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6:27 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Resilient Red Wings win 3-1, up 2-0 on Pens

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - The Red Wings are halfway to their second straight Stanley Cup title.

Detroit has a 2-0 series lead over Pittsburgh following last night's 3-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena. It came a bit more than 24 hours after the Wings won Saturday night's opener.

Chris Osgood was outstanding in goal for Detroit, turning back 31 shots.

The Penguins scored first on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal late in the first period. Jonathan Ericsson and Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings ahead with
second-period goals.

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6:24 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Lugnuts lose to River Bandits

LANSING, MI – The Quad Cities River Bandits halted their own seven-game losing streak and the Lansing Lugnuts' three-game winning streak with a 10-3 rout on Sunday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. Lansing is off today before opening up a four-game series at Fort Wayne on Tuesday.

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In Michigan
6:04 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Judge OKs sale of most Chrysler assets to Fiat

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of most of Chrysler's assets to Fiat, clearing the way for the American automaker to exit court protection shortly.

Judge Arthur Gonzalez said in a court filing Sunday that he approved the sale, the major piece of a plan orchestrated by a federal auto task force.

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In Michigan
11:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Oakland Co. exec reiterates support for Cobo plan

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP) - Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says he wants the North American International Auto Show to remain in Detroit. But he'd rather it move to the city's suburbs than leave Michigan.

Patterson discussed his position Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island.

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In Michigan
11:19 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Education bills scheduled to move forward in June

Mackinac Island, MI – Mackinac Island, MI (MPRN) - The state House Education Committee plans to vote soon on major education reform bills. State Representative Tim Melton says Michigan has been holding onto old education standards for too long. He says failing schools should be held accountable for poor performance because kids suffer the consequences.

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In Michigan
11:18 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Michigan drops objections to Chrysler sale

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - Michigan is dropping objections to the sale of Chrysler LLC after the buyer agreed to assume Chrysler's workers' compensation liabilities. The settlement announced Friday averts a court fight.

The state had opposed the sale of Chrysler assets to Italian automaker Fiat, warning Fiat wouldn't assume Chrysler's workers' compensation liabilities.

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In Michigan
11:17 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Public could vote on tax reform

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Voters could get a chance to rework Michigan's taxes in November.

House Speaker Andy Dillon says he'd like the Legislature to work through the summer on a tax plan. He says it should include simplifying the Michigan business tax, and possibly scrapping the state's flat rate income tax in favor a graduated tax.

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In Michigan
11:16 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Stupak proposes housing Gitmo detainees in Mich.

Mackinac Island, MI – Mackinac Island, MI (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak is proposing housing detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at an abandoned prison in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Stupak sent a letter to President Barack Obama in February asking him to consider sending the detainees from the war on terrorism to the former Camp Manistique, which closed in 2007 because of state budget cuts.

The camp is in Stupak's district.

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In Michigan
10:13 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

GM, Magna, German government reportedly near Opel deal

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A person briefed on the negotiations between General Motors Corp., the German government and Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. says they have agreed on the framework of a deal for Magna to take a majority stake in GM's Opel unit.

The person said today that negotiators are working out the final details and an announcement could come within hours. It includes Magna providing short-term financing to become the preferred negotiating partner for Opel.

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In Michigan
10:13 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Governor Granholm speaks on alternative energy

Mackinac Island, MI – Mackinac Island, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm focused on wind turbine manufacturing yesterday during an alternative energy panel at the policy conference on Mackinac Island.

The governor says the state has myriad underutilized resources that could make Michigan a frontrunner in alternative energy.

She says Michigan's location on the map makes the state the best place for manufacturing and distributing wind turbines.

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In Michigan
8:24 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Gubernatorial candidates debate

Mackinac Island, MI – Mackinac Island, MI (MPRN) - Several of Michigan's gubernatorial candidates faced off for the first time on Mackinac Island last night.

