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6:22 am
Wed August 12, 2009

GM submits executive compensation plan

WASHINGTON – General Motors Co. says it has submitted its executive compensation proposal to the Obama administration.

GM, along with several banks and other firms, must submit plans to compensate its 100 highest-paid employees under the terms of its government bailout. The deadline for the proposals is Thursday.

The Obama administration has appointed Kenneth Feinberg to oversee compensation at the firms. Feinberg could reject pay plans he deems excessive, and he is expected to take 60 days to review the proposals.

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6:16 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Weekend rains helped Michigan fruit producers

KALAMAZOO, MI – The storms that rolled through lower Michigan over the weekend uprooted trees, damaged buildings and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

But they also brought some much-needed rain to fruit growers in the southwestern Lower Peninsula whose orchards and vineyards suffered through a dry July.

The National Weather Service tells The Kalamazoo Gazette that more than 3.5 inches of rain fell at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport between Friday evening and Monday morning.

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6:14 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Charges coming following Detroit schools audits

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb plans to announce criminal charges following a number of fraud investigations into the district.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is to join Bobb for Wednesday's announcement that follows ongoing audits and probes into waste and theft throughout the schools.

Audits released last week revealed the district has been paying $2.1 million per year in health coverage for ineligible dependents, unused cell phones and 11 motorcycles.

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6:12 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Police to unveil Detroit's new crime-fighting plan

DETROIT – New Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans will detail the city's latest plan to cut down on crime and gun violence.

Evans, along with local county sheriffs, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Michigan State Police and other members of a regional task force, is expected to unveil the initiative Wednesday morning.

Detroit is among the nation's leading cities in homicide and violent crime rates. Evans estimates that as many as six shootings occur each day in Detroit, and has said he wants to assign more officers to high-crime areas.

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Sports
5:57 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Lugnuts beat Silver Hawks

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Lansing Lugnuts ended a six-game losing streak with a 4-0 shutout of the South Bend Silver Hawks last night at Coveleski Stadium. The Lugnuts and Silver Hawks play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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Sports
5:54 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Nolan keys fourth-quarter rally to lift Shock

WASHINGTON – Deanna Nolan scored 23 points, including the basket that put Detroit ahead for good, and the Shock beat the Washington Mystics 81-77 Tuesday night.

Taj McWilliams had 17 points and 13 rebounds, rookie Shavonte Zellous added 16 points and the Shock (9-12) won for the third time in four games. Detroit's loss in that stretch was a four-point defeat last Friday at the Verizon Center.

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Sports
5:51 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Tigers lose to, and brawl with, Boston

BOSTON – Mike Lowell, who entered the game after Kevin Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound and inciting a bench-clearing scuffle, hit two home runs to lead the Boston Red
Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

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Sports
5:45 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Wallace returns to the Pistons

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

GM says Volt to get 230 miles per gallon in city

DETROIT, MI – General Motors Corp. says its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving.

The Volt is powered by an electric motor and a battery pack with a 40-mile range. After that, a small gasoline engine kicks in to generate electricity. It's due in showrooms in November of 2010.

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In Michigan
5:12 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Study shows cigarette tax increase would reduce revenue

LANSING, MI – A new study shows Michigan could begin to lose revenue from cigarette sales if the state increases the tax by 25 cents per pack.

The study was conducted by economists with Western Michigan University. They say if the state keeps raising the tobacco tax it will reach a tipping point where people will cross state lines to buy cheaper cigarettes.

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In Michigan
2:11 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

East Lansing Poised To Approve Michigan Avenue Authority

EAST LANSING, MI – The East Lansing city council tonight is expected to become the first local government to approve the creation of an authority to oversee improvements to Michigan Avenue.

AUDIO: Last year, East Lansing joined the city of Lansing and Lansing Township in exploring the creation of the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority. If approved by all three, the authority could pay for improvements to Michigan Avenue with tax increment financing or other methods of funding.

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In Michigan
11:08 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Charges expected in Detroit Schools investigations

DETROIT – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb have scheduled a press conference Wednesday.

Bobb has conducted a number of audits into the district's muddled finances, spending, benefits eligibility and public safety department since being appointed earlier this year by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Audits released last week revealed the district has been paying $2.1 million per year in health coverage for ineligible dependents, boxes of unused BlackBerry phones and 11 motorcycles.

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Business
10:27 am
Tue August 11, 2009

July sees big jump in fuel efficiency of new cars

WASHINGTON – A study by the University of Michigan finds that the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in July noticeably jumped, thanks to the "cash for clunkers" program.

The average mileage for new vehicles went from 21.4 miles per gallon in June to 22.1 in July. That's best one-month mileage improvement university researchers have seen since the Environmental Protection Agency reconfigured mileage estimates in
October 2007.

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In Michigan
9:37 am
Tue August 11, 2009

More Mich. unions oppose employee health overhaul

LANSING, MI – Public employees and union lobbyists are speaking out against House Speaker Andy Dillon's proposal for a statewide insurance pool.

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A dozen people - from firefighters to nurses to teachers - lined the steps of the state Capitol building to speak against the plan as representatives of hundreds of thousands of public employees.

Mark Gaffney is with the Michigan AFL-CIO lobby.

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Sports
9:22 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Coach Dantonio speaks at media day

Coach Mark Dantonio.
MSU Sports Information

EAST LANSING, MI – The 2009 college football season is less then a month away, and for fans of Michigan State there is a sense of excitment that has not been around this program for quite a while.

