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In Michigan
8:19 am
Wed June 3, 2009

GOP field getting crowded

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - A fifth prospect has entered the already-crowded field of G-O-P candidates for governor. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has formed a campaign committee, and went on an announcement tour Wednesday.

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In Michigan
8:18 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Locke says government ready to help business and auto communities hit by recession

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI - (WKAR) U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the federal government is making $27 million in grants available to communities struggling due to the decline of American automakers.

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Nation
6:57 am
Wed June 3, 2009

White House requests flu-fighting funding

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is asking Congress for $2 billion to help prepare for a possible swine flu pandemic.

The request is included in a huge funding bill for military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama requested the new anti-flu funding out of "an abundance of caution" even as the panic surrounding the swine flu outbreak has faded considerably.

Obama also sent lawmakers a request for $200 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

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Sports
6:05 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Lugnuts win against TinCaps

(FORT WAYNE, IN) – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps Tuesday night at Parkview Field, 4-3.

The Lugnuts and TinCaps play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Matsuzaka gets first win, 5-1 over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five strong innings to win for the first time this season and manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1.

Francona became the third Boston manager to reach that plateau with the Red Sox, joining Joe Cronin (1,071) and Mike Higgins (560).

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Sports
6:01 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Penguins beat Red Wings in Game 3 of Cup finals

PITTSBURGH (AP) – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sergei Gonchar scored the go-ahead goal with 9:31 left in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Penguins won at home after losing twice on the road against the defending champions just as they did last year in the finals.

Pittsburgh's Max Talbot scored 4:38 into the game and had an empty-net goal.

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Top Stories
5:52 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Chrysler, GM heads on Capitol Hill today

WASHINGTON (AP) –

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Chrysler and GM officials go before a Senate panel today to discuss their transformations.

With thousands of jobs and dealerships about to disappear, Chrysler President James Press and GM CEO Fritz Henderson can expect some tough questions about the upheaval hitting the auto industry.

Lawmakers charge that shutting down dealerships won't do much to help the companies. Some are concerned the Chrysler closings are happening too quickly, with less than a month's notice.

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In Michigan
10:22 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

MSU's non-tenure track faculty vote to unionize

EAST LANSING, Mich. – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - Non-tenure track faculty members at Michigan State University have voted to unionize.

Non-tenure track faculty lack long-term job security and generally get lower pay than tenure-track teachers.

Organizer Richard Manderfield says Friday's vote was 240 to 113 in favor of unionizing.

He says the group will draft a contract proposal and hopes to begin negotiations in the fall.

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In Michigan
6:14 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Report designates promising areas for wind farms

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - (MPRN) A state commission has identified regions bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as the most promising zones in Michigan to locate wind farms. The regions are the northern tip of the Thumb, and areas north and south of Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan.

The report by the Michigan Wind Energy Resource Zone board also identifies more land near the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Thumb, as well as the Upper Peninsula's Keewanau Peninsula as areas with potential.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Senate Republicans further delay legislation

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Michigan Senate Republicans put drug company immunity legislation on the backburner Tuesday, delaying action until October.

State Senate Democrats say the G-O-P was showing cowardice by further delaying a vote on the legislation. The bills would repeal the law protecting pharmaceutical companies from being sued over F-D-A-approved drugs.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

GM's May sales down 30% but improving

Detroit – Detroit (AP) - A day after filing for bankruptcy protection, automaker General Motors Corp. says its U.S. sales in May fell 30% from a year ago but were 11% better than in April.

GM said Tuesday that improved consumer confidence levels last month helped buyers shrug off concerns about the automaker's impending Chapter 11 filing.

GM says it sold 191,875 cars and light trucks in May.

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In Michigan
4:24 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Labor secretary pledges $49M in aid for Michigan

Romulus, MI – Romulus, MI (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced an additional $49 million in federal aid to help Michigan workers who lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The announcement comes Tuesday as Solis and other cabinet officials are touring Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The region has been hard hit by the loss of automotive and other manufacturing jobs.

Solis made the announcement at a General Motors Corp. plant in Romulus. GM filed for bankruptcy this week.

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In Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

School leaders, public discuss growing budget shortfall

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District is meeting Tuesday evening to discuss how to address its growing budget deficit. School Board President Hugh Clarke says changing state rules on paying for all-day Kindergarten could add several million dollars to the district's tab. Lansing also expects enrollment to fall by up to a thousand next year. That means millions fewer state dollars. District planners now expect a deficit as high as $18-million.

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In Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Cabinet secretaries to visit Mich., 3 other states

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The man in charge of the White House's efforts to help auto-dependent communities and workers get back on their feet is returning to Michigan.

Ed Montgomery will attend meetings today in hard-hit Pontiac and attend events in Romulus and Detroit with two other federal officials.

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Sports
11:33 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Detroit commission votes to level Tiger Stadium

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit city commission has voted to demolish the section of Tiger Stadium left standing after much of the historic ballpark was knocked down last year.

The city's Economic Development Corp. board voted 7-1 on Tuesday to authorize the complete demolition of the stadium.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. vice president Waymon Guillebeaux says the stadium will be leveled as soon as a contract is negotiated with a contractor.

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Science/Tech
10:48 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Michigan identifies 4 regions with wind potential

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A state board has identified four regions in Michigan with the most potential to harvest wind into energy.

Region 1 includes parts of Allegan County southwest of Grand Rapids.

Region 2 includes parts of Antrim and Charlevoix counties northeast of Traverse City.

Region 3 includes parts of Benzie, Leelanau and Manistee counties to the west and south of Traverse City.

And Region 4 includes parts of Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Bay and Saginaw counties.

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Science/Tech
10:43 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Warning on antidepressants has been followed by decline in diagnoses

CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers are finding a persistent decline in the rate of Americans -- especially children -- who are newly diagnosed with depression. But that doesn't mean there are fewer cases of it.

The decline followed the first federal warning on risks connected with antidepressant drugs. And the researchers believe that the warning may have helped reverse a five-year trend of rising rates of diagnosis for depression.

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Science/Tech
10:37 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Celexa failed autism study; kids got side effects

CHICAGO (AP) – CHICAGO (AP) - A study finds an antidepressant often prescribed for treating autism doesn't work for most kids.

The drug, Celexa, was found to cause nightmares and other side effects.

Celexa is not approved for treating autism. However, many doctors have prescribed it, thinking it might help prevent repetitive behaviors such as spinning, twirling and head-banging that are hallmark autism symptoms.

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