Nearly all of the candidates said they would refuse to sign a pledge promising not to raise taxes. But Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said he never supported tax hikes as attorney general and never would as governor.

Congressman Pete Hoekstra said Michigan is in too deep into a budget crisis to take any options for revenue off the table.

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Sports
7:31 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Orioles beat Detroit Tigers 5-1

BALTIMORE (AP) – BALTIMORE (AP) - The Tigers' four-game series against Baltimore continues tonight at Camden Yards. Dontrelle Willis starts for Detroit and the Orioles send Brad Bergesen to the mound.

Luke Scott homered twice and had four RBIs last night as Baltimore beat Detroit 5-1 for its season-high fourth straight victory.

David Hernandez won his major league debut. He allowed one run, all five Tigers hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.

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7:26 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Red Wings expect Lidstrom back for Game 1 vs. Pens

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - The Red Wings expect star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

General manager Ken Holland says he's encouraged by how Lidstrom has recovered from the lower-body injury that sidelined him for two games.

Holland says the Wings won't know until tomorrow -- when the series starts -- if MVP finalist Pavel Datsyuk (foot) and Jonathan Ericsson (acute appendicitis) will be available.

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Sports
7:23 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Lugnuts lose one, win one

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI - The Lansing Lugnuts earned a doubleheader split with the Burlington Bees with a 7-2 victory in the nightcap following a 4-2 loss in Game 1 last night. Tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Oldsmobile Park, the Lugnuts open up a three-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits.

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In Michigan
6:06 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Lansing Catholic schools consolidating

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has announced a plan to consolidate its three elementary schools into two. A common middle school will also be created.

The K-through-5 schools will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and at St. Therese Parish. Resurrection Parish will be the site of the middle school.

The consolidation will take effect with the 2010-2011 academic year.

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In Michigan
11:22 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

UAW chief says GM will make subcompacts in US

Detroit, MI – Detroit, MI (AP) - United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger says General Motors Corp. has agreed to build subcompact cars in one of its existing U.S. factories and will not produce cars in China for sale here.

Gettelfinger said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday that the factory deal is part of a larger concession package with GM that union members are voting on this week.

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In Michigan
10:12 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Cobo discussions to continue on Mackinac

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - The state Senate passed a package of bills yesterday designed to hand control of Cobo Hall to a regional authority, rather than the city of Detroit.

Senate Democrats voted against the package. The legislation would allow for nearly $300 million in tax revenue to be used to at another convention center in Southeast Michigan, if an agreement on how to renovate Cobo cannot be reached.

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In Michigan
10:11 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

GM says bondholders support sweetened offer

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - General Motors Corp. says a committee of bondholders has agreed to a sweetened deal to erase some of the automaker's debt in exchange for company stock.

The company said in a statement Thursday that it offered bondholders 10 percent of the company's stock with warrants to buy up to 15 percent if they agree to support selling the company's assets to a new company under bankruptcy court protection.

The company made the disclosure in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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In Michigan
10:10 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Visteon files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, MI – VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) - Auto parts supplier Visteon says it -- along with some of its U.S. units -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

This comes as the company struggles with reduced demand from automakers amid plans for extended plant shutdowns this summer.

The company filed its petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company's Visteon UK unit separately filed for bankruptcy protection last month and closed three British plants.

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In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Michigan university partnership hires director

(Lansing, MI) – (Lansing, MI) - AP
An economic development partnership between Michigan's three major research universities has hired its first executive director.

Business development executive Jeff Mason will take over the University Research Corridor on July 6. His hiring was announced Thursday.

The University Research Corridor is a partnership between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Mason currently is senior vice president with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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5:12 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

AP Source: GM to announce 14 plant closures Monday

(Detroit, MI) – (Detroit, MI) - AP
A person briefed on General Motors Corp.'s plans says the company on Monday will identify the 14 factories it will close as it heads toward an a likely Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.