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In Michigan
9:18 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Ford endorses Bernero

LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has picked up the endorsement of former mayoral candidate Charles Ford.

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In Michigan
7:32 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Complete Streets ordinance up for vote on Thursday

Lansing's River Trail, probably the best known non-motorized route in the area.

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council Monday night heard testimony from about 60 people on an ordinance supporters say would make the city more pedestrian- and biker-friendly.

The Complete Streets ordinance would require the city to develop a plan to increase the number of paths for non-motorized travel. The ordinance was brought to the council through a petition drive. But Councilmember Carol Wood says it's an idea that the council has been working on since 2005.

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In Michigan
7:18 am
Tue August 11, 2009

GM pulls out of mercury partnership

WASHINGTON – General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic mercury parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing the project just as hundreds of thousands
of clunkers are heading to the scrap yard.

Participants in the environmental program tell The Associated Press that the timing of GM's departure could hurt their work to prevent mercury pollution.

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Detroit Mayor Bing says city running out of cash

DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says Detroit could run out of cash within 70 days and is on the brink of receivership.

Bing said Monday he wants unionized city employees to accept a 10 percent wage cut by month's end.

Bing told reporters nonunion city workers will take a 10 percent pay cut as he attempts to slice into a $300 million deficit.

Bing gave union leaders a 30-day deadline in early July to decide on contract concessions. The deadline passed last week.

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In Michigan
7:07 am
Tue August 11, 2009

About 27K remain without power in Mich.

DETROIT – About 27,000 Michigan utility customers remain without power after thunderstorms battered the region and left about 249,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

DTE Energy Co. spokeswoman Lorie Kessler says about 7,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning. That's down from about 130,000 that were out earlier.

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Sports
6:03 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Lugnuts swept by Dayton

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts lost to the Dayton Dragons 6-2 last night. Dayton swept the four-game series.

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Sports
5:57 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Michigan opens $26-plus million football facility

ANN ARBOR – Michigan assistant athletic director Scott Draper says the school's new indoor football facility is the tallest of its kind in the country.

Draper provided a tour Monday of the 104,000-plus square foot building that is as high as 85 feet from artificial turf to the nearest obstruction. Meanwhile, the Wolverines went through their first practice on adjacent fields outdoors.

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Sports
5:53 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Tigers lose to Boston

BOSTON – Nick Green hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and one of Boston's three homers, and the Red Sox ended their three-game power outage and six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

The Red Sox, which scored just two runs in the final three games of a four-game sweep by the Yankees in New York, squandered a 5-3 lead when Manny Delcarmen allowed two runs in the seventh. They went back in front in the bottom of the inning on singles by J.D. Drew and Casey Kotchman and Green's sacrifice fly.

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In Michigan
5:42 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Stabenow expects health care deal by end of year

LANSING, MI – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she's confident a health care overhaul will pass this year.

The Michigan Democrat says the issue is complicated, making it easy for opponents to "scare people" with "misinformation."

Stabenow spoke with reporters in Lansing Monday after discussing health care legislation with public health officials.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Storm causes $400K damage to Jackson school roof

JACKSON, MI – A Northwest Community Schools official expects heavy damage to a middle school roof outside Jackson to be repaired before the start of the school year.

Tom Goodwin, the district's director of operations, maintenance and transportation, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that parts of the roof covering the Kidder Middle School's tech lab and curriculum office were lifted off during storms Sunday night and a corner of roof covering the gymnasium was peeled back.

Damage was estimated at $400,000.

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In Michigan
1:53 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

209 charged in Muskgeon-area Social Security fraud

MUSKEGON, MI – More than 200 Muskegon-area residents are accused of cashing duplicated Social Security disability checks and defrauding the federal government of more than $400,000.

The Muskegon Chronicle and WOOD-TV report state charges were announced Monday against 209 individuals.

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In Michigan
1:49 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

July Mich. tax revenue $50M less than expected

LANSING, MI – Michigan tax revenues for the month of July came in about $50 million less than expected.

Senate Fiscal Agency senior economist Jay Wortley said Monday that sales tax revenue is down because people are buying less.

Those who have lost their jobs aren't paying income taxes, and businesses are paying less because profits are down.

The 3% monthly shortfall is worsening the state's financial woes and leaving less federal recovery money for the budget that starts Oct. 1.

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In Michigan
7:26 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Mike Bishop says Senator spat is a non-issue

LANSING, MI – A state Senate investigation into an elevator argument between two senators is over. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop released the details of the investigation Monday.

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In Michigan
7:16 am
Mon August 10, 2009

More than 100K still without power in Michigan

DETROIT – More than 100,000 Michigan utility customers are without power after thunderstorms battered the region.

DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons says as of 5:45 a.m. today about 66,000 customers were without power, down from about 117,000 when the storms began Sunday morning.

Consumers Energy says about 48,000 customers were without power as of 6:45 a.m.

Affected DTE customers include 20,000 in Oakland County, 23,000 in Macomb and 17,000 in Wayne.

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In Michigan
7:07 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Lansing Grand River plant back to work today

LANSING, MI – About 800 Lansing autoworkers return to their jobs today after an extended layoff.

A prolonged period of weak Cadillac sales has kept General Motors' Grand River assembly plant idle since late June. But GM Lansing spokeswoman Heidi Magyar says a popular federal incentive is raising the demand for cars.

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