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2:13 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

GM's Delta Township plant will build Chevy Traverse

Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

(Lansing, MI) – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - GM announced Monday that it will close or idle six more manufacturing facilities in Michigan. But the Grand River and Delta Township assembly plants will stay open.

GM's decision to put its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee on standby means production of the Chevy Traverse will shift to the Delta Township plant by the end of the year. Plant manager Randy Thayer says Lansing's current brands will stay intact.

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12:30 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Mich. gets hit hard in GM's latest plant closings

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, MI. (AP) - As General Motors Corp. on Monday named the operations it would close or put on standby as it headed into bankruptcy, Michigan learned it would be taking the brunt of the bad news.

The list includes a truck assembly plant shuttered in Pontiac and engine and transmission plants shut down in Flint, Livonia and Willow Run. A Grand Rapids stamping plant also will close.

An Orion assembly plant will be placed on standby, as will a stamping plant in Pontiac.

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12:29 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Autoworkers rally in front of Capitol

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - About 900 people followed the Reverend Jesse Jackson in a march on the state Capitol Monday.

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12:27 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Gov: Bankruptcy a new beginning for GM

(Lansing, MI) – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Governor Granholm says the General Motors bankruptcy is a tragic day for Michigan and auto workers. But she says it's also the beginning of a new future for the state's economy.

The governor says Michigan will lose five GM plants and 86 hundred automotive jobs. Two other plants will be placed on standby.

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12:26 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

MI lawmakers react to GM bankruptcy

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (MPRN) - Legislative leaders say the General Motors bankruptcy complicates state government budget troubles, and will put more stress on unemployment and welfare funds. But they say there are also a few opportunities in the crisis.

Democratic and Republican leaders at the state Capitol say one of their goals is to get downsizing car companies and automotive suppliers to consolidate their operations in Michigan.

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12:24 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Lansing's two GM plants will thrive

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Lansing's two General Motors assembly plants will remain open. As the giant automaker launches a massive restructuring plan, one of its mid-Michigan plants is making plans to build a new brand.

GM announced Monday that it will close or idle six more manufacturing facilities in Michigan. But the Grand River and Delta Township assembly plants will stay open.

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11:54 am
Mon June 1, 2009

GM files for bankruptcy; Chrysler closer to getting out of bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - General Motors has filed for bankruptcy protection as part of an Obama administration plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size and give a majority ownership stake to the federal government.

The fallen icon of American industrial might filed its Chapter 11 petition in New York today. It marks the fourth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company.

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11:39 am
Mon June 1, 2009

SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE: President Obama Discusses GM Bankruptcy Filing

EAST LANSING, MI – AM870 at 11:40am and 90.5 FM at 11:55am. WKAR broadcasts NPR live, anchored coverage of the GM bankruptcy announcement.

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Nation
11:36 am
Mon June 1, 2009

No signs of life near plane debris

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - There are no signs of life in the Atlantic where Brazilian airplanes have spotted debris along the path of Air France Flight 447.

Authorities won't know if the airplane seat, life jacket and metallic shards belong to the airliner until they can pull them from the ocean. Brazilian military ships aren't expected to arrive in the area hundreds of miles off the Brazilian coast until tomorrow.

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In Michigan
11:12 am
Mon June 1, 2009

St. John's in East Lansing to lose parish status

East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - This week, the Lansing Catholic Diocese will start the formal process of merging two parishes in East Lansing - St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Student Parish. The merger is part of a larger plan to address diminishing resources and declining mass attendance.

But some members of St. John's aren't happy. They say the student parish is one of the bright spots in the docese.

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In Michigan
9:47 am
Mon June 1, 2009

A look at GM's history in Lansing

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (WKAR) - Lansing became a General Motors town a century ago. GM bought the Olds Motor Works in 1908. In those 101 years, GM gave jobs to thousands of people in Lansing and together, they built millions of cars.

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Nation
8:45 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Air France: Missing plane hit turbulence

PARIS (AP) – PARIS (AP) - Air France says the Airbus jet that disappeared en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through an area of strong turbulence.

Air France says in a statement the plane that carried 228 on board "crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence" at 0200 GMT Monday (10:00 p.m. EDT Sunday).

It says "an automatic message was received at 0214 GMT (10:14 p.m. EDT Sunday) signaling electrical circuit malfunction."

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8:40 am
Mon June 1, 2009

General Motors has filed for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - General Motors has filed for bankruptcy protection as part of an Obama administration plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size and give a majority ownership stake to the federal government.

The fallen icon of American industrial might filed its Chapter 11 petition in New York on Monday. It marks the fourth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company.

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7:54 am
Mon June 1, 2009

AP Sources: GM to keep headquarters in Detroit

WASHINGTON (AP) –
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional officials briefed on General Motors Corp.'s plans say the automaker intends to announce plans to maintain its headquarters in Detroit.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly in advance of an announcement.

President Barack Obama planned to announce his support for GM today as it enters bankruptcy protection. GM President and CEO Fritz Henderson was holding a news conference in New York following Obama's address.

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7:26 am
Mon June 1, 2009

GM bankruptcy court filings begin with NY dealer

NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - A General Motors dealership in New York has filed for bankruptcy protection, beginning the wave of court filings expected Monday as the automaker files for legal protection to complete its reorganization.

Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem Inc. filed the Chapter 11 petition early Monday. The court documents list the company's largest creditors as a trust company that holds more than $22 billion in bond debt, and the United Auto Workers union, which is owed more than $20 billion dollars.

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Sports
6:31 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Jackson leads Tigers over Orioles 3-0

BALTIMORE (AP) – BALTIMORE (AP) - The Tigers take today off before hosting Boston for three games and Los Angeles for three more.

Detroit came out of Baltimore with a split of their four-game weekend series with a 3-0 victory at Camden Yards.

Edwin Jackson (5-3) allowed just two hits over eight innings and struck out seven. He was pulled by manager Jim Leyland after throwing 101 pitches.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth and earned his 10th save in 10 tries. It was Detroit's major-league high seventh shutout of the season.

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Sports
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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Sports
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sports
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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