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8:24 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Former Piston heads to Boston

Detroit, MI – (AP) - Two Boston newspapers are reporting the Celtics
have reached an agreement with free agent Rasheed Wallace. Wallace,
who played the last six seasons in Detroit, has averaged 15 points
and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons and averaged 12 points and 7.4
rebounds last season in Motown.

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In Michigan
7:14 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Michigan gets energy conservation aid

EAST LANSING, MI – The federal government has released the first round of funding for Michigan to hire and train workers to help low-income families save money on their heating bills.

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In Michigan
6:36 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Foreclosure freeze law takes effect

LANSING, MI – A new law allows homeowners to freeze foreclosure proceedings for 90 days while they try to work out new payment arrangements with their lenders. The law took effect yesterday.

AUDIO: Homeowners who freeze their foreclosures have to contact credit counselors who, in turn, will help them negotiate new terms with their lenders. Lenders are required to cooperate.

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In Michigan
6:16 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Audit questions uses of Detroit's emergency cash

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A city fund intended to cover emergencies was used for expenses that included a publicist hired by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during the text-message scandal that drove him from office last year.

Records obtained by the Detroit Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the city issued 900 so-called quick checks from the fund to cover routine or questionable expenses.

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In Michigan
6:14 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Detroit police chief: No reason for firing given

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's police chief says he feels like he's been kicked in the stomach after learning he was being fired by the mayor.

James Barren told WXYZ-TV for a Saturday report no reason for the firing was given, and he didn't ask.

Assistant Chief Ronald Fleming told reporters Saturday that Barren told him Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans would take over as chief starting today. Fleming said he also was leaving the department.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Michigan has state government furlough day Monday

LANSING, MI – Most state government offices are shut down Monday as Michigan has its second of six unpaid furlough days for most employees.

The furlough days are an effort to cut $22 million from the budget.

State police road patrols will continue and prisons and veterans' homes will be staffed. Unemployment call centers also will be open.

State government operations will be similar to those observed on public holidays.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Bankruptcy judge OKs General Motors sale plan

NEW YORK – A bankruptcy judge says General Motors can sell the bulk of its assets to a new company, clearing the way for the automaker to quickly emerge from bankruptcy.

U.S. Judge Robert Gerber ruled late Sunday that the sale is needed to avoid "immediate and irreparable harm" to GM.

GM's government-backed plan for a quick exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection hinges on the sale, which will allow the automaker to leave behind many of its costs and liabilities.

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Sports
5:47 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Red Wings resign young winger

DETROIT – After losing quite a bit this off season via free agency the Detroit Redwings kept one of their promising young talents; Ville Leino. The twenty-five year old winger signed a two year contract worth $1.6 million to stay in Detroit. Leino in thirteen regular season games had nine points and had two assists in the playoffs for the Western Conference champions.

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Sports
5:45 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Sun beat Shock in overtime

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Erin Phillips scored six of her 19 points in overtime, leading the Connecticut Sun to a 95-92 victory over the Detroit Shock on Sunday.

Sandrine Gruda, playing her first game of the season after representing France in the European championships, had a career-high 23 points for the Sun (5-4).

Detroit, which lost star Deanna Nolan to a pulled hamstring in the third quarter, fell to 2-7. Katie Smith had 28 points and rookie Shavonte Zellous added 20.

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Sports
5:43 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Lugnuts lose to Silver Hawks

LANSING, MI – The South Bend Silver Hawks beat the Lansing Lugnuts 7-1 on Sunday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. The two teams will play the third game in a four-game series tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
5:40 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Tigers All-Stars: Verlander, Jackson, Granderson

MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Detroit Tigers starting pitchers Edwin Jackson and Justin Verlander and center fielder Curtis Granderson have been selected for the All-Star game.

The rosters were revealed on Sunday afternoon. Third baseman Brandon Inge is one of five finalists for the last spot on the American League team, to be selected via internet voting.

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Sports
5:38 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Morneau, Blackburn lead Twins past Tigers 6-2

MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Justin Morneau punctuated a productive series - and celebrated another All-Star game selection - with a two-run homer for the Minnesota Twins in a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Blackburn (7-4) took a shutout into the ninth inning before left fielder Denard Span dropped a line drive for an error and Brandon Inge followed with a two-run home run, his 19th.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Meijer, Acme Twp. group sign no-lawsuit agreement

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Meijer Inc. and a developer have agreed to pay $75,000 to a group that fought their proposed superstore in a rural Michigan community.

Under a deal signed Wednesday, Concerned Citizens of Acme Township agreed not to sue Meijer or the Village at Grand Traverse LLC. Also released from liability were a law firm and a public relations firm that represented the companies.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Mich. governor to head to Germany, Belgium Monday

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to leave Monday for a trade trip to Germany and Belgium.

It will be the Democrat's eighth overseas trade trip. She plans to talk with leaders of high-tech companies she thinks can help Michigan move toward gaining jobs in green technology and alternative fuels, although her office hasn't provided specifics.

The governor has made previous trade trips to Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden and the Middle East.

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Science/Tech
6:16 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Seagull die-off reported at Sleeping Bear Dunes

EMPIRE, MI – Dozens of dead seagulls are turning up along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and scientists suspect botulism.

In a statement Thursday, lakeshore officials say about 40 gull carcasses and hundreds of dead round gobies have been found this week. The fish are believed to carry botulism and pass it to birds that eat them.

Gobies eat invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which filter botulism and other toxins in the water.

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Sports
5:51 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Christon's 25 points lead Liberty past Shock

NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - Shameka Christon scored 25 points to help the New York Liberty cruise to a 80-64 victory over the Detroit Shock on Thursday night.

Loree Moore had 15 points, Cathrine Kraayeveld added 13 and Essence Carson 12 to help the Liberty (3-6) snap a three-game losing streak.

Cheryl Ford scored 13 points and Deanna Nolan and Kara Braxton had 12 each for the defending champion Shock (2-6), who fell to last in the Eastern Conference.

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Sports
5:51 am
Fri July 3, 2009

Lugnuts split doubleheader

MIDLAND, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts split a doubleheader with the Great Lakes Loons with a 3-1 nightcap victory after losing the opener, 4-2, last night at Dow Diamond. The Lugnuts and Loons finish off their four-game series with a 7:05 p. m. game tonight.

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In Michigan
6:18 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Governor approves Amtrak subsidy

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has approved a budget bill that includes 400 thousand dollars to keep two Amtrak lines operating in Michigan through the end of September. The lines run between Chicago and Grand Rapids and Chicago and Port Huron.

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In Michigan
6:17 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Portland family finds prehistoric bones in yard

PORTLAND, MI – An Ionia County couple just wanted to dig a new pond in their yard. Instead, Rich and Annette Schneider of Portland dug up some history.

The Schneiders unearthed the bones of a 10,000-plus-year-old mastodon, an elephant-like animal that became extinct shortly after humans arrived in the Great Lakes region.

Rich Schneider tells WILX-TV the dig turned up a leg, a rib, a tusk and more.

They plan to donate the bones to the University of Michigan.

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In Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Fest with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson opens Thursday

GRANT TOWNSHIP, MI – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the surviving Grateful Dead are headlining this year's Rothbury Festival now under way in rural western Michigan.

State police tell The Grand Rapids Press incoming traffic was moving smoothly. The festival site is near the village of Rothbury in Oceana County's Grant Township, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Area residents are taking advantage of the traffic to sell everything from Rothbury T-shirts to yoga pants to the tens of thousands of concertgoers.

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In Michigan
6:09 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

MI Clerks: Overseas military ballot-count needs fix

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Clerks from Michigan's three largest counties and a state legislator have proposed a plan they say would ensure the ballots of overseas state residents would be properly counted.

Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson said Thursday at a news conference in Sterling Heights that "Operation Our Troops Count" would fix Michigan's "broken" system.

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In Michigan
6:03 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Granholm signs Cobo improvement bills

EAST LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm has signed legislation that will allow a regional authority to assume control over downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall convention center. That would clear the way for the authority to raise money to upgrade the facility, so it remains home to the North American International Auto Show.

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In Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

WMU raises tuition 5.7% for 2009-2010 school year

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University's governing body has voted to raise tuition and fees 5.7% for in-state students attending the Kalamazoo school.

The university's board of trustees on Thursday approved the tuition hike effective this fall. The board also approved a 7.5% increase in the university's financial aid budget.

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In Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Laws signed aimed at keeping auto show in Detroit

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation aimed at keeping the North American International Auto Show in Michigan beyond 2010, preferably at its current home in Detroit's Cobo Center.

The new laws signed Thursday call for a nearly $300 million expansion of Cobo and the creation of a regional authority to run and renovate the aging building.

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In Michigan
2:26 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Fenner sex sting could cause legal trouble for Lansing

Lansing City Hall.
Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

LANSING, MI – A Lansing City Council Committee Wednesday raised legal and ethical concerns about a gay sex sting operation conducted by Lansing Police in May. The sting at Fenner Nature Center netted two arrests. But a breakdown in communication between the offices of the City Attorney and the County Prosecutor could mean legal trouble for the city.

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WKAR Features
10:44 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Under the Radar

EAST LANSING, MI – One Friday each month on Morning Edition from WKAR, author Lev Raphael joins WKAR's Melissa Ingells to discuss a book that might have slipped past the notice of other book reviewers.

Nationally-known author and reviewer Lev Raphael lives and writes in mid-Michigan. Raphael likes to feature books that may not receive a lot of publicity elsewhere, and his choices have ranged from a history of the Roman Republic, to a biography of Napoleon's sister, to a mass market paperback based on a TV series about spies.

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In Michigan
6:46 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Schauer holds health forums

CHARLOTTE, MI – Seventh District Congressman Mark Schauer kicked off a series of town hall meetings on health care Wednesday in Charlotte.

There was a focus on the lack of primary health care providers, and employers who are dropping health coverage plans for their workers.

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Sports
5:57 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Dumars says he wants new coach by next Tuesday

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars says he wants to name a replacement for fired coach Michael Curry in time for next week's developmental league opening in Las Vegas.

The Pistons' president for basketball operations announced Curry's dismissal Tuesday. The first-year coach led the Pistons to a 39-43 regular-season record and a four-straight-game loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

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Sports
5:55 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Lugnuts rained out

MIDLAND, MI – The scheduled Wednesday night game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p. m. tonight. The rainout is Lansing's 10th of 2009, leading into the club's ninth doubleheader of the year.

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Sports
5:48 am
Thu July 2, 2009

Cust, Giambi lead A's past Tigers

OAKLAND, CA – Jason Giambi and Jack Cust broke out of funks with two-run homers, Dallas Braden ended a four-start winless stretch and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Wednesday.

Giambi's drive in the sixth off Justin Verlander (8-4) was home run No. 407, tying him with Duke Snider for 43rd place. Giambi, who has been dealing with sore legs and entered the game with an American League-low .197 batting average, was in a 2-for-28 stretch before the homer after striking out in his first two at-bats.

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