The person says United Auto Workers officials in Detroit have told plant-level union leaders that the company will make the announcement, not the union. The person did not want to be identified because the plan has not been made public.

GM spokeswoman Sherri Childers Arb would not comment on
Thursday.

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In Michigan
4:53 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Lansing's UAW workforce continues voting on concessions

(East Lansing, MI) – (East Lansing, MI) - WKAR News
Lansing-area United Auto Workers members are still voting today on a proposed set of concessions aimed at helping General Motors.

The company and national union leaders are hoping the rank and file will approve contract concessions they think could lead to an easier transition into bankruptcy, and possibly help to prevent it.

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Business
11:05 am
Thu May 28, 2009

UK minister confident about Vauxhall future

LONDON (AP) – LONDON (AP) - Britain's business minister says he is confident that Vauxhall, the British unit of General Motors Corp., will remain in business under a new owner.

Although Business Secretary Peter Mandelson says he expects some job losses, he told the British Broadcasting Corp. Thursday that bidders for GM's European operations have assured him they would continue to produce Vauxhall vehicles in Europe.

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Science/Tech
11:01 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Mich. DNR wants feds to allow more cormorant kills

BAY CITY, Mich. – BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials want federal permission to kill more cormorants to help reduce the shorebirds' impact on human fishing in the Great Lakes.

Russ Mason is wildlife chief for the state Department of Natural Resources. He says the DNR is seeking to re-negotiate an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the number of birds that can be culled.

The double-crested cormorant is protected as a migratory species.

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Sports
10:42 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Lugnuts rained out Wednesday night

Lansing, MI – The scheduled Wednesday evening game between the Lansing Lugnuts (14-29) and the Burlington Bees (18-26) has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight starting at 6:05 p.m. at Oldsmobile Park.

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10:37 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Cabrera, Polanco homer to help Tigers beat KC 8-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rookie Rick Porcello won his fifth straight start, Placido Polanco homered and drove in three runs and the Detroit Tigers beat the slumping Kansas City Royals 8-3.

The Tigers took two of three from the Royals, losing only to Zack Greinke, and increased their lead over KC in the AL Central to four games. The Royals, after a promising April and early May, have lost 13 of 18.

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10:36 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Red Wings reach finals

DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - This year's Stanley Cup finals will be a rematch of last year's.

The defending champion Detroit Red Wings have advanced by winning the Western Conference finals in five games, outlasting Chicago 2-1 in overtime. Darren Helm ended it at 3:58 of the extra session, putting the Wings in the finals for the sixth time since 1995.

Neither team scored until Dan Cleary tallied just over six minutes into the third period. Patrick Kane tied it with 7:07 leftin regulation.

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Science/Tech
9:27 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Mich. DNR wants feds to allow more cormorant kills

BAY CITY, Mi. – BAY CITY, Mi. (AP) - Michigan officials want federal permission to kill more cormorants to help reduce the shorebirds' impact on human fishing in the Great Lakes.

Russ Mason is wildlife chief for the state Department of Natural Resources. He says the DNR is seeking to re-negotiate an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the number of birds that can be culled.

The double-crested cormorant is protected as a migratory species.

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Sports
8:14 am
Thu May 28, 2009

Red Wings win in OT to head back to Stanley Cup finals

Detroit, MI – DETROIT (AP) - Darren Helm scored 3:58 into overtime to give the
Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on
Wednesday night in the Western Conference finals and set up a
Stanley Cup finals rematch with Pittsburgh.

Detroit's Dan Cleary opened the scoring 6:08 into the third
period, and Chicago's Patrick Kane tied it with 7:07 left in
regulation with his first goal of the series.

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10:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2009

Lansing auto unions vote on GM concessions

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Lansing's unionized autoworkers are voting on contract concessions with General Motors aimed at preventing bankruptcy. The package includes revisions of labor rules and retiree healthcare.

United Auto Workers local 602 member Lynn Hall of Lansing works at GM's Delta Township plant. He supported the proposal.

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