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8:12 am
Thu June 11, 2009

President pitches health care reform in Green Bay

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama takes his push for health care reform on the road today, hosting a town-hall meeting in Green Bay, Wis.

The president wants to overhaul the current system to extend coverage to the 50 million people who don't now have health insurance. Lawmakers have been wrestling over whether to add a government-sponsored insurance plan to the mix.

In order to personalize what's at stake, the president will be hearing directly from people about their problems with the system as it is.

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Nation
8:06 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Holocaust museum: security training stopped attack

WASHINGTON – The director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says their security training helped save lives when guards quickly shot an elderly gunman who opened fire with a rifle.

Sara Bloomfield also paid tribute to a guard who was killed in the Wednesday attack. She told NBC's "Today" show Thursday that 39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was both a terrific professional and a warm, jovial person.

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Sports
5:51 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Lugnuts beat Loons

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts had a come-from-behind victory over the Great Lakes Loons last night at Oldsmobile Park. The series continues tonight at 7:05.

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Sports
5:42 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Beard, Langhorne lead Mystics past Shock

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Alana Beard scored 15 points, Crystal Langhorne added 14 and the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the
Detroit Shock.

Rookie Marissa Coleman added 13 points to help Washington end a six-game losing streak against the defending WNBA champion Shock (1-2).

Taj McWilliams and Katie Smith had 14 points each for Detroit.

Detroit led by 10 points early in the second quarter, but the Mystics finished the half with a 23-4 run to take a 38-27 lead.

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Sports
5:38 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Verlander pitches Tigers past White Sox

CHICAGO – CHICAGO (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched a six-hitter for his first victory ever at U.S. Cellular Field as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

Jim Thome hit his 552nd career home run and John Danks pitched 7 1-3 strong innings, but the White Sox still fell 6 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit. Adam Everett homered for the Tigers, who have won five of their last six games.

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Sports
5:37 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Perfect road trip paved Pens' way to Cup finals

PITTSBURGH – No matter what happens in Detroit when the puck drops for Game 7 tomorrow night, the Penguins have gotten further than last year.

In 2008, the season ended one game earlier against the Red Wings, who took Game 6 in Pittsburgh and paraded around the Mellon Arena ice with the Stanley Cup.

Not that the Penguins would feel any better to see the Red Wings celebrate again at home. But Pittsburgh at least knows it has a shot to win the Cup with one win in a place that hasn't produced many happy moments for them.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

Land hopes for action on early voting

Lansing, MI – Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has endorsed elections reforms that are bottled up in a state Senate Committee controlled by her fellow Republicans.

Land was testifying before the state House Elections and Ethics Committee.

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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

State House committee votes to reinstate 100 troopers

East Lansing, MI – A state House committee voted to keep the 100 Michigan state troopers who were scheduled to lose their jobs because of budget cuts.

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In Michigan
5:15 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

GM to build small car in Mich., Tenn. or Wis.

Detroit, MI – General Motors Corp. has narrowed down the locations where it could build its new small car to factories in either Michigan, Tennessee or Wisconsin.

The automaker says it is in talks with federal and state
officials in those states about selection criteria.

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In Michigan
11:34 am
Wed June 10, 2009

House committee votes on autism legislation

LANSING, MI – A state House committee voted unanimously Tuesday to require insurance companies to cover autism treatment for Michigan's children.

There are an estimated one and a half million people living with autism in the nation. According to the U-S Department of Education the number of diagnoses increases by about 15 percent every year, making it one of the most pervasive developmental disorders in the county.

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Science/Tech
11:21 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Not so windy: Research suggests winds dying down

WASHINGTON – The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, appears to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming - the very problem wind power seeks to address.

The idea that winds may be slowing is a speculative one.

Scientists disagree whether that is happening. But a first-of-its-kind study suggests that average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East.

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Science/Tech
11:13 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Space station astronauts 'space walk' in airlock

MOSCOW – Two international space station crewmen have squeezed into an airlock aboard the station to move a docking mechanism.

American Michael Barratt and Russian Gennady Padalka entered the transfer compartment in the station's Russian-made Zvezda service module on Wednesday for a job expected to take less than 40 minutes.

The operation is considered a space walk because the astronauts have to wear space suits.

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Business
11:10 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Report: Times Co. will take bids to sell Globe

BOSTON – BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Globe is reporting that The New York Times Co. has hired Goldman Sachs to manage the possible sale of the financially struggling newspaper.

The Globe, citing two potential buyers who wished to remain anonymous, reported Wednesday that Goldman Sachs has begun accepting bids for the 137-year-old newspaper. That was before the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe's largest union, voted Monday to reject $10 million in pay and benefit cuts demanded by the company.

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Business
11:08 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Bailout overseer: Bank repayments sign of progress

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a congressional panel overseeing the federal financial system bailout fund says Washington initially underestimated how much banks in America were struggling to stay afloat.

Elizabeth Warren says the approval of a repayment to the government of $68 billion by several of the banks receiving taxpayer assistance amounts to "phase two of the economic recovery" in the system.

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Business
11:06 am
Wed June 10, 2009

April trade deficit edges higher

WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit edged up in April as crude oil prices hit the highest level since December, but the imbalance so far in 2009 is well below last year's total as the recession dampens demand for imports.

The Commerce Department says the deficit rose for a second straight month in April, climbing 2.2 percent to $29.2 billion. That was slightly higher than economists' expectations.

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Nation
11:04 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Abortion foes interested in buying Kansas clinic

TOPEKA, KS – The leader of an anti-abortion group says the organization is interested in buying the now-closed clinic of slain abortion provider George Tiller.

Tiller's family announced Tuesday that his clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was shutting down permanently. The doctor was fatally shot on May 31.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said he would love to make an offer for the property and that his group had discussed the idea.

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Nation
11:01 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Searchers at fatal NC plant blast hampered by roof; recover one body

GARNER, NC – Officials say the body of one person killed in an explosion at a Slim Jim factory in North Carolina has been recovered. Crews are still trying to reach another body and one employee is unaccounted for.

The search and rescue chief says that crews will enter the ConAgra Food plant in Garner through its roof and work slowly because the structure is unstable.

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Nation
10:59 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Fiat closes deal to take Chrysler's good assets

DETROIT – Italian automaker Fiat says it has closed a deal to take over Chrysler's good assets, forming a new company and clearing the way for the struggling Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

Fiat signed on to the deal early today after the U.S. Supreme Court late yesterday refused to hear an appeal of lower court rulings that approved the asset sale.

The deal means that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne will take over control of Chrysler.

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In Michigan
10:56 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Audit says prison industry costing taxpayers money

LANSING, MI – A state audit found that factories staffed by state prison inmates are losing money, and are being subsidized by taxpayers.

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In Michigan
10:40 am
Wed June 10, 2009

GM announces extended Lansing plant layoff

EAST LANSING, MI – General Motors says over 900 of its Lansing employees should prepare for a longer summer layoff.

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Business
7:38 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Scene shifts to Senate after House passes bill hoping to boost auto sales

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The focus to boost new car sales and get old gas guzzlers off the road now turns to the Senate after easy House approval.

The "cash for clunkers" bill, which passed the House 298 to 119, would give consumers instant vouchers of up to $4,500 when they turn in older, gas guzzling vehicles and buy new, more fuel-efficient ones.

The aim is to help the ailing auto industry, which has seen sales drop by more than a third in just two years.

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Nation
7:30 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Administration to issue new Wall Street pay curbs

WASHINGTON –

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is ready to issue broad new principles on how to compensate top financial sector executives.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke want to give the Fed and the Securities and Exchange Commission greater powers to set compensation guidelines across the financial sector.

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Business
7:25 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Hearing today on federal auto bailout

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is taking a look today at how much taxpayers now have invested in GM and Chrysler.

With carloads of government money tied up in the automakers, members of the White House auto task force face some tough questioning before the Senate Banking Committee.

Chairman Christopher Dodd wants to know how taxpayer money is being used, how much is being used and when taxpayers will start seeing a return on the investment.

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Business
7:05 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Fiat deal with Chrysler likely to close today

NEW YORK –

NEW YORK (AP) - Chrysler is a step closer to emerging from bankruptcy protection.

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the sale of the bulk of Chrysler's assets to Fiat. The high court rejected an appeal by a trio of Indiana pension and construction funds, consumer groups and others who wanted to block the transaction.

The deal has the backing of the Obama administration. It will likely close today, according to A person briefed on the company's plans who declined to be named ahead of an official announcement.

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Business
6:37 am
Wed June 10, 2009

High court won't block Chrysler sale

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for Chrysler's sale to Fiat, turning down a last-ditch bid by opponents of the deal.

The court has rejected a plea to block the sale of most of Chrysler's assets to the Italian automaker. Chrysler, Fiat and the Obama administration had warned that the high court's intervention could have scuttled the sale.

A federal appeals court in New York had earlier approved the sale, but gave opponents until Monday afternoon to try to get the Supreme Court to intervene.

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In Michigan
6:07 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Tri-county transportation discussed

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - A transportation plan for Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties was discussed at a public forums last night.

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is holding the sessions to gather input on transportation priorities for the next 25 years.

Chief planner Paul Hamilton says a five-year-old plan looking at transportation needs to the year 2030 is being updated.

A meeting for residents of Ingham County will be held Thursday at 7 p-m at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

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Sports
5:42 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Lugnuts split doubleheader

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing Lugnuts defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps, 8-2, in the first game of a doubleheader before dropping the nightcap, 5-3, in 11 innings last night at Oldsmobile Park. Tonight at 7:05 p.m., the Lugnuts host the beginning of a four-game series with the Great Lakes Loons.

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Sports
5:31 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Cabrera's 10th inning homer lifts Tigers over White Sox

CHICAGO – CHICAGO (AP) - Miguel Cabrera broke out of a slump with a solo homer in the 10th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Chicago White Sox 7-6.

The Tigers had squandered a three-run lead in the ninth as closer Fernando Rodney walked the first three batters he faced before he was pulled.

Cabrera, who had been hitless in his last 12 at-bats, led off the 10th with a shot to left-center off White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink (2-4). It was Cabrera's 11th homer of the season.

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Sports
5:30 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Pens stay alive with 2-1 win, force Game 7 vs. Det

PITTSBURGH – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins forced Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals by beating the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1.

Coming off a 5-0 loss at Detroit on Saturday, the Penguins got a goal from Staal in the opening minute of the second period and one from Kennedy 5:35 into the third to make home teams 6 for 6 in these finals.

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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Tue June 9, 2009

State re-starting stop-smoking hotline

Lansing. MI – The state has re-opened the hotline that helps people quit smoking. It was shut down three months ago due to the overwhelming demand for free nicotine patches and gum. The hotline will no longer offer free smoking cessation kits.

Meanwhile, anti-smoking advocates continue to press the Legislature to ban smoking in workplaces. The state House passed a ban two weeks ago. It would outlaw smoking in all workplaces except for tobacco shops, cigar bars, and Detroit's casinos.